Goodbye Land

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 16 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:75mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Looking Back to the Beginning

There goes the Port of Los Angeles.  There goes standing on solid ground for 3 weeks. Goodbye to contact with the outside world. Goodbye responsibilities, schedules, work. Goodbye to spending money and temptation. Hello to the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

This photo really does it for me.  The color is just right, from the pale containers and barely yellow sky to the vibrant blue of coastal saltwater.  There’s the perspective created by the non-parallel lines of the containers, pointing to some vanishing point deep in the mountains.

There’s also the separation of parts.  The boxes fill up the bottom third with the 45’s hovering above the frame.  From there it’s ocean and the seawall, really just some relaxing horizontal lines with interesting textures within.  Onto the complexity of the delicate little 200ft tall cranes that pick and drop the colorful containers of world trade onto the barely visible ships beneath them.  The crane tips ever so lightly touch the mountain tops that look more like a line from a Google Finance graph than a horizon.

Goodbye America

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