Pacific Turbulence

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 27 2010

Category: ocean travel, self portrait

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Focal Length:26mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Leaning in the Wind

This photo strikes me as a bit odd right off the bat.  It’s nicely composed with the ship’s wing of sorts extending over the deck on which I’m standing, all in front of the yellow’d clouds and light blue of sky.  I think the scale is what really does it.  Above me is the massive welded and white-painted protrusion of the top floor of this massive vessel.  Beneath that I’m … well I’ve got something going  on, which is really just leaning into an entirely powerful wind that was blowing at that height, perhaps 100 feet above the water.

The color has been reduced to the blue of the sky and the yellow of the clouds, which is somewhat reflected in the gray/white of the paint. Quite nice.

I remember the running around I had to do to make this shot. The camera/tripod is a deck below where I’m standing, so I would compose the frame, hit the button and then sprint up to the upper deck and just lean lean lean into the wind. And then run back down to check out the exposure.  Repeat repeat repeat.  I think I got this shot by about the third try, though I can’t remember how deep I went with it.

Pacific Wind!

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