Fresh Air

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 14 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:20mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


As cool as this may look, I assure you it was much cooler to actually be there and shoot it. I’m hanging out of a rope hole just big enough for me to squeeze my shoulders through, looking 30 feet down to this symphony of watery delight. Normally this part of the ship (the very tip on the bow) is a couple feet under water, but during some rougher seas the whole ship would rock forward/backward enough for this to lift up and break the surface. As it came back down, this would happen.

So this image definitely has that immediate visual punch. I suspect it’s because it looks like an explosion to a degree, and it’s hard to tell at a glance what it is that’s exploding and why. The separation of the light explosion color and the darkness of everything that’s not being blown apart amps it up a bit too.

I also like the 3d-ness of it all, most notably on the border between the red thing and the water it’s pushing forward. Now that I think of it the shape created there is stunningly like the current state of my afro-ish hair. But it just looks so real how the water is popping up. Shadows’n whatnot, I suppose.

Just one of the perks of vacationing on a big’ol ship.

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