White Paint Blue Sky

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 12 2010

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Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Shades of Blue

The gem of this image is barely visible. You might not ever even see it. I only noticed it after previewing the photo in a pre-press post. It’s a piece of contoured darkness in the shadow of the passageway on the bottom right. It’s a wooden deck chair. I spent a good many thousand hours sitting in one of that chair, reading the days away as the horizon and nothing else passed by for two weeks.

But that is but a dot in the frame. The bulk of the lovely here is the contrast between the swath of blue that fades from rich to pale behind the precise lines of railings and other more finite details. The entire sky is one perfect fade. The entire ship is a mash up of geometries skewed by perspective with shadows and glares that cast all manner of shades of white.

On the detaily side, notice the circle that has been cut into perfect white and blue halves with the black crescent above it (bottom left). Check out how the closest railings fit perfectly with the next set one story above/they kind of cradle each other.

Enough! Glad I stumbled upon this image again.

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