Departing Taiwan

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 05 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:18mm
ISO:160
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Yellow Stripe Horizon

Apparently I’m on a horizon-kick as of late. Unlike yesterday’s blank solitude that blankets the expanse of open water that are substantially removed from nations of any kind, the traffic really picks up when you near the ports of the world’s exporting giants. I think this was just outside of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

So there’s a couple things working for me here. Firstly, the highly monocolored blue is beautifully speared by that piece of horizon just below the clouds. Agh. Love that warm-cool stuff.

Nextly, the strangeness of all of these hulking vessels, all chugging along towards an unseen destination to the port side of the frame. The faraway ships are reduced to little more than a black stripe on top of a red stripe with a little house stuck on near the back. Up close we have the emblems of the world’s largest logistics corporations stuck onto the containers of the goods they are indifferent to, so long as there’s lots of’em.

The strip of bubbled wake is also working for me. It’s a wild and turbulent area, just a couple inches deep, that sounds like the surface of a just-opened pop can. And the comparison of that water to the wider stretch of it that slowly loses its sandpapered texture until it is but a smooth blur of blue as it finally touches the yellow.

Boats!

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