Framing It

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 22 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Containers and Cranes

Another gem re-discovered in my comb through the oceanic archive. Regardless of what’s in the background, the first thing that hits me here is the frame created by the foreground. It’s another valuable compositional trick, I suppose, perhaps part of an ever broadening visual vocabulary.

I see the rest of the image as broken up into four sections. The first is this great red painted steel deck that’s mostly dead space except for some faint reflections of the rail that quickly fade. Just a nice hunk of color.

The second is the array of containers. They have a great detail-ridden texture with all over them. Their tops are sort of corrugated, the great doors on the ends have latches and rods and, well, look for yourself! They’re massive when you stand next to them, but here they’re daintily stacked like the colored blocks that a toddler might play with.

The third is that repeating pattern of cranes. From this vantage point they’re like a bunch of colored tooth picks, put together at all sorts of angles and delicate as eggshells. I think it;s the uniformity of their build versus their wide variety of colors that stand out to me.

Fourth and finally, the image is finished off with that ominous sky of colorless clouds. They fade from off-white to a substantial gray, and then back and forth as their undulating bottoms roll into the distance.

Four parts and a frame.

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