The Maple Corridor

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 21 2010

Category: ocean travel

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

Light Bar

I began the first thorough extrusion of images from my 2626 saved photographs from my three weeks aboard the container ship. If I recall correctly I was shooting about 400/day, so what remains is the top 25% or so (2626/8000). Halfway through and I’ve already amassed 186 portfolio candidates. So that’ll take some time. But most importantly I’ve stumbled upon a ton of really great shots that I had escaped my eye on less intensive sweeps of the archive. This is one.

The critical component here is the cast of the light. We see one such light presented, a standard fluorescent rectangle in the ceiling. When we look down the walls we see these bright spikes of white every couple feet. No way would this be as striking if everything was evenly lit. It’d just be three planes of beige reaching back above some blue linoleum.

Other totally cool thing I didn’t even notice at first. Look above that slash of white. There’s a reflection of the entire scene below, rising in these misty columns of diffuse color. And of course you don’t see it at first because there’s nothing that draws your eye to it. There’s twenty other demanding objects here and it’s not until you soak all of that in and begin to explore the frame further that this entire top portion of the composition comes into focus.

The first door on the left was my cabin. Newly constructed 8th floor studio apartment, ocean views and wraparound deck shared with the captain.

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