Pacific in the Window

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 22 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Aperture:f/5
Focal Length:38mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Beyond the Railing

I figured out my humble laptop is perfectly capable of handling basic editing of the footage from my lovely photo (and video) machine. Which means I’ve been shooting all sorts of video…today. And in the coming days I’m sure. My school has a contest for who can make their internship look the coolest on video, so that’ll be my first real undertaking with motion. I will be selling it as hard as I can, possibly using such lines as “would you look at this sprawling mass of CLASS “A” OFFICE SPACE??! Only in my wildest dreams did I imagine such luxury…” But to be sure, there will be plenty of showing off the forklift maneuvering skills.

Which brings us to another found photo from fate’s fortunate vantage. That sentence really fell apart after the 4th sequential “F” sound. But really. I probably shot these windows a dozen or times during my time aboard, and I find them all striking somehow. First off this window (like the others, if framed like this) is afloat in a sea of this matte white. Looking only at the white you’d have no grasp on perspective, but with the window we get grounded. But this pane in its frame still hangs in this kind of omniscient white.

Within the reflection the horizon and its warmth are the most obvious, but the real treat is the railing near the bottom. It allows your mind to envision the physical space of the deck. The photo isn’t about seeing the Pacific in reflection, it’s about placing yourself on that deck and turning away from the window to bask in the infinity in front of you.

The window itself reminds me of the original iPod. A thick rectangle with curved corners represented in shades of gray.

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