Vertical Ocean

By: Gustav Hoiland

Dec 06 2010

Category: ocean travel

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

Sideways Sunset

This goes out to Courtney, lover of vertical panoramas. Except it might not quite meet her definition since it’s a conventional one turned sideways. But hey. Eh. Also, it’s shown in a more horizontal orientation at the bottom.

I might like it because it abstracts the ocean to a degree. No longer is it this steady if ripply mass of flat. It’s a wall that goes on forever, so tall that no horizon can be seen up or down.

Take a gander at the chop on the sea. While it’s one of the everyday realities of visual life, the disappearance of detail as distance imposes itself is one of the more interesting facets in this image. At left there’s darkness in the dips and whites on the topsides. At the ocean’s end there’s nothing but a smoothed over grayish blue. I’m a fan.

Sunsets from the bridge of this minor island were always a sight.

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