Thursday, February 22, 2007

Winter wait

The marina in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin sits and waits for the return of warm weather and the pleasure craft that will line its docks. For now it sleeps quietly beneath the cold sky of winter.

This was a 120-second exposure taken about a half hour after sunset. My car was parked close by, so I could set the shutter open then retreat to the warmth of its interior. The temperature was in the single digits and a stiff breeze blew in from Green Bay. Painfully cold.

I used a graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky in relation to the foreground. And I experimented with driving the car in an arc behind the camera so the headlights could throw some light on the dock and apparatus in the foreground. This is the best of four exposures, and is pretty much as it landed on the film – very little post-processing.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.

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