From photographer Winston Rocky” Rockwell: A forecast for clear skies and a Saturday came together recently in a happy coincidence, so I packed up my camera and headed to a nearby beach park to see if I could get some shots. I’d been there before, but not for many years, so it was a bit like exploring all over again.
When I got there, I was at first dismayed to find a fairly thick blanket of fog, but I figured I’d try to make the most of it, so I parked the car and grabbed my gear. As it turned out, in about 10 minutes, I found my shot.
There’s a fairly new pier at the beach, mostly used for fishing and watching the boats on Puget Sound, but off to one side there are some pilings, left over perhaps from the original dock that was there before.
I was fascinated by the fact that while the pilings, and their reflections, were quite clear – the water was very still in spite of a rising tide – there was no trace of water or horizon in the distance. Just a hint of blue above the fog promised a sunny day to come, but for the moment, the fog obscured everything. The surreal effect of the clear reflections and the lack of horizon had an almost hypnotic yet vaguely disorienting effect, as if the pilings were floating in space, and I snapped several photos.
Within 45 minutes the fog had lifted, and the day was clear and sunny, but although I got other photos that day, this one is my favorite. Just goes to show, even when things aren’t as you hope or expect, there’s always something good to be found if you’re willing to see it…
You can see more of my photographs at www.northwestnaturalimagery.com. Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-105
Focal length: 90mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 second
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