When I am out taking photos, I usually have certain images in my head. During this adventure out, I really wanted to create something dramatic in black and white.
Setup the tripod, compose, shoot. Wait for the light and clouds to shift. Wait more. Shoot. Repeat.
It can simultaneously be exhilarating and exciting, as well as stressful. Being that I was using a tripod on gelatinous sand that is usually under 2-3 feet of water, the ground is unstable. Many shots were ruined either by the tripod sinking slowly, or by me shifting my weight and thus shifting a leg of the tripod.
At times, I can see beauty in decay. And with a single overexposed shot, I saw the emptiness in the sky. The light. With another shot, this one underexposed, I saw the details in decay and death. It was with these two photos that I combined and created this shot.
I hope I was able to convey this through my work here. Does this bring out any emotions or thoughts for you? Leave me feedback, I’d love to hear about it.
John Oesterling says
I love this shot, Jason. Black & White really does it justice. The hot spot in the upper left corner is distracting to me. Too bad the clouds did not extend to the left. Regarding your tripod sinking into the sand, Manfrotto makes a set (3) of round rubber disks that are about 5″ in diameter and attach to the bottom of a tripod leg. This prevents the tripod from sinking in the sand. I have them and they do work. They were around $20 for the set (B and H).
Thanks John, I appreciate the feedback. I decided to edit the upper left in this fashion, it is completely intentional. I wanted it devoid of anything, in stark comparison to what is going on in the rest of the shot. This is not my normal style of editing though, just an experiment meant to grab attention. I’ll have to look into the rubber disks for the tripod and add them into the arsenal. Thanks for that too!
Suzan Lewis says
I really like this shot & B & W makes it. I don’t mean to be morbid but I see the death & decay. Great shot Jason!
It’s exactly how I felt while creating this shot. This is why I went with an empty sky. Almost as if the shipwreck was facing the final call. Heading into the light, with the dark clouds looming overhead. Thank you Suzan!
Jeanne Miller says
I am neither a photographer nor an artist but have an uncanny eye for all things beautiful …especially those with integrity. This is a beautiful photo. It grabs me and takes me into another time and place and makes me want to search for circumstances and the lives of the souls onboard.
Good work love it.
Thank you for taking the time to view and leave a comment. I love hearing about what emotions or thoughts photos like this draw out in someone. With certain shots like this one, I really take my time with.