Sometimes the best photographs come when there’s almost no visible ‘light’ left. Today’s image is an example of one of those times. I was working at sunset along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain out along West End Blvd. in New Orleans, an area that took the full fury of Hurricane Katrina. The detritus of that event are still littered about: former restaurants still gone, only pilings left standing in the water, fishing piers that still stand mangled and wrecked. This is what attracted me out of the car to shoot, and the images were okay. But then in the fading afterlight as darkness descended, I spotted this scene along a small pier. A single modest work boat sat docked, its owner nowhere in sight, tied up and set off against the coming nightfall.
Now the exposures were long: I bracketed this image using shutter speed, wanting the keep the clarity and sharpness of an f8 exposure: 15 seconds, 8 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds. The 8 second exposure gave me the most useable balance of foreground/background exposure, the image that I found most dramatic and interesting.
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