Back at the Lakeshore for More Moody Photographs

September 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Lake Erie on the Rocks, Day's EndLake Erie on the RocksDay's End I know, I have been on a roll with the Lake Erie shore lately. I hope I am not boring you yet as I am sure there will be more to come. While I love searching for new places for variety and new challenges I also love going back, and I mentioned it on these pages quite a few times. Having been to the southern shore of Lake Erie so many times lately I feel I had neglected the area until now. Sure, I had a few photos, but given the beauty the lake has to offer I don't think it was enough. I think it goes to show that quite often we search for distant locations not fully recognizing the beauty all around us. I know, even this fact is not stated in this blog for the first time. In fact, it was that realization that led me to my slogan, enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, along with the #etbtsy hash tag. The lake just reminded me again how true that was.

I've gone through some interesting photographic times in 2016. Quite voluntarily and with a lot of excitement I picked up a film camera again, started developing my own black and white film after more than 20 years, and for the first time tried a pinhole camera. And yes, I have plans beyond those steps. At the same time, my digital photography has been both full of exciting opportunities and frustration. On the plus side, couple wonderful trips in 2016 offered excellent opportunities for seascape and landscape photography. On the negative side, I have had some technical difficulties with the camera and a lot of frustration with the vendor who just keeps doing the same thing over and over. What was the definition of insanity again? Well, the camera just came back again for the fourth time in 2016, which cost me about 8 weeks without it in 2016 alone. I will have to become a bit more knowledgeable on the consumer protection laws as I am pretty sure there will be a 5th time still. Anyway, I am not writing this to complain but rather to put the digital and film experience side by side. In a way, not having the DSLR available helped me spend more time with the oldies, learn a lot, and end up with a few shots I am truly proud of.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the wonderful looks of Lake Erie. I am offering a comparison here. A comparison of how much just a little bit of time and different camera settings can do with a scene. The photos are in a reverse chronological order and only 15 minutes apart. The first one is a 5-second exposure allowing for more motion blur of the water while the second one is only a quarter second, still enough to communicate motion, the rush of the incoming wave, but not enough to blur it into a calm and misty surface.

Rocky Shore at Sunset, Lake Erie, Incoming WaveRocky Shore at Sunset, Lake ErieIncoming Wave

Incoming Wave - Rocky Shore at Sunset, Lake Erie

Which one do you like more? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know why.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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