Seeking The Image
While out along the Lake Michigan shoreline early February, I was looking for something of interest along the snow-covered frozen beach.
The lake itself was open except for the ice shelf along the shore. While the blue of the overhead sky permeated colorfully into the water, that scene wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
Looking inland into the dune grass, the angled sun was casting shadows of the grass across the recently fallen snow. Now that was what I was unconsciously seeking.
The fresh snow provided the perfect canvas for the dune grass shadows, as they drift throughout the frame.
I wasn’t looking for just anything to photograph that morning. I was searching for something abstract, something that causes the viewer to pause. I found it be incorporating the dune grass from an overhead vantage point.
This view allows the dune grass to diagonally intersect the frame, allowing the shadows to fill the vacant space.
The fresh snow provides the perfect backdrop. The shadows appear “softened”, yet yields the needed contrast.
I doubt this image would look the same if it were against the summer beach sand.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14377
1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L II IS USM
focal length 200mm
ISO 50, 1/25 second, f/25
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, Wisconsin.