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Cement Ship - Aptos, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Cement Ship - Aptos, California

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Well, the rain stopped. It really wasn't that much to begin with, but it sure was a nice excuse to be lazy and spend time editing photos and playing on Flickr.

 

As 4 o'clock rolled around, I got off my ass and looked outside. Hmm, some breaks in the clouds to the south. Maybe I should head back to the cement ship in Aptos for some mood lighting. Before I drove directly there, I thought I'd check out the small pier in Capitola, but as I passed through, I noticed the clouds with any kind of interest were moving onshore and south. The cement ship it will be.

 

I really wanted to include more of the sky, but I think, in the end, it would have been an impossible shot. The pier and cement ship with the best sky just wasn't going to happen.

 

I headed out onto the pier, where the only people out were fishermen. They certainly are a hardy bunch. When I got to the end, the metal barricade directly in front of the dilapidated ship sure did get in the way. The shot I wanted was going to require a little more effort than I thought, but at least it wasn't a chain linked fence.

 

My lens just squeezed through the bars, but my camera wouldn't fit. I had to practically lean my camera and tripod against the barrier to get this shot. As much as I wanted to include the sides of the ship, my lens was simply not wide enough, and stepping backwards would have meant shooting from behind the fence.

 

Once the camera was in place, I loaded my filters and holder through the bars. After that, it was pretty straight forward...that is, until I felt the pier shifting and moving when the big sets of waves came through. You really could feel the sway of the entire pier. A lot of my later shots were very soft from the wave induced motion. Luckily, the light was better and the waves were smaller for this one.

 

Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm

8sec @ f16, ISO 160

Lee .9 Hard and .6 Soft Stop GND Filters

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Taken on January 21, 2009