One of the very best parts about being involved in photography is encountering a scene that leaves the visitor with many unanswered questions. Trying to place context on such scenes adds interest and intrigue for the viewer, commonly referred to as “artistic tension” by those who subscribe to Gestalt. Today’s post finds us taking a look at a tableau that Mrs. Toad and I came across on a recent adventure just outside of a tiny town called Saltair here on Vancouver Island, BC. As we came around a corner on the back-roads that ribbon their way up and down the coast of the island, we came across a great old weathered and rusty boat anchored in the bay.
The life of a fisherman here on Vancouver Island is not for those who are faint of heart. Frequent stories of boats lost to sea by sudden and fierce storms, particularly up near the northern tip of the island, tell harrowing tales of high waters and ferocious winds that tests the experience of those who’ve done this for all their lives. Some of those tests are lost, further adding to the sense of danger for those pursuing a life on the ocean.
Further to all this, the current state of our fisheries finds fish stocks depleting at an alarming rate, with some species being right on the precipice of extinction. This translates directly onto those who fish for a living, making it nearly impossible to earn a proper and decent subsistence. Today, more and more ships are being left abandoned as those who used them everyday have had to leave them behind and head to shore for work. Is this boat here abandoned? Probably not. It’s weathered state gives us all an immediate impression, but it’s important to know that these ships are used as work-horses, and their general appearance is of little interest to those who captain them.
But, this leaves no less a mark on those who encounter these types of scenes, like us. The inherent romance of life on and by the ocean is almost palpable, drawing many towards it like a moth to a flame. As we were standing on the shore taking in the entire experience before us, the crunching sound of shells beneath our feet intermingled with the distinctive smell from the ocean to really remind us of our deep love for the island.
And if that comes with a mysterious sense of intrigue and wonder, then all the better.
Our new Topaz Labs Detail 3 plugin made really enjoyable work of post-processing this image. The fine control we have over both enhancing the intricate details that make a scene like this come to life as well as the areas of contrast and shadow give us the ability to create imagery that expresses the character of the island as well as the personal vision we are trying to share. This tool makes an excellent addition to the artists repertoire for the very reasonable price of $39.99, we highly recommend it here at The Hollow.
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