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Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

The Marshes of Wellfleet

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One of the jewels of the Outer Cape is the Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay. A 937-acre preserve, Wellfleet is a diversity of habitats that begins in pine woodlands, traverses a beautiful salt marsh, and ends in a barrier beach at the shores of Wellfleet Harbor and the fecundity of Cape Cod Bay. As the late afternon light spreads over the grasses of late summer, their colors seem to light up and glow in a palette of pastels and earthtones, a wonderful prelude to the sunset-to-come. I wanted to emphasize the variously illuminated and diversely colored stands of grass with their watery intervals, so I chose a moderately long focal length of 450mm. An aperture of f/22 and a shutter speed of 0.3 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. At the focal length described I could isolate an angle of view of about 4.25 degrees, and I found a location that gave me the separation in the grasses I was looking for and put me perpendicular to the axis of growth of the grasses themselves.

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  • Comment Link tari federer Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:25 posted by tari federer

    This image is breath taking. It looks like a finely woven tapestry. It's just beautiful.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:07 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone, thank you all for joining me. This image was a little unanticipated bonus which presented itself as I waited for the sunset along the barrier beach. It had been a fairly windy afternoon, so I was glad to see the wind subside a bit as the light dropped. Nancy T., it felt much as you have described: a rainbow in the grass. Hey Ray, I was thinking about you the other day when I was driving along the BRP near Black Balsam Mountain. I hope you are well. Thanks for your kind comments: perpendicularity it is. Gosh, Dorsey you certainly know how to make a fellow feel good. My whole purpose with this project has been to help us all as we continue to reflect on how we "see" photographically; and I always appreciate being invited into your process and receiving all of your thoughtful comments. There was no GND filter used here. It was simply the way the afternoon light was moving across the marsh as it came through some low clouds near the horizon, and being patient enough to watch for the contrast to be as I wanted it. I appreciate the compositional guidelines we all know and love, but I see them as guidelines to be altered for the sake of communication and the evocation of emotional response in my viewers. Thank you, as always, for what you bring to this journey. Joni, I might back up one step from looking through the lens and say "always take time to stop and reflect on the feelings that are called forth as you "see" the beauty of the world around you. This scene grabbed my heart even before I looked through the viewfinder. Thanks again everyone; it's amazing to me that such a small piece of ground could bring forth such a rich conversation.

  • Comment Link Joni Meyer Monday, 25 August 2014 09:38 posted by Joni Meyer

    This looks like a weaving Don. Always take time to look through camera lens. Thanks for encouraging us to do so.

  • Comment Link Dorsey Davis Sunday, 24 August 2014 19:40 posted by Dorsey Davis

    With tongue firmly in cheek, I declare, "no center of interest?, no leading lines?, no rule of thirds? Just bands of light and texture and color stacked one on top of the other? Why would anyone ever take this shot?" Thanks, Don for showing us once again that there is more than one way to "see" things. Also no rules, except to capture that which tugs at your heartstrings. Although this doesn't touch me the way the mountains do, for the person who grew up in these landscapes and to whom this view is familiar and comforting I feel certain they would be touched by it. I like the way the lower band is shadowed (darkened by grad ND filter) so that our eyes are directed to the middle of the image where the grass line is bathed in the warm, afternoon light. Something new from you every week. I, for one, enjoy the diversity of images. I think it is making me a better photographer.

  • Comment Link Ray Foote Sunday, 24 August 2014 19:04 posted by Ray Foote

    Don, awesome image. Love the perpendicularity (I think that's a word) between the reeds themselves and the rows they're in. And such rich colors. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:41 posted by Nancy Tripp

    It is like a rainbow in the grass. I like the camera placement that shows the ribbons of water between the rows of grass. That is mother nature showing off and you captured it well. Thanks for sharing.

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