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Pic of the Week – Dingy, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia


Leica M6 rangefinder camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 rangefinder camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film


This image was made on a bleak, overcast morning in the seaside tourist town of Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia. Ironically I was in the area for a series of photographic workshops run by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Queenscliff is a lovely town and, wanting to come home with at least one great image, decided on a sunrise shoot on the last day of the conference.

Murphy’s Law of Photography tells us whatever can go wrong will go wrong. I can describe how the day started as follows:

  •       The alarm in the quest house in which I was staying failed to go off
  •       I awoke, some time later, by fairly heavy rain
  •       I hurriedly dressed and headed out, hoping for a break in the weather
  •       There was no visible sunrise

Experience has shown me that, when weather conditions are unfavourable for the grand vista, it’s often a good idea to concentrate on subjects and details closer to the camera. Color can often be found, even during poor weatheryou just have to be selective where you point the camera and move in close.

I found this little, old dingy moored in the shallows. The bright yellow of the dingy, together with the hot pink of the buoy, brought the scene to life by providing a warm/cool color contrast with the bluish tones inside the dingy and throughout the background. The color of the water is simply a reflection of the color of the sky. And dark rain clouds cast a deep bluish light onto the water.

The image includes three distinct areas of texture: the foreground, the interior of the dingy and the white cloud reflections on the surface of the water. In addition the oval and round shapes provided by the dingy, its shadow and the buoy add impact to the image. I like the way the dark shadow causes the front end of the dingy to appear to lift outwards from the water.

Its great how a few simple design elements (color, texture and shape) can raise a very simple subject, in a relatively non-descript environment, into a pleasing and cohesive composition. The dingy’s color and shape draw the viewer into the image and the other design elements help lead them to new discoveries within the frame.

The image was made with a Leica M6 rangefinder camera and Lecia 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. I employed Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make subtle adjustments to color and tonality throughout the image.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


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