Entry Title: "Walk on the Ocean"
Name: Jeff Mitchum , United States
Category and Expertise: Bridges, Professional
Entry Description: How do you create new images from locations that have been photographed one time too many? By climbing under piers, over rocks, atop hills and sometimes even acquiring a cherry picker to shoot from. However, all was placed on the shelf except for waiting to get to this spot.
There was quite a bit of technical work involved for this piece—a creative mind being foremost. I had to also consider the arrangement with images and how a supporting cast reflects with its main subject.
Once I saw the weathered pilings and color, I consulted my tidal charts. Seeing that the tide would be optimum at 11 p.m., I decided on several tools to work with including my 28mm lens, which has an excellent depth of field—great for when working from within eight inches of the weathered stone. I also used a lantern to light the front of the rock, and last but not least, my headlamp brought the beams to life.
I named the image "Walk on the Ocean" simply because of the sense of space and suspension of space. This image is part two of "The Temple Series".