I met up with my first wedding clients at the harbor by my house. It was pretty nerve racking, as I didn’t want to mess anything up. I got there a little early and while I waited, I calmed my nerves like any photography would do. I snapped some pictures.
I haven’t been to these docks too much. I don’t know why really. I tried a few months ago; tried to capture the boats in some cool looking photo. The photos never really came out all that great. This time, I focused on the little things on the dock. This life preserver was sitting at the edge of the dock, just screaming (maybe that’s a bad word for this instance) to be shot. I got a few different angles with this. The sun was in a pretty nice place in the sky which gave that nice long casting shadow.
In post production I cropped a little bit, upped clarity and contrast and then added my own sepia style color toning to it. I like practicing with the dual color toning and recreating commonly used tonal changes, because I feel it is one of those things that can easily be done with some practice. That, and it allows you to tweak it even more.
I wonder how often this life saving device has ever been used. You wonder how often any of these donuts have ever really been used. I suppose a couple people have fallen off their boats, while cleaning or drinking (or both), and maybe some have looked a little too far over the side of the dock. I don’t think this one has seen much work in it’s day, which to me is a good thing. Have you ever been tossed a life saver?