I was all set to title this post “High Tide on the Delaware” — until I developed and scanned another roll of film today. The lead image of the pier is much better than the one I shot at high tide. So I changed my mind.
I shot this photo yesterday. I brought my 24mm lens because I had the itch to go wide. Glad I scratched that itch. The tide was out enough to expose some nice textures on the beach, the clouds co-operated (I used an orange contrast filter), the boys hanging out on the end of the pier added interest to the photo and the reflections called out to be photographed.
This photo was taken last week. High tide and a brisk breeze made for some interesting conditions. As many times as I’ve photographed the pier at Red Bank Battlefield Park, this was the first time I went out onto the pier. I had it to myself. I used my 75-150 zoom lens to get close to one of the old piles sticking out of the water. Can you feel the movement of the water?
Here’s another shot of the same pile. I couldn’t make up my mind which photo I liked best so I included both. When I was standing out on the pier, I was reminded of John Daido Loori’s writing about “seeing with your ears and hearing with your eyes.” I felt the water all around me, heard the lapping of the waves on the rocks, smelled the river aromas and the wind — it was a glorious moment.
Turn to the north and look up — what a view. That’s the Phila. skyline on the horizon. Can you feel the water now? I used my 50mm lens for this shot and cropped from the top to raise the horizon and give the image a panoramic feel.
The first photo was taken with my Nikon F3HP and Fuji Neopan 400 rated at 640. The rest of the images were taken with my Nikon N8008s and Tri-X rated at 1250. I had loaded the N8008s with Tri-X for a party but we ended up not going. Shooting at 1/4000 sec was the only way to control the light. Who knew I’d ever need a shutter speed that fast?