A Decaying Boat on a Decaying Pier: Which is your favorite?


Saw this boat a few days ago at the Semiamhoo Resort near Blaine, Wash.

It was late afternoon and with the clouds obscuring the Sun, the light was perfect. Clouds act like a huge softbox and the soft lighting made this scene really stand out. I loved the way the old building and boat compliment each other.

What I didn’t expect was the HDR effect when the images were toned to correct for white balance and contrast.

The series was shot in Raw + Jpeg, manual exposure, w/my  17- 35 f/2.8 on my D300s and 80-200 f/ 2.8 on my D200.

Been trying to decide which one I like better so I’ll leave it up to you.

Pretend that you are a photo editor and need to chose one for a story on the decay of the boating and fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest. The photographer came back with only these 4 to choose from. It was a last minute assignment so they did not have any time to research and find suitable images. But one of these 4 will work.

Which one would you choose and why?

Photo 1:

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Photo 1: Decaying Boat at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.

Photo 2:

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Photo 2: Decaying Boat at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.

Photo 3:

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Photo 3: Decaying Boat at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.

 Photo 4:

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Photo 4: Decaying Boat at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.

Enter Choice into Poll and state why in the comments.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. All comments are appreciated.

Paul “pablo” Conrad

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6 comments

    1. Thanks Olivia for stopping by.

      My fave is #3. I like the curve to the hull and the intimacy.

      But #1 is hard to pass on as it’s tight, you can see more of the boat, and the building. It also has a better sense of place.

      Thanks for voting.

      ps: I like your blog.

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  1. I like photo one because I feel that the building in the background which is also somewhat decayed somehow adds to the story of the boat. Photo one also shows the size of the boat and you try to imagine what it was used for, pleasure fishing or commercial fishing.

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