There is something quite peaceful and serene about driftwood on a beach and lately I have been enamored with making images of this type. I really like the strong foreground elements that you have when shooting driftwood and the backgrounds that you can get on Lake Champlain gives the whole image a sense of place. In the spring is when the driftwood is heaviest especially during all of the flooding we had here early in the year. The winter months can add a new dimension to images like this with snow or swift moving clouds overhead. It’s amazing how the landscapes especially here along the lake change from month to month!
I found this piece of driftwood walking along the waterfront boardwalk here and I struggled with this one for two days before I got the right shot I was looking for. On the first day I was here at sunset and struggled for about an hour to shoot this piece of driftwood. The clouds were horrible and I just was not feeling the shot at all. I came back early in the morning the following day and got the right conditions that I wanted with some storm clouds overhead for good measure!
Below is an image of how I had positioned the camera to make the image. This is something I am going to start doing with every image post (When I can remember!) as I thought it would give an added dimension to the image and how I went about shooting it. I only wish I had a shot of how I had to contort my body to get down and low to set up for this image!
Image Data: ISO 200. 19mm. F11 @ 70 seconds. UV filter and a Lee Big Stopper 10 stop neutral density filter.