“Port Aransas Pier # 7″

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Theme Week 41: Port Aransas Pier – A Study of Light and Color

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Thursday March 20 2008at 10:03 pm , filed under Architecture, Landscape, Pier, Series . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

13 Responses to ““Port Aransas Pier # 7″”

  • This is by far my favorite from this series. I think it is the ethereal feel along with the fantastic palette of colors.

    The motion in the water and number of incoming waves conjurs up the feeling of a storm on its way.

    I am guessing the colors are from lights on the pier, if so this is a very cool effect. Well even if it isn’t, its still a cool effect.

    The right side of the image feels a bit heavier to me, I think because there is more color present there. Its not somthing that takes away from the image though.

    The only thing that I am wondering about is the little spec of orange, light I am assuming, visible under the pier. I think I would be tempted to clone it out. I would love to hear your thoughts on why you left it.

    I really love this image as well as this series. It has me very excited for my trip to FLA next week!!!!

  • Genji says:

    Best one yet. The foggy background, the contrast in the water, the orange light trough the center. This one is excellent.

  • rdouglas says:

    This is greatness. The shockwaves of the swells and the colors (bordering on unatural or eiree, with rustic orange, but right there were I like them) are wonderful. The motion is wonderful. My favorites in the series are the last three for their extra edge of mysteriousness and energy, but I love the whole series. This is why I keep tuning into your work. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers.

  • Marti says:


    This is my second favorite of those you’ve posted in this series. I love the framing, the colors and the action of the waves. The first one is still my favorite — it really evokes a lot of emotion for me.

    It’s been such a pleasure watching you develop this subject. You have quite a collection of very beautiful fine art images and I sincerely hope you find a gallery in which to display them. They are truly beautiful.

    Thank you for allowing us to peak in, and to learn, as you worked this subject.

  • petetucker says:

    After looking at the whole series again tonight, this is my favorite. When I asked myself why, I realized it was the color combination of blue/violet, blue/green, and orange that ties in with the etherial light, wave action and the pier structure itself. Then I realized these were the same color combos in the latest RV Daily Critique where you talked about secondary and tertiary color combinations. A fella who practices what he preaches, huh? Nice work.

  • Denise Becker says:

    Let’s guess. You’re staying near the beach…right?
    on the beach.

    I’m jealous.

  • tonebytone says:

    Now we have lots of implied wave motion with only 1.5 seconds exposure. I love the fogginess and the blur of the sprays. This must be twilight, as there’s no color in the sky. You also seem to have lowered the horizon to the bottom of that distant square. The colors on the water are probably from the lights on the pier and the way they are staggered makes me feel that now the pier has waked up and is lumbering slowly out to sea! First it plops down its right side legs, and next its left legs. Like a huge lumbering alien centipede.

    The subtle color of greenish on the waves right by the oranges from the lights is very interesting. Very subtle and I almost missed it, until I read Pete Tucker’s comments – thanks you, Pete! One thing I’d do which might take the “weight” off the right side, is to enlarge slightly the light area in the lower left – and make it definitely a tad greener. I think this would then balance the right side better.

    But even if not, this is still an image that creeps up on me and I see now stuff each time I look at it.

    Craig, this series has been inspirational for me. I remember one of the assignments you gave us at the Fundamentals workshop in November was to choose a subject and make 36 images of it. I never could complete that assignment – although I have done similar “bouts” of image-making with other subjects elsewhere. When I get back to Savannah in September, I now know of several places/subjects upon which I can unleash a “bout” of image making. Thank you for your constant inspiration :-)


  • pschulze says:

    Ooooooh. Yes, I agree with many of the other comments on this one. My favorite of all the series. The fact that I can get a sense of the waves, and that kiss of orange and pink color adds just enough depth and interest. Nice one.


  • Tim Gray says:

    6 and 7 are tied for my second favorite… 6 is perfect in conveying a dark mood and the play of color in 7 is superb, but the overall composition of #1 keeps it in top spot. If there was a bit more contrast in the “light at the end of the tunnel” in 7 it would make the choice tough.

    This was a great series to show how much great content you can extract shooting the same location in different lights, weather and subtly different viewpoints.

  • Mike says:


    So many times this week I’ve simply sat looking at these images and found myself shaking my head in disbelief. I had no idea, none, that it was possible to produce such a series of images from essentially one subject. I am impressed by the results, likely have a very dim understanding of the amount of work required, and most of all am thankful. Thank you for posting these.

    For me it’s opened up a whole new world of possibilities. This series is incredibly inspiring. I believe in your “myth of talent” and therefore believe that given a willingness to do the work any of us (me, even! imagine that) could produce work that would be as personally satisfying as this must have been for you. Whether I do or not, whether I have the skill today or not isn’t the point. The gift you’ve given here is awareness of the *possibility* where there was none before and that is a marvelous gift indeed.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed your time in Port A. It can be a fun, relaxing place.

    Have a great weekend – and thanks again,

  • admin says:

    Hi Everybody,

    Thank you for the very kind comments. The response to this one is rewarding because its my favorite in the series…. so far… I plan on going back to Port Aransas and continuing the project.

    The color in the water is from the different lights on the Pier. The colors have been presented here fairly straight…this one is a composite….I shot about 70 frames… 1 every second or so for a couple of minutes while I had this erie mix of fog, twilight and the lights on the Pier coming on…. my plan all along was to use different wave action on different layers to paint an ocean of my dreams. These colors were so beautiful in person…. this scene in particular had the biggest effect on me while I was there.

    To Brain’s question about balance – the heaviness on the right is intentional and the light showing is one of my favorite details in the image. This is such a symmetrical subject so I made conscious choices in editing to break that up.

    A couple of other things that are more out there. I tend to pull my camera more to the left when I am composing. If I don’t have a ground glass or a grid screen even if I am trying to balance things 50/50 from side to side I tend (understatment) to give more space to the left. I have known this since my 4×5 commercial architecture days. ( I believe I do this because I am about as right brained of a person as you can find… when that dancing person that you watched to find out if you were left or right brained was going around online I watched that thing forever and never saw the left brained spin).

    In this series of images I let that go. You will notice many of the images have more negative space on the left…so to balance that I chose images with stonger wave action or light or other things on the right.

    Now this is further out there. As I started to work with these images I thought a lot about the trinity of consciousness… Conscious… subconscious… and super-conscious. I also thought about left brain, right brain, and whole brain.

    The left side of the Pier started to represent the right brain and the right side started to represent the left brain… so I had fun in making the right side of the Pier in a lot of these more contrasty and louder just like the chatter of our left brain while the left side of the Pier tends to be more calm and quiet.

    Now everyone that was on the fence about me being crazy is sure of it!….Craig

  • tonebytone says:

    Craig, you’re not crazy. You just have a different – and higher – perspective on life and the world around us than most people do (pun intended – for those who have never met Craig, he’s TALL)


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