Ed O’Rourke  

Floating Crab Shack by Ed O’Rourke

March 2020 - Floating Crab Shack

About the Image(s)

This is a picture from the waterfront of the little town I live in (Florence OR) and I was inspired by the peacefulness of the scene, the contrasting colors of the sign on the side of the crab shack and the reflection on the water. Of course the day it first caught my eye I didn't have my camera with me so after several trips back I finally got a day calm enough so I could get the shot with the reflection. I like
the way the white of the crab shack stand out with the vibrant colors in the sign and contrast that with the muted colors of the water and hills in the background. I was also trying to use the calm water to work with the detail of the pilings and boat masts in the background to provide additional interest.
The picture was taken on 1/20/20 with my Canon EOS R and 24 to 105mm lens set at 58mm. Aperture of f20, shutter speed 1/125 and ISO of 400. I was shooting with aperture priority. The picture was taken around noon on an overcast day (on the Central Oregon Coast in January it's usually overcast around noon).

5 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I am attracted, first to the colors in the image, then the reflections...love the reflections. I wish the shack had not been in the center of the frame.   Posted: 03/01/2020 08:43:16

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
I agree with Paul in that I am attracted to the colors and the reflections. Personally I think the slightly off center crab shack is balanced by the line of exposed pilings.

I noticed too that the shack still has its Christmas lights up. Have you tried a longer exposure at night to see if the reflections are equally interesting?   Posted: 03/01/2020 14:57:27

Jean Wu   Jean Wu

Agreed with everything said here. I am wondering if you changed your DOF and blur out background from far end of pilings may make the picture a different look. To me, the less is more. :-)   Posted: 03/02/2020 15:39:04

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I am very fond of reflection pictures so I love it. I am wondering like Jean if you retook the photo with a different DOF how it would change the photo because when you really study the picture you start to get lost in a busy middle. This is just my opinion as a beginner.   Posted: 03/04/2020 14:25:26

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Ed, I saved your picture for last. It's because I absolutely love it. It's in part personal for me. For the first 55 years of my life, I have always lived where I can see the ocean from my window wherever I lived. The Oregon, Washington and northern California coastlines have always been a sanctuary to me. However, I don't mean to say that if one can't relate to coastal living, the photo has no merit.
On the contrary.
Your image, Ed, has some subtle humor to it. It has a story. Technically, it's perfectly exposed, with the perfect amount of sharpness and the colors and tones are perfect too.
Compositionally, I have no complaints. Even though the masts are cut off at the top and the hills in the background are a little tight to the upper frame, I feel that more space would take away from your story and the center of interest. So I would leave it as it is. It's a wonderful picture and it stays true to the area of Florence.
By the way, I know Florence very well. I've spent a lot of time photographing under the South bridge across the river from the Best Western. I envy you for living in such a nice place where you can always smell the sweet smell of saltwater.   Posted: 03/05/2020 17:43:07


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