“Shooting Through” at the Goodnough Dike
This is a dike, the Goodnough Dike at the Quabbin Reservoir, inside the Quabbin Park. (Click on the image for a better view.)
OK, so it’s a picture of a dike with Lens Flare. But ignoring that, fascinating? Maybe not. It’s a long straight, now empty road. Don’t dikes have a job, like holding back billions of gallons of water? Where’s the water??? What to do? Always try looking behind you. If I turned around pretty much at this spot, what would I see?
Got rid of the lens flare, and everything isn’t quite so long and straight anymore, but where’s the dike? I then remembered a lesson taught to me by the great nature photographer Tony Sweet. He was actually referring to flower photography when he was stressing this point, but the technique of “shooting through” has wide applicability. Find something to fill the space that is interesting, adds to the composition. Trees, in addition to their other many wonderful characteristics, make great frames, for the primary subject.
Got our dike back. Time to move on.
Tech note: Shot in infrared on a converted D200, converted to black and white in post processing, Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro.