A Most Beautiful Break

Marina at Dusk - Contax T2, f/4, Fuji 400 Pro color negative film.

Through the window, I could see that the sky was changing color. I was ready for some fresh air. I had been shooting inside on assignment for the last few hours.

All of the commercial work was being recorded with my trusty Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. But for this moment, I put it back in the shoulder bag and pulled out the Contax T2 that I had been toting. I keep it with me especially for opportunities like this.

I had a partial roll of Fuji 400 Pro color negative film inside the camera... plenty of frames left for anything that I might encounter. 

I worked my way down a short path behind the building. And there it was, the marina - calm, quiet, yet dramatic. I had it all to myself. I walked down the dock to find a good angle.

I limited myself to 5 frames. I have to be careful with film. My digital habits sometimes overtake me, urging me to record the scene from every perspective and exposure combination. But I stayed steady. I settled on this composition, set the aperture to f/4, and squeezed off just a few frames.

Then it was time to go back to work. I was invigorated. And when that Olympus digital went back into my hands, I seemed to have a new sense of excitment.

-Derrick

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