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photoblog image Sketches from the West Coast: How Deep Is the Ocea

Sketches from the West Coast: How Deep Is the Ocea

Shoot me, but I don't understand why we are  limited to the number of title characters here at Shutter.

Here's the title, as it should read:

Sketches from the West Coast: How Deep Is the Ocean...or How Strong Is the Chain?

San Francisco. Presidio Park.

Sketches from the West Coast: How Deep Is the Ocea

Shoot me, but I don't understand why we are  limited to the number of title characters here at Shutter.

Here's the title, as it should read:

Sketches from the West Coast: How Deep Is the Ocean...or How Strong Is the Chain?

San Francisco. Presidio Park.

comments (17)

Interesting composition. I like the position of the chain and the contrast colors between the light and solid background and strong and deep colors on the chain.
smile
Well, measure the depth with a strong chain.
vz-nostalgia: I wish I was strong enough to measure the ocean with the iron chain. smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 02:26
Wonderful DOF and comp!
vz-nostalgia: smile
Nice compositon. Safty of the shore, vastness of the sea. Sweet.
vz-nostalgia: And so are you, Ms. Gail.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Sep 2007, 05:09
It is a very strong and attractive panoramic scene, VZ.
Certainly the chain does speak with strength...its is a old design, of forged [not welded] links and has no weak points; it is rusting elegantly in the environment and the impression is the chain will still be servicable when the post is long gone...this is the chain link design that Gucci has adopted as a high fashion statement.
I like the indistinct land across the water...its lack of detail means it can be whatever I imagine it to be.
And the expanse of water...well, it can be a metaphor for the long journey we call "our life".
vz-nostalgia: Good point, Ray. It's like with people, some of us rust elegantly as we age, and some just fall apart. I know nothing about Gucci designs, as I can't afford any of it. I have to put my trust in you on this. smile
  • Stan
  • 21 Sep 2007, 07:00
Quite a compelling image. If the trees were just a bit sharper...
vz-nostalgia: That's what I call multi-layering the image, Stan. I don't want the trees to be as sharp as the main focus- the chain.
Cheers. smile
i see the depth of the rhetoric heightened by the reality of the chain (sharpened further by the focus). in order words, do we have an answer to something that we've defined to be way beyond us? great shot smile
vz-nostalgia: I got totally lost in your deep philosophical thoughts, Terence, but I appreciate your effort. Perhaps, I need to sweep the dust off my copy of Jean-Paul Sartre's "Being and Nothingness" and spend an evening in self-exile at the existential retreat, flipping through the old pages. smile
  • Frank
  • 21 Sep 2007, 10:11
Beautiful view from there.
vz-nostalgia: Worth the 5.5 hour flight from Atlanta, that's for sure, Frank.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 13:30
Forged links, not welded, as Ray says! That kind of chain, which I rarely see, is worth this entire photo, VZ. The rest is frosting on the cake.

No answer for the character limit on the title, however. Glad you added what you wanted it to be to the text.
vz-nostalgia: "The rest is frosting on the cake". So true, Ms. Ginnie. Even with all its charm, the picture of just a chain will be plain boring. That's why I had to build the image up, with all these layers.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2007, 13:35
The chain is fantastic, strengh in the shot too.
vz-nostalgia: I didn't make the chain, Tracy, but will accept your compliment for the unknown blacksmith. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 17:07
I like the simple composition!
vz-nostalgia: What you meant to say, Martin, is "the seemingly simple composition", right? smile
  • Tony
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 18:23
I dont know how you walk down a path and pick out a shot like this, but I am glad that you do. Thanks man, great picture.
vz-nostalgia: You're very welcome, my friend. The pleasure is mine.
  • larry
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 18:24
.......and How Far is Peace? would have been appropo for these times, just to make the title even longer. Great place to have lunch and maybe....take a nap.

As caught by your camera, it is a very peaceful place at the moment, but in time, that will change also.

Been there and I am happy for the flashbacks that this shot evokes.
vz-nostalgia: Happy to evoke good memories in you, Larry. We do need to reflect on good things more often in these turbulent times.
  • Kelly Henry
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 18:44
The Contrasting colors are amazing! Is this a trick of the camera or can ones eye really see this amount of color?
vz-nostalgia: That's an old Russian trick, Kelly. I say a few words and all the colors come alive. smile
  • Mike
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 20:24
The currents in the golden gate are extreme because of the tide. To understand the scale, the apparent buoy in the distance actually a 40 foot steel structure built on rock. The chain reminds me of the strength it takes to resist the oceans pull.

I think this is taken from Lands End though not the presidio, right?
vz-nostalgia: Thanks for all the useful info, Mike. You might be right, it well could be the Lands End, they're not far from each other.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland
  • 23 Sep 2007, 09:12
Very nice, I like it and thank you Ray for telling us about the chain.
vz-nostalgia: This Ray is something, isn't he? A walking wikipedia. smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Sep 2007, 18:29
Most philosophical VZ, I had to go away and contemplate such matters. Not often that I use my brain on a Sunday! lol

I rather like the open endedness of your question.

How deep is the ocean? Well is depth a positive or a negative! Deep could mean rich with knowledge containing experience and wisdom. Or it could mean deep and dangerous, difficult to cross and full of the unknown and untold nasties. How strong the chain? In isolation this question could also be viewed in two respects. A strong chain is often associated as a positive atribute being a valuable and important piece of mechanical equipment the esential item to "Link" things together. But we also use chains to shackle and secure things/people and against their will, or indeed a weight to drag you beneath the depths!

But I will take a positive view on your question and tell you that my ocean is very deep and my chain anchored to secure ground and unbreakable!

Gosh, I have rambled on a bit. Perhaps all I should have said was "Nice shot" lol.

mal
vz-nostalgia: Knowing mal "the philosopher- picture taker", I should've known there is another side of mal, "the philosopher-thinker". I'm glad you let your thoughts flowing and didn't restrict yourself to the ubiquitous, though meaningless "nice shot". You're welcome to "ramble" as much as you like on Nostalgia, my friend. smile
I'm more interested in how strong the chain is, as I Can't swim. Nice shot buddy.
vz-nostalgia: Better to learn the swimming skill, Sesan. Might help to save your life one day, when the chain is not around. smile
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