Photo a day: May 13 – More rising waters

Burlington Fishing Pier, Lake Champlain, May 13, 2011

Burlington Fishing Pier, Lake Champlain, summer 2010

Still stuck on the flood photos. There’s something about natural disasters that’s riveting – maybe just the power of nature on display.  The wind was washing the lake water over the pier. There was a strange light in the early afternoon that gave the sky a yellowish cast even though the sun was out. As you can see from the bottom photo, the lake level is usually a few feet below the deck of the pier.

The top photo was shot with the Olympus XA rangefinder, while the bottom with the Cosina 107-SW and the sharp little Industar 61 l/d (posted this photo before here). The Cosina is not a rangefinder, but a throwback to the Leica 1 cameras – not even a built-in viewfinder. The fact that you have to guess the distance ahead of time makes this a quick shooter, especially if you take advantage of the deep depth-of-field with the lens stopped down.

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