181122 Waterlines - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

Another photo of my namesake structure. I can't resist, but I also didn't have a lot of time to spend here. Having to catch a ferry back before they shut down for the night can be very inconvenient.

There has been a lot of rain over the past several weeks, and the water level is significantly higher than it was in the late summer. You can see this through the surface of the water; the area in front of the camera and to the right hasn't been part of the lake for as long as the left-hand side. When I was here previously the tripod would have been five feet farther forward.

But then look at the rocks and the pilings of the pier. They show the water lines from last summer, when the water level was feet higher, not inches, and the islands were closed to visitors.

In the spirit of my previous post about the Luxli Viola LED light, here's what the pier looks like without the added emphasis. It's not a direct A/B – the camera has moved and it's at f/8 instead of f/4 – but the metered exposure was the same. Some of the same adjustments were even applied, just for the sake of fairness. But the top photo with the aircraft trail is a stack of three exposures, while the underlit version is a single image. In both cases the silver-blue highlight in the middle is the reflection of the moon.


But when I say that a couple of months ago the tripod would have been five feet farther forward that doesn't mean that it would have been on dry land. Working with a 24mm-e lens – the Fuji XF16 rarely comes off of my XT2 – means that photos taken from behind the water have a different feel than ones where we get our feet wet.

Less immersive, if you'll forgive the expression.

Two things that I'm thankful for every time I go out to the shore: a good tripod and a good pair of boots. My Jobu Algonquin and I usually have at least our toes in the water when we're doing these photographs.