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One of the great things about shooting with a group of other photographers is the sharing of knowledge and ideas. New techniques that you may not have tried before come to light and subjects you may not have photographed otherwise make their way onto your memory card.

One of the downsides of shooting with a group of other photographers is that, inevitably, you end up with some similar compositions. This is the case with my shot today. My good buddy, Mike Olbinski, posted a frame of this same location with a slightly different composition a little while ago. I absolutely love his shot, but I couldn’t just let mine sit on the hard drive – so Mike, please forgive me 🙂

As for the title – I thought the creepy, salt encrusted old pier could pass for the ferry dock where one would begin their journey across the River Styx into Hades. Setting off across that eerily calm water towards the burning sunset in the distance would certainly creep me out!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10 stop ND Filter

Rich Williams - February 1, 2012 - 7:13 am

The foreground is a nice lead into that beautiful orange glow on the horizon. Well done, Heath.

James Howe - February 1, 2012 - 7:33 am

Very cool shot, great composition!

Adam Olson - February 1, 2012 - 7:35 am

Gorgeous Shot Heath! Awesome use of the foreground to lead your eye to the sunset. Well done.

Brian Furbush - February 1, 2012 - 7:36 am

Hells yes. Place truly is creepy, it’s nuts how the sky seamlessly blends into the water.

Chris DeAngelis - February 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

Mike and I captured this shot earlier in the evening so we didn’t have that fiery sky! I really like the rock in the bottom of the frame too. Now that you posted this mine may just have to sit on the HD for a bit longer…

Curt Fleenor - February 1, 2012 - 8:20 am

Outstanding! The two shots may be similar but you’ve each added your own unique perspective.

Len Saltiel - February 1, 2012 - 8:24 am

I’m glad you posted this Heath. This is outstanding. Great leading line, textures on the rocks and the spectacular color.

Mike Olbinski - February 1, 2012 - 8:32 am

Sadly, I now like yours better 🙂 The light is absolutely sick dude. Unbelievable.

Jesse Pafundi - February 1, 2012 - 8:59 am


Bob Lussier - February 1, 2012 - 10:17 am

Wow. That is just awesome.

A.Barlow - February 1, 2012 - 11:00 am

Love it, I know what you mean about letting it live on your HD. I have been WAITING for you all to get these shots out. Instead, been posting shots of sad fishes, lol.

Honestly though, I think you folks ended up with better shots, but I’ll try anyway. 🙂

Jerry Denham - February 1, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Heath, this is amazing! Great color and clarity with the 10 Stop ND.

Debbie Romero - February 1, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Magnificent perspective and great color!

Richard - February 1, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Love that fact that you let this one be in color. So many of these shots are black and white. Your color version is beautiful. And creepy. Something about old crusty pilings plunging deep into the dark water. You just don’t know what’s down there… 🙁

Rick Louie - February 2, 2012 - 8:03 am

Incredible sunset! Killer image!

Edith Levy - February 3, 2012 - 10:10 am

This is an awesome shot Heath. I absolutley love the color and the composition is spot on.

Dave Wilson - February 3, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Love it – great colour and lots of lovely ND1000 goodness!

Scott Webb - February 3, 2012 - 12:57 pm

My goodness. I’m reminded of the 10stop.

I currently have a 6 stop. I just need a 4 stop to stack I guess. Would your recommend that or would that hit on quality at all? What would a 12stop do? lol go bigger!

Love the colours and crisp clarity here. High quality!

Rich McPeek - February 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

WOW! Amazing shot! Just awesome!

Adam Allegro - February 7, 2012 - 5:36 am

Heath, this is really beautiful. Well captured and all. Fantastic work.

Viveca Koh - February 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

Sheer beauty – magnificent!