Sagamore Rescue

This is the Sagamore Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal. What you are seeing here is a rescue mission. I saw the boat on the left come through the canal and then just suddenly stop. I assumed they were just taking in the view. However, about ten minutes later the Onset Coastal Patrol boat was skimming through the channel. Over the PA I could hear them tell the other boat to tie the rope they were going to throw to their boat (it only took approx. 3 tries to get the rope to them). Once everyone was connected they towed the boat back to shore. Not an overly exciting rescue mission but it did give me an opportunity to take a picture.

I hadn't been down the Cape in a few years. I think this was the first time I had gone over the bridge since they removed the rotary. It was a very smooth ride. Luckily, I went down early enough to beat the traffic (later in the day it was very congested). I attended a photography seminar given by Rick Sammon. He is an amazing travel photographer. It was a terrific workshop and I learned a great deal from him. Rick stresses the importance of 'seeing the light.' I realize I have a long way to go in order to see the light and choosing the best exposure settings but a few things are starting to click (pun intended).

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  1. Melissa

    Sure, make me more homesick! Last summer was the first time I’d gone over the Sagamore Bridge without the rotary. It was strange… but I found it amusing they call the new ramp the “fly-over.” Great colors in this shot!

  2. I thought this photo might get you to come visit soon! I plan on going to your dad’s place this summer and staying over a night. I’m sure I’ll end up getting lots of great shots.

  3. Shirley

    I agree—great colors. I also like the perspective, peeking through the grasses.
    So what’s involved in “seeing the light?” I like “showing the light (or lack thereof)” in different ways in the pictures I take.

  4. There is so much involved in ‘seeing the light’ I wouldn’t even know where to begin! Actually a lot of it has to do with understanding the lighting conditions and then being able to determine shutter speed, aperture and placement of the subject. Rick Sammon has a book coming out in Sept. called “Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures.” I’m sure I’ll end up buying it. I typically have to take a bunch of photos at different exposures to figure out which works best. My goal is to better understand the lighting conditions and being able to better determine what my settings should be.

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