Photographer's Note

I spent a lot of time in Chincoteague during the fall and early winter of 2003. There are many working fishing boats to see in that town, cruising in and out of the harbors every day. There are also a few rusted, retired/abandoned, and in some cases partially sunken, fishing boats. I love boats, and I love the look of old, abandoned structures and boats, so there is a lot to photograph in Chincoteague besides migratory birds.

I had driven past this boat many, many times. It always caught my eye, but I never saw much of a composition. The light was never appealing and water was always moving, disrupting any reflections. On this particular morning, I was leaving the island early, just as the sun was coming up. I finally had the calm water and the perfect, soft lighting to get an interesting shot of this old, rusted boat. I actually got into an argument with someone as I was photographing the boat. I had to pull into a trailer park and setup my tripod there to get this shot. As I was snappin' away, some jerk came out of his trailer and started giving me crap about private property and not having a permit to photograph the boat. I don't even know how this guy heard me out there. I wasn't bothering anyone...just quietly photographing an interesting piece of Chincoteague history. I argued with the guy somewhat, but for the most part, I tried to ignore him and focus on getting the shot. I finally got the shot I was looking for, packed up my gear, and left the trailer park and that unsavory character behind. :)

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