Lost Soles

Abandoned shoes that have been found at the beach, and nailed to a telephone pole.

Abandoned shoes that have been found at the beach, and nailed to a telephone pole.
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People's Choice in Unique Images Photo Challenge
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Top ClassTM

Looking At Faces Photo ContestTop 10 class
Looking At Faces Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Cool Shoes Photo ContestTop 20 class
Cool Shoes Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Showcase Abstraction Photo ContestTop 30 class
Showcase Abstraction Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Showcase Abstraction Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Mysterious Shots Photo ContestTop 20 class
Mysterious Shots Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Footwear Beauty Photo ContestTop 30 class


Behind The Lens

I took this photo one afternoon during a vacation in Port Aransas, TX. When I saw this unusual pole, I just knew I had to take its picture.
I took the photo early in the afternoon around 3:00. We were staying in a motel right across the street from this pole, and I managed to take the shot while we were driving out to spend some time at the beach.
I had watched this pole for many days, trying to discover when the best time would be to take this photo. Ultimately, I ended up taking the photo right before the hours when the pole would be backlit. I wanted the light to be soft and keep the eye focused on the plethora of shoes that had been stapled into the wood.
I used my Canon Rebel t6i with a Sigma 70-300mm lens. At the time, this was all I had in my camera bag.
When I saw this pole, I immediately felt like there was a story in this shot. All of these shoes had been found abandoned on the beach. People had tacked them to this pole in a sort of "lost and found." I saw this image as an artistic reminder to keep the beach clean. The name "Lost Soles" immediately came to mind for this photo as well. It's been a while now since I took this photo. With the devastation of Port Aransas after Hurricane Harvey still fresh in my mind, this image (along with others from my trips to the coast) have become extremely precious to me. I feel very honored that this photo won People's Choice now.
I did some minimal cropping and color enhancement.
In my camera bag
My camera bag has grown since I took this image. I still have my Canon Rebel t6i, but I have a Tamron SP150-600mm lens that is almost permanently attached to it. I also carry a Canon Rebel 5 with a Canon 18-135mm lens with Polaroid wide angle attachment. I find that with these two lenses I have the versatility to take landscape as well as action, macro, and wildlife shots.
Pay attention to the stories that unfold around you. Look for things that are unusual in your surroundings. When you see something that you find interesting, don't hesitate to shoot it. You never know how long it will be around.

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