Week 10 – Lake Ohrid

Old fence along the shores of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia at sunset

Old fence along the shores of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia at sunset

Old fence along the shores of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia at sunset

Our tour group had gone for dinner in Ohrid, Macedonia. The restaurant had a view of Lake Ohrid, so while waiting for my food to arrive I walked down to have a look along the lake. With the sun setting behind me, I found this fence in a state of partial collapse. I took the picture not so much as what we see but for what we do NOT see. This fine art type of photo leaves a lot to the imagination. Why was the fence constructed, what was its purpose? How long has it been there? Did it originally go farther into the lake? The fence was made of steel, intended to be sturdy and last for a long time. It had once been painted aqua blue. To add a little mystery I made a long exposure that caused the water to be soft and the reeds blowing in the steady wind to be blurred. No one at the restaurant had a clue about the fence. Now the viewer’s imagination can fill in the blanks.

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes. It is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 940 feet and a mean depth of 508 feet. It covers an area of 138 square miles. Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania.

Technical data:

  • Nikon D2x and Nikon 18 mm – 200 mm f/3.5-F5.6 lens. The lens setting was 56 mm.
  • The exposure was 1.5 seconds at f/16, ISO of 100.
  • Capture time was 6:05 PM October 9, 2006.