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That Sinking Feeling
Photograph by Jay Dickman

Because of low water, sailors need a ladder to climb four feet (1.2 meters) from the Shardonnay onto this dock in Lake Michigan. A few years ago owner Bill Maul of Suttons Bay simply stepped across. But by the fall of 2000, the yacht basin at Suttons Bay was getting tight. “The Shardonnay draws four and a half feet (.15 meters) of water,” says Maul, “and it was nearly touching bottom at times.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Cool and dry
Time of Day: Between 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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