Sailing Into The Sunset

I guess I should have titled this one “Sailing out of the sunset” instead of “Sailing into the Sunset” since the ferry was actually approaching its dock, but I thought that “into the sunset” sounded better.  This shot was captured on the Seattle waterfront after a long day of playing tourist at the EMP Museum at the Seattle Center.  When I saw the setting sun and the ferry approaching the dock, bracketed by the fireboat in the foreground, I knew that this was a shot I wanted to get.  The happy accident was the seagull flying into the scene as I was releasing the shutter.  There were actually a lot of seagulls in the area as the pier to the right in this image has an outdoor seating area for a seafood bar and I suspect that a lot of the patrons feed the birds.

I could have posted a version without the bird, since it was WAY out of focus, but I really do think that the bird makes this shot and helps frame the ferry out on Elliot Bay.  I must confess that I did enhance the colors a bit with Topaz Adjust.  Topaz has asked me to evaluate their entire collection of plugins and this is the first image I have done since installing the package.  Over the next few weeks I will be using more of the plugins and will be reporting my thoughts on them here.

I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do, and please click on the image to see a larger version.

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  1. Nina March 25, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Not everything has to be in focus. Your point was the boat and the bird was in the right place at the right time. Without it, the shot is too sterile and too posed. I like to inflict a little bit of “flaw” in my work. Makes it lived in.

  2. murphyz March 25, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I like the bird being in the scene, it adds life to the image. My original query to myself was whether or not I mind that it is not fully in the frame, only partially; but then I realised that wasn’t the deal breaker. The good thing, for me, is that it’s about to fly through the frame, and not on it’s way out of the frame – the latter would have left a very different feeling for me I think.

    I too am about to work my way through the Topaz Labs suite; really enjoying B&W Effects so far.
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  3. Jimi Jones March 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Really nice shot, Scott. I think the bird is a definite plus for the image. Nice capture, man.
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  4. Toad Hollow Photo March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    This is really a great shot, Scott, I too like that bird in the frame. Great colors from the evening sky there!!
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  5. Averil March 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Wonderful shot! I can almost hear the sound of the horn the ferry is sounding

  6. galih jati April 26, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    I always love photos during the golden hours..they give sense of peace in my mind. Very beautiful photo scott!

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  1. […] Sailing Into The Sunset – a very colorful and fascinating shot from the studio of Scott Wood. Scott’s great shot taken at the Seattle waterfront finds us checking out an iconic coastal ferry as it makes it’s way into dock late in the day. […]

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