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.