Strait Masts


This view is looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Washington State. Beyond the distant clouds is Port Angeles and the Olympic Mountains. It was a beautiful winter day and I had gone for a walk in the Chinese Cemetery with one of my house guests who stayed with use last week. After a few days of very grim overcast days, this scene from Harling Point was enough to convince him that Victoria is a wonderful place to live, even in the winter.

There were two large sailing ships out on the Straits that day; quite why I don’t know – perhaps they have had refits during the quiet season for tourists, or they are doing training runs getting ready for paying customers, or perhaps they were out with tourists.  This schooner positioned itself very nicely against the sunlit water.


Canon 5D MkII, with Canon 100mm/f2.8 macro lens, ISO 100, f2.8, 1/8000th +/- 2.0 E.V. (two brackets in each set were 0 E.V, but one was adjusted by -2 in Lightroom before processing in Photomatix).




11 thoughts on “Strait Masts

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    • Isn’t it? It is actually quite common to see that kind of light around here on a bright winter day, but when combined with an old style sailboat it’s a real treat.


    • Thank you Toad! I was standing talking to my friend that was staying for a few days and I had to excuse myself for interrupting the conversation while I took these pictures. I am glad I did not miss the chance.


    • Thank you Ken! The schooner was going so slowly that my friend wondered if it was even moving. Very obliging. More than enough time to changes lenses, and take several shots.


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