This is downtown Port Townsend and the old ferry dock. In the background is the ferry heading over to the ‘new’ terminal about 1/4 mile … at the other end of downtown PT. I noticed the kingfisher sitting on the cables running between the pilings, and wished I had my telephoto lens (too heavy to carry around just in case). And Mt Rainier behind the mast of the sailboat is also a minor picture element. I like the combination of these … but it really breaks one of the rules of photography: the subject should be easy to recognize. Here, there are too many separate picture elements. But, I like it anyway.
I like riding ferries… and that’s a good thing, since there are so many involved in getting to and from Port Townsend (where I live). I struggled with the decision about going Black and White with these … they were, of course, heavily into shades of blue. Decided to go B&W partly from having just browsed through a few Lee Friedlander books.
This is the old ferry dock in downtown Port Townsend, Washington. In the early days of the town, the so-called “Mosquito Fleet” provided regular transportation around Puget Sound. Later, a scheduled ferry service was started and the current ferry provides service to Whidbey Island from a dock just a few blocks from this location.
I liked the Great Blue Heron on the top of the pilings in the upper photo … and in the far distance, Mt Rainier. The lower image shows just a hint of the Olympic Mountains … and a seagull standing on one leg.
This is a shot from Marrowstone Island just southeast of Port Townsend with Nodule Point in the foreground.
- Camera: Nikon D85-0
- Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 320
- ISO 3200 1/160 f/11
The Washington State Ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend and heading to Coupeville on Whidbey Island with Mt Rainier in the distance. This image is a good example of the difference between what the eye can see and what shows up through an image system. I had to play all sorts of tricks to get Mt Rainier to show up … it was pretty faint at the time, but a lot more noticeable to the eye than what the sensor recorded.
Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: 28-300mm set at 300mm ISO 200 1/640 sec f/13