Out at the end of Harborview Drive sits the remnants of the old ferry landing. I had been wanting to get a shot of it with a longer exposure to emphasize the geometry of the shot and produce a more minimalist take on the scene.
Titlow Beach in Tacoma is one of my favorite local spots and this was out on another summer evening with dad prior to our days here in the Puget Sound covered in smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia. There was very little cloud cover, just a linear horizon line that gives the image a little more orange pop.
I didn’t do a lot of traveling this year. Our one big trip was to Alaska on a cruise. We lucked out on a particularly nice day to visit Hubbard Glacier. The fog over the glacier combined with the ice reflection and sunlight gave the overall scene above the glacier's face a purple hue.
This is one of my local secret spots. On this particular evening, we had a really impressive low sunset which didn’t extend very high but reflected on the water really nicely. It was a pretty scene and after shooting for a half hour or so we were ready to pack it it when two kayakers came back into the beach right where we were standing. I quickly moved the tripod as they packed up their gear and I’m really happy I did as the addition makes the shot.
Sometimes you just get lucky. Out on a boat, which I’d never intended to be on starting out that day, this humpback was in the area for a couple of weeks. The captain deftly moved me into position on the off chance we could get a fluke included in a shot with Mount Rainier. For the better part of the remaining time he was in the area, it was rather fogged in. As I’ve said before, serendipity happens you just have to be ready to accept it when it does.
That’s the top five from this year in no particular order. I’m planning on pushing the envelope in 2019 as my schedule is a bit clearer. Happy New Year all and see you soon!
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