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Nov 28, 2013, Thursday
Sailing the Coho    Coho Ferry Juan de Fuca St Victoria 70-300vr  
Nov 28, 2013, Thursday
Jan 5, 2014, Sunday
Back from California    Coho Ferry Juan de Fuca St  
Jan 5, 2014, Sunday
Dec 29, 2016, Thursday
A cold trip on the Coho    Port Angeles Coho Ferry  
Dec 29, 2016, Thursday
Feb 8, 2017, Wednesday
At Sea    Coho Ferry Humor XC50-230  
Feb 8, 2017, Wednesday
Oct 14, 2018, Sunday
Mt Baker    Coho Ferry Juan de Fuca St  
Oct 14, 2018, Sunday

Sailing the Coho

November 28, 2013   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St, Victoria, 70-300vr

The sky was almost as blue as the sea last Tuesday when I walked onto the ferry that was docked in Victoria harbor. Ninety minutes later I arrived in Port Angeles. After waiting for border control, I walked ten minutes to the post office where I found my box half-full of nothing of interest. I stuffed the mail in my pack, walked back to the ferry, then returned to Victoria. 

I spent the ninety-minute ride in each direction standing on the ferry's upper deck, camera in hand. Today I had my telephoto, a 70-300vr, as the strait crossing calls for a long focal length to photograph the vessels sharing the sea with us: the Clipper catamaran, container ships, military and fishing boats, a Westcoast Air sea plane taking off to the mainland, and many kayaks hugging the shore. The 70-300vr isn't fast, but in good light and kept below 300 it is sharp and the vr helps keep it stable.

I used the short trip to test two recent purchases: an REI Overnighter backpack and a Nikon D800E. I bought the pack at the REI in Seattle and the D800E in Victoria. The D800E purchase was the product of a long period of rationalization as I am long past the point of being over-camera-ed.

In the bright, harsh light I focused on color. I'm happy with the D800e’s performance but these aren’t technically demanding shots. A steady hand is all that is needed. I shot them at a larger aperture (smaller F-stop) than what I'd typically use on a bright sunlit day because of recommendations to keep the Nikon's aperture below 11 to minimize diffraction This will require further testing as I need small apertures for times when I want depth of field.

The backpack purchase was another in a seemingly- endless quest for the perfect pack. My dream is Tardis-like in size, light of weight, and stylishly unassuming. The REI pack comes close: it is light and unassuming, with looks that are more luggage than back pack. The Overnighter drew me in with padding that reinforces an easy-to-fill rectangular shape. When zipped open, the pack's carrying capacity is easily visualized, unlike a typical load-from-the-top backpack. The pack will play double duty: carry-on and day pack. Cargo will be a DSLR, a few primes (10, 20, 35, 85), and accessories such as charger, storage, a 62mm polarizer, blower, and wipes. In the space left I'll stash toiletries (when flying) or jacket and lunch (for walking around town).

Victoria Clipper heading into harbour      
View from the Coho      
View from the Coho      
Taking off from Victoria harbour

Back from California

January 5, 2014   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St

I've returned from Portland, Silicon Valley, and Port Townsend, a trip spent visiting friends and shopping. Hiked a couple of days, back-to-back, Mission Peak in the east bay and Mount Tam in Marin. (Pictures to follow.)

This shot was taken yesterday, on the rocky return voyage sailing the Coho from Port Angeles to Victoria under a clear blustery sky. I braced against a ferry doorway to stabilize against the strong cold winds. Shot with the D800E, 70-300vr, 240 mm, f/8, iso 320.

Mount Baker

A cold trip on the Coho

December 29, 2016   Port Angeles, Coho Ferry

Yesterday I took the ferry across the strait to get the mail. The ferry was full with families and children but they all stayed indoors. The decks were almost empty.

Approaching Port Angeles      

There is a ship in the distance in this picture, you can just see its outline on the left. It's the 237-meter Hanjin Vienna, parked since fall, victim of its owner's bankruptcy and now in the grip of creditors. This image is an exercise in symmetry: it's square shaped and split top-to-bottom in the middle.

At Sea

February 8, 2017   Coho Ferry, Humor, XC50-230
@barackobama when do u get back from vacation no reason everything is good just curious Tweet by ex-Colbert Report and Onion writer Dan Guterman

Container ship

Mt Baker

October 14, 2018   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St
Red ship and Mt Baker