Port Townsend at Night
This was a fun night with a little excitement. When I first got to the beach you could see Mt. Baker in the distance. There were a few people walking on the beach and enjoying the beautiful day. It has been a very mild winter so far up here in the Pacific Northwest.
This next image was taken from the Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island looking across to the northwest at Port Townsend. I used seven images taken at different shutter speeds to get the town lights across the bay and to also smooth out the water to get that silky look. This image was taking at 200mm with a 2X teleconverter and cropped from the original image. I thought the cormorants sleeping on top of the pylons would be a good foreground element in the image. I was also trying to capture the local ferry as it headed to Whidbey Island. After getting home and process the image, the ferry was too out of focus due to the slow shutter speeds I used. That is when I decided to crop the image to what you see here.
As the sun went down, I was the only person on the beach. As it became darker and darker, it also became very quiet. As I was thinking about the image I wanted to take and looking through the lens to compose my shot, there was a very loud bark from a harbor seal that sounded like it was right next to me. As you can imagine, I jumped like the boogie man just grabbed me. After looking around frantically and catching my breath, I was glad it was dark so no one saw me. I couldn’t see anything so I went back to recomposing my shot because I also almost knocked over my tripod. I then heard something slapping the water and more barking. (Again, sounded like it was right next to me and made me jump again.) I finally saw two harbor seals playing in the water about 150 yards away to my left. It’s amazing how well sounds travels over water. I was then able to take the photos and decided it was time to put on the headlamp and head back to the car.