February 26, 2013

Ship, Juan de Fuca Strait

Photograph by Jason van der Valk, Your Shot

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A large vessel makes her way through the Juan de Fuca Strait near Victoria, British Columbia, on the southern shores of Vancouver Island.

Through heavy cloud cover over the ocean, the sun threw down many rays. I could see this ship nearing the bright light and waited until it was in the middle.

I exposed for the extreme highlights, leaving the rest underexposed and presenting a very dramatic image.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Patience has its rewards, as evidenced here. The dramatic beauty of this photograph, with the lone ship silhouetted against the sunlit swath of ocean, dwarfed by the sea and sky, is what first caught my attention. Hearing the story behind it made me appreciate it even more as an intentional work of art. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor


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16 comments
orange Doctor
orange Doctor

very beautiful thank u Jason van der Valk and N.G i cant say more because of poverty of words

Lea Ruth Lumague
Lea Ruth Lumague

This is like a painting to me. A picture in canvas. Nice photo.

M A
M A

Sigur Ros - Valtari 

pala lechat
pala lechat

So powerful in its solitary purpose.

Once again
Once again

At world's end !

love the light so much.gives a sense of loneliness.

pala lechat
pala lechat

The golden light is exhilarating against the chocolaty velvet sea and sky.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

I wish it were a tall ship, complete with sails.

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

A very striking silhouette indeed!
Somehow I didn't want to blink too much in case the ship disappears.

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