Photographer: Tom Gordon

Photo taken: March 5, 2019, at Alki Beach

Photographer’s description: “We love our ‘big’ car ferries but these 300-foot cranes arriving from China can only be humbled by Olympic giants. A happy accident to encounter this behemoth crossing the bay while out catching some Seattle view shots on the last clear air day of March as a lamb. Shot a series but chose this 400mm ‘compression’ because I ‘understand’ the size of the ferry. While the separation between ship and mountains is great, I feel some kind of gravity pulling through. Yes, I wish sunshine was bathing the cranes, freighter and trees. Taken with a Canon 5D MkIII, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS at 1/400, f/11, ISO 200”

Critique: “The triangle effect cranes, ferry and mountains creates lets our eye wander over the entire photo to see all the details in each of these layers created with the telephoto lens. Even though Gordon wishes the light was better, sometimes it you have to make do with what is available, and he did well.”

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