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Look What I Found

The best camera is the one you have with you – Chase Jarvis

I found myself in San Francisco last week. I had some time to kill one morning, so I took a boat tour of the Bay. I had a small pocket camera with me (high quality pocket camera – but still a pocket camera). I had no plan except to get your ordinary, touristy shots. With a little luck, maybe something to actually keep.

So, even before the boat pulled away, I started shooting. You never know, right?

Well, what I didn’t know was that AC (America’s Cup class) boats were in for a warmup race to the America’s Cup race scheduled for next year. And, as it turns out, the boat I was on was passing right by the boats about an hour before the start. And shafts of light were highlighting some pastel portions of the city and backlighting the sails of the boats. So I captured as we went by, proceeding to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, and all the usual scenes from the Bay.

When I returned home I started editing (post processing) the images. What I pulled out was this, a somewhat unique image of San Francisco:

I wish I could say I planned for the rowers in the foreground to add depth and interest, or even my position relative to the lighting. I of course cannot. But this image never would have been found had I not had my camera with me. You know, the best camera – the one with you.

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