January 24, 2016. Nepenthe, Big Sur Coast, California. We were celebrating my birthday with a day trip to Big Sur, and what trip to Big Sur is complete without an Ambrosia Burger at Nepenthe?
Satiated, I turned to see what my prospects were for a sunset shot. Laminated clouds? Check. Sea calm? Check. No fog bank? Check. Free of shipping traffic? No. There was a ship on the horizon, heading south at a good clip. Mental calculus brought me to the inescapable conclusion that it would ruin my shot. Damn.
I decided to shoot anyway, thinking I could get rid of the offending tonnage in Photoshop.
The sun descended. This ship approached on collision course, the skipper cluelessly unaware that he was messing with my shot.
Fine. I’ll shoot anyway. Click. Check exposure. Small adjustment. Click. Click. Click.
What. The. Farge?
No, Marge, it’s not a barge. It’s a ship in the shot sighted by the sun.*
This image will never be part of my Horizons collections, where there are no ship shots.
But it’s too good to sit in the archives.
(Nikon D750; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO Pro; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)
* Not quite perfectly framed, actually. Required a slight adjustment in Photoshop. Very slight.