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Ship Shapes

In the last few years I’ve ridden a number of ferries through the San Juan and Gulf Islands, in the western U.S. and Canada. Naturally, the camera comes out for passing boats, dramatic skies, and cliff-clinging madrones. But I also find myself drawn to the shapes and shadows on board the ferries themselves. Here are four of the compositions that have arisen from these moments; click open for slideshow.

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Sepia Fog

The fog returned yesterday to San Francisco — with a difference: it was apparently colored, eerily, by smoke from distant fires.¬†At Lands End, in the northwest corner of the city, it was not only foggy but dark well into mid-morning. I was working without a “middle gray” reference card, and so, after the fact, it is a challenge to make the image show the precise tone of the atmosphere. I can describe it only as a variant of sepia.