Karl Leck  

Sailing West by Karl Leck

September 2021 - Sailing West

About the Image(s)

This month I'm presenting an image that is just simple design with no hidden meanings. On a beautiful sunny afternoon in the Galapagos last month, the crew hoisted sails on our small vessel, Samba. There were 12 photographers, 6 crew, and a great guide onboard for the 10 day trip. This was a relaxing time as we sailed between landing locations on rarely visited Marchena Island. A Nikon Z7 camera with 14-30 mm f/4 S lens was used at 14 mm, 1/320 second, f/16, ISO 200 for the capture. In post processing, Transform/Skew was used to level the horizon and tilt the sails a bit more to the right for a more dynamic appearance. The sun star is the result of the small f/16 aperture. I am amazed that modern lens coatings have contained flare so well.

4 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot, Karl. And so instructive for me, because I have some partial-sail shots from a tall ship cruise on Lake Washington in Seattle from June, and I have been struggling to crop a final image.   Posted: 09/03/2021 20:18:43

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wonderful. I grew up with a boat in my life every weekend, and love to sail. Perfect f16 star. You have a slight refraction curve to the right of the white sail, FYI. Or is that a plane contrail? Perfectly cropped! Love the geometry and balance of this image...wish I was there.   Posted: 09/10/2021 10:45:59

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Karl, What a dynamic graphic. I like the way the curves of the sails interact with the straight line of the rigging. The red, white and black of the sails gives a neat combination of ying-yang against the blue and white sky while providing a soft complimentary look with the same elements. I suspect that if you cropped horizontally to eliminate the bow, you would have a more mysterious image. But that is strictly an artist's choice.   Posted: 09/10/2021 19:08:20

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful image. The play of light on the water and the sun star (redundant I know) take my eyes to the distant island. The simple color pallet and the presence of both abstract and real elements holds my attention. I can feel the motion of the boat in those choppy waters. Did you use a polarizing filter?   Posted: 09/16/2021 16:08:28


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