Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, Oregon, 97103
Manual settings f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 400, 35mm, Auto white balance. Photo taken on 3/31/13 with Nikon D40 and Nikon DX 18 - 55mm AF lens. Photo was converted to black and white in Photoshop CS5 with additional adjustments in Photoshop.
I took this photo at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Columbia Bar. The Columbia Bar is one of the most dangerous in the world; there have been hundreds of shipwrecks in it over the years. In this photo I made the clouds dominate the scene to express a sense of impending danger and foreboding. The ships on the horizon and Columbia River, although huge themselves were kept smaller to give the sense of danger from the weather. The flying seagull to the right of the scene adds additional perspective. I was lucky the seagull flew by at that moment! In this scene it is unknown whether the ships are merely waiting for their next freight to be loaded, or whether they are waiting for the danger of a storm to subside.