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The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim

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In the Field

The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

In early April of 2019 I lead a photo tour into a region we've never used before for a photo tour - the Pacific Rim Explorer visits Barkley Sound on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, BC. It's a spectacular area with a diverse array of habitats and wildlife - and just stunning land- and seascapes. At the beginning of the trip we did have some challenging weather, but when the weather "broke" we were treated with some pretty amazing sights, like this golden hour sunset!

As a wildlife photographer I would describe myself as an "opportunistic" landscape shooter (as I suspect many wildlife photographers are). I'm out in the field a lot, and sometimes I'm treated with just amazing (and short-lived) scenes. And…often I'm in a situation where I can't be as disciplined or "deliberate" as I'd like to be (like in a Zodiac where tripod use is impossible and ya gotta hand-hold everything) - I have to grab the shot while the grabbing is good and with what's in my hands.

On that note - I am finding the Nikon Z7 - when used with the Z-mount lenses - has an amazing image stabilization system and it's helping a LOT with my opportunistic landscape shooting. As an example, I can hand-hold the Z7 with the Nikkor 24-70mm f4s zoom down to shutter speeds of 1/10s or slower and STILL get tack sharp images (even when viewed at 100% magnification). And that is a VERY handy capability for an opportunistic landscape shooter to have in their pocket (and something I simply could NOT do with my D850, even when using the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8E VR).

Here's a larger (2400 pixel) version of this golden sunset for your perusal:

The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim: Download 2400 pixel image (JPEG: 0.6 MB)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

1. This image was captured during our "Pacific Rim Explorer" photo tour in April of 2019. Each year I offer photo tours into several different parts of the Great Bear Rainforest as well trips to photograph marine mammals and oceanscapes in locations on Vancouver Island. And, in selected years, I also offer photo tours to locations to capture other highly sought-after subjects, such as Dall Sheep, Bald Eagles, and more. Details about these trips can be found on the Photo Tours page of this website.

2. This image - in all resolutions - is protected by copyright. I'm fine with personal uses of them (including use as desktop backgrounds or screensavers on your own computer), but unauthorized commercial use of the image is prohibited by law. Thanks in advance for respecting my copyright!

3. Like all wildlife photographs on this website, this image was captured following the strict ethical guidelines described in The Wildlife FIRST! Principles of Photographer Conduct. I encourage all wildlife photographers to always put the welfare of their subjects above the value of their photographs.

Behind the Camera

The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) 14-bit format; ISO 64.

Nikon Z7 mirrorless body paired (using the FTZ mount adapter) with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8E VR @ 155mm. Hand-held. Z7 AF system set to AF-S and and "Pinpoint" AF area mode.

1/30s @ f8; no compensation from "recommended" matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

RAW Conversion to 16-bit TIFF, including all global and selective adjustments, using Phase One's Capture One Pro 12. Global adjustments to this shot included modifications to exposure and colour desaturation. Selective local adjustments performed using Capture One Pro's layers and masking tools. In this case adjustments were made on 3 separate layers and included local/selective editing of (or adjustment of) highlights, exposure (balancing), and clarity.

Photoshop adjustments were limited to image re-sizing, conversion of Prophoto RGB colour gamut (to sRGB), final sharpening for online display, and insertion of watermark.

Conservation

The Golden Hour on the Pacific Rim. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

Species Status in Canada*: Not applicable