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April Evening in Barkley Sound

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In the Field

April Evening in Barkley Sound. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

Virtually anyone (and certainly any nature photographer) knows how much the colors in a sunset can change as the sun descends down to the horizon. But even with that knowledge I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised when this coastal sunset went from beautiful golden browns and subtle blues to these oranges, peaches, blues, and magentas in just over 30 minutes!

I captured this image when our first ever "Pacific Rim Explorer" photo tour was nearing its end on April 8, 2019. I used a Nikon Z7 paired up with the excellent Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8E VR. The shot was hand-held at 1/8s and I don't think I was EVER able to hand-hold this lens at THAT slow of a shutter speed (and still get a tack sharp shot) with my Nikon D850 (which has the exact same resolution). While I don't have the test data in my hands yet, I am quite sure that when you pair up the Z7 with an f-mount lens with VR capability you EXTEND the VR performance of the lens beyond that which you get when you shoot it with a DSLR (theoretically we know that SHOULD be the case, but "theoretically" doesn't always turn into "reality" in the field!).

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

April Evening in Barkley Sound: Download 2400 pixel image (JPEG: 0.7 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

April Evening in Barkley Sound. 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 @ 105mm. Hand-held. Z7 AF system set to AF-S and and "Pinpoint" AF area mode.

1/8s @ f8; no compensation from "recommended" matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

April Evening in Barkley Sound. 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 highlight reduction. Selective local adjustments performed using Capture One Pro's layers and masking tools. In this case adjustments were made on 5 separate layers and included local/selective editing of (or adjustment of) highlights, clarity, color editor and colour balance, and shadow recovery.

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

April Evening in Barkley Sound. Barkley Sound, SW coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2019.

Species Status in Canada*: Not applicable.