14 Jul 14. A very good friend who lives nearby with water front property which looks directly across to the Olympic Mountains called a few days ago to invite us to take a boat ride to view some seals and waterfowl as the water was dead calm and it would be a pleasant ride. By the time we reached his home the wind had picked up and the water was no longer mirror-like, but we decided to have a go at it anyway. As we began our adventure we had a little difficulty in getting the 25hp outboard started, which should have been sufficient indication, the weather conditions being what they were, to call it off and wait for another day, but, being Scandinavians, we pressed on and made it almost to our destination before the engine quit. With a tide running against us, we drifted right up to one of our intended shooting locations and had to push ourselves off the rocks while working to get the engine restarted. It eventually did and then, instead of returning home, pressed on to visit an inlet just a little further on. As we entered the inlet the engine once again quit and this time wouldn't restart. So we switched to our armstrong backup power units and struggled against the rapidly moving tidal waters eventually making it to the far shoreline. Beaching the boat, we tied it to a private pier and spent some time on the beach pondering our options. Two that came to mind was to call in support in the form of another outboard motor to swap out for the return trip, and try one more time to get the problematic 25 hp going again. We did both, first calling for backup, then trying to get the old 25 started once more which we did, and motored home. Once back home we shut it down to beach the boat, and that was the last time it ran. Meanwhile our backup was trying to get us the other engine and wasn't getting our phone messages that we didn't need it. But all turned out well and we had a good time. The image for today was taken from the point in the inlet at which we beached the boat. The mountains in the background are the Cascades, on the eastern side of Puget Sound. With several new folks recently joining these mailing lists, and questions about what I'm doing to get the images, here is an explanation to the best of my ability to explain it. All digital cameras capture the image in a RAW format which might be associated with the idea of a latent image in film photography. You cannot see the RAW image as such, it is a B&W capture with luminance data for all of the colors. It takes special software to read these files which then allows you to work on them or just view them. Not all cameras give you the option of saving and/or working with the RAW image, but all of them provide an image in .jpg that you can see and edit. Embedded in the RAW capture is a .jpg and it is this image you see on the screen in the back of all cameras and the only format provided by some cameras. All of these .jpg files have been processed by the camera to give you something useable. So no matter what you shoot, the image you get from your digital camera had been manipulated (processed) in some manner. The difference between the .jpg and the RAW is who is doing the manipulation, you, the photographer, or the engineers working for the camera company. I elect to shoot in RAW and be the one who does the image making. I've attached a .jpg that is as close as I can get from the camera, the "pure" image as some would call it, in addition to the final edit I made. You can decide which you prefer. D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 9.