04 Jun 15. It being Theatrical Thursday, we'll go with a water color today that is also a composite of 9 shots. The "pure" image is one that will be going in the book, and the desire was for a shot showing all of "downtown" Hansville, WA. This one does it quite well, and actually includes a bit more than the at most two blocks total that comprise the "downtown" area. Perhaps the most important element in this image is the cloud bank that identifies the convergence zone that occurs right where it is in the image. Weather coming up from the bottom end of Puget Sound converges with weather moving in from the Straights of Juan deFuca and creates a very unstable area, one which good aviators avoid and the rest are no longer aviators. Looking into the picture, where the road in the center ends, was the entire business section of Hansville when I was a kid, and that was all owned and run by my aunt & uncle. I've written sufficiently about that in many previous mailings, but now you have a "face" to put with it. The long blue band in the water is Whidbey Island, touted by virtually all Washingtonians as the longest island in America, actually it's #26, and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. This was a fun place to visit when we were young and my memories of it will last my lifetime.
I started with a 9 image capture, adjusted all at once to have the same look, then blended them together, cropping and cloning as necessary to get a clean rectangular image. I then adjusted for max tonality, and ran a filter against that to get the watercolor effect. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /10.