The Gulf Islands lie just off the mainland of British Columbia between Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island. These islands are officially the only areas in Canada designated with a Northern Mediterranean climate. Thinly populated for much of the year, the population of these islands soars during the summer months as parr-time residents as well as tourists flock to the sunny shores.
In the distance lies Salt Spring Island, largest of the Gulf Islands. It is seventeen miles long and nine miles wide, with a permanent population of some 10,000 people. The average annual sunshine measures well over 2000 hors, rainfall is 34 inches, and the mean temperature for the year is 17 degrees C (64 degrees Fahrenheit.) Its only town is called Ganges.
The view is from a small ferry which has just traversed Georgia Strait. The interesting cloud formations caught my eye and I daydreamed of island summers, washed up like Ulysses or Robinson Crusoe on some glorious isolated island shore.
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Cormac (26563) 2005-08-09 10:40
Good one John. As ususal, you have a very strong eye for composition. This has great horizontal elements - the ship rail, the mountains and the sky. At first glance the sky looks like blue mountains with a peak on the left, but it's actually blue sky with clouds above - very interesting. Well done!
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-09 10:41
Wonderful landscape. Great composition, POV and colors.
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-08-09 10:48
The Iron marine object is just like a cradle to the landscape, and it is its attractive presence that makes the composition.
Very good lights and deep view to this blue window in the sky.
Again a nice work.
ayobami (1353) 2005-08-09 11:31
Wonderful image! The lighting and cloud formations really caught my eye! This photo has such a good feeling of movement in it as well, truly wonderfully composed!
Ina (2687) 2005-08-09 12:11
Lovely light and colors... Composition looks fine too...TFS...Ina...
Graal (101674) 2005-08-09 12:17
Interesting composition. Ugly foreground and the beautiful - background, unusual contrast. Interesting two horizontal lines. Nice colours. Good job.
sarju (5324) 2005-08-09 12:39
nice capture of sky and clouds ... I like the way you included this iron structure from the ferry and showed us how lifeless structures can be used to induce life into a photo
thanks for sharing ... cheers ... sarju
designsoul (21492) 2005-08-09 13:05
John, a fine shot, very carefully balanced, beutiful. I love your DoF, excellent choice for sharpness, clarity.
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-08-09 13:39
beautiful composition and wonderful sky!
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-09 13:41
Interesting foreground in this shot,-from the thumbnail I really thought it was on of these japanese gates.Nice lightmood and beautiful cloud formations.
DLM (6479) 2005-08-09 14:04
Hi John,Nicely captured,simple foreground subject then onto the BIG sky with wonderful texture and shapes.
Tue (32438) 2005-08-09 14:22
Great picture! The sky looks really wonderful and you had a good lighting too. I like the composition, well done!
Mishe (3533) 2005-08-09 16:44
Excellent photo.Extraordinary composition.
Very well done.
Best wishes and regards,
danby1 (3697) 2005-08-09 17:03
hey john, another very nice capture, great light control and a great sky! did you use a polorizer? great shot, everything seems to be in focus and nice and crisp! icant say anymore, its a very nice shot!
huynt (5079) 2005-08-09 19:32
Bravo for your wonderful POV. Well composition. Thanks
singuanti (15250) 2005-08-09 23:02
Hi John. Another jaw-dropping shot from you. The whimsical clouds really do capture my imagination. To me it looks like the blue of the sky is a mountain and the cloud on top is the snow. Do you see that? At any rate I really like the strong foreground. Excellent shot John!!
oochappan (16355) 2005-08-09 23:09
A strong sober compo with the post towards this view bathingin the sun refelcted in the water and an impresionant cloud formation, a special light atmosphere you catched here.
Gregtom (7169) 2005-08-10 1:56
Hello, John! Very interesting composition with the cleat on the first plane! It is deeply associated with water so this composition really works! Good lighting and pretty weather situation. Good idea!
pnphan (3957) 2005-08-10 2:14
Cloud formation like this sure add a special affect to any landscape scene. well capture John
sam224 (6215) 2005-08-10 3:38
Excellent shot indeed. Good framing and fantastic depth here. I like the way you managed to capture the horizon. Good colours.
Very well done!!
cessy (13647) 2005-08-10 3:44
woww... fantastic sky,
very excellent capture John
the blue sky looks like a mountain, with marvelous clouds
very nice composition too
fabio_ts (13696) 2005-08-10 6:38
WOW!!! great POV for this fantastic and very original composition... and the sky is terrific beauty...
Lisas_world (1232) 2005-08-10 7:44
Hello, John, What and interesting sky! and lovely reflections on the water. I like the detail of weathering and rust around the clete, like the point of view of human time looking out on a timeless scene.
kebek (5438) 2005-08-10 7:48
Serwus John !
Excellent use of this solid and strong element to create adequate depth for this view.
I especially like "opening" skies here and clouds finishing the frame.
t0mmm1 (5440) 2005-08-10 10:34
Very good composition and nice POV. When I saw the thumbnail I thought that iron thing it's some kind of strange boat..., well now is clear. Excellent photo.
weswang (18223) 2005-08-10 10:45
Hi John, This island is much green than the one I have been last week. The green and blue mountain ranges are very attractive. You have done an excellent job to have captured the beautiful white clouds in the blue sky. A beautiful shot.
feather (51130) 2005-08-10 11:10
I take my hat off to you John; you manage to create a beautiful image out of nothing. A truly amazing shot. The unusual cloud formation with the mountain-shaped sky was the first thing I noticed. Superb!
annagrace (2467) 2005-08-10 14:43
Great capture of those lovely clouds. You have such a good eye for unusual lighting and your composition is always spectacular. The rusted rail adds a nice spot of contrasting color against all the blue.
Well done, John!
Stepan (27210) 2005-08-10 14:50
It's almost a japanese atmosphere !
Your pov is really interesting and getting close to this "thing" creates an original shot.
PS : and I don't speak about the sky !
kikvel (4784) 2005-08-10 21:12
nice shot John!
I love the rust just at the front
a slightly tilted horizon?
apache (1426) 2005-08-10 23:13
Looking at the thumbnail I thought the blue was actually a moutain...! The clouds beautifully outline the shape of a mountain. I like the way you have included the iron structure in the frame. Reminds me of the japanese gateways (I forgot what they call it). I like your excellent perspective.
danielswalsh (13599) 2005-08-11 0:29
A different angle on this scenic shot, makes for an interesting composition. You captured the sky quite well, with the beautiful blues, and the wind swept clouds.
Did you happen to get any photos of the usuall Ferry jumpers?
danyy (0) 2005-08-11 2:14
c'est bien d'avoir inclut cet élément au premier plan pour meubler un peu la photo.
Un magnifique ciel et une photo bien réussie malgré ce contrejour partiel.
De trsè jolies îles avec un climat apparement agréable.
ChrisJ (109360) 2005-08-11 6:18
I like the juxtapositioning of the foreground curves with those on the horizon, & in the clouds. The red rust alsp contrasts nicely with the blue sky. Well done!
aloyho (6798) 2005-08-11 7:19
From the thumbnail the sky and the cloud look like a giant wave approaching and about to crash on the shore. It is interesting to see how deceiving it can be. It is this quality of being able to appear like certain thing to certain people that makes this shot unique. The heavy iron structure helps to stabilize this composition. Simply amazing!! Regards.
HOBO (5282) 2005-08-11 12:57
A fine combination of sky and sea, John. I like your idea to place the clamp in the foreground.
jbweasle (9393) 2005-08-11 14:13
John, a great picture from "nothing"! It's a fabulous sky and I love the way the curve of the metal is repeated in the line of the cloud above. It's like a big smile.
jjbach (9324) 2005-08-11 19:30
Splendid compostion like a painting. The sky is incredible, like sea waves!! A very well balance shot with perfect lighting. Excellent work!!
PJE (20758) 2005-08-11 23:50
Well John right from the heavy iron foreground to the swirl shaped clouds and sky this is a very plaesant view. I love it. I would have never thought of placing the iron anchor in such a photo. It really adds interest and it compliments the sky lines as well. Nice work John.
quantabeh (5205) 2005-08-12 1:41
very interesting composition. The sky is really something. Great exposure. I like the lights and tones you have captured here.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-08-12 2:59
Hi John - Seems that photography the favorite pastime when traveling by ferries :-) You did a very fine job here by combining the close objects on the ferry with the special and interresting sky view - seems like a giant mountain behind the real - Thanks for sharing.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-08-12 3:52
The iron structure is perfectly composed with the clouds. Nice light too.
It's well done
sayzey (2358) 2005-08-12 8:33
Hey John, very simple foreground interest, to make a photo out of a rather normal island shot. it works very well! You have a sky which i think is very interesting. I can see a seperate horizon in the lines of the clouds, i.e. where the blue ends and the cloud begins!
Well done : ) As you might say " You nailed it!"
capthaddock (28790) 2005-08-12 11:00
Hi John - so simple yet so stunning, brilliantly composed idea, and that sky is just incredible.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2005-08-13 5:23
Great sky! Great colours! Great shot. All the elements in this picture in balance to give a good compostion.
cam (9043) 2005-08-13 19:22
REally a beautiful composition
I like the fact that you have included this strong horizontal item in the foreground which is repeated on every layers.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-08-14 10:28
Great composition, I like the colours and the sky looks like mountains, well done
mumek (20202) 2005-08-15 19:01
Good evening John!
Very impressive shot. Beautiful very interesting sky, dark islands, colours of the Strait's water and the most charming for me, the part of the ferry in the foreground.Very, very good work.
robiuk (10807) 2005-08-16 13:07
Very tasteful compo, good DOF and sky-work, the light is VERY natural - my congratulations!
MvS (4163) 2005-08-18 16:06
The shape of the cleat goes very well with the supernice sky. I love the format.
Xalkida (11744) 2005-09-19 4:45
What a marvelous shot! Great superb sky, excellent POV! Very nice!