Dawn on the Inside Passage
This image was taken before dawn while sailing the Inside Passage from Seattle to Skagway. Although we weren't far enough north for the midnight sun, it was never far enough below the horizon the get really dark. So even at this hour, the sky retained an ethereal magenta glow, as if from some distant fire, which reflected off the water as well. The semi-darkness and the moisture in the air combined to soften the outlines of the islands and mountains in the distance. The waters were quiet, disturbed only by a light breeze and the wakes of the fishing boats setting out for the days' catch. The challenge of getting this shot was the combination of darkness and the ship's motion, which required a fast shutter and high ISO.