Safe Harbor / by Jonathan Gardner

DJI Mavic Air | f2.8 | 1/15 sec | ISO 200

DJI Mavic Air | f2.8 | 1/15 sec | ISO 200

Growing up in South Louisiana, I spent a lot of time on the water. While the Pacific Northwest is many miles away from where I grew up, it is the water that keeps me close to my roots.

I recently drove past the Shilshole Marina in Seattle on my way to Golden Gardens Park. While I was in the park to photograph the sunrise, I kept looking at the way the rough waters of the sound calmed when they hit the jetty. I took a few images from the shore but was never satisfied with the pictures.

I went home a slept on it a few nights. After a few nights, I realized I needed a change in perspective. There is no better way to change perspective than go up in the air.

In the morning, I went down to the marina and got the drone up in the air. The sound was pretty rough, and just as I was lining up the composition, this sailboat started making its way into the marina. While Puget Sound the craft was rolling 45 degrees and as soon as it cleared the jetty the roll stopped.

While I liked the composition before, the boat brings the feeling I wanted to capture. No matter where you roam, no matter how rough the waters may get, you can find smooth water in the harbor. How does this image make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.

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