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The Hull


In a previous post I wrote last year, I talked a bit about scheduling creativity. One of the ways I try to schedule up time for creativity is to plan photo-walks while traveling. The small port town of Skagway, AK was just the place. I knew it had a rich history and was going to be full of image opportunities. You can rarely count on the weather in Alaska, but it cooperated this day. We had an hour to wander aimlessly around the small town and get off the beaten path. It wasn’t until the end of our walk that we discovered this fantastic ship. I didn’t have too many compositional options, so I tried to emphasize its power with a very symmetrical perspective. I also punched up its ominousity (new word) by increasing the shadows and some selective desaturation adjustments. It was a great way to end our adventure in Skagway. Well…actually, the photo adventure ended right after I made this image with a ‘super cute’ photo. I will post that one tomorrow.

Thank You! I had the opportunity to judge a local high school photo contest tonight. It was tough! All the entries were amazing and I wish everyone could have won. It is inspiring to see that kind of talent at such a young age. Thanks for having me, and I wish you all the very best!

You can find the work of these talented young adults here.

Capture Notes:

Processing Notes:

Capture 1 image (actually 9, but I didn’t really dig it as and HDR image. Much better on its own)
Adobe Camera Raw
Nik Viveza 2 – Selectively darkened the lift side of the hull
Photoshop – some selective curves and channel mixer adjustments
Photoshop – selective sharpening to the bulbous thing.
Nik Color Effects Pro – Slight Vignette
Sized for web

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  1. Great contrast from light to dark. Well done!

  2. Thanks Scott!

  3. Justin –

    Perfect image for the tilt-shift lens. Love the desaturation and contrast as mentioned above!

    On an aside….I stopped by the HS photo contest – some great stuff there. I especially like #8!

    Take care ~ jeff

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