Reflecting on 1912

I couldn't resist processing this. Even at 4am.


This majestic ship and I have history. Once apon a time, during my childhood, the captain would let me steer her from the bridge...


The TSS Earnslaw is a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer plying the waters of Lake Wakatipu. It is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Central Otago, and the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.


If I had to rank my favorite things in the world, Earnslaw would be very near the top. I don't know why, but I just love her. I only hope that she never see's the end of service...


Composing the shot:


(I'll be adding these sections to most of my shots from here on in, I enjoy sharing my thought process...)


My manfrotto tripod allows the upper extension to swing out 90° from the legs. So my camera was hanging over the edge of the wharf, with the neck strap securing it to the base as an added precaution.


After several tests, I settled on an ISO of 200 and f/5.6. The longest exposure was 13s. Focal legnth 12mm. Triggered by remote self-timer, three brackets from -2 to +2.


Post Processing:


Heavy masking of the origional (+/-0) was required to reduce the noise produced by the HDR merge, and to bring back the white in the hull. A subtle S-Curve was applied to enchance the contrast.


Finally, I reduced the Chromatic Aberrations by duplicating the base layer and applying a 4px Gaussian Blur before changing the Blending Mode to Color on that layer - try this trick, it works bloody well!


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Taken on December 17, 2010