This photo is from my first visit to Boston a few years back. It was a 3 day family trip and I got to explore Boston as a pure tourist. I had my camera around my neck and only one lens. No tripod, no filters no replacement lenses. It felt liberating and fun.
The favorite part of my exploration was a short (10min) and inexpensive ($3.00) boat ride from Long Wharf to Charlestown Navy Yard. While on the boat, I witnessed Boston from a completely different perspective and later got to photograph the historical navy yard.
It was fascinating to see USS Cassin Young sitting in Dry Dock 1. It is not often that you get to see the navy ship so accessible and completely exposed.
The Dock 1 is not a big place, and as result, it was challenging to find a good angle to photograph it. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I decided to concentrate on the dock itself instead of the ship, thereby emphasizing the deep perspective of the composition. Short focal length (14mm) at a very close distance was my solution. I think it worked well.
With deep shadows at the bottom of the dock and a bright sky, the dynamic range of the scene was quite high. HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing was obvious choice. was an obvious choice. I took 3 bracketed exposures hand-held (no tripod) and processed them for HDR in Photomatix.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 photos to tone map image ( -1; 0, +1 ). 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
– Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (dock structure).