From Staten Island to Manhattan (New York)

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After visiting New York on so many occasions in the last decade I realized that I never had a chance to ride Staten Island Ferry. I have taken different types of courses and rides around Manhattan but never from Staten Island.

Last spring, before going to New York, I decided to compensate for my earlier shortcomings. I booked my hotel not far from Staten Island and every day, during my stay, I took the ferry instead of driving to Manhattan.

Beautiful and free 25 min ride is much more pleasant than driving in tunnel traffic and then searching for parking in Manhattan.

In total, I took 14 rides. I definitely overcompensated.

Travel Photography Blog - New York
New York. Hudson River
Loc: 40.681944, -74.046667

While I was taking multiple shots for HDR processing I was not sure if it would be possible to align images later. The boat was moving very fast, I had no tripod (handheld) and it was very shaky. I used HDR Expose 3 to process 3 bracketed exposures for HDR and advanced settings in Align module helped me completely avoid ghosting effects.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots ( -1; 0; +1)
  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
  • Focal Length: 19mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F8
  • Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
  • Tripod: handheld

Processing: HDR Processed in HDR Expose 3

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to HDR Expose 3
HDR Expose 3: I used 3  images to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom.
Lightroom: straightening, color correction, cropping, export as PSD image.
Photoshop:  cleaning, contrast
Photoshop Plugins:

  • Is the picture taken on the ship? How can you make the scene stay same? You use the built-in HDR function ?

  • Every HDR software has ALIGN feature which gives you full control over moving objects in your bracketed shots.

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