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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 shortcoming. 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.
While I was taking multiple shots for HDR processing I was not sure if it would be possible to align images later. Boat was moving very fast, I had no tripod (hand held) and it was very shaky. I used HDR Expose 3 to process 3 bracketed exposures for HDR and advanced setting in Align module helped me completely avoid ghosting effects.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
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
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water )
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.