August 31, 2012

My Vacation—Part 4

On our vacation, almost every morning started the same.  I would roll out of bed about my normal time (4:30 to 5:30) and head out to do some shooting before JD graced the world, usually around 7:30.  Generally, I would head down to the dock area to photograph the lobster and fishing boats.  I liked the harbors because they seemed genuine and real.  As I looked at the harbors and the boats in them, I always got the same feeling—they seemed old, worn and tired, but still up to the task.
In today’s photo, the fog (which was a constant every morning) had lifted to the top of the roofs of the buildings.  As a result, you had this splash of worn colors of the buildings and boats framed by the defused colors of the trees and sky and the muted and abstracted colors and shapes of the reflections in the water.  I really liked this contrast and tried to capture it the best that I could.
Camera settings:  Nikon D4, 28-300mm f/3.5~5.6 with polarizing filter attached at 78mm, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/8th of a seconds on a tripod.
Post Processing:  
Lightroom 4—applied Landscape preset during import, cropped the image, set white and black points, increased contrast, saturation and clarity of the boats and buildings with an adjustment brush.


  1. I think I know the answer but would like to confirm it. The reason the boats and buildings look so sharp is in part because of the defused look caused by the fog and water. Is that correct? It makes the boats and buildings look too sharp to my eye. Will you post one without the adjustment brush used?

  2. I find the photo to be moody. Was this done intentionally? There is also something about the photo that makes me uneasy.