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The river Rhine plays a key role in transporting goods all over Europe. This container ship is small by ocean-going standards, but it looks quite big in the inland ports or when it slides under the bridges. Conveniently, the sun was smiling on the ship and only the ship on this seriously cloudy day.

I am not easily mistaken for a Photoshop whiz, but I realized the other day that disclosing the editing steps may benefit some people. There are many people more qualified to do this than me, but perhaps someone can get some use out of a somewhat detailed description.

Editing:
Unsharp Mask, some brush work to enhance the wake around the ship, addition of a multiplicative layer containing a copy of the image with lightened shadows, levels, saturation, contrast to taste.

Commerce

The river Rhine plays a key role in transporting goods all over Europe. This container ship is small by ocean-going standards, but it looks quite big in the inland ports or when it slides under the bridges. Conveniently, the sun was smiling on the ship and only the ship on this seriously cloudy day.

I am not easily mistaken for a Photoshop whiz, but I realized the other day that disclosing the editing steps may benefit some people. There are many people more qualified to do this than me, but perhaps someone can get some use out of a somewhat detailed description.

Editing:
Unsharp Mask, some brush work to enhance the wake around the ship, addition of a multiplicative layer containing a copy of the image with lightened shadows, levels, saturation, contrast to taste.

comments (10)

  • Kay
  • 20 Jul 2007, 02:47
Hi Martin,
Thank you for explaining what you did in PS. I am a novice of some sorts, so this really helps. smile Love the colors in this picture, btw.
What a stroke of good fortune to have the light playing down upon the ship.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Jul 2007, 07:20
I am definitely one of those benefiting from your PS tips, Martin, so thank you very much. I LOVE this HDR look done the "easy" way.

Skies like that continue to be my favorite!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jul 2007, 10:38
Ginnie didn't even see the cranes - she must be in quite a hurry today.

And you are not a PS whiz, and I am Santa Claus tongue Thanks for ideas there.

Great shot, with barge in the spot light.
Thanks Martin for your comment..Big view here ; we can feel the force of the Rhine..And this color..
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 20 Jul 2007, 20:20
Simple recipe for a great picture, great sky and like the boat.
  • blackdog
  • In Bath on dial up
  • 20 Jul 2007, 23:52
Looks like a Donald Judd Scupture floating up the Rhine! Great balance of colours and a good choice of angle. Mike
I like this one, very nice depth and great management of lights and colors !
I like the depth on this shot and also the contrast of the boldly coloured containers with the rather muddy looking water and heavy sky. All the best, Dave.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2007, 15:46
i agree with red pen about the light. ship moves into frame nicely

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