Al Swanson  

Tall Ship by Al Swanson

December 2019 - Tall Ship

December 2019 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

We were on vacation in Michigan a few years ago and while visiting Alpena, Michigan, we learned that the fleet of tall ships was sailing by the next day on its way to Duluth, Minnesota for a demonstration. Alpena is on Lake Huron and there was a tourist boat that we were fortunate enough to get tickets on to go out and meet these beautiful ships. This is an image of one of the ships. The morning was heavy with mist and fog so a lot of cleaning up had to be done on the images. I took the original and ran it through Topaz studio 2 to reduce the noise and sharpen the image. I considered adding some optional looks to the image but decided that this was enough. I then took the image into Photoshop and NIK. Here I increase the temperature to lighten the image and reduce the noise further. Then I straightened the horizon. I increased the saturation and vibrance but that did not alter the overall appearance very much. Technical data: Canon 7D, F9, 1/400 of a second at ISO 200.

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10 comments posted

I'm in group 78 but was looking at the photos in other groups and loved this picture. I think you really did some great post processing.   Posted: 12/01/2019 11:38:50

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
This is one of your best works. The transformation is very good. I feel the details and coloring really make this a standout image. To be very picky - I'd like to see a little more room for the ship to move into but overall, great job!   Posted: 12/01/2019 13:03:25

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with Marti that this is among your best works. Outstanding processing. Reminds me of paintings by 19th century master artists. Question: What lens did you use on your 7D?   Posted: 12/03/2019 08:17:03

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
16x200   Posted: 12/03/2019 20:11:52

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 and 80.
Topaz has become my best friend. What you created from that original is beyond belief. Absolutely fantastic.   Posted: 12/04/2019 20:57:37

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
I'm from group 42. This is a great shot,you captured the image. The ship sailing through the fog and the subdued color of the sailing tall ship makes a great shot. I also agree with Beverly about Topaz. I'm going through about 1000 slides from the early 90's that Bev found in our garage, while she was cleaning it up. It's been a big job, first converting them ,then working on them in Photoshop and Topaz.   Posted: 12/05/2019 14:56:15

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I am also impressed Al. You have a good formula there. Now see if you can have the same success with other pictures.   Posted: 12/14/2019 19:41:32

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Nice recovery from the original, Al. The subtle coloring gives this image an air of mystery, as if it is sailing from cloud bank to cloud bank looking for safe harbor. The fascinating story of the Mary Celeste comes to mind -- who or what is on-board, and what will be the ultimate outcome? Great job!   Posted: 12/18/2019 15:35:16

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Wonderful image Al. And you processed it exactly right. It has that antique look which is so appropriate to the subject. Very, very well done.
  Posted: 12/21/2019 12:44:53

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I have to agree with the rest, this is one of your best images. The color choices and processing techniques give it a painterly look. Simply elegant!   Posted: 12/27/2019 11:29:06