Lamar Nix  

Shipping Lane by Lamar Nix

November 2019 - Shipping Lane

November 2019 - Lamar Nix


About the Image(s)

Freighter transiting the shipping lane just off the coast of Sullivan's Island ( near Charleston, SC ) at sunrise. There is an alternate version shown as well, without the white leading line. The featured one could potentially be cropped a bit on the bottom, though I kind of liked it with the more spacious border at bottom.
Shooting conditions: 0.8 sec, ISO 200, f/14 , at 24mm focal length. 2-stop Singh-Ray, reverse N.D. grad filter.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Simply beautiful. Nice lines, light intensity and color gradation from the top left to the bottom right.
On my screen, the freighter appears a little blurred but it is probably due to the format restriction of 1 k.
I agree with you in respect to the cropping. From my point of view, it would depend on the room and space available on a wall where it would be displayed. This is a keeper!   Posted: 11/02/2019 15:26:48
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you, Pierre!   Posted: 11/29/2019 06:00:53

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
My initial impression of your scene was that there was a large old rusty shipwreck way down the beach. But then I saw it's stern wave breaking close to shore, and with further study I saw its dark wake stretching out behind when finally I realized it's no shipwreck at all - it's under way! Your perspective from this camera position really emphasizes how its course parallels & hugs the shoreline.

I like the white frothy leading line and wish for 3 shore birds working it looking for breakfast. I also enjoy the foreground bubbles. Combined with the warm sunrise reflective glow the scene evokes a peaceful contemplative mood.

If you were to crop off the bottom to have the white leading line begin at the corner it would enlarge the ship and bring it clearly into view. That cropped out foreground is almost devoid of color and warmth; it's cooler, almost blue, which I think adds some tension and interest This negative space to me helps balance the scene. Perhaps a small crop off the blue sky would be beneficial.

Definitely a Keeper!

  Posted: 11/07/2019 15:56:50
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you, Judy!   Posted: 11/29/2019 06:00:28

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus

I think you have done a great job enhancing this image. To me, it's a superb photo editing. Do you mind to share with us how you developed the white lines and the white sea waves? Thanks Lamar.
  Posted: 11/12/2019 21:26:02
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The white lines were due to a breaking wave at that particular moment. I included another frame taken between waves that the system labelled as "original" - it is just an alternate. So the featured image received very little tweaking during post processing. The camera was set to auto-white balance and as usual did a good job of producing whites. Thanks!   Posted: 11/14/2019 13:03:40

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Lamar,

This is a striking image, I feel the waves are fantastic and do work very well as a lead to the ship. You did a nice job of blending them into the image. I do think that the ship needs to stay in the distance and I like where it is placed now. Good job!   Posted: 11/25/2019 21:47:05
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you, Todd!   Posted: 11/29/2019 05:58:39

Kathryn Engle
Yes, the waves with the white edges really makes this image so much more than the original. Great work on the post processing as well as shooting the scenes. The light and the colors are just right for this shot.   Posted: 11/26/2019 11:15:39
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you, Kathryn!   Posted: 11/29/2019 05:59:04

An image with the WOW factor Lamar. I thought the vessel was a wreck at first but then realised it was a freighter. The colours are amazing. You have captured the breaking wave to perfection.The red reflection adds to the scene.The darkness on the right really forces my eye to the vessel set against the wonderful sunrise. My only suggestion is to crop to a 16:9 ratio and change the tone slightly. Well Done. Cheers Glenn   Posted: 11/28/2019 17:57:39
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Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you, Glen!   Posted: 11/29/2019 06:00:02