Mike Washington  

Baltimore Inner Harbor by Mike Washington

December 2019 - Baltimore Inner Harbor

About the Image(s)

Captured this a few weeks age. Despite my best intentions of selecting and packing up my gear and tripod for a night shoot in Baltimore's inner harbor, I discovered when I got there, I packed everything but my camera. DOOH!

I had left it behind on my desk. As they say, "the best camera is the one you have with you". I proceeded with my iPhone, sans tripod. Shooting in raw mode with the Lightroom mobile app, I was able to control the ISO & speed to minimize some of the noise that is inevitable shooting on a small sensor in the dark. Final processing in Lightroom with curves and local adjustments to mask additional noise prevalent in the shadows.

5 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Nice shot - further evidence that we should stop carrying our DSLRs - and use our iPhones! Sometime I wonder . . .

One thought - the boat was so dark that I didn't see it at first - wasn't sure if that was a mast? Or some kind of antenna?

I tried to brighten the boat. Not sure if it's better or worse?

  Posted: 12/05/2019 11:51:52
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Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Mike,

Great job with the iPhone! And/or the post processing. Even when I blow it up to full screen I don't see noise. The colors and reflections are very festive and the top of the mast really dominates the sky and makes for a very pleasing composition. Baltimore has an interesting purple color scheme that I really like. Wonderful image!   Posted: 12/05/2019 18:24:38

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Thank you for your observations and comments. As I was working within the limitations of the device I had with me and didn't have the foresight to include and iPhone adaptor for my tripod I brought for the camera I forgot…
I shot, hand held, at the lowest ISO and speed I could manage to produce a sharp image. I then took the raw image, prior to processing, into Topaz DeNoise AI, to reduce the excess noise and artifacts. I then took it into lightroom for final toning, adjusting curves, highlights and shadows, plus a touch of clarity. There were some dark areas, like the left side of the boats bow that I felt I had reached the limit before those pixels denigrated. One trick, however, I could have employed, is mirror cloning the bow in photoshop.   Posted: 12/06/2019 04:44:46
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Mirror cloning - Photoshop is like magic!   Posted: 12/06/2019 09:38:50

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Mike! Creative and colorful evening rendering for sure!

I too, like the extra "Dodging" of the bow.   Posted: 12/06/2019 13:39:30


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