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USS Constellation in Baltimore Harbor by Eric Schweitzer

May 2022 - USS Constellation in Baltimore Harbor

About the Image(s)

Several weekends ago we were in Baltimore. This is the view from our hotel room which was on the fifth floor. The Constellation is permanently moored in the harbor primarily as a tourist attraction, but I believe it occasionally sails out into the Chesapeake Bay.

I shot with my Sony a7III with a 24 - 105mm lens set to 69mm. Camera settings were 1/44 sec @ f11 and ISO 400. In post I cropped completed basic and profile adjustments in Lightroom, imported in to Photoshop where I replaced a gray dull sky.

8 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
Beautiful image. The sharpness and saturation of the colors make the image super special.   Posted: 05/13/2022 20:44:33

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
The composition, colors and sharpness are outstanding; nice reflections in the water also.   Posted: 05/17/2022 09:39:54

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I like the framing and focus in this photo. For me the sky competes with the rigging of the ship. I also feel like the choice of sky, while appropriately reflected in the water, makes the overall effect bit too vibrantly blue, and overshadows the whites of the masts and deck features.   Posted: 05/20/2022 10:21:16

Julie Chapa   Julie Chapa
Really enjoying this elevated view. Nice job taking this through a window. I like the clouds but it does compete with the rigging as noted previously.   Posted: 05/22/2022 15:16:43

Brian Parkin   Brian Parkin
The composition/viewpoint is very good. For me it's a little too blue, and the dropped-in sky look a little off where the blue band of the sky meets the foremast. My first thoughts (as always - I'm a bit predictable!) would be a mono conversion. Are there a couple of sensor spots top-left?   Posted: 05/23/2022 03:12:02
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Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I definitely like the monochrome version. I took it back into Photoshop and enhanced the contrast on everything except the sky to bring those subject areas closer to having "true black" and "true white" (my technique isn't good enough around the masts, but gives the idea)   Posted: 05/23/2022 09:30:34
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Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Thanks for your comments. I like the mono version and the enhancements by Audrey make it pop a little more. I saw the fuzziness around the masts and checked to see if it was in the original. It is not so I concluded it is and artifact of the sky replacement tool in Photoshop.   Posted: 05/23/2022 09:42:42
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
The areas around the masts are the result of my lack of skill and patience at masking out around the masts. I was mostly trying to illustrate the contrast enhancement in the subject areas, and didn't take the time to do the finer points in masking out the sky. But for presentation I would have to do a more thorough job.   Posted: 05/23/2022 09:55:41


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