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PS Maid of the Loch

By flatfoot471    
Work continues apace onboard the Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch at Balloch. Volunteers continue the push to get her to return to sailing condition. On the weekend of 26th & 27th October 2019, the volunteers successfuloly return the ship to steam and were able to turn her paddles and engine cranks for the first time since the late 1970's. A hurdle overcome, and a fantastic acheivement.

Tags: Landscape Scotland Autumn Loch lomond October Merchant United kingdom Pier Urban Night Normal Ships Balloch Paddle steamer Landscape and travel West Dunbartonshire 2019 18 - 125 Sigma PS Maid of the Loch

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
29 Nov 2019 10:21PM
Quite an achievement and also quite a nice shot.


With such a long exposure theres a tiny amount of movement in the boat, which can be dealt with by adding a bit of sharpening as in the mod.


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Willie

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pablophotographer 8 1.5k 373
30 Nov 2019 2:13AM
Hi. Bravo to all. It is an achievement indeed.

As for the photograph at this instance f/16 is a pretty closed down setting. Remember, the boat floats on the water. Not cement. So, there would be movement. Either stop down at f/8 or go up to ISO200, or both!
pablophotographer


Robert51 11 7 99 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2019 7:44AM
A stunning sight to see these wonderful boats moving around the loch. Sadly one we don't see to open now.
Saastad 1 16 5 Norway
30 Nov 2019 2:53PM
A very beautiful motiv with lovely colors, but not that sharp (good job Will).
I very much agree with Pablophotographer about the setting. I dont really see the reason to have a so long exposure on that motiv.

Arne
30 Nov 2019 4:32PM

Quote:A stunning sight to see these wonderful boats moving around the loch. Sadly one we don't see to open now.


The weekend this photograph was taken, the Loch Lomond Steam Ship Company managed to fire up the boilers and for the first time in 40 odd years, turned over her engines and paddles. Her days of returning to steam and sailing round the loch are getting closer.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
30 Nov 2019 9:06PM
You don't need huge depth of field here, so f/8 would be sufficient, and avoiding any softness due to potential diffraction issues.
The shutter speed would be correspondingly faster (if you can call 70 s short!).
Did you have any control over when the lioghts were turned on?

If so, having them on earlier when there's still some coloiur i the sky would give an attractive blue to the sky and water.

In fact a series of images tken ove the course of an hoir as the sky gets prgressively darker would yield a very attractive series oof images, though you'd be spoiled for choioce then.

That said, there's nothing wrong here and I'm sure the volunteers would be very happy wioth this.

Keith
30 Nov 2019 10:43PM

Quote:You don't need huge depth of field here, so f/8 would be sufficient, and avoiding any softness due to potential diffraction issues.
The shutter speed would be correspondingly faster (if you can call 70 s short!).
Did you have any control over when the lioghts were turned on?

If so, having them on earlier when there's still some coloiur i the sky would give an attractive blue to the sky and water.

In fact a series of images tken ove the course of an hoir as the sky gets prgressively darker would yield a very attractive series oof images, though you'd be spoiled for choioce then.

That said, there's nothing wrong here and I'm sure the volunteers would be very happy wioth this.

Keith



It was taken about 0500 am. Temp was about -4deg. The softness is more likely due to standing on a floating pontoon and a swan swimming past caused the pontoon to move. Not the boat. Had no control over the lights. Just an impulse to try something different
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
30 Nov 2019 11:07PM
I think there's a basic question here - is this about the best possible shot of the ship, or the atmosphere? Or was it simply an experiment to see what happened with an ultralong exposure?

If it's the ship, then up the ISO, open the aperture, and get it as sharp as possible: and maybe consider makign it a portrait format image, without the bright stuff on the right. But it depends what you want...

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