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Abandoned Boats

By pixor  
Picture the following scenario:
Driving from Tobermory to the ferry, down a single-track road, wondering if we'll make it in time and our five-month old doing his best to deafen us with his crying in the back of the car, when these two old weather-beaten fishing boats appear round a corner.

"It's a shame there's no time to stop" says I.
"I'm sure we can manage 10 minutes" says my wife.

So I pull into a passing place, grab my camera and dash for the beach. 10 minutes (9 now) and I'm scrambling over the rocks, trying to find "the" place to take "the" photograph. Of course there is no one place, as there is no one photograph. I could spend all day exploring these abandoned boats. Weathered, split planks of wood, brightly coloured seaweed, rusty nails, flaking paint. My favourite subjects all in one shot. I find a spot, take a photograph, determined to make the best of it.

Back to the car, our son's screaming is louder, if anything. Time to go, ferries don't wait.

"Did you get your shot?"
"Maybe. I think so."
"We should come back another weekend, you could spend an afternoon here then."

I married the right woman.

Tags: Transport Boats Abandoned Hdr Mull Landscape and travel

Voters: Bolton66, andytvcams, GillyB and 26 more



13 Oct 2008 12:34AM
Such rich colour and superb composition - I despair at anyone passing by this and not being compelled to 'click'!

andytvcams 20 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2008 12:35AM
Worth it though Wink

Xxticy 15 1 United States
13 Oct 2008 1:05AM
Such a great image, the color, the tone, the rustic feel of the entire scene, well shot and presented...

Karrol 14 29 England
13 Oct 2008 2:42AM
Fantastic shot!
tbetts 19 Australia
13 Oct 2008 5:26AM
Great work, love how the different colours of the boats play off against each other

CherryMartin 15 10 United States
13 Oct 2008 6:36AM
mrsvee 14 1 England
13 Oct 2008 7:31AM
Super image.
Great detail & colour.
Well done.
pixor 18 181 Australia
13 Oct 2008 7:51AM
Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
I meant to say a little about how I "developed" this photo, as although I am mostly pleased with the result, I can see room for improvement.

I put an ND grad on, as I was had limited time, and although overcast, the sky was pretty bright in relation to the boats.

However, on getting home, I tried a "psuedo-hdr" approach, exposing the same RAW at -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ev, and using Photomatix Pro to combine them in order to bring out the sky and some of the textures better (I've tried to avoid the "overcooked" hdr look). Unfortunately, because I had used the ND grad, the boat hull looks a bit overblown to me. Maybe I can figure out a way to avoid that (any suggestions welcomed!).

An (extra) incentive to go back and do it again without the ND grad, and with a tripod Smile . It was our first time on Mull/Iona - it's such a beautiful place that we don't need much persuading to go back and see more.
Lilac 16 33 England
13 Oct 2008 8:16AM
Excellent image and great story

markymook 14 6 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2008 9:23AM
Really good shot.Great composition.
SlowSong Plus
14 10.7k 30 England
13 Oct 2008 12:24PM
Superb picture. The colouring is lovely. Very moody.
Tooth 18 5.8k 227 Ireland
17 Oct 2008 1:56PM

Quote:I married the right woman.

you certainly did...surprised she didn't say "and you'd better buy a new camera amnd some lenses to make the most of it" Smile

as for the bit on the hull, a few have mentioned on threads recently about doing the HDR but manually erasing back to an original layer where needed...might work

1 Jul 2009 2:20PM
This is beautiful!
14 Oct 2009 4:12AM
Great work. Well done!

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