<<< o >>>riverdance #3 11 comments + add yours

One of the things I enjoy the most about post-production is that it allows you to create interpretative photographs rather than literal ones; i.e. it provides an opportunity to explore different ways of looking at or representing the same 'facts'. For example, I've already posted two shots of this boat: the first one was an attempt to capture the drama of the scene, while yesterday's was more literal. Today's and tomorrow's however, take a slightly different approach; i.e. they are both attempts to offer a slightly more surreal view of the same scene. This one does so using colour, while tomorrow's (my favourite of this short series) is more to do with contrast.

For me though, the important thing is that I see all of them as real images, that all express some fragment of the 'truth' about the 'reality' of this stranded ferry.

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
11.04am on 1/2/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
aperture priority
C1 Pro
16x9 + beachcombing
comment by Thatch at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2008

I think this is my fav so far. you get a real idea of the scale of the ship. Oh David you not been down today to stuff your face with soggy biscuits ;)

comment by djn1 at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2008

Thatch: thanks. And no, I've not been there today, but am planning an early visit tomorrow :-)

comment by Richard at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2008

After many years in the SAR division at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, I did my fair share of "Run Aground' rescues due to Captains waiting until the last minute to admit defeat. I wonder what this Numpte was thinking. I read in the news it was freak wave that led her to ground!!!!!
Anyway David, Nice series, and to quote a few....I knew you would be there once I read it on BBC web site.

comment by Furanku at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2008

My favorite so far. The desaturaed colors give it a sad, abandoned look that I almost expected in the two first pics.

comment by nobody at 08:52 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

All I can say is... wow.

comment by Ásgarðr at 08:55 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

Pretty amazing shots. I like the previous one best, the "literal" one, not only the colors do I like better, but the car (tracks) gives more foreground interest I think. Nevertheless excellent photos, and can't wait for your favourite one!

comment by birgit at 10:29 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

cool and unusual image, I really like your post-processing.

comment by Wes at 05:59 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

I'm really digging this, the tone is just spot on

comment by Richard Trim at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

Obviously it's good and important to play around with processing. But only if the new end result provides a fresh spark of interest. This just loses all the impact drama and sense of interest. :-( richard

comment by Markku at 07:12 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

I like the middle photo, colours and the "car route" , gorheous.
Fine series.

comment by djn1 at 07:15 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2008

Thanks all.

Richard: I'd guess from the number of comments on this one, compared to the previous two, that a fair few people probably agree, but it's definitely one of my favourites from the trip. I'll be interested to hear what you make of the next one.