Captain James Cook was born, 1728-1779, in Marton, Cleveland about 30 miles from the town of Whitby. An adventurer and navigator in the Royal Navy, Cook is best known as an explorer and most notably for reaching the south-eastern coast of the Australian continent on 19 April 1770 where his expedition became the first recorded Europeans to have encountered the Australian Eastern coastline.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum is in Whitby, The Museum is in Walker’s House which belonged to Captain John Walker to whom Cook was apprenticed in 1746. Cook returned to Walker’s House in the winter of 1771/2 after the First Voyage.
All processing done using Lightroom 4.
I am not worried about noise in this image. I feel it adds to the old atmosphere.
Melodramatic ?? Nah. I was just trying to create an old world atmosphere to suit the town that Captain Cook came from. I am happy with the result.
ORIGINAL UNADJUSTED PHOTO IN WORKSHOP
See the WORKSHOP for the original unadjusted image. The original sky was pretty darn dramatic without doing anything. The rest of the image was a bit underexposed. Not a problem when you have lightroom.
No special lens filters were used. Just the UV filter that I use to protect my lens. Not processed using any special plugins. Not photoshopped but lightroomed. I did make a lot of changes to contrast, highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity and colour channels until I was happy with the tonal range and look which I sought.
I also applied a (digital) gradient filter from the top of the sky downwards and diagonally upwards from the bottom left side. I was careful in adjusting exposure on the gradient filter applied to the sky. I have learned that an exposure adjustment downwards in a gradient filter causes the top of the sky to become too dark. I did also adjust contrast, highlights and shadows. I try to not make the gradient from top down too obvious.
I did darken some of the bottom left corner. I brushed some highlights across the water and sand bank on the left. I brushed a shadows adjustment along the piers of the jetty. I brushed an exposure and contrast adjustment over the city buildings. I then added a slight touch of vignetting to give a bit of depth to the image.
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snunney (100774) 2014-08-17 5:41
A finely detailed composition featuring the old town of Whitby. I like the point of view with the isolated yacht in the right foreground making a good pointer toward the town and the little group of boats in the left mid-ground. Excellent conversion to black and white to create a wonderfully atmospheric image.
jemaflor (98771) 2014-08-17 9:48
Interestingeffect with this contrast in b&w, a well balanced composition with the boat.
Royaldevon (39740) 2014-08-18 14:51
Whitby is a wonderfully photographic place and probably hasn't changed overmuch in many years. It really has kept its olde worlde seaside charm!
Your b&w photograph helps to emphasise this mood.
I really like how you have used the singular yacht to capture f/g interest and to act as a pointer to the other vessels and, ultimately, the town itself.
My warm regards,
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-20 2:31
as you know I`m a fan of BW so I enjoy this version very much, especially the sky,the tilted boat is well placed to give depth to the picture and helps add to the timeless look.
Best regards Les.
willperrett (11084) 2014-08-20 3:11
You've developed quite a portfolio of these dramatic monochromes. I wonder if you remember using a red filter in order to darken skies? I suppose it's possible that you still use this technique, though I assume these days you use Photoshop or similar. Although it's "unnatural", b/w is inherently "false" anyway, so allowing a great deal of interpretive and creative latitude. But for me you're right on the edge of the cliff where drama tumbles into the abyss of melodrama. You're teetering on the edge. Don't jump!
resat1972 (7576) 2014-08-20 11:10
a gorgeous black and white work
A great frame
a good job with the details
macjake (69173) 2014-08-21 4:18
really enjoy the frame you chose, the frame adds impact aswell.
we've seen a number of these dry dock/low tide photos on TE lately...i wonder why? just coincedence i suppose.
this is a fine horizontally layered photo, 3 distinct sections fill the frame smartly. very little dead/negative space.
lots of atmosphere too, well taken scene.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (3112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-16
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: United Kingdom
- Theme(s): Black & White, Harbours, Rivers, beaches and estuaries [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-17 4:53