This was another one of those grab photo's that catch you off guard.
Its early in the morning, and I has just finished capturing a lengthy series of photo's of these exact same tankers but at a different location.
I was driving out of the Park, seemingly satisfied with my photos, when i noticed the sun had broken through the clouds and lit them up like a beacon in the night! Its amazing how the sun can be so bright even with heavy cloud coverage.
So i pulled the car over, took out my tripod and captured a few more. I know i've posted some of these tankers before on TE, but i just love them so much as a photographic subject. And this was my first time capturing them in HDR.
Hope you enjoy
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dta (79525) 2012-05-02 3:09
Hello CRaig ,
What a great capture of these lit tankers , with the theatening dark clouds at the horizon , and the luminous water in the FG !
Miguel82 (27646) 2012-05-02 4:32
Beautiful big boats
fine colors and excellent sharpness
KLB (23723) 2012-05-02 5:27
So impressive !!!
Superb picture, really. Like the strong contrasted colors, very attractive.
The balanced composition, the great use of the clouds line, and of course this marvelous light on the two boats... All is perfectly managed.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-02 5:27
moody and magical shot this. Love the light and the dramatic clouds that add atmosphere and look so menacing. Great and disciplined use of HDR to excellent effect. Bravo!
Regards - Brian.
JFS (32459) 2012-05-02 5:29
What a moment!!!!And what a light! Beautiful image Craig! Good work!
sevy (58) 2012-05-02 6:25
I had in mind some of your previous similar posts and I was thinking it was a repost. But no, it is full new shots. What a light!
And the clouds in background.
I would have been able to fill a full memory card with such a subject.
Sergiom (82971) 2012-05-02 6:31
J'aime beaucoup quand le soleil fait reluire des éléments dans un ciel presque noir. C'est du plus bel effet et fait bien ressortir les détails.
yquem46 (38752) 2012-05-02 6:43
An amazing shot actually
Very nice light focused on theses red tankers, in excellent strong contrast with the dark gray clouds at the horizon line
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-02 7:11
Love the atmosphere with that thick gray clouds in the sky and light blue water in the foreground. The red tankers make a nice color contrast. Looks like they are floating on a thin coat of ice.
lousat (93756) 2012-05-02 8:53
Fantastic capture my friend,you caught very well this magic moment whit the perfect light on the ships and this fantastic sky in background.Perfect camera settings for the best result! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-05-02 9:06
due grosse navi rosse che tagliano in maniera graficamente perfetta questo paesaggio di grande atmosfera, un'immagine veramente affascinante.
Molto bello l'effetto delle striature sulla superficie dell'acqua, complimenti ed un caro abbraccio.
Didi (60588) 2012-05-02 9:53
Thank's God it's only a very interesting tsunami of clouds
Very good spotlights on the ships.
You can try also a panoramic view :)
mkamionka (38433) 2012-05-02 13:24
extraordinary light combined with interesting clouds results in a great effect. You have well used the opportunity. Excellent work,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-05-02 13:32
Ships in the light are in contrast with the sea and sky. The composition is particularly well balanced. The exposure, light, color and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
worldcitizen (8860) 2012-05-02 14:09
What a weird wall of clouds! It looks like they fell out of the sky and are resting on the water. I like all the horizontal lines in this shot: the long tankers, the cloud wall, the water. Of course the sunlight shining down right on the tankers is very nice, too!
Sonata11 (33969) 2012-05-02 20:32
Interesting composition and framing of those tankers and fabulous cloudy sky. Wonderful and amazingly executed image with fantastic POV, colors, sharpness, clarity. Thanks for sharing. Perfectly well done. I like it very much. Great photo job.
All the best,
prasun984 (5590) 2012-05-02 22:18
Very nice landscape shot from sea side in a stormy weather.Nice light management with Great colors and details.Superb POV and ideal time for this shoot.Perfect result!
Have a great week,
saxo042 (37902) 2012-05-02 22:41
This is a very attractive and pleasant combination of colours! The dark clouds are perfectly captured.
CLODO (34928) 2012-05-03 1:19
The light is everything in your shot, and you noticed it. The bright red of the hulls explose on the black part and you get a big contrast also with the cloudy sky and the smooth sea. Your HDR treatment is well managed to give poxer to your picture.
Good note to explain your thoughts and way to obtain this shot.
I do enjoy!
dkmurphys (60837) 2012-05-03 1:55
The stormy sky shouldn't be a problem for those iron monsters of the seas. Great colors, fine atmosphere.
Enjoy the day.
delpeoples (58856) 2012-05-03 4:12
I really like the contrast between the threatening grey sky and that silvery blue on the water, it's so luminous. The orange boats also contrast well, although the look a little supernatural to me, like ghost ships :) Anyway, an eye-catching shot, congrats.
Have a great day
Royaldevon (40380) 2012-05-03 6:20
You are so right about the effects of the sun it has almost iced the water, illuminated the white areas and brightened up the whole of the boats. Those ominous black clouds, although formidable, make a wonderful backcloth for the tankers.
I have a shot, in my archive, of the early morning sun gilding the Manhatten Ferry, that you might be interested in. I will post it for you if, of course, I can find it!!
Have a great day,
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-05-03 6:53
That's so beautiful!
Simple subject and composition, but awesome visual results! The dark grey low clouds, the saturated colors of those ships, the peacefulness of the water, everything was superbly photographed by you!
I loved it!
TFS - congrats,
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-05-03 10:43
Ola Craig ,
Lindos estes navios iluminados pela luz do nascer do sol ,achei fantástico as nuvens de fundo com aqueles tons de cinza , bons reflexos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-05-03 10:43
For centuries ships have a strong attraction,
also this picture. The lower sunlight works
like a spotlight on the ships. The picture
has beautiful layers (that creates a beautiful
depth in the picture) and great light
managemant and composition. The dark clouds
fits like a good shoe (makes the picture
An option (not an improvement) is to cut a
piece from the sky, so that the picture ends
with the dark clouds.
J_Burke (1285) 2012-05-03 12:28
This image is a perfect example of the importance of the right conditions. The scene is captured perfectly, the contrast of bright sunshine with brooding clouds and blue tones is very effective and the image is beautifully lit. Well done for managing to capture this one. Thanks for sharing.
federico (3983) 2012-05-03 14:10
hi craig very well composed shot, you managed very well to get an interesting picture from a not so scenic subject
tyro (25950) 2012-05-04 1:53
Thank you first of all for telling me that this one is, in fact, HDR!
As always, your picture is stunningly sharp and clear and the colours are lovely and vibrant, but (and I think it's no doubt the HDR which has brought it about) there is also a wonderful "sheen" on the hulls of these two huge ships. The contrasts of the ships against that dark and moody sky are fabulous and I love the soft reflections on the water.
GREGG (7888) 2012-05-04 11:35
very nice shot,
cloudbank and water have created almost monochromatic background,
red ship looks great,
holmertz (55035) 2012-05-04 11:44
This is a beautiful and in a way terrifying picture, because to my mind it looks like those tankers are going to be hit by a giant tsunami in a few seconds. What a relief to know it's just clouds this time. Anyway it's a terrific composition, perfectly balanced on thirds, with superb shades of light blue and grey reflections of the sun. And of course these sun-lit red and black ships are difficult to beat as eye-catchers.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-05-26 1:13
Fantastic shot, spetacular with a good atmospher!!!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69859)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax 50-130mm F2.8
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-02 2:19