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The ms Statendam is one of the premium ships of the Holland America Line; this is the fifth ship of this line to carry this name. It has been a regular visitor to Sydney Harbour this year. It is said to “carry less passengers than other ships in her class”, with two-tiered show lounges and dining rooms, deluxe staterooms, and a three-deck grand atrium, featuring an ornate 26 foot high “Fountain of the Sirens”. The photo attached to this link for the Fountain was supplied by Jeff Tupper (westozman). He did an Alaskan cruise in this ship in the fall of 07.

The ship carries 1258 passengers with a crew of 557. It was the winner of the 1995 Ship of the Year, awarded by the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society. It will be back to Sydney on the 20th of December, then a couple of more times in January and February, then it looks like it will move on to other locations in the world. To get a sense of scale, compare this ship with the people standing beside it (in the yellow shirts).


Much of this from:
http://travel.travelocity.com/ecruise/ShipDetailsSailingCalendar.do?shipId=50
http://www.cruiseweb.com/HAL-STATENDAM.HTM
http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruiseships/Statendam

Workflow was as follows:
Finding the proper location was the most difficult part for this. I took several exploratory shots from different locations, but wanted the ship, with the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Sydney Habour Bridge in the shot. I finally found what I wanted at the end of the Circular Quay ferry boarding dock, which I entered, to go home, (you have to pay to get in there). The lighting was a little strong from the left with strong highlight and shadow issues to contend with, so I bracketed the shot.
Shot was taken in Raw, with a jpeg for reference - NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow
Adjusted levels – black points and midpoints (by eye)
Adjusted curves – for contrast
Added an overlay layer and dodged and burned with 5% opacity black and white brush
Added saturation layer +12 to master
Saved as a tiff
Resized, added a layer, selected sky and reduced noise, inversed the selection and sharpened with USM, modified sharpening with a layer mask (50% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg.

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