Photographer's Note

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.


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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