I took this photo when we were in Wilmington, North Carolina for a civil war weekend and had a dinner cruise aboard the Henrietta III on the Cape Fear River as part of the trip. The whole weekend was great! We cruised past the decommissioned USS North Carolina, a World War II Battleship as the sun was setting. I really wanted to capture the light as it appeared at that moment reflecting off the water and onto the hull of the ship and then back onto the water. Such a beautiful golden color, it was almost glowing! The sky was also a very pretty pinkish purple coloration with not a cloud to be seen. It was a glorious moment in a day filled with other such moments! I didn’t have my tripod with me and even if I did I could not have used it on this boat as there were just to many people walking about on narrow outside walkways and I could feel the slight shivers and shimmy of the boat thru my feet as it cut thru the water. I don’t think a tripod would have done much good and I am happy with the photo I ended up with as seen here.
I intentionally shot the ship a bit on the underexposed side to make sure that I captured all of the detail I could. What you say?!? Underexpose a shot on purpose??? That’s just crazy talk! ;^) I use Adobe Lightroom to process most of my photos and it does an exceptional job of pulling out the details when making the adjustments. I also use Adobe Photoshop but to a much lesser extent. I have soooo much to learn about the powers of Photoshop and I only know how to use a few of the features but I am learning! I can say that I really am liking Lightroom 4 more than Photoshop though. I am also learning the details of Lightroom and the powers that it has as well! It amazes me to think how much easier that the computer adjustments/processing as compared to the old darkrooms that I was familar with when learning how to shoot. So much has changed! No noxious fumes or chemicals to work with either! That part is nice but I do miss the intensity of the darkroom. The absolute darkness….the smells of the chemicals….the quietness and the anticipation of questioning whether or not I am going to get the result I wanted. Ahhh….good times. Good times.