“Stranded” – Sharjah Coast, United Arab Emirates – Daniel Cheong – Featured Photographer
Charlie’s Super Fantastic Photo Tip of the Day: Look for a sense of scale in your image. It is very interesting when something looks really large or really small in a photo. I guess it gives a sense of wonder.
As I have noted before, Tom and I grew up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. So we were used to things floating up on shore from what we imagined were far off lands (Eastern Shore of Maryland). Could you image a real ghost ship of this size floating up on shore? I love the scale of the ship compared to Dan in the foreground. He really did an amazing job setting the mood of the image. To see more of Dan’s popular and dramatic images you can find him at any of the following sites. Also feel free to add him to your circles on Google + or like him on Facebook! I did.
This was back in March 2011 when I heard about this ship which went ashore on the coast of Sharjah, the Emirate next to the one I live (Dubai). So I drove early morning to get there before sunrise, hoping to get some nice sunrise lighting on the shipwreck. But that day must have been one of the rare cloudy days in UAE, so it was a bit of a disappointment, as the light was quite disappointing.
Nevertheless I decided to take a few bracketed shots of the boat, including myself in some of them (thanks to my wireless remote control). I also decide to take a few exposures using a ND400 filter, as I wanted to get that milky water effect. Back home in my digital darkroom I decided to process this shot as HDR to make it more dramatic, even epic like a movie poster. Too bad that the boat has been dismantled since, this was a great subject for HDR photography. My only regret is that I did not get back there again to take more shots at different angles in different light conditions.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @11mm
9 bracketed exposures at f/8 (-4EV to +4EV) processed with Photomatix
1 exposure at f/8 90s using ND400 filter, blended back on the HDR using Photoshop CS5
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