Early the next morning after our art museum excursion, we flew out to the Maine coast for a week. We visited Wells Beach and Kennebunk Port with my parents, but also took a day to drive up to Portland to visit with friends and take a boat ride in the harbor (pronounced “hah-bah”) on a sailing ship. We boarded the Bagheera from the Portland Schooner Company and did a tour of the harbor. The captain and his first mate did a good job staying “in character” for the cruise. We chatted with the captain a lot- his other job is as a train engineer. I took a lot of photos of sails and rigging, but only a few photos of the captain. This one where he wields a spyglass became my favorite image of the week.
The Captain and his Spyglass
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 50 mm, f/8 at 1/1000, ISO 800
Digital Darkroom. This was going to be a black & white portrait from the minute I took it. I wanted it to emphasize character, applying lessons that I have learned from David DuChemin’s ImageWork training class.
For global adjustments, I increased exposure by half a stop, and also increased contrast, shadows, whites, texture, and clarity. I lowered blacks and used the healing brush to remove a number of spots (probably sea spray on the lens, made worse by my big contrast increases).
The sky, of course, needed work. I lowered exposure by 3/4 of a stop, and increased dehaze.
I used the “select subject” tool to select the captain. This also pulled in the pulleys, but I was ok with that. I increased shadows and blacks, and just barely increased exposure.
I finished by adding additional clarity with a brush on the captain’s left hand.
WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.