On my recent trip to North Carolina, we had made plans to go to Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks to explore an abandoned village. As you can see from the photos that I have shown so far, we didn’t make it out there. An approaching winter storm closed the ferry from the mainland so we couldn’t get out there. What’s a group of photographers to do? Make do with what we were presented. We made a plan to drive to Oriental, NC to shoot the sailboats, which also turned out to be a bust, but along the way we stopped at this little spot in Bayboro, NC that Zach knew of where we might be able to get close to some fishing boats to shoot. This turned out to be one of my favorite locations that we shot on the trip. I got many good images here, including “Catch of the Day” which I have already posted.
These boats are huge! That must be some very deep water to allow the boats to dock here. The creek seemed impossibly small to allow these behemoths to venture in here, yet here they were, probably 3 or 4 large fishing vessels all docked in this little alcove. I was struck in particular by this boat – the Karah D. Of all the boats there, it was in the best condition, and it was docked where it was readily available to photograph. Some of the boats there looked as if they didn’t even function, but seeing the rigging and gear that was on board it was apparent that they get regular use. The same is true of the Karah D., but it was in much better condition than the other boats. It was just waiting here for its next voyage out to sea.
Both of these images were processed in Lightroom 4 first for basic toning and then sent to OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. In OnOne, I used Daily Vitamin as I do on most of my shots to add depth to the sky and bring out some details. I then went a step further with Tonal Contrast to punch out the details even more, and finished with Dark Glow to produce glowing, inky blacks. Once done in OnOne, I sent the image back to Lightroom to pull a bit more detail out of the shadows and bring back some of the highlights. I also boosted the blue and green saturation on the image of the rear of the ship to deepen the sky and foliage to make it more closely resemble the other photo.
Nikon D7000, Sigma 20mm f/1.8 @f/11, ISO 100, 3 exposure HDR