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​Hong Kong Pilot Boat
This was taken on a very hot day with high humidity (about 95%) so it the air was very muddy to make it more acceptable I had a go at a B&W conversion, your comments are welcome
File information
Album name:SteveT / SteveT album
Keywords:​Hong Kong Pilot Boat
Editing Performed:Raw conversation, levels and convert to B&W favouring the red canal in Darktable. Re size and USM in Gimp
File Size:846 KB
Date added:May 13, 2014
Dimensions:2000 x 1336 pixels
Displayed:45 times
Color Space:Uncalibrated
Components Configuration:YCbCr
Customer Render:0
Date Time:2014:05:13 19:26:47
DateTime Original:2014:04:21 14:54:13
DateTime digitized:2014:04:21 14:54:13
Exif Image Height:1336 pixels
Exif Image Width:2000 pixels
Exif Interoperability Offset:9230
Exif Offset:292
Exif Version:version 2.3
Exposure Bias:0 EV
Exposure Mode:0
Exposure Program:Aperature Priority
Exposure Time:1/200 sec
FNumber:f 16
Flash:No Flash
Flash Pix Version:version 1
Focal length:147 mm
Metering Mode:Multi-Segment
Model:Canon EOS 70D
Orientation:Normal (O deg)
Resolution Unit:Inch
Scene Capture Mode:0
Software:GIMP 2.8.10
White Balance:0
X Resolution:300 dots per ResolutionUnit
Y Resolution:300 dots per ResolutionUnit
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George  [May 14, 2014 at 09:43 PM]
A working boat in what looks like a busy area so bet the Pilot has lots to do.
I'm a little surprised at f16, though 1/200 sec has softened the spray just a tad which helps the shot.
Central in the frame but works for me, all in all a very nice shot and an inspired decision to convert to mono, like it loads.
alanuk  [May 15, 2014 at 01:11 PM]
On first glance, nothing to say we're not in home waters as it looks very similar to a UK pilot boat. It's only when seen at full size that the Chinese name of the boat can be seen. i like the motion you have created here with the spray. To be ultra picky, I would have preferred the boat to have been just right of centre but it still works as it is. That ship in the background looks to be devoid of any cargo just but how high she is out of the water. (95% humidity.. far too much for me )
SteveT  [May 15, 2014 at 05:08 PM]
Yes the large boat in the background looks very high in the water. We found that the high humidity was very tiring and two showers a day became the norm.
I have started keeping the shutter speed as low as possible on shots like this which has worked on this image
Thanks for your comments
JOHN  [May 17, 2014 at 06:20 PM]
Perhaps Alan's though about having the boat off center to the right is a valid one, as Frank might say to give it some space to move into.
Again some very good detail when expanded, it seems like the boat has had a hard life, and looking a bit tatty here and there. But well seen and taken, as with fast moving subjects you don't always get a second chance if you miss it.
Beermonsta  [May 19, 2014 at 08:41 PM]
The image works well in mono, there is a good range of tones and you have captured the detail very well Steve, I don't know how you manage in that humidity, must be hell at times.
Helen  [May 20, 2014 at 06:49 PM]
You have captured a good sharp shot & the speed of the boat with the spray well, which it certainly looks good in mono. I wouldn't have been able to cope in that heat & humidity, I don't know how you coped.
SteveT  [May 20, 2014 at 07:09 PM]
Yes it was very hot and sticky but only for two weeks and only site-seeing, although about 6 years ago I did some work on 3 new build ships in Korea in the same conditions and that was hard
Photojunkie  [Jun 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM]
Love it, you can almost see the humidity (and pollution?) in the atmosphere? Love your B/W conversion and think you could prob go a bit sharper, but it suits it very well - and love that massive ship in the extreme left background coming around that ridge.. reminds me of pirate films for some reason! ..
par5score2  [Jun 04, 2014 at 07:25 PM]
Caught my eye.