USCGC Eagle

Happy Columbus Day! Here in the US, this day is to commemorate the first journey to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The actual date was October 12 but the Federal Government has move many "holidays" to Mondays, and this one falls on the 2nd Monday of October each year.

Since I have no photos (nor anyone else) of the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria, I decided to at least post a tall ship image for today.

USCGC Eagle
USCGC Eagle

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This 295 foot vessel was launched in 1936 by Germany and transferred to the United States after World War II in 1946. The Eagle is used for training purposes and can often be found along the US east coast, although there was a year-long trip to Australia in 1987.

If you live in the Boston or New York areas, you may have likely seen this historic vessel in and around the harbors during tall ship gathering events.

Processing

Punch Settings - USCGC Eagle
Punch Settings - USCGC Eagle

What began as a 3-shot bracket run through HDR Efex Pro 2, ended up with me selecting the "0" exposure and processing it in Lightroom 4.

By the way, Lightroom 4.2 is now available (Update).

Once in LR , I applied the "Punch" preset that comes with the package and is located under the "Lightroom General Presets" dropdown.

Presets, as many of you know, make great starting points and after a few slider adjustments can dramatically change an image.

The settings shown here worked well for the image above, but every image is different and experimenting is always the best practice for the best results.

Thanks for visiting!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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