Tall Ships

USCGC Eagle

USCGC Eagle

Baltimore celebrated the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem with a "Star Spangled Spectacular" event (Sept 10-16) with a week of activities. With Baltimore's long and rich maritime history, this provided another opportunity for the much beloved tall ships to sail into town, right out of the history books.

USS Constellation Docked

One of the major attractions for tourist visiting the Baltimore Inner Harbor is the USS Constellation, the last Civil War vessel still afloat. Built in 1854, it instantly transports you back in time when you see it. From any angle, it strikes an imposing view as she sits docked at Pier 1. I have posted about this historic vessel before, most recently about one year ago here. It's also posted in the Photography Chat Community of Google Plus. Today we share a pre-dawn image taken from the top of Federal Hill, located across the harbor and south of Pier 1. I zoomed the 18-200mm all the way out to capture the scene below.

USS Constellation Docked
USS Constellation Docked

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In 1994 this ship, now on the National Registry of Historic Places, was condemned as an unsafe vessel. Her future seemed to hold a trip to the scrap yard but a $9 Million dollar restoration project was undertaken, and this great vessel was saved.

This shot was a 20-second long exposure and was processed in Photoshop CS6 where it received a generous crop. Afterward I used the Oil Paint filter and the new Blur Gallery to reach this final look.

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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.

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The Tall Ship Dewaruci

Today we return to the Star Spangled Sailabration held in Baltimore (mid-June 2012) that marked the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and inspire Francis Scott Key to write the U S National Anthem.  Tall ships sailed into port from around the globe for this event and provided quite a spectacle. The KRI Dewaruci, operated by the Indonesian Navy, is shown below.

Dewaruci - Tall Ship
Dewaruci - Tall Ship

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In a previous post we had a peek at this tall ship in the background of this boat rental image.

These massive vessels are truly a sight to behold and are always immaculately maintained.

Construction of this ship began in 1932 and was completed 20 years later, after a suspension of the project during World War II. It's overall condition gives no hint of it's true age.

Below we have a black and white version.

KRI Dewaruci - Tall Ship - B&W
KRI Dewaruci - Tall Ship - B&W

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Both images were pulled into Lightroom 4 where a landscape preset was applied before making other slider adjustments. The B&W was also converted in LR4.

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