landfall at first light

Posted by
Jeff (Honolulu, United States) on 6 June 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This scene greeted me upon waking the first night of the cruise off the coast of Italy. I made the image from the deck at my cabin.

The original image was rather flat, so much of my processing centered around enhancing the clouds and light on the water (both the reflection and the narrow line on the horizon which is lighter that the sky behind and the rest of the sea). This is not a duo-tone image, or one where a filter provides the color. The original sky and water, to the unaided eye, was all gray/blue of subtle shades at that early hour.

I kept the small amount of land rather soft to suggest the first sighting of land and to add a bit of mystery to the image. There is also a single light on the far shore. In the original image, which measures 60 X 40 inches, this light is very eye-catching, also adding to the notions of first sighting and mystery. It is not so easily seen in the smaller internet version of the image.

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