Boston in Blue
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This is the first shot I grabbed during last Tuesday’s gathering of photo bloggers at Boston’s Fan Pier.
Contrary to appearances, this was shot pre-blue hour. The decidedly blue tone of the image is not a result of the disappearing sun, nor is it a result of software trickery. It is the result of an underexposed long exposure (102 second exposure, f/8.0, 320 ISO) using the Lee Big Stopper. When we arrived to start shooting, dusk was upon us and the wind was blowing so I figured I’d grab a shot with the Lee Big Stopper before the lights of the city started to come on. The result was a rather blue, very dark image. But since I shoot RAW, I was able to gain a couple of stops, revealing this moody view of Boston’s skyline.
Processing was almost entirely done in Lightroom. I increased the exposure and applied a graduated filter to bring back some of the tones in the sky. I used the Lens correction tool to fix the perspective, and gave it a tighter, pano crop.
Back in Art School, we’d call the results “a happy accident.”
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What a great location that was! I’m really surprised at how much of a colour cast that filter gives you. When I first looked at the picture, I assumed you had shot it with tungsten white balance or something similar. With my B&W 10 stop filter, I get a very marked warming of the image but it’s easy to correct in Lightroom (if I don’t want it).
What a great mistake! Love the mood of the blue (it’s my favorite color by the way) and the cool feel it gives the city!
that’s awesome looking Bob!!
This is just so absolutely fabulous, Bob, what a stunning photograph! Love the details in the city by exploring the architectural fabric exposed here. Awesome picture!