It is time for One Photo Focus, a photo processing project hosted by Stacy Fischer at Visual Venturing. It involves participants from all parts of the world working on a single image.
Stacey says: I was at a conference in Melbourne Sept 2010 and this was moored right outside the conference center in the middle of the city (hence the high rise buildings in the background). There were people climbing over the masts on several days so I think it was undergoing some repair or servicing, but it was too good an opportunity NOT to shoot it. Look forward to seeing what everyone’s variations will be!
Well, being from Melbourne, as soon as I saw this photo, I immediately recognised it and thought “that’s Polly Woodside” even before reading Stacey introduction! So let me first tell you a bit about it.
Polly Woodside’s History
Launched in Belfast in 1885, Polly Woodside is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque and is typical of thousands of smaller iron barques built in the old days of sail. It was intended for deep water trade and sailed 1.5 million kilometers around the globe. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s South Wharf precinct she is a tangible reminder of Australia’s rich maritime history and is one of Melbourne’s most iconic attractions.
In the early 1960s, a proposal was put to save the ship from decay and works started in 1968. Through the National Trust of Australia, an estimated 60,000 hours of painstaking voluntary labour saw the ship refurbished close to its original state 27 years later.
In 1978 she was opened to the public as a prominent feature of the Melbourne Maritime Museum, and is now permanently moored at the old Duke and Orr’s Dry Dock on the Yarra River. Now landlocked by a nearby road bridge, she cannot take to sea.
I was not sure how to edit this image. The buildings behind the vessel are a bit unfortunate and I would have dearly liked to remove them and free Polly Woodside from its city jail, but my Photoshop skills are not good enough!
So here is what I did instead:
- In Photoshop, applied a Curves Layer to decrease the highlights, particularly in the sky, and to increase the shadows to reveal more detail in the hull and rigging.
- Added a filter/stylise and solarised the image, which significantly darkened the sky. This made the rigging stand out against stormy clouds.
- Brought the image into Lightroom and tweaked the clarity, vibrance and saturation slightly.
Here is the result:
Do check what other challenge participants have done by following the One Photo Focus link. There are sure to be some creative interpretations of this iconic Tall Ship.