The biggest challenge I faced was the lighting. It was pretty bad. The “Parade of Ships” took place between 9 am and noon, and they couldn't have chosen a worse time as far as photography goes. At nine o’clock, as the ships were raising their sails, the lighting was decent. It wasn’t great, but it was OK. Every minute that passed meant that the lighting got worse and worse, and by ten is was almost pointless.
In my Creative Techniques in Photoshop course, one of the techniques I discuss is blend modes. This is a technique where you can combine a layer and a background in unique ways. I knew that it would be impossible to select a tall ship from its background with all the rigging, so the only way I could combine a great sky and beautiful natural light with the ships was by blending the images using this technique in the layers palette.
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Jim Zuckerman
In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.
For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, I’d project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.
I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.
For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.