The race

By December 30, 2008Blog

The raceShot with Canon 5D, 300mm f/4L IS
@ 300mm, f/4, ISO 500, 1/5000s

When I finally made my way to the Alice in Wonderland statue for a shot I’d planned out before my arrival in NYC, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise (though not totally unanticipated). In the Conservatory Water there were a couple of remote control sailboats under the control of some rather young sea captains. I can only vaguely remember seeing such images in posters, or movies, or something… I can’t even recall where. This is one of those things I’d subconsciously wanted to shoot for a long time, so I ceased the opportunity. It was a little tricky because I had to anticipate where they were going to make sure I’d be in the right spot (and the captains had to be part of the image, of course).

Unfortunately, the best shot I got still doesn’t totally thrill me. I mean, I like it, but I can’t help but be bothered by the man on his cell phone behind the crouching captain, and the couple further to the right in the background. I haven’t made up my mind whether I feel that kills the image totally or not, though… I may end up just cloning those people out, but that will be a little more complex a job of cloning than I care to do in Lightroom (Photoshop does still have its uses).

Processing on this shot started out with my custom Lightroom preset, Sepia. The only other thing I did was brush in an exposure adjustment (+) in the water because of clipping shadows (there are still some clipped shadows, but it’s more controlled now).

I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed watching this modernized version of a classic scene unfold before me. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the other figures in the shot and whether you believe they add to or take away from the overall photo.

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