Steve Thornton
Problem Solving
Boat in Italy

Boat in water at dock and moving from the waves

Wide exposure/contrast range between the outside & inside of the boat

Background ugly

Other boats on right and left


Take 3 widely different exposures of the boat. See below for an in depth description.

Removed background & other boats via retouching

Dropped in background image then matched color & exposure values

Local color corrections

Local exposure corrections

Blend all elements into a believable image



To get this image I took 6 different sets of 3 widely different exposures of the boat due to boat moving up, down, left, right, pitch & yaw

I then blended together the 3 best aligned bracked images. These 3 bracketed images may not have come from the same bracket.
My normal bracket is: 1 "Correct" exposure, one 2 stops dark, one 2 stops overexposed.

The reason for 6 sets is to get a better chance of having one set of 3 exposures to align or very closely align to each other. I do this by setting the camera on a tripod with a shutter release cable and shoot a bracket of 3, then agian for 5 more sets. I am also aware of the waves and shoot between wave sets. It helps to ask the crew to use extra fenders and to tightly snub the boat to the dock for the photos.

You can clearly see the difference in movement between the "Before" image and the "After" set of images blended together.

The background photo is when I was on land in Milazzo, Italy, where the boat was moored, and I shot a bracket across the Aeolian Islands Sea.

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