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Charlie Widdis Photography Presents: Shedding the Past
I think the name of this shot might cause some confusion. It refers to leaving behind objects that have seen much history. The great thing about Maine is that, while we leave behind some of the objects and lifestyles behind, the spirit of Maine still persists in us. That same hard-working, hard-talking, traditional world we were raised in. No matter how the future shapes up, we know that we will adapt and continue. There is this great amalgam of the new and old in Maine, especially around Portland and you will be hard pressed to find it elsewhere in the country.
The techno-nitty gritty of this shot: This is actually two different shots from the same spot. I did one 8-minute exposure for the sky to give it that streaky appearance. However, over that time the buoy was shaken by the wind making it blurry and unusable. So I took a second much faster shot to get a sharp higher contrast foreground of the rocks and buoys. I then blended the two shots together and converted them to black and white. I added a series of curves layers in luminosity mode to add more contrast in the foreground and sky. After that I did a slight clear black to clear gradient to the sky in soft light mode. It was then brought into viveza 2.0 for some structure and a little more contrast. Finally I did heavy noise reduction for the sky and it was all done.