Reworking The Phoenix at Sunrise

The Pheonix at Sunrise

The Pheonix at Sunrise

 In an earlier post I wrote about the Phoenix:

“Come sail away with me. I have watched this ketch, the Phoenix, tug restlessly at her anchor for years. Though her sails are long gone and she is falling into disrepair, I can’t help but think the desire to be free before the wind is still there. She is moored just off from Saint James City where I made this photograph after sunrise, recently.”

While I really like the  image I originally posted, I didn’t think it was as good as it could be. A week or so ago I finally took the time to rework “The Phoenix.” I imported the original RAW file into Photomatix Pro and created an HDR file from the single image. The tone mapped result was re-imported back into Lightroom for a very little fine tuning.

You can see the “new Phoenix” above and, for comparison,the image from the original post is below. As always, thanks for visiting and please let me know what you think.

sailboat sunrise

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  1. Pat Bailey October 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I like the remake – it has more drama. But I really like the original because it has the clean, white color of early morning. I can feel the freshness of morning in it.

    • Ron October 8, 2012 at 7:50 am #

      Thanks for your comment Pat. I like the more dramatic, but I agree, the original is a little more peaceful, serene.

  2. Andrew October 8, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I love HDR photograph. Most of my photos are HDR merged from 3-5 photos. This is a great piece with just 1 photo only.

  3. Carol October 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    The colors in the remake really seem vibrant. I think it is interesting that you were able to do the HDR magic with just a single image.

    • Ron October 18, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks Carol. It has been fun experiementing. Some images work better than othrers.

  4. Cardinal Guzman January 6, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    First of all I’d like to say that you’ve done a fantastic job with the composition of the photo: The dividing line between sea and air, the sun hiding behind the cloud (not stealing to much attention, but rather being there as a little weight on the left side of the photo) and the lines from the mast of the ship: it all creates a perfect balance in the photo.

    The remake is very colorful with strong colors, but for me it’s the composition that really makes this image stand out.

  5. SeeNorway April 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Beautiful photos! Makes me regret that I sold the boat years ago!

  6. Erwin June 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    A beautiful balanced shot so well enhanced. I agree with Pat that the early morning freshness is lost a little the enhancement works so well that it could be a sunset shot with warmer colours and more atmosphere. Interesting the technic of single shot HDR as well. Never tried this.

    • Ron June 16, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Erwin, thanks so much for your comment. I liked the dramatics effect, even if a little over the top to some. I think it is amazing that RAW files allow for so much lattitude.