Dockside Reflections II

A few more views of one of the buildings in this Dockside Green series reflecting the dawn sunlight on the glassy waters of the Gorge Waterway in Victoria. Once again these are HDR images from 3 brackets – the colour versions are done with fusion settings and the black and white with tonemapping settings in Photomatix.

The light was terrific and that is what these shots are all about. Fortunately, the buildings had some nice colours and reflective surfaces so that these shots work in both monotone and colour versions, for different reasons. The real problem with the black and white is that it does translate well for the web – the halos are very much emphasised, and some of the mid-tone detail is lost. So on balance, I prefer all the colour ones in this post. Almost to the point that I want to get rid of the black and white entirely. But since I have loaded them now, I am going to leave them.

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Canon EOS 5Dii, Nikkor-N Auto 24mm/f2.8 lens, ISO100, f-11,  +/- 2.0 E.V. (hand-held).

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17 thoughts on “Dockside Reflections II

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    • Thanks Laurie – going for the colour on these ones! I see a lot of paddlers in this part of the Gorge, I have never boated in here (that I remember anyway) but imagine it could be quite an interesting place to take a slow tour of.

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      • We paddled from the Inner Harbour up the Gorge about ten years ago, all the way into Portage Inlet and part way up Colquitz Creek. It was lovely. Only problem was we misjudged the time of slack current at the Gorge so coming back through was very challenging, to say the least! It didn’t help that one of those little passenger ferry boats full of people decided that I was a tourist attraction, struggling against the current and trying my hardest not to get swept back into the Inlet or overturned! But aside from that, highly recommended.

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      • Ha! Those narrows are quite something, especially on the outflowing tide when it has a significant drop. That sounds like a nice paddle, tourists aside.

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  2. I prefer the color on this set as well. My eye is drawn to the graffiti on the pole in the first set, though. At first I thought that was a bad thing but it really makes the photo more interesting I think. That’s probably why you included it in the first place.

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    • I pretty much took the picture as a picture of graffiti with the background being a bit incidental, though I tried to frame the building between the two verticals. I was going to include it in a post about the graffiti, but it fits so well into this set of reflections that I put it here. I find that the graffiti kind of anchors my eye for a moment, and then I look out and around the shoreline from there, so I think it works out ok.

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