Boats at Night

Boats at Night
Boats at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.

Boats at Night, Monterey Wharf, CA.

Last weekend, my friend Yi and I took a Night Photography workshop with Harold Davis at Carmel.

Before I say anything else, here is a plug for Harold\’s workshops. Harold is a great teacher, knowledgeable, gentle and approachable. If anybody is even remotely interested in this exciting area of night photography, they should consider taking Harold\’s workshop. Though I have dabbled in night photography, taking his workshop opened up new areas and new ideas about the kind of shots to take and about post processing. It also gave me a kind of framework against which to plan future night photography forays, a kind of system to the madness, one can say.

We met on Friday evening at 6.00 PM at the Carmel Photography Institute, introduced each other and were introduced to Harold. After an introduction from Harold and what to expect, we set out for that night\’s shoot at the commercial Monterey Wharf. It was a foggy night, and the wharf was a good area to get introduced to night photography, kind of lit and safe. After shooting there for a couple of hours, we went home. This photograph was taken at the Wharf. because of the long exposures, you can see the boat move and blur, causing the dreamy effect.

We met the next day, Saturday at 10.00 AM at the CPA. Harold showed us his post processing method and worked on each of our photos to show us how to achieve the result we wanted. It was mindblowing. We had the post processing session till 1.00PM, after which all of us decided to head out to Point Lobos for some daytime shooting. I must mention that Jack, very kindly ordered lunch for us, which we ate at a picnic lunch in Point Lobos.

It was my first time at Point Lobos. It was foggy and sunny, the cliffs were glowing in an ethereal way – I\’ve never seen something like that before. It was then I concluded that, if there was heaven, it should be like Pt. Lobos that day. Photos of that coming up in the next few weeks. We were there till about 4.00 in the evening, and then headed back to the CPI, after a brief stop at the Carmel Mission. After about an hour of more post processing, we ate dinner at a Chinese place and left for our night shot.

We spent some amazing time at the Bixby bridge, shooting till it got really Dark. Then 7 of us headed to Pfeiffer beach, hole in the wall rock for some more night shooting. It was awesome. We were there till about 10.30 – 11.00 PM that night.

The next day, Sunday, we reconvened at 10.00 AM at the CPI for more photography talk, and more post processing. By the time we were done at 1.00 PM, I was totally exhausted 🙂 A long week at work plus a night photography workshop can do that!

So that was my amazing weekend.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 30sec at f/4.0
Focal Length: 17m
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Date: September 25, 2009

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One thought on “Boats at Night

  1. Very kewl, Sups..
    I’m SO Glad you had a wonderful time.
    This image definitely has that almost “ghostly” feel to it. OOOO00000ooooo……
    Like you could use it in an article about mystery ships and things
    that go bump in the night 😉

    BTW, just received Harold’s latest book in the mail..
    “The Photoshop Darkroom.” ~ just Published…..
    sub-title: Creative Digital Post Processing
    about how to PP all of these Night Images and ALOT More.
    Looks like a FUN Winter read or Holiday gift your
    your favorite Photographer friend that just got their DSLR 😉
    Looks VERY Approachable just as you say Harold is.
    My only “nit” initially is that I almost wish it was
    “spiral-bound” so it would lie flat while we wanted to
    type and work in PS while looking at it.
    Might need to come up with some sort of Paper-Weight
    to hold it down so I can work with it and still read it
    all at the same time.. hum…
    Will write to Harold about this for possible ideas
    for Future books like this.. to make them as
    User Friendly as he is 😉

    Looking forward to the rest of your images
    from this workshop…and more ghostly Tales..

    in gratitude,

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