Featured Reader, Mick Klass, shares his “Behind the Shot” image taken at the very first meeting of the Puget Sound Chapter of Nikonians, showing how a simple subject with wonderful lighting and interesting textures makes for a beautiful image.
Camera: Nikon D700, Lens: Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR, Focal Length: 38mm, Aperture: f/8, Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 sec, ISO: 400
The very first meeting of the Puget Sound Chapter of Nikonians was in January 2011 at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum in Tacoma. One of the attractions at this museum is a wooden boatbuilding shop that uses old-fashioned methods to recreate replicas of old boats, as well as repair actual older boats. On display in the area was a replica Foss Skiff, typical of the Foss Company boats that plied the waters of Puget Sound in the Tacoma area back in the first part of the 20th century.
The boat was beautifully lit by natural light from some clearstory windows, as well as some dim artificial lighting. Aside from capturing the interesting light, I also wanted to feature the grain of the wood and show-off the craftsmanship of its construction. I had envisioned an antique looking picture, with the boat receding into the background.
I took 3 or 4 shots at different apertures to be able to select the optimum depth of field. Post processing was a straight raw conversion in Capture NX2 with minor sharpening and cropping, then conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro to a sepia with some vignetting added.
All in all, it came out exactly as I had envisioned the final shot when I first saw the boat.