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All at sea


The five hundred odd passengers aboard the Mersey Ferries Snowdrop and Royal Daffodil watch the Atlantic Container Lines ship Atlantic Cartier sail out of the River Mersey, headed towards Canada, whilst they await the arrival of the Tall Ships Parade of Sail.

I found an interesting Photoshop plug-in to use on this, Topaz Adjust, that provides the ability to manage exposure, colour and detail. Sometimes you can go over the top with it, but then you can also be subtle with it. It was used on this image to bring out detail in the sky and provide detail on the ferries.

All at sea


The five hundred odd passengers aboard the Mersey Ferries Snowdrop and Royal Daffodil watch the Atlantic Container Lines ship Atlantic Cartier sail out of the River Mersey, headed towards Canada, whilst they await the arrival of the Tall Ships Parade of Sail.

I found an interesting Photoshop plug-in to use on this, Topaz Adjust, that provides the ability to manage exposure, colour and detail. Sometimes you can go over the top with it, but then you can also be subtle with it. It was used on this image to bring out detail in the sky and provide detail on the ferries.

comments (11)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2008, 04:40
Les, this is a likey for me. The ships are huge and the people on them offer scale.
I love the movement of the water too. Impressive shot! and thanks for the tip on the plug-in too!
Les Auld: Thanks Kay, the container ship is immense.
  • Ginnie
  • back in Amsterdam
  • 28 Jul 2008, 06:06
I'm imagining these ships to be pirates' ships, Les, and suddenly I see a movie in the making. Let's just say I have a good imagination...sometimes. grin
Les Auld: Interesting idea Ginnie, "Pirates of the Mersey" staring the world famous ferry 'cross the Mersey. Could be a fortune waiting out there for someone.
I like the picture Les and will have a look at that plug in
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, hope it is of interest.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Jul 2008, 13:45
Love It les good proscessing
Les Auld: Thanks vintage, the plug-in helped, glad you like it.
The positioning of the boats is just right Les, you couldn't have asked for a better opportunity.
Les Auld: Luck really Brian, the friend of all photographers, thanks for the comment.
  • tim
  • Leeds uk.
  • 28 Jul 2008, 17:40
superb composition Les, feel the filter has given this a almost hdr look to the scene, will be checking that out for sure, cheers for the infosmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, it does give some interesting effects, I tend to use it on a copy layer then use transparency and blending modes to get the end result.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 28 Jul 2008, 19:06
Thanks for the link to the plug-in, Les. It certainly seems very effective, I like the action shown here very much. I trust that the ferry on the right was not really about to ram the ferry on the left! smile
Les Auld: They were just going around in opposite circles awaiting the tall ships, thanks for the comment.
  • FLOOG
  • The ample bosom of Mother Nature
  • 28 Jul 2008, 19:18
A terrific photograph with excellent processing. I feel like I am bobbing up and down on the water smile
Les Auld: I can still feel the bobbing FLOOG. thanks for the comment.
Fantastic composition, the way the ferries frame the container ship. Excellent!
Les Auld: Thanks Pat, glad you like it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jul 2008, 23:22
The 3 ships make a great composition. The topaz thingy's impact is great - when the picture opened I could see it was different, but subtle to the extent that it was not possible for me to say what you have done. Will look into the plugin.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, the photographic judges rule of three applied to the river scene. Hope you find the plug-in useful.
Superb positioning of the boats... and it really conveys their size very well
Les Auld: The ACL ships is enormous though Mark, thanks for the comment.

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