Yesterday’s post was about storytelling in a sequence of images. Today’s is about a one-image story. I call this picture ‘Escape’. To the viewer, it tells of a whale that escapes the whaler’s harpoon. It suggests a backstory, the hunt that has failed, and a future story: where is the whaler going, will it be back, and will the whale escape next time?
The original exposure is below. It tells its own tale to me, of a whale watching trip out of Monterey in summer 2008. It was hardy whale watching. By the time the whales appeared, I was one of only a few left on deck. The heavy grey mist never lifted but, when a tall ship ghosted past in the distance, I had my shot. However, it needed some work back at home to ‘age’ the shot in keeping with the historical fiction I wanted to tell. First, I moved the ship further along the horizon to make a more balanced composition and to make it clearer that the ship was disappearing into the distance. I converted the image to black and white and added a sepia tint. Then I added a texture and, finally, did some selective dodging and burning. The original was an unremarkable shot but a little editing turned it into an storytelling image worth keeping.
Editing in Photoshop CS4. Texture courtesy of skeletalmess.
Beautiful edit Rachael, I think I definitely need to practice my editing skills, moving a ship :-0, I am impressed! Love the warmth that you have added here with excellent subtle use of textures.
Thanks, Karen. It’s amazing how powerful that little clone stamp icon is!
It looks like you took the sepia photo in the early 1900’s, great editing!
Thank you very much! I don’t often do this much editing to my photos but I quite enjoyed this one.
This is an extraordinary image you’ve created, Rachael. I can imagine explorers from decades past carrying weathered caramel-colored luggage onto the boat, awaiting a grand adventure…
Thank you for all the lovely comments, Tricia. An imaginative response is exactly what I was aiming for with this image. :o)