LightningPaul

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Working Cranes at Night


The port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Even at night they unload containers from the ships of China. All around the port you can see hundreds or even thousands of containers just laying. I always wonder who leaves them over there. Are they empty?


TECH-INFO: five shots, merged together using the exposure fusion (also called exposure blending) function of Photomatrix Pro. You can get very similar results when merging into a HDR file and tone map it to obtain a natural result. Though I like this method a lot for night pictures because it gives a balanced and natural result with low effort. Afterwards I improved contrasts and colors in Photoshop.

Working Cranes at Night


The port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Even at night they unload containers from the ships of China. All around the port you can see hundreds or even thousands of containers just laying. I always wonder who leaves them over there. Are they empty?


TECH-INFO: five shots, merged together using the exposure fusion (also called exposure blending) function of Photomatrix Pro. You can get very similar results when merging into a HDR file and tone map it to obtain a natural result. Though I like this method a lot for night pictures because it gives a balanced and natural result with low effort. Afterwards I improved contrasts and colors in Photoshop.

comments (13)

  • Simone
  • Italy
  • 15 Oct 2009, 09:44
Wonderful night shot...especially the color tones...SUPERB!
LightningPaul: Many thanks. I worked hard on little details to get good tones.
great lighting for a night shot
LightningPaul: Thanks to the fog the light of the port got spread around very well.
Wonderful work Paul, light is so soft, diffused and misty.
Funny enough I was just processing my night photos of Port Botany with cranes, containers and ships when decided to have a break and check your photo updates. And here you go I am looking on a very similar subject. Life is full of coincidences.
LightningPaul: Indeed, a big coincidence. Especially I took this image 10 months ago but somehow I forgot about it. Thanks for your comment.
Impressive silhouettes. It reminds me the Imperial Quadripod of Star Wars, especially the left one.
LightningPaul: Haha, indeed smile The certainly look a bit like them. For sure there are also very high.
  • MARIANA
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2009, 15:56
wow .. this is fabulous !!!
What a fabulous light and fabulous toning ! Jus tamazing !
LightningPaul: Many many many thanks smile
When it's very cloudy (or misty), the hundreds (or thousands) of lights of the port reflect the light in a great way, which is great for making images.
fantastic comp Paul, very impressive shot matesmile
LightningPaul: I'm also very glad with this framing. Thanks for your comment.
Excellent shot Paul, I often wonder how they keep track of the whereabouts of all these thousands of containers round the world.
LightningPaul: I think the same. Probably they just stack and forget about them. If you have a truck then you may pick one of your favorite color smile
What a great light!! COngrats... again!
LightningPaul: Thanks to the clouds (and foggy weather) and the too many lights of the port, I got great light.
  • Rie
  • Japan
  • 16 Oct 2009, 12:04
Great lighting!!! It's so cool.
LightningPaul: Thank you smile
  • Marc
  • france
  • 17 Oct 2009, 14:26
Yes, i love those industrial type shots. Great one here.
LightningPaul: Thank you Marc. I'm also a big fan of industrial stuff. I should go more into this port.
  • Doum
  • Canada
  • 19 Oct 2009, 13:23
You hit hard this week! I feel like view these structures in truth. WOW for choosing a wonderful moment with this fog.
LightningPaul: Thanks, I have to hit hard, I've got a deadline by the end of this month. My abandoned series must be as good as finished.
  • frisky
  • United States
  • 20 Oct 2009, 03:22
im ahuge crane freak... love these things!
LightningPaul: Good to know. Sooner or later I'll go back over there. I would love to go under these monsters and shoot with an ultra wide angle or fish eye. Just these containers hurt so much when they fall on my head ;-)
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 25 Oct 2009, 04:13
Excellent light !! Well, i'mso happy to have discovered your blog tonight... See you Paul smile

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