The Moonlit Shipyards

The shipyards in Rushbrooke, just outside Cobh are still active although much quieter now than during their heyday. The cranes make for great photography against the moonlit sky.

This was shot from across the River Lee in Passage last November.

FRLinux asked about settings so here they are, including post-processing:

Flickr’s exif data for this is a bit wrong – gthumb says the exposure was for 5 seconds, aperture was wide open at f4.5, and lens set at 28mm, which you can probably multiply by 1.6 for the crop factor. ISO was 100.

Post Processing was done in the GIMP using 3 layers:
1. Top layer is transparent with a black gradient at the bottom. Layer mode is Overlay.
2. Middle layer is black and white, and blurred and with added noise. It’s set to screen mode, and opacity of 51%.
3. Bottom layer is the colour image, slightly saturated and darker.

Hope that helps!




  1. Reply
    Flickr: frlinux January 15, 2007

    frlinux has posted a comment:

    Wow man, this is one very nice shot. Mind to tell which settings did you use ?



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    Flickr: johncobh January 15, 2007

    johncobh has posted a comment:

    Excellent Shot xeer !!

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    Flickr: xeer January 15, 2007

    xeer has posted a comment:

    Thanks for the feedback! Appreciate that!

    I’ve updated the description with the settings and some info on post-processing, it might inspire someone to use the same technique!

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    frankp January 17, 2007

    I grew up overlooking those, and for a time as a youngster I thought those yokes were these yokes.

    You know, leftover from some battle, but I always suspected they might spring to life one day…

    Maybe they will.

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    Flickr: despod January 16, 2007

    despod has posted a comment:

    I always think that Horsehead crane makes a fine photo and this proves it.

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    Flickr: xeer January 17, 2007

    xeer has posted a comment:

    Thanks Despod! I have lots of other similar shots, including ones with only the crane heads and the moon. I may try and ressurect them and post later on.

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    Flickr: frlinux January 22, 2007

    frlinux has posted a comment:

    thanks for the precisions, it’s great to know what was used for that shot. I own a 300D and am experimenting quite a lot but usually ain’t retouching pictures using Gimp.

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