Hands On History


Shelby Knick

Student Shelby Knick—a budding professional photographer from Santa Monica, California—saw a lucky and (for Southern California) rare cloud formation over her local beach and waited for a sailboat to enter the frame. The composition is similar to Le Gray’s but required adjusting contrast and color, and adding vignetting in Lightroom to achieve the darkening cloud effect of Le Gray’s iconic seascape. Le Gray actually used the technique of compositing separate images to achieve his dramatic balance between sky detail and foreground subjects. He’s considered by most to have fathered  HDR—160 years ago. 


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