Tall Ships And Salty Dogs

Click on the image to view the original RAW

Perhaps it’s that my mum took a nasty spill a couple weeks ago and smashed a few bones or maybe it’s the pictures my dad sent of the 2 meters of snow surrounding my childhood home but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Brunswick, the place of my birth. This past weekend I watched this beauty sail by our Southern California campground and for a while I was transported. New Brunswick is a rugged place and not for the faint of heart. Her history is filled with brave, proud people who looked upon her and saw beyond the frigid cold and and impassably dense forests; they saw breathtaking beauty, unthinkably fertile seas and rich healthy soil to make a home about.

From the fearless First Nations Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet people now called Inu (Human Being) that first settled this land to the Europeans that arrived by ship years later, it took a special soul call this place home. As I watched this tall ship sail by I thought of my ancestors fleeing the famine and arriving from Ireland in the mid 19th century. I wonder what they must have thought as New Brunswick came into view for the first time. Did they stand on deck and smell the crisp ocean air mixed with the sweet bouquet of a Maritime spring? Did they feel excitement as they neared the harbor and realized an entirely new life was upon them? What did they do, where did they go when first setting foot in the New World? Did they dance on the new land to the sweet sound of an Irish fiddler? The answers to these and a thousand other questions are lost in the salty, Maritime wind.

Years go by and the land and sea change; so do the people I guess. Life is a good deal easier in New Brunswick these days but if you listen carefully you can still hear the echoes of the intrepid souls who first dared to tame her. What a sound it is; I miss it dearly.

I added a new feature on my last post; clicking on the image will now reveal the original unedited RAW. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this–do you think this feature adds to Being In Focus or is it unnecessary/bothersome? Thanks!


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  1. Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am by fabrizio | Permalink

    these pastel colors are perfect for this photo Chris, in my opinion inside there is a very strong feeling of freedom, really a marvelous photo, compliments

    Grazie Fabrizio! I really appreciate that!

  2. Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm by george | Permalink

    Lovely serene picture Chris…

    Having seen the conditions they sailed under on a reconstructed emigrant ship called the “Dunbrody”, moored in New Ross, Co Wexford) I suspect those early Irish settlers were just delighted to be arriving somewhere – anywhere – alive.

    The spirit might have fancied a reel, but the flesh was probably too exhausted. But they were brave, tenacious souls who deserve the utmost admiration.

    Have a nice weekend – and hope your Mum recovers quickly.

    So true George–the crossing was fraught with danger and disease; they were luck to arrive alive. They turned it around pretty quickly and infused a lively musical culture into the region that is pervasive today. Thanks so much for the comment and wishes for my mum!

  3. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm by Michael | Permalink

    Another great image of the sea Chris. Thinking about this reminds me of how spoiled we are because we can hop in a plane or car and end up in a completely different place within a few hours.

    Also, I like the original/processed photo options. Processing is so integral to digital imaging that it’s helpful to know we can trust our eyes.

    We take our technology and smaller world completely for granted don’t we. Everything was much more of a struggle back then. Thanks so much Michael!

  4. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm by Michael | Permalink

    Also, I love that the crop on this is 4/5 sky and 1/5 water – really puts the boat in perspective.

    Thanks Michael!

  5. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm by Corinna | Permalink

    Brings that great Alexi Murdoch song to mind… I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky.

    I’m a sucker for orange, and for your images of the sea. Another beauty. I love seeing your SOOC since I’m pretty new to the post side of things in this digital age. More pleez!

    Will do Corinna–thanks so much for the encouragement and feedback!

  6. Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm by Mirco | Permalink

    Fantastique image and so lovely colors

    Thank you very much Mirco!

  7. Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:59 am by k@ | Permalink

    wonderful peace here, and love your words, can relate to them so easily (i posted as you saw an image of Istanbul, my own “Ireland” 😉 and i can picture my ancestors on their ship leaving the turkish coasts the same way you do, touches me a lot with this beautiful color of heart throbbing in your image… Thanks for sharing your emotions so beautifully*

    Thank you very much k@. I wasn’t sure but was starting to assume that Istanbul is your original home. You photograph it with such tenderness and love. I would love to visit Istanbul one day–so much amazing history!

  8. Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:26 am by theysroland | Permalink

    Great photo!

    Thank you very much Roland!

  9. Posted February 19, 2011 at 6:31 am by Krunal | Permalink

    awesome, picture perfect

    Appreciate that Krunal–thanks!

  10. Posted February 19, 2011 at 10:07 am by Ayesha | Permalink

    wow,,,what a capture,also a very nice toning.

    Thank you very much Ayesha!

  11. Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm by lasiate | Permalink

    Magnifique ce voilier dans ce ciel au gout de pèche mure

    Merci beaucoup Lasiate!

  12. Posted February 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm by Rue Du Lavoir | Permalink

    Superbes nuances de couleurs…
    Très belle et très reposante cette photo…
    J’aime beaucoup cette douce ambiance.

    Merci beaucoup RDL!

  13. Posted February 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm by Phil Morris | Permalink

    The beautiful story you told as an introduction to your wonderful photo is
    so true to many of the pioneer’s stories that have come to the great Canadian
    shores, I could see this sunset with a lone ship, period and place of origin
    unknown, and the remembrance of your own childhood roots pulling you into
    the scene as your mind rolls back.
    It certainly has been cold and brutal here in Canada this winter, but it is so
    very wonderful to see the beautiful peace of your sunset as you look over the
    ocean. Superb photograph.

    Many thanks Phil-wonderful to hear from a fellow Canadian. It’s been a harsh winter indeed for you folks. Here’s hoping the green is not far away. Cheers!

  14. Posted February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm by vera | Permalink

    with or without filter? fantastic soul of this landscape -and thks for the History..giving this particular soul

    Hi Vera! Thanks so much for the comment and for visiting Being In Focus. I didn’t apply filters while photographing and during post I pretty much just did two curves adjustments–one for the sky and a slightly less dramatic one for the water. I finished up by doing a touch of selective color for yellow and red (but not much). The finished product is much closer to what we saw with our eyes than the rather flat RAW file demonstrates.

  15. Posted February 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm by Doug Hickok | Permalink

    Christopher, this is a simply stunning seascape! I love the simplicity, the mood, the colors, the textures, the scale. By the way, My wife and I were on Campobello Island two summers ago. NB has such a beautiful, rugged topography.

    That’s so great! Strangely enough I’ve never visited Campobello but I’ve seen countless gorgeous photos from the island. I’d love to see some of yours one of these days. I’d like to visit there with my family the next time we visit my folks. Thanks so much Doug!

  16. Posted February 20, 2011 at 6:00 am by Dave | Permalink

    Great processing, and a very nice minimalistic composition.

    Thanks very much Dave–appreciate that!

  17. Posted February 20, 2011 at 8:07 am by syber76 | Permalink

    Fantastic shot.

    Thanks very much Syber76–I really appreciate the comment and your visit to my site!

  18. Posted February 20, 2011 at 11:24 am by Marcie | Permalink

    What a stunning image. And – as a Canadian – I’ve always loved New Brunswick. Love your before/after feature. Very clever..indeed!

    Thanks so much Marcie! I knew you lived near the Maritimes but had no idea you’re a Canadian. Really appreciate the feedback on the new feature too!

  19. Posted February 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm by Alfonso Marcos Vidal | Permalink

    Simply I love this photoblog.

    Thanks for share the original RAW files, it’s a stunning idea.

    My vote for U.

    Many thanks Alfonso–I really appreciate the comment and your visit to my site!

  20. Posted February 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm by rain6ow | Permalink

    Nice “fit together” of your beautiful photo with your memories of New Brunswick, Christopher!

    About RAW: personally I tend to believe that this should be “your” treasure only, ie. it is your work. Sharing it via your blog is nice but don’t give away your “Tafelsilber”, as we say in German :)

    Many thanks Rain6ow. I really appreciate your comment and visit! Thanks too for the feedback on the RAW feature. This was definitely something that I considered when I added it. You might be right. :)

  21. Posted February 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm by Kala | Permalink

    Beautifully composed image with gorgeous tones. I like clicking on the image to see the original and don’t find it distracting at all.

    Thank you Kala! Really appreciate that!

  22. Posted February 21, 2011 at 1:40 am by Pau Blasi | Permalink

    You got wonderful colors for the sky. Really a lovely and timeless scene.

    Thanks Pau! Really appreciate that!

  23. Posted February 21, 2011 at 4:02 am by joshi daniel | Permalink

    excellent and the tones are so good!

    Thanks very much Joshi!

  24. Posted February 21, 2011 at 7:33 am by yz | Permalink

    excellent color and composition, love the scale that provided by the ship

    Many thanks yz–really appreciate that!

  25. Posted February 21, 2011 at 8:30 am by Klaus | Permalink

    breathtaking shot … good how you give the sky great space.

    Thank you very much Klaus–I really appreciate that!

  26. Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:08 am by Andy | Permalink

    Wow you did a great job processing this! I like your idea to show the original. Anyways great use of the frame and I love the warm tones.

    Really appreciate that Andy–thanks!

  27. Posted February 21, 2011 at 11:37 am by andrey samolinov | Permalink

    Perfectly pastel yellow sky and the expressive silhouette sailboat
    Simply super

    Thank you so much Andrey!

  28. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm by ben | Permalink

    what a great image. looks like a pirate ship or a treasure seeker expedition in the sunset.

    Very kind Ben–thank you very much!

  29. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm by Mike Blanchard | Permalink

    A terrific shot and great post processing work! Very nice.

    Thanks very much Mike!

  30. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm by Photographs By Petra | Permalink

    Reminds me of childhood fairytales, nice!

    Thanks Petra! I really appreciate the comment and the visit!

  31. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm by Phil Vaughn | Permalink

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s fall and hope she is recovering quickly. You’ve had a lot of things to give you some focus on New Brunswick lately. It’s the call of “home.”
    This is a gorgeous photo, Chris. The thing that I see is that sense of vastness that must seem even more immense to the people on that ship. Thinking back to the immigrants, they must have be elated to have finally reached their destination and escaped the uncertainty of the seas. You’ve tapped into that feeling–and your photo is perfect illustration of that. Very nicely done.

    Thank you so much Phil–really appreciate your concern. She’s coming along but required a fairly extensive surgery to fix the bone and will be taking it pretty easy for several months. Thanks also for the kind comment.

  32. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm by Kevin P. | Permalink

    Beautiful landscape and nice processing !

    Thank you very much Kevin–greatly appreciated.

  33. Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm by David Robertson | Permalink

    Gorgeous shot! beautiful location :)

    Thank you very much David–I really appreciate the comment and that you popped by my site!

  34. Posted February 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm by sherri | Permalink

    Oh, my, this is breath taking. A minimalist beauty.

    Thank you very much Sherri–I really appreciate that!

  35. Posted February 22, 2011 at 2:06 am by theysroland | Permalink

    Excellent photo!

    Thank you very much Theys!

  36. Posted February 22, 2011 at 6:58 am by Francis | Permalink

    Nice shot and color enhancements. It creates a nice mood!

    Thank you so much Francis!

  37. Posted February 23, 2011 at 4:45 am by jess | Permalink

    What a delightful perspective that exudes camaraderie and liberty. Just a stunning sunset.

    Thank you so much Jess–I really appreciate the comment and your visit to my site!

  38. Posted February 24, 2011 at 8:19 am by Nathan Schepker | Permalink


    Thanks very much Nathan!

  39. Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am by Diane - Daily Walks | Permalink

    Again, Christopher… you’re writing coupled with your beautifully crafted images has a way of transporting me to other worlds. I must make it a daily habit to stop by here. Thank you!

    Thank you so much for these kind words of encouragement Diane–I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.

  40. Posted July 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm by Carlos | Permalink

    Awesome colour composition, great shot.

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