Plymouth Rock

This has been my most difficult photo, so far, for this blog.  I found it very challenging to find a shot of the Plymouth Rock that was even interesting.  Looking down on the rock was boring and the tide was too high to get in front of the bars to take a close-up at eye level.  This was the best I could come up with.  At least you can actually see most of the rock through the bars.

It was also the most Photoshop work I've done to an image (so far).  And still the photo seems pretty drab to me.  I took the liberty of painting out a few people and had to merge two exposures to get even this much out of the sky. 

Maybe I should have said this was a creative choice and I was going for that drab look for this image.  Trying to capture the mood of the Pilgrims after they finally stepped off the boat.  Sick from travel and disease and not knowing what lied ahead.  Yeah, that might have sounded better.

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3 Comments

  1. I like this picture a lot and find it interesting to learn about all the stuff that goes into making a picture.
    I think the the structure looks really good, the tone of the color of the stone looks wonderful—grey-blue, smooth, regal.
    The flag immediately caught my eye. It looks like a bird or glider of some sort.
    The mood is definitely remote, but not without hope or promise (see that golden patch in the corner?) 🙂

  2. Oh, and one more thing, if you ever get an impressive picture of the rock itself, I will bow my head down to you even lower than I do now (which is pretty low, you’re an amazing photographer) because that particular piece of history is so sad and small.

  3. Thank you Shirl. I’m humbled by your compliment. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to camera skills but just in the past month I’ve learned a great deal. And Photoshop is a lifesaver!
    I’ll definitely let you know if I ever figure out a way to take an impressive picture of the rock. I’m pretty sure I would need to pose a kid or a puppy down there to give it any interest. But then the problem is how do you get them back out?!

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