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Driving along the Queen Elizabeth Way, or as the locals call it, the ‘QEW’ or simply ‘Queen E’, in the Jordan Harbour area of Ontario (midway between Hamilton and St Catharines), you pass a rather distinctive landmark: a shipwreck in the harbour. The ship was originally a ferry in Quebec and was converted to a gambling ship and tourist attraction by the simple process of cladding it with a fake wooden shell to make it look like one of Jacques Cartier’s ships, La Grande Hermine, in the late 1960s. Eventually, basking in somewhat limited success, it was towed to Jordan Harbour to await a further relocation to a spot near Niagara Falls in hopes that the gambling venue idea might be approved there and be more rewarding. Alas, the owner passed away before permission was received and it became a derelict. Eventually, the story goes that some young people lit a fire on the boat to keep warm during a winter period but the fire got out of control revealing the original carcass underneath the cladding. Since then it has sat there beached and rusting, and ever since, a tourist draw and landmark. - JW
This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range image made by combining three different images taken at different exposure settings and processed using HDR software.
The original three images were taken using a tripod-mounted (so the images would align properly) Nikon D5000 fitted with a Nikkor 12-24mm lense set to 12mm, ISO200, Aperture priority mode, f/8.0, and a three image auto bracket at EV+/-2 around a nominal shutter speed of 1/640 sec. HDR processing was done using Luminance/Qtpfsgui with settings as indicated in the file nam e and/or the setting summary below. PP in GIMP: load the HDR base image twice as separate layers, the top one labeled sky and the bottom one labelled ship, edit the sky layer to optimize the cloud appearances and the ship layer to optimize the ship and water areas, disregarding on the areas to be provided by the other layer, using the tone curve tool to make adjustments, use a large soft edged eraser to delete the ship and water area from the sky layer to reveal the improved boat and water layer area below, create a new layer from the result, perform some additional minor adjustments to contrast and colour saturation, sharpen, add fine black and white frame, add bar and test on left, scale to 1024 wide for posting.
Qtpfsgui 1.9.3 tonemapping parameters:
Contrast Mapping factor: 0.5
Saturation Factor: 1.2
Detail Factor: 1
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