On making the smallest object in your frame everything in your frame

I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Seattle with the primary intent of enjoying the houseboat-warming party of my mate, +Jacob Lucas. Let me tell you – living on one of the tallest houseboats in the vicinity of Lake Union has its benefits. To a slightly lesser extent, being very close friends with someone who lives in said structure is very nice, too. Membership has its privileges, as it were. :)

A few hours before the festivities were set to begin, we all found ourselves on the roofdeck, enjoying the gorgeous panoramic view of Seattle. I noticed one of the seaplanes starting to take off and wanted to grab a shot of it but by the time I grabbed my camera and zoomed in as far as I could, this is as much of it that I could frame as possible (without a longer lens or the ability to track back time, that is).

When I got home and inspected the frame, I was actually really happy with how it turned out. I know right away how I’d process it – going for a very minimalistic look and anchor the plane on the lower right quadrant of the frame. Nothing over-the-top, nothing glitzy or glamorous. This image was not about any of that stuff. It was all about the seaplane cruising in one of its two natural habitats.

In terms of processing
This one is extremely straight-forward. I just used a rather basic black and white treatment and totally blew out the whites, while leaving the tiniest bit of mid-tone to give the clouds some body. I added some clarity and contrast using an adjustment brush in Lightroom 3 to bring more body and definition to the seaplane.

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