One of my favorite things about living in Portland is how close I am to the coast. All it takes is about 60-90 minutes of driving and I’m treated to miles and miles of  beautiful coastal landscapes. One of my personal resolutions for 2013 is to spend more time photographing along the coast regardless of how cold or wet it may be. When I lived in Boston, I rarely visited the coast and that squandered opportunity is something that I sorely regret. I always came up with one excuse or another. It was a real shame because the coast of Massachusetts really does offer up some gorgeous landscape scenes.

This image was taken on a very cold winter day on Cape Cod. I believe it was in Chatham, actually. I used my 17mm Tilt Shift lens to skew the plane of focus over the forward part of this boat.

In terms of processing

This is a nine exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I applied Blue Dawn on the sky, a bit of Golden Hour Enhancer on the brush and a custom Tone Enhancer on the boats – all using Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software.

Final touches were applied using Lightroom 4.3.