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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Forty-Five: Using clouds to imply meaning > Tankers off Malta, 2011
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Tankers off Malta, 2011
24-NOV-2011

Tankers off Malta, 2011

The southern Mediterranean shipping channel narrows as it funnels ships around the island of Malta, which lies between Sicily and the Tunisian coast. The horizon fills with tankers as a feathery line of rain clouds follows their path across the top of my frame. I noticed that the shape of the large cloud just left of center seemed to echo the superstructure of the tanker just to the right of center and made this image from the balcony of my cruise ship cabin.

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Phil Douglis02-Jan-2012 18:49
I no longer use my cherished "cloudy" white balance, Tim. Instead, I simply use "Auto" white balance, and then adjust the color balance in Lightroom to reflect the essence of the idea. In this case, I used the color balance slider to create this pastoral mood to give the image what you have called a painterly feeling.
Tim May01-Jan-2012 22:40
Your "cloudy" white balance really adds beautifully to the painterliness of this image. The subject is industrial, the mood pastoral.
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