Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Captain Cook Memorial

As a citizen of Australia for many years it was something of a pilgrimage to visit the statue commemorating Captain James Cook, who charted the east coast of Australia in the 1770s in preparation for British settlement here. Though not born in Whitby, he spent his early years there and the shop where he worked still exists. I took this photograph in November 2006, a simple frame and shoot, though the alignment is deceptive: it stands close to the edge of the West Cliff and the ground slopes under the footing of the monument, so one's middle ear tries to follow the ground line which would skew the vertical. I managed to get it close enough that the eye is happy with the orientation. I could have corrected it with the custom rotation tool but I have noticed a subtle softening in some images that resharpening will not completely correct, so I avoid it if not absolutely necessary. Colour and sharpness were enhanced slightly. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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