Aboard a tall ship by Celeste Mookherjee
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This is also the cover image for my calendar, Southern California Nautical (photo below is linked to the calendar page):
The calendar images are an exploration of boats, ships, and things nautical in Southern California.

This image started as a photograph (my own) of the main mast (and a little of a furled red sail) of the American Pride, the official tall ship of Long Beach, California. (This is one of a series of images I captured while lying on my back on a structure just a couple of feet above the deck and shooting straight up.) I added a layer for digital brush strokes, a pencil sketch layer created in Topaz Simplify, and then finally mixed all with the original using varied opacities, blending modes and layer masks in Photoshop to achieve a painterly impression. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 9-18mm zoom at 18mm [36mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/8, 1/80 sec., ISO 200, late morning sun)

5th Place in the worldwide SeaScapes juried art competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2014)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (March 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place tie) in “2015 Calendar Covers" challenge in BassenThorpe Gallery group (December 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Masts and Rigging” challenge in Nautical ~ Waves of Joy group (August 2013)

Top 10 in “Boats and Ships” challenge in Disability and Beauty group (June 2013)

Top 10 in “The Mast Only” challenge in A Love of Boats group (April 2013)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (31 January 2014)

Featured in Nautical (31 March 2013)

Featured in A Love of Boats (23 March 2013)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    This image started as a photograph (my own) of the main mast (and a little of a furled red sail) of the American Pride, the official tall ship of Long Beach, California. I added a layer for digital brush strokes, a pencil sketch layer created in Topaz Simplify, and then finally mixed all with the original using varied opacities, blending modes and layer masks in Photoshop to achieve a painterly impression.

  • This is also the cover image for my calendar, Southern California Nautical:
    The calendar images are an exploration of boats, ships, and things nautical in Southern California.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Awesome work. Great angle also.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! I put more post-processing time into this than usual for me, but I must admit I was pleased with the end result. I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Very neat finish

  • Thank you very much! I really loved the experience of sailing for a few hours on this ship. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Well worth the effort. Love the painterly look. Magnificent work Celeste!

  • Thank you kindly for the wonderful compliment, Arfan!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Innpictime
    Innpictimeabout 2 years ago

    Lovely ~ excellent!

  • Thanks very much, Howard! I know you have a great appreciation for things nautical.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lucin
    lucinabout 2 years ago

    You have captured wonderfully the dizzying feeling of looking up a mast!

  • Thank you, Lucin! True, it is a dizzying feeling – I was on my back for this shot.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Great image and processing!!! Love the pov!!!!

  • Angie, thanks very much! I’m so glad you like what I did with this – and I appreciate the fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • Thank you very much, Lorilee!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 2 years ago

    You sure did a fantastic job , it looks like a wonderful painting that is crying to be hung on a wall, Celeste !

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment, Elfie! Actually, I thought I might have this printed on canvas. I’ve had good results doing that with some of my images done in a painterly style.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...about 2 years ago


    Chosen for Detail / Clarity / Composition / and Balance

  • Larry, thank you very much for this honor!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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