Cooning Boat   8 comments


Cooning Boat

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On the same coastal farm where GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! was found, I noticed a small, old boat poking out the side of a barn. The peeling paint and deteriorating wood was too good to resist.

After seeing this picture, the owner told me, “The boat is one me and my father used to go ‘cooning’ in. Cooning is gathering the young oysters on free bottom and transplanting them into lease gardens.”

I had never heard the term before, so I did a little poking around on the internet and found this:

“Watching a person wading a coastal flat, hunched over, arms submerged to the shoulders while trying to locate and dislodge clumps of live oyster, it’s easy to see why this activity is called ‘cooning.’ The heavy-gloved oyster gatherer bears a somewhat humorous resemblance to a raccoon grubbing in the water along a shoreline, using its paws to ferret crawfish and other unseen critters from beneath the surface.”

Ah, now it makes sense.

Single frame, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 100, 26mm. Treated in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Color Efex Pro, and Alien Skin Bokeh for a miniature effect… there is no real reference for determining the size of the boat.

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Also: I’d like to thank all those who dropped by to view my new, free HDR Processing Techniques tutorial stored over on YouTube. Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated. Due to the success of the video, and at the urging of some, I do plan to create more video tutorials in the future, so please stay tuned.  Once again, thank you all very much for your support and encouragement.

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8 responses to “Cooning Boat

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  1. Great detail!

  2. I think that boat has seen better days 🙂 Love all the detail in the splintered wood.

  3. Good stuff Rob! Love the story behind it!

  4. I love the peeling paint and distressed word standing so sharp against the “bokeh’d” elements.

  5. Excellent image and fascinating information Rob. I am so glad you are going to do more videos, you certainly have knack for it and the information you provide is highly appreciated.

  6. Im a sucker for miniature shots. This one is no exception. Great detail in the paint – or whats left of it.

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