The creative process and how I made the Maritime Insurance Policy image.
In this article I show you How I Made the Maritime Insurance Policy. This image was published on 1x.com and is one of the images I made for the website of Gebr. Sluyter B.V.
Gebr. Sluyter is a Dutch insurance broker especially active in the maritime sector. With the fact that they are so active within the maritime sector, I had to come up with an original idea linked to that sector.
This idea came pretty quick into my head when I was sketching.
So, after my sketch was approved I was able to plan the photoshoots for all the different parts of the picture.
Photographing the elements
I already knew that I wanted to photograph all different elements seperately. First I went to Hoek van Holland to photograph the sea and the waves that I needed for the boat look more realistic.
Second part was the sky. I wanted to have some depth within the image, and a good way to do that is using a good portion of clouds. 🙂
Now I had the base images put together and we could start refining the image with the paper boat.
The easiest part of all, was photographing the self made paper boat, using only daylight (and a little light from my computer screen 😉 ). The hard part still had to come…
First I wanted to put the containers in the paper boat. Rotterdam has got one the biggest harbours in the world, so that wouldn’t be a difficult task to manage. Well, it actually was.
One of my collegues adviced me to use the marinetraffic.com app, to find out where and when the major containerships would arrive. That was, after already spend hours waiting… lol
The Tow Boat
Second, I wanted to have a tow boat in front of the paper boat. Just like when real container ships are pulled into the harbors. I have spended many hours on different locations in the harbors of Rotterdam to photograph such a tow boat.
The Tow Boats p2
I’ve tried all images I had made, but it was a) a crime to selected and mask the tow boats, and b) they weren’t in the right positions or lighting to make it fit within the image. It just didn’t worked out. Now I was in doubt of wath to do.
After a while I came up with the idea of one smaller paper boat pulling the bigger one. It can be so simple 🙂
The containers p2
As you can see in the image above, I already figured out how to put the containers in the ship. And that wasn’t easy I can tell you 😉
I had photographed many containerships during a period of tree days spending on different locations in the harbours of Rotterdam. I needed the right perspective and after playing with many images I found out I had not had any image in the right angle. That was a bummer. It was then, that I decided to use multiple images for the containers and a little drawing. It gave that sketchy look that, in my opinion, makes the image!
The waves and details on the boat
When a boat sails, it breakes the water, causing waves. I wanted to look as realistic as possible. I used images of the containerships for the waves and draw the rest in Photoshop. That took more time than I wanted, but the result is realistic.
The details on the paper boat. For it to look as (sur)realistic as possible I also added details to the paper boat. Such as rust on the part that catches the most water (bottom). And a little rust parts on the part of the letters on the boat. And offcourse not to forget the line between the boats (and the dirth on that line).
And that folks, is how I made this image!
This image also is printed and hanging on the 17th floor of Beurs WTC Rotterdam, in the office of Gebr. Sluyter B.V. at the reception.
And! The image was selected by Jan R. Smit and Cafeobscura for the Rotterdam Photo Exposition, that was held in Februari 2019.