Blue Hour - Taylors Island

Taylors Island on Maryland's eastern shore is one of my favorite places to visit during the fishing season. Those pre-dawn departures for the Chesapeake Bay are always special moments. This long exposure image was taken during the blue hour on a cold morning several weeks ago. We headed out in strong winds and rough seas, although one would never know it looking at the photograph below.

Blue Hour - Taylors Island
Blue Hour - Taylors Island

With the camera tripod mounted,  I took the long exposure first (44mm, f/18, 12s, ISO 200). Next I quickly switched to bracketing and took 3 shots. Somewhat surprisingly, there was not as much camera shake in the high winds as I thought there would be. Still, not as tack-sharp an image as I would have liked but manageable. Several other shots around the docks were less favorable. :-(

In Photoshop I aligned the image layers and cropped away the resulting uneven edges. Using only the 12-second long exposure and the 0EV metered image (no HDR processing) I added a mask. The water from the LE image was brought in to blend with the 0EV, 4s, f/4 shot.

Finishing touches via Topaz Adjust.

We went on to have a banner day out on the Chesapeake, catching several trophy Rockfish. I landed a 34-pounder, which tends to brighten any day. :-)

After a very busy 6-week period where I could never seem to find enough time in a single day, I'm off to Hilton Head Island to relax, recharge and reload.

Next post, from the sandy shores of the Atlantic.

Thanks for visiting!

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