Bethany Beach

Beach Town Signs

Beach Town Signs
Beach Town Signs

Continuing the thoughts of warmer weather theme, we have some beach town signs seen outside of a shop in Bethany Beach, Delaware. This could very well be a storefront in any beach town or seaside resort area, where there are souvenir shops that stretch for great distances.

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It was reported that Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow this past Groundhog Day so an early Spring should be coming soon. I don't particularly believe in that sort of legendary hocus-pocus, but I'll gladly accept the prediction.

More likely, there will be another 6 to 8 week run for that wonderful time of year we all love and cherish.

Beach town signs, coming to a shoreline near you, soon, we hope. :-)

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Footprints in the Sand

The recent blast of frigid air has one thinking about the more favorable climate of summer. Footprints in the sand come to mind as I look forward to the beach-going weather ahead. With that in mind, I sifted through some of the unprocessed shots of 2012 and found a 3-shot bracket taken along the Atlantic Coast in Bethany Beach Delaware.

Footsteps in the Sand
Footsteps in the Sand

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This was one of my early morning sunrise searches. It was nice to be walking along the shoreline and smelling the salt in the air. Can hardly wait for summer's return so I can find more footprints in the sand. :-)

Perhaps we will see where those footprints lead in the next post.

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Bridge at Night

Several weeks ago while in the Rehoboth and Bethany Beach Delaware area, I took several opportunities to photograph the newly opened Charles W. Cullen Bridge, which spans the Indian River Inlet. You can see the previously posted image here. Today's image was taken at night, which provided a nice opportunity to see the LED lights illuminated. There was one problem however. The vantage point I previously scouted was blocked and I was unable to reach it so I had to work an alternative.

Indian River Inlet Bridge - Night View
Indian River Inlet Bridge - Night View

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As you can see, I was literally fenced in and since this was on an incline, I was not able to fully clear it so I cropped a small portion of it and left it in place as a point of reference.

I took 5 long exposures with this being the best of the bunch. With no other light pollution in the area I was able to get the stars to twinkle and play nice for these shots.

The image was processed in Lightroom 4.2 before exporting to Photoshop where I applied the Topaz Adjust 5 filter.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Indian River Inlet Bridge

Welcome back! This past weekend was spent attending the Rehoboth Jazz Festival in Rehoboth Beach Delaware, a beautiful seaside community. I also visited nearby Bethany Beach and Ocean City. The weather was outstanding and made for a weekend to remember. Hanging out with 30 or 40 friends for this annual event is always a grand time. :-)

Although this was not a photography trip, I still managed to collect some images, which I will be sharing here in the near future.

One such image is that of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, which has replaced the old structure (removed this summer). The new bridge, officially known as the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, opened in January 2012. It's a cable-stayed structure, a design that has been around for many years and can be seen all over the world. But what makes this one unique is the fact that it is the first to use LED lighting. I managed to get a few night shots but have yet to process them, so for now we will have a look at this sunrise image below.

Indian River Inlet Bridge
Indian River Inlet Bridge

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As the sun cleared the horizon, I positioned myself to bend the sunlight around one of the main bridge piers. Since I was shooting into the sun, this had a nice controlling effect on the light. I also set the aperture to f/22, which often squeezes out a flare or in this case, a sunburst. This also assisted with a longer exposure to smooth out the very rough water on this windy and chilly morning. To add additional stability and avoid camera shake, my weighty camera backpack was placed onto the tripod hook.

Processing

Additional adjustments to the white and black balance were set in Lightroom 4. The image was then exported to Photoshop CS6 where the "French Countryside" filter in Topaz Adjust 4 was utilized. To complete the tasks a small amount of vibrance was applied.

Thanks for visiting!

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