Federal Hill

USS Constellation Docked

One of the major attractions for tourist visiting the Baltimore Inner Harbor is the USS Constellation, the last Civil War vessel still afloat. Built in 1854, it instantly transports you back in time when you see it. From any angle, it strikes an imposing view as she sits docked at Pier 1. I have posted about this historic vessel before, most recently about one year ago here. It's also posted in the Photography Chat Community of Google Plus. Today we share a pre-dawn image taken from the top of Federal Hill, located across the harbor and south of Pier 1. I zoomed the 18-200mm all the way out to capture the scene below.

USS Constellation Docked
USS Constellation Docked

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In 1994 this ship, now on the National Registry of Historic Places, was condemned as an unsafe vessel. Her future seemed to hold a trip to the scrap yard but a $9 Million dollar restoration project was undertaken, and this great vessel was saved.

This shot was a 20-second long exposure and was processed in Photoshop CS6 where it received a generous crop. Afterward I used the Oil Paint filter and the new Blur Gallery to reach this final look.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Urban Sunrise

As a photographer, the early morning hours are hard to beat. There is that peace and solitude that makes getting up all worth while. Toward the end of this past Summer I made a  trip to the Federal Hill section of downtown Baltimore where a park sits atop the hill and the views are really good. I've been here countless times before, in fact, it's where this image was created. On this occasion I arrived just as the sun was beginning to rise. Setting up quickly, I caught the image below as the sun first broke over the horizon and peeked between the trees.

Urban Sunrise
Urban Sunrise

I grabbed a few more shots, which I've yet to process, then sat and enjoyed the view before moving on.

Prior to leaving the area a cabin cruiser (love those things) was heading out for a morning cruise. I remember wishing I was on board, since it was a spectacular morning. Anyhow, I wasn't but grabbed the memory as seen below.

Morning Cruise
Morning Cruise

Here is a B&W conversion.

Morning Cruise - B&W
Morning Cruise - B&W

Do you have a memorable mornings from this past Summer? I have many but this plain and simple one stands out amongst the best. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

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