Havre de Grace Maryland

Susquehanna Lock House Museum

Susquehanna Lock House Museum

Susquehanna Museum and Lock House

Across the Inlet

Glancing across the inlet. At first glance it seems just part of the world we live in. Much like traveling a highway, the view changes rapidly and often without notice. But taking notice of shoreline scenes can be a very interesting hobby to undertake. For those of us fortunate enough to live near one of these elements of nature's beauty, it can become commonplace, even overlooked. I have always enjoyed my wanderings along the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries simply because it is here that the world provides simplistic but wonderful views of the connection between mankind and nature.

Photograph: Across the Inlet
Photograph: Across the Inlet

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The shoreline scene above was taken in Havre de Grace Maryland, the city at the very top of the Chesapeake Bay and a place I have always enjoyed visiting.

Here is a Black & White conversion using Topaz's new Black & White Effects 2, which is now in Beta. I was so happy to get my hands on a sneak peek version. The upgrade is due to be released in mid-February, which means very soon! :-)

I can tell you this, if you are a version 1 user you will not be disappointed because version 2 is greatly improved. I will have a review up later this week.

Black and white photograph: Across the Inlet
Black and white photograph: Across the Inlet

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Settled in 1658, Havre de Grace has a steep history and I look forward to bringing you some of the city's Colonial and Victorian architecture.

Thanks for visiting!

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Above the Horizon

I always get excited about going out in the early morning to create some images, particularly when there is a lingering fog or mist in the atmosphere, which tends to produce some unpredictable effects. The lighting often looks drab and uneventful but you can see the faint hints of beauty and the potential for enhancement during post-processing. The image below is a perfect example, nearly devoid of color and completely underwhelming when viewed in the field. Upon first look the image screams monotone, which is not a bad idea by the way.

Above the Horizon - As Shot
Above the Horizon - As Shot

But those RAW files have a way of storing a wealth of information and can dramatically change an image.

Above the Horizon
Above the Horizon

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A close look at the end of the pier shows a couple of people sitting in lawn chairs fishing.

Processing

This image was processed in Lightroom 4, using a "Morning Glow" preset.  I then exported the image to Photoshop where the "Cool Tone I" filter was applied via Topaz Adjust. That's it!

Speaking of Topaz Labs, they just released the fantastic Topaz Simplify 4, a great plugin for creating digital art. If you are an owner of Simplify 2 or 3, a free update awaits. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a link to the Topaz Blog and article where you can read about all of the features.

If you are not an owner and want to take the plunge, be sure to enter the discount code "GETSIMPLIFIED" for a 30% reduction on the already reasonable price ($39.99) if you purchase by 9/30/12.

Thanks for visiting!

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