Indian River Inlet

Indian River Sunset

Indian River Sunset

While out on an evening drive I noticed the sky starting to setup nicely with color so I thought I would head toward the Indian River Marina to capture some of the light and catch this Indian River Sunset.

Along the Jetty

Along the Jetty

The Rehoboth Jazz Fest was having it's 25th annual event and we had been looking forward to this for some time now. Me and the Mrs. hooked up with "The Crew" and had another grand time, as we always seem to experience when we all get together.

Anyhow, photography was somewhat secondary to this trip and it felt good to have no real "target list" to work through. Besides, time flies when you're having fun and there was plenty of that. :-)

Nonetheless, I found time to get out and give the camera a little play while in the area. So I went to my tried-and-true routine of getting out there during the wee hours of the morning and headed to the beach.

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.

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

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!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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