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Sunset in the Atrium

Quick post today, friends. While downtown for a boat parade (boats decked out for Christmas) I kept my eye on the sun anticipating an opportunity to create something. As it was setting, I could see it heading toward the backside of the rooftop atrium on the National Aquarium so I decided to wait it out. The image below was the result.

Sundown in the Atrium
Sundown in the Atrium

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Having setup my tripod on a bench in the distance, I waited until the sun was just dropping below the roof line which decreased it's intensity. This was a 3-shot bracket but I processed only the -2 exposure as a single image in lightroom 4.

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Standing Tall

Standing Tall
Standing Tall

Now that the peak colors of Fall have past and most of the leaves have made their way to the ground, many wooded areas have exposed themselves to views that are often given little attention. There is generally little interest in near-naked trees and their trunks. But as seen below, a little creativity can change a plain old scene into something a bit more interesting.

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The image above was taken with the always fun to use 10.5mm fisheye. With a 180 degree viewing angle, results can be surprising at times.

I processed this in Lightroom 4.2, applying a "Soft View" preset I created for another image.

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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.

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A Colorful Row of Trees

Colorful Row of Trees
Colorful Row of Trees

As the Fall color has peaked and the beautiful foliage makes it way back to nature, we are left with those vibrant images that nature has painted upon her canvas. As we travel about the countryside we are constantly reminded of the sheer elegance all around us, even on cloudy and overcast days.

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The image above was taken at mid-morning, following a heavy rainfall the night before. With the sun just breaking through a clearing sky, the lighting remained soft but illuminating enough for this image to show it's true colors.

Processing

One again, what began as a 3-shot bracket, which I intended to process into an HDR image, ended with the selection of the "0" exposure being processed totally within Lightroom 4.

Besides the settings shown below in the basic adjustment panel, a few saturation enhancements were made as well.

Colorful Row of Trees - LR4 Adjustments
Colorful Row of Trees - LR4 Adjustments

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