Maryland Eastern Shore

Blue Hour at Kent Narrows

One of the first small communities you encounter after crossing the Chesapeake Bay from the Maryland mainland (western shore) is Kent Narrows, a waterway community that connects eastern bay tributary and the Chester River. I could see by the sky that the Blue Hour had begun so I stopped to take a few photos in the area on what was a very windy morning. The marina was loaded with boats, all of which were bobbing in the water like corks so a long exposure of watercraft would only yield a blurry image. Instead, I took the image below to  take advantage of the current lighting situation.

Blue Hour at Kent Narrows
Blue Hour at Kent Narrows

As seen above, even the ordinary takes on a different and sometimes surreal look during the blue hours of morning and evening. It's a fun time to be out photographing.

One of the tools I use for specific location shoots is an app developed by Miklos Andrassy.

Blue Hour App
Blue Hour App

iPhone / iPad users may employ the assistance of this wonderful app, appropriately named Blue Hour App. It's in the Apple App Store and is advertised as an iPhone app but it works terrific on the iPad as well.

You can choose dates and locations, which is quite handy. Another cool feature is the ability to drop pins on the map, handy for those favorite locations you like to visit or future locations.

The app is not free but at $1.99 it's well worth the small investment.

Thanks for visiting!

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Blue Hour - Taylors Island

Taylors Island on Maryland's eastern shore is one of my favorite places to visit during the fishing season. Those pre-dawn departures for the Chesapeake Bay are always special moments. This long exposure image was taken during the blue hour on a cold morning several weeks ago. We headed out in strong winds and rough seas, although one would never know it looking at the photograph below.

Blue Hour - Taylors Island
Blue Hour - Taylors Island

With the camera tripod mounted,  I took the long exposure first (44mm, f/18, 12s, ISO 200). Next I quickly switched to bracketing and took 3 shots. Somewhat surprisingly, there was not as much camera shake in the high winds as I thought there would be. Still, not as tack-sharp an image as I would have liked but manageable. Several other shots around the docks were less favorable. :-(

In Photoshop I aligned the image layers and cropped away the resulting uneven edges. Using only the 12-second long exposure and the 0EV metered image (no HDR processing) I added a mask. The water from the LE image was brought in to blend with the 0EV, 4s, f/4 shot.

Finishing touches via Topaz Adjust.

We went on to have a banner day out on the Chesapeake, catching several trophy Rockfish. I landed a 34-pounder, which tends to brighten any day. :-)

After a very busy 6-week period where I could never seem to find enough time in a single day, I'm off to Hilton Head Island to relax, recharge and reload.

Next post, from the sandy shores of the Atlantic.

Thanks for visiting!

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Sunset Harbor

Quick post today as Hurricane Sandy blows through the region. The rain began yesterday but the worst remains ahead. We're well prepared, just a matter of riding it out now. Today I thought I would post an image with a colorful, sunset sky, as I look forward to seeing the next one, which is days away. This image was taken on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay back in the summer during a trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore. I remember the intense heat of that day but also remember the fun of traveling on the open sea. As we approached the docks off of Taylor's Creek the sun was setting and the sky was transitioning toward the stormy night ahead.

Sunset Harbor
Sunset Harbor

Thanks so much for visiting!

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