National Harbor

The Capital Wheel

The Capital Wheel

Rising 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at the National Harbor, “The Capital Wheel”, as it’s been dubbed, will provide thrills and chills for many visitors. During my last visit the pier was still undergoing construction but I can hardly wait to return for the full, live experience. 

Sunset at National Harbor

Sunset at National Harbor

I visited the National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland on what had been a day of rain showers. The weather forecast indicated clearing skies for that afternoon so I decided to take a ride to see if I could catch a nice sunset.

Blue Harbor

One of my favorite times to be out shooting is during the blue hour because you never quite know what you will end up with as an image. In this case it was a blue harbor, complete with an overcast sky and still water in the National Harbor of Washington DC. It was just after 6:00 am when I arrived here from across the bridge in Pentagon City where I had been staying for a few days. This was the very first shot of the day.

Blue Harbor
Blue Harbor

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Using the 10.5mm Fisheye for a little creative fun, it always delivers something wild, as seen in the totally distorted railing at the base of the image.

This is a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) which was processed using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2.  Afterward, a little masking in Photoshop was in order to reach the final result.

While in the digital darkroom I decided to convert this image to B&W using the newly updated and much improved Topaz Black & White Effects 2 (Beta). I have a review here, and the product is due to be released this week.

Blue Harbor - B&W Version
Blue Harbor - B&W Version

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I love the Washington DC area for photographing iconic buildings and landscapes. There is so much history there in this nation's capitol, I look forward to another visit soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM