Topaz Adjust 5

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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Heading to Port

Welcome back! In the previous post I mentioned how summer had started to fade, and nowhere was that more evident than in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic US states this past weekend. The transition began with extremely severe thunderstorms from New York to Virginia, complete with tornado sightings and torrential rains. But everyone knew what was coming as there was plenty of advanced warning.

The image below shows one of many boats and watercraft heading to port to find safe harbor and security. On the open seas things happen rapidly so no need to wait around.

Heading to Port
Heading to Port

This sailboat is running on engine power, no time for sails with storms just hours away.

Processing

This is a single exposure processed in Photoshop, using the "Dramatic II" filter found in Topaz Adjust 5 under the "Vibrant Collection" tab. I then desaturated the colors to complete the process. Topaz Labs has a host of creative tools that provide a nice starting point for where one may want to take a particular image stylistically.

Thanks for visiting!

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A Boatyard in Lancaster

Today we take a quick swing by the boatyard in Lancaster Virginia for a peek at a few of the many boats scattered about for repairs and refurbishments. I've seen boats here from as far away as Seattle Washington, which is one heck of a sail from the east coast. This image was taken a very short distance from this launch ramp and this image at water's edge, all a part of the Yankee Point Marina.

Boatyard in Lancaster
Boatyard in Lancaster

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When I first saw this image I knew I wanted to convert it to B&W, so here it is below.

Boatyard in Lancaster - B&W
Boatyard in Lancaster - B&W

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Processing took place in Lightroom 4 before exporting to Photoshop for a couple of final tweaks.

As always, thanks so much for visiting.

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