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Broadway Market

Located in the historic district of Fells Point, Broadway Market dates back to 1784 when it was one of the first of three markets to serve the fast-growing Baltimore population of the day. Broadway (the street) was once known as Market Street and leads to the waterfront, a short distance beyond the entrance to the market shown below. This area was originally an outdoor marketplace with numbered spaces rented by farmers and other merchants.

Historic Broadway Market
Historic Broadway Market

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Although named "Broadway Market", it officially has an Aliceanna Street address. The present building was constructed in 1864 and once had a second story hall, used for social and civic affairs. Damaged by fire in the 1960s, the second story was removed.

Baltimore has the oldest continuously operating public market system in the United States, a proud tradition that we will continue to cover in future posts. Many of these establishments have passed into history but there are at least six remaining in full operation.

Thanks for visiting!

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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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A Night at the Museum

Today we swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for what I have titled "A Night at the Museum". It was getting late in the day on this visit and the crowds were thinning out, which is a great time to drift about and go where the people are not for some clear shots. I found myself alone and with tripod in hand (by permit) so I quickly setup and grabbed a few bracketed shots of the scene. This exhibit is part of the Greek and Roman Art gallery where there are all sorts of really interesting artifacts. One cannot help but marvel at what's on display when you consider the history surrounding this display.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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I felt that this image would make a fairly nice monochrome with all of the marble and stone work. Since this type of photography involves a wide range of gray tones some dodging and burning was required to keep the image from looking too drab with dingy gray color dominating the scene. One of my 2013 goals in to do more of this style of imagery so I am still feeling my way a bit. :-)

Below we have the color version of this 3-bracket shot (+2 to -2). This is the result of being processed in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. The image above was converted from the one below.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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Should you ever find yourself in NYC with a day (8 hours) to spare, take a trip to The Met, you will be so happy that you did.

Thanks for clicking by. :-)

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Safe Harbor

Before diving in I want to thank everyone for your comments, retweets, and continued support here and in places like Google Plus and 500px. It is truly appreciated.  ;-) In today's short post we have a look at a B&W image captured during my last visit to Harve de Grace Maryland. A light fog still hovered above the trees in the background but it served as a bit of a distraction as opposed to  adding to the mood. With that in mind I felt it best to go mono on this one. I used the +2 exposure to bring out the rocks below the decking, which was originally too dark to show much detail.

Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor

Thanks for visiting!

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