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Yachtsman's Dream

Yachtsman's Dream

When I compiled my listing of things to do more of in 2014, creating more black and white images ranked in the top 10 among photographic endeavors.

Cabin Cruiser

Cabin cruisers are wonderful watercraft that can be considered luxury powerboats. This class of boat generally falls in the 25 to 45-foot range and can comfortably accommodate a designated number of passengers and crew, depending on it's size. I have always considered these as the best of both worlds, as they are very seaworthy and functional for work and / or play. Today's cabin cruisers are loaded with electronic gear and and the latest marine technology.

After a wonderful outing on the Chesapeake Bay, we came back in port at sunset and I snagged the shot below as we were docking.

Cabin Cruiser
Cabin Cruiser

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What had been an ordinary scene when we left the area earlier in the day, turned out to be an eye-pleasing sight upon our return. The soft lighting provided by the setting Sun was good to see as we made our approach.

Image Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Topaz Labs Adjust 5

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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.

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Evening Sun

As the evening sun drops below the horizon, a magical sky appears with shades of beauty. This is what shooting at the edges of day or night is all about. Each occurrence is a new adventure because you are never quite certain how the image will turn out. One of the first things I look for is clouds. Clouds hold color and sometimes create amazing patterns. It's as if nature took her paintbrush and stroked across the sky as if it were a canvas. With the sun below the horizon, it now shines it's light beneath the clouds which produces all sorts of wonderful colors. Various shades of orange, reds, blues, and other colors are the result.

Such was the case in the image below, taken on an unseasonably warm December evening.

Evening Sun
Evening Sun

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This was the beginning of the Blue Hour, a great time for shooting cityscapes, buildings and a host of other outdoor scenes.

Processing

A 3-shot bracket was opened in Photoshop CS6 where the Topaz Adjust filter was applied (0 exposure) to enhance the overall color. Next, a mask was applied to that top layer so I could mask in the boats and slips, which were too dark. I used the +2 exposure with a 35% opacity setting for this. To round things out, a little sharpening was added.

In other news:

I've been working on several special projects lately which have reduced my blog visiting time. I hope to catch up to your many fine works soon.

Next week (April 17th) I am doing an HDR presentation for the Washington School of Photography Camera Club. You can read more about it here.

Thanks so much for clicking by!

WSP Camera Club
WSP Camera Club
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