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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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Low Tide

The Earth's rotation, combined with gravitational forces from the moon and the sun, combine to cause sea levels to rise and fall daily. The effects of these high and low tides can often be dramatic. In today's image we can see not only the effect of a low tide but also evidence of a rain deficit. It seemed that everywhere I went in Hilton Head(the tennis shoe-shaped island) you could see exposed areas that are normally covered with water.

Low Tide
Low Tide

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A look beneath the pier shows the high-water mark on the sea wall, lined with barnacles, shells and other crustacea. Notice how far down the pier posts the entire dock system is positioned.

Nonetheless, I found this particular scene worthy of a mid-day exposure.

I spent a week in this area and the water levels never showed any significant change, causing me to wonder if the area was under a severe rain deficit. Sea levels in the area seem to be down some 12 to 15 feet.

Thanks for visiting!

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Empty Slip

Empty Slip
Empty Slip

Let's take a quick trip to the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster Virginia where there is an empty slip. Perhaps the boat is out at sea. It was an early morning this past Summer (2012), as the sun began it's ascent on what turned out to be another in a string of 100 degree (F) days. No matter the temperatures, it's hard to beat a day on or near the water. :-)

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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