kent narrows

The Narrows

Creating images during the blue hour has become one of my favorite things to do photographically. There is a little magic in the air that seems to make nearly everything look somewhat dramatic when you view the photos. Of course, it’s mainly about the lighting and the blue hour has a low intensity, softening effect on the atmosphere in general. The resulting hues of blue and purple can be quite stunning. Today's image was taken shortly after this Bridge in Blue shot from a previous post.

The Narrows
The Narrows

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Built upon the foundation of a former oyster shucking house is The Narrows, an outstanding seafood restaurant known for it's outstanding crab cakes and cream of crab soup. Pictured above is the actual rear of the building, which I found more interesting than the traditional restaurant front. Takes a photographer to come to that conclusion. :-)

Until next time...

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

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!

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