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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.

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Exit 36

Welcome to the first full weekend of Spring! While Nature's signs of Spring have yet to show themselves here in the Mid Atlantic Region, it is nice to know that this will occur most any day now.

Our image today focuses on night driving with this long exposure scene of Exit 36 along  i83 in northern Baltimore County. There is something inviting about the open road at night that I have always enjoyed. Perhaps it's the fact the visibility is limited and thereby provides a bit of mystery for what lies ahead.

The scene below was taken from an embankment along the roadside that I accessed from a bridge along York Road.

Exit 36 of i83
Exit 36 of i83

As a photographer, have you ever been out and just decided to stop and take a photo for no particular reason?

I have no idea what compelled me to stop and create this image, it was on pure instinct, but in hindsight I am glad to have created the memory. :-)

Thanks for stopping by for a quick peek and have a great weekend!

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From Out of the Darkness

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a great weekend. Since I have to leave out in the wee hours of the morning today, I thought it fitting to post an image from a similar circumstance a couple of weeks ago. I was on the edge of a farm doing some long exposures and decided to catch a few roadside shots before leaving. An approaching vehicle could be heard in the distance so I timed one of the shots to catch the headlights on what was otherwise a near pitch-black country road.

From Out of the Darkness
From Out of the Darkness

This is a blend of 3 exposures, processed in Photoshop CS6. Masking (brush set at 54%) was performed on the trees to bring out the color from the overexposed shot.

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Daybreak on The Strip

Today we head back out to the desert city of Las Vegas where I shot the image below at daybreak. I had walked across the elevated crosswalk between the MGM Grand and New York New York, stopping to await the traffic that was sitting at a red light a block or so away. It had been some time since I had captured any light trails so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. By the way, this vantage point is just above the Firefighter II image posted previously.

Daybreak on The Strip
Daybreak on The Strip

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This is a single long exposure image (RAW) processed completely in LR4 with it's versatile array of sliders. I was quite happy with this result, particularly when you see the original shot (below).

DSC_0171 - RAW
DSC_0171 - RAW

The long exposure had blown out some of the lighting and made things a bit fuzzy overall but LR4 is a really powerful tool for working with RAW files, allowing one to recover a great deal of information. The final settings were saved as a preset for future use. Presets are great time savers, although each image is different, but they can get you closer than starting from scratch.

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