long exposure photography

USCGC Eagle

USCGC Eagle

Baltimore celebrated the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem with a "Star Spangled Spectacular" event (Sept 10-16) with a week of activities. With Baltimore's long and rich maritime history, this provided another opportunity for the much beloved tall ships to sail into town, right out of the history books.

Just Another Sunset

Just Another Sunset

Each sunset signals the close of another day. A day that hopefully saw you do your very best to move closer to your life's goal. 

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...

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Bridge in Blue

Welcome back! We begin this week with another Blue Monday photo. "Bridge in Blue" was taken during the magical blue hour, which lasted more like 40 minutes in this case. In this image there are actually two bridges,the Waterman's Memorial Bridge (foreground) is the lesser in height. Towering above it is the Kent Narrows Bridge.

Waterman's Memorial is an old drawbridge and is part of the American Discovery Trail.

Bridge in Blue
Bridge in Blue

As mentioned above, the "blue hour" was about 40 minutes on this particular date but small window of opportunity aside, in order to get those purple and blue hues you have to be on location, setup and ready to go during that time. Arrive early and allow yourself time to scout the location and find the best vantage point the target you have in mind.

Here is my previous blue hour postwhich gives a little detail on a nice smartphone app that lets you know exactly when blue hours occur by date. You can also visit BlueHourSite.comand use the online version.

Shot stats: ISO 200, 20mm, f/22, 13 sec, processed in Lightroom 5

Thanks for visiting!

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