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Traveling the coastlines of the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries, you come across many interesting things to photograph.

Out of the Blue

After a perfect summer day, I recall hanging out and enjoying the approaching night fall on Carter's Creek in Virginia.  I had been out from before sunrise boating and visiting friends along the Northern Neck and the day was rapidly winding down. But I could not resist the urge to get a few night shots, like this Blue Hour shot and this Edge of Night image. Today I share another of the many from that fun-filled day.

Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

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After docking we were simply milling about after unloading and finishing off a few cold ones when the boat in the foreground began to really stand out under the lamp post on the dock. It looked totally different than 30 minutes before, no doubt the effect of the now subdued lighting. I was particularly drawn to the teak wood across the stern and the name, "Out of the Blue".

This image was processed back during the summer and placed in my "To be posted" file, so I am unclear as to the exact process. I am however, certain that Topaz Adjust was applied to some degree.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Above the Horizon

I always get excited about going out in the early morning to create some images, particularly when there is a lingering fog or mist in the atmosphere, which tends to produce some unpredictable effects. The lighting often looks drab and uneventful but you can see the faint hints of beauty and the potential for enhancement during post-processing. The image below is a perfect example, nearly devoid of color and completely underwhelming when viewed in the field. Upon first look the image screams monotone, which is not a bad idea by the way.

Above the Horizon - As Shot
Above the Horizon - As Shot

But those RAW files have a way of storing a wealth of information and can dramatically change an image.

Above the Horizon
Above the Horizon

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A close look at the end of the pier shows a couple of people sitting in lawn chairs fishing.

Processing

This image was processed in Lightroom 4, using a "Morning Glow" preset.  I then exported the image to Photoshop where the "Cool Tone I" filter was applied via Topaz Adjust. That's it!

Speaking of Topaz Labs, they just released the fantastic Topaz Simplify 4, a great plugin for creating digital art. If you are an owner of Simplify 2 or 3, a free update awaits. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a link to the Topaz Blog and article where you can read about all of the features.

If you are not an owner and want to take the plunge, be sure to enter the discount code "GETSIMPLIFIED" for a 30% reduction on the already reasonable price ($39.99) if you purchase by 9/30/12.

Thanks for visiting!

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The Sunlit Dock

Happy Monday, everyone. I'm hoping you enjoyed the weekend and the newly arrived Spring season. It seems that just about everything is blossoming now, which makes for some beautiful scenes. Great time to be out capturing images.

Today I have another toned image, similarly processed to the "Riverside Stroll" previously posted. It's a plain and simple image that I hope you enjoy.

The Sunlit Dock
The Sunlit Dock

This particular morning started off rather foggy but the sun burned away enough to make this capture possible before the light became too harsh. There remains some fog in the distance and the sky here, which actually helps with the overall color.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.

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