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Heading to Port

Welcome back! In the previous post I mentioned how summer had started to fade, and nowhere was that more evident than in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic US states this past weekend. The transition began with extremely severe thunderstorms from New York to Virginia, complete with tornado sightings and torrential rains. But everyone knew what was coming as there was plenty of advanced warning.

The image below shows one of many boats and watercraft heading to port to find safe harbor and security. On the open seas things happen rapidly so no need to wait around.

Heading to Port
Heading to Port

This sailboat is running on engine power, no time for sails with storms just hours away.

Processing

This is a single exposure processed in Photoshop, using the "Dramatic II" filter found in Topaz Adjust 5 under the "Vibrant Collection" tab. I then desaturated the colors to complete the process. Topaz Labs has a host of creative tools that provide a nice starting point for where one may want to take a particular image stylistically.

Thanks for visiting!

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The Edge of Night

Welcome back photography lovers! I hope all is going well for you.

Today's short post features an image taken at nightfall on Carter's Creek in the lovely state of Virginia. It is a few coves away from this blue hour image recently posted. The title, "The Edge of Night" may have drawn in a few fans of the soap opera series, for which I apologize, but everyone likes to look at photos, right? :-)

The Edge of Night
The Edge of Night

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I had given some thought to lightening this image but also considered losing the mood here so it was left in it's "as shot" state.

It was a very peaceful night on Carter's Creek which added another page to the many fond memories I have of this area.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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At Waters Edge

At Waters Edge
At Waters Edge

Continuing the theme from the previous post, today we have a look at a few yachts within the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster Virginia. I took this shot just after sunrise, one of my favorite time to be out photographing. The peace and solitude of the early morning cannot be beat and the soft lighting is a huge plus as well. Anyhow this is one of the many tranquil scenes you'll find at waters edge, which makes this a favorite topic to cover.

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Using my trusty Nikkor 18-200mm, this image was created from a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2), run through HDR Efex Pro, then imported into Photoshop where I applied the "Portrait Drama" filter within Topaz Labs Adjust 5. Initially the colors were a bit too saturated but lowering a saturation slider makes for an easy fix.

Enjoy!

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Anchored

Happy Friday everyone! Weekends often provide time for some fun and relaxation, moments to gather your thoughts or to pursue your favorite pastime. Whatever the case, here's to a great one filled with memories. I'll be busy on Saturday but a 1/2 weekend will do nicely as well. ;-)

We close out the week with a peaceful scene of a sailboat anchored in the harbor during the blue hour. It was around 5:40 am, which is one of my favorite times to be out and about, chasing that short-lived twilight. There is something very special about this time of day, beyond the special lighting available to us photogs. There is that solitude and brief period to connect with nature, uninterrupted.

Well, before I go off waxing philosophical, let's get on to today's image.

Anchored
Anchored

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One last look...

Anchored - B&W
Anchored - B&W

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Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

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