sailboats

Sail Nauticus Norfolk

Sail Nauticus Norfolk

I stopped in downtown Norfolk Virginia recently and came upon a small fleet of sailboats moving about in the harbor. What demanded my attention were these colorful sails just beaming in the sunlight of a quiet afternoon.

The Meridian Trek

This past Summer (June 2012) I found myself at the Yankee Point Marina's boat yard in Lancaster Virginia, where many sailing vessels were in port for various maintenance and repair projects. Of the many sailboats I photographed, there were several that stood out for various reasons. One such standout was the Meridian Trek which hails from Marquette Michigan. I recall thinking to myself that I was going to see what I could find out about the Meridian Trek since she was so far from her home port.

As often happens when you take hundreds and hundreds of shots, the photograph was simply gathering digital dust on a storage device until recently when I rediscovered it while looking back through some of my catalogs.

What I found out was that the Meridian Trek has been slowly working her way down the east coast, as shown on this XPlot Position Map.

Meridian Trek
Meridian Trek

It was so beautiful standing in the morning light with it's wonderful color combination and what appeared to be a fresh coat of bottom paint.  Typical of facilities like this, you will see lots of clutter scattered about, so I blurred part of the image to keep the focus on the Meridian Trek.

I plan to track this yacht for some time and see where she ends up. Should it return to my area, I would surely make an effort to meet the owners,  Kim and Terrie Matthews and perhaps gain permission to board and learn more about their travels.

Thanks for visiting!

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The Dock at Night

The Docks at Night
The Docks at Night

Today we take a trip down to the dock at night where photo opportunities are everywhere, even if you have photographed the same area during the day. It's a completely different world. While the scene below may look eerily quiet, there was a rocking party going on at the Bo Brooks Seafood Restaurant just out of the frame to the left. This immediate area, off of Boston Street in downtown Baltimore, is known as Lighthouse Point, a part of the Canton neighborhood.

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In the foreground I included the steering wheel and railing of an old clunker of a skiff. It made such a contrast to the yachts across the harbor.

Processing

Once again I decided to go for a painterly look. The 3-shot bracket was run through HDR Efex Pro 2 before bringing it into Photoshop where a little "BuzSim" was applied in Topaz Lab's Simplify 4. To round out the processing I added some vibrance (+27).

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Thanks for clicking by. ;-)

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Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek

One of the many places I like to hang out is on the eastern shore of Maryland. Like the western shore, you'll find a thousand outlets to rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. One such outlet is Slaughter Creek, which separates Taylors Island from the mainland. Slaughter Creek is also the place where this "Daybreak" image was created. Needless to say, I have taken many photos of the area, one of which is shown below.

Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek
Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek

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This is a very common scene wherever boats are located and I have been hard pressed to explain why I like this particular view, other than "there is just something about it". ;-)

In any case, I share it and this B&W version for your feedback and critique.

Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek - B&W
Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek - B&W

The image was taken in late evening as the sky was transitioning toward the blue hour. I recall this being an extremely hot day so the fact that the sun was dipping below the horizon was a good thing indeed.

The black & white version was converted using Topaz Lab's Black & White Effects.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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