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At the Dock in Paradise Island Harbor

Happy Friday, everyone! Just a quick post today as we take a peek from one vantage point at the Paradise Island Harbor Resort. Inspired by my friend Edith Levy, who has a long-running "iPhone Friday" series, I thought I would join in and share an iPhone shot this Friday as well.

It rained only once during my week in the Bahamas and this iPhone image was taken just after the rain had stopped. Taking a short five-minute walk to the harbor, one can find numerous luxury yachts to feast your eyes upon.

Boats in the Paradise Island Harbor Resort
Boats in the Paradise Island Harbor Resort

iPhone shots can often produce an unacceptable level of digital noise (at least for me). To remedy that situation, I often use Nik's Define 2or Topaz's Denoise for noise reduction results.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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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).

As a reminder, a free upgrade awaits owners of Simplify 2 and 3. You can read about the upgrade here. New purchasers can enter the discount code “GETSIMPLIFIED” for a 30% discount if you purchase by 9/30/12.

Thanks for clicking by. ;-)

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