Blue Monday

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

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Blue Hour at Kent Narrows

One of the first small communities you encounter after crossing the Chesapeake Bay from the Maryland mainland (western shore) is Kent Narrows, a waterway community that connects eastern bay tributary and the Chester River. I could see by the sky that the Blue Hour had begun so I stopped to take a few photos in the area on what was a very windy morning. The marina was loaded with boats, all of which were bobbing in the water like corks so a long exposure of watercraft would only yield a blurry image. Instead, I took the image below to  take advantage of the current lighting situation.

Blue Hour at Kent Narrows
Blue Hour at Kent Narrows

As seen above, even the ordinary takes on a different and sometimes surreal look during the blue hours of morning and evening. It's a fun time to be out photographing.

One of the tools I use for specific location shoots is an app developed by Miklos Andrassy.

Blue Hour App
Blue Hour App

iPhone / iPad users may employ the assistance of this wonderful app, appropriately named Blue Hour App. It's in the Apple App Store and is advertised as an iPhone app but it works terrific on the iPad as well.

You can choose dates and locations, which is quite handy. Another cool feature is the ability to drop pins on the map, handy for those favorite locations you like to visit or future locations.

The app is not free but at $1.99 it's well worth the small investment.

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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