Well the second part of my Saturday “Roads Less Traveled” journey took me back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I went back here for two main reasons. The thought of dinner outside on the water (perfect weather for it Saturday) and as most of you know I love a good night shoot. I had an idea to shoot the harbor from a vantage point I had never visited but always wanted to. Usually when I have been in Baltimore I have been with folks more interested in other endeavors. On the far side of the harbor there is a very large hill with a park on top. That was to be my penultimate destination for the day. I drove one hour back down I95 from Wilmington to Baltimore. I parked downtown and took a quick visit to the camera shop in the Galleria. Camera shops in high end malls are sometimes very well stocked with pro gear. So it was worth a chance to do some window shopping. No such luck this time, the camera shop there was focused on one-hour prints and camera bags for tourists. Moving on I took a long walk completely covering the entire Inner Harbor, making notes of possible shots for later in the evening. I was also scouting restaurants. I was looking for just the right atmosphere for my mood. I wanted people but not big large loud crowds. A bit upscale, but not pretentious or too formal. A view and outside seating near the water. Really just a general kind of place nothing specific, LOL… ;-) I selected J. Paul’s appropriately enough. Right at the center of the Inner Harbor and having all the attributes I mentions above. Dinner was great. I had a glass of scotch and a steak salad, filling without being heavy. Plenty of people watching was done as I sat and took in every thing going on around me. J. Paul’s was a good pick. I was happy to receive a phone call from a friend while I was finishing dinner. I had considered the fact that I was about to venture alone on a night shoot in Baltimore with camera gear worth the price of a small car over my shoulder might not be the smartest thing I have done of late. I took the opportunity while speaking with my friend to tell them where to have the cadaver dogs start if I should not be heard from by morning. One of the smaller problems of living alone is worrying no one would notice if you went missing or died. On that light note, after dinner I made my way to the hillside next to the harbor. Upon arriving at about 6:30 I selected a bench and set about watching the sun take its position on the horizon for the show. What a view! It was wonderful, I spent more than two hours up there. I talked with a few less hearty photographers who ventured up and, lacking patience, left for other sights prior to the evenings grand finally. A film crew also showed up at my chosen location. I spoke with the guy running the staff who came over to where I was set up and just wanted to say he hoped they were not disturbing my shoot. I told him they would not and I planned on moving about once the light did what I needed and that I would stay out of their way. He was a nice guy it was interesting watching them set up all their sound gear and lighting equipment as well. They had a crew of 8 who arrive ten minutes after myself and had not even started to shoot anything by the time I left; I guess they were waiting for the talent to arrive. Talent, yuk! After shooting my skyline shots and speaking with one other serious amateur photographer for a bit I set off down to the harbor for one last walk through. I had planned to take the few waters edge shots which I had conceived prior to dinner that evening. I made it back to the well light & heavily trafficked area and continued my intended work for the evening. All in all it was a very nice journey today. I am very pleased with my images. The drive home I was very tired.
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