Pennsylvania State Capital Rotunda

At the camera club, several members had exhibited images from the Pennsylvania State Capital Rotunda over the years.  They all looked so beautiful.  The capital must be beautiful.  And they kept telling me that you could just walk in and take pictures. So one weekend this year, Annette and I joined up with another couple …

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Lukens Steel Mill

Recently, Annette and I were invited to participate in a photo shoot/workshop at the Lukens Steel Mill in Coatesville, PA.  We were excited because we love to shoot old and abandoned buildings and their contents. When we first arrived, the organizers, who were very familiar with the mill since they were part of the local …

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Piers at Sun Rise

  My brother and his wife rented a house in Avon, NC in September and they invited Annette and me to join them.  So we went down for a few days.  It was great!  We were able to do a lot of things: -Take sunrise pictures of piers -Ride the ferry to Ocracoke and back …

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Agway in Greencastle

Recently, the local Photography Club was able to get access (at least to the outside of the buildings) to the closed down Agway in Greencastle, Pa.  It was in the evening after work on an overcast day.  The leader said a few words and turned us loose.  Here are some of the images that I …

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Day Seven – Neist Point

On Day Seven, the group headed out to Neist Point, the westernmost point in Scotland.  That should help you find it on the map! Neist Point was a very picturesque spot.  From the parking lot at the end of the long lane, you can either walk down to the lighthouse or up to the top …

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Day Six – Chasing the Light

On Day Six we started driving through the Quiraing Mountains.  The instructors were disappointed.  The light was just not cooperating. We stopped near the top of a long winding road and waited for a while, but the sun and the clouds just didn’t want to cooperate! So we kept driving.  We were looking for a …

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Day Five – Derelicts and Photo Stimulators

Critiques ran long and we got a late start. Our first stop was Tallisker Whiskey Distillery.  I was hoping to take the tour of the facility.  I always love to see a company’s operations.  It is fascinating to see how they do things and sometimes get an insight into how they think.  Unfortunately, this day, …

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Day Four – Satisfied or Concerned?

Day four took us to a cow pasture with a waterfall.  I love shooting waterfalls.  I love to make the water all silky smooth.  however, Annette and Clayt are not impressed with the silky water.  They prefer that the water be more realistic.  So, I have two waterfall pictures here; one with silky smooth water …

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Day Three – Misty Isles Boat Trip

Day three and another beautiful day on the Isle of Skye! This day was an earlier start than the other days.  We had to get over to the town of Elgol to catch a boat to Loch Coruisk. And Loch Coruisk was beautiful; lots of water, patches of snow on the high peaks, mountains, stream, …

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Day One – Loop Road including Tarskavaig

The first day of the workshop has arrived.  First, we all work on our images from the Eilean Donan Castle and then each of us presents 2 images to the group for critiques. The critiques are first from the students/participants and then from the instructors.  Part of improving your own work is to study work …

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Isle of Skye – Travel Days

In early June, Annette and I joined a photo workshop that explored fine art photography on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  We enjoyed ourselves and, despite our frustrations, may have improved as photographers! Getting there was a long journey.  We left home around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and didn’t arrive at the Glasgow hotel until …

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Puerto Rico

Last October, Annette and I ventured to Puerto Rico. First of all, the island is beautiful!  Wonderful Beaches!  Picturesque mountains!  Lighthouses!  Coffee plantations! However, I was not prepared for the narrow roads!  Especially in the mountains!  The first time on these roads can be stressful, especially for me. Anyway, please enjoy the images below.

Black and White – What was he thinking???

You know, some things should be in color and some images should be in black and white. Here’s a small sample that most people would think would be in color, but I have converted them to black and white.  What was I thinking??? What do you think?  I would like to know!  Leave a comment.

Photography Opens Doors

Did you ever wonder where your electrical power comes from?  How it is controlled?  Wouldn’t it be cool to tour the power plant?  Wouldn’t it be cool to have your curiosity satisfied and increase your knowledge of your world? Maybe if you knocked on the power plant’s front door and asked for a tour, they …

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Sunflower Personality

Do plants have personalities? Sunflowers do! Look at these images.  Some sunflowers are hanging their heads.  Probably because they can’t compare to the big personalities and beauty of those sunflowers that are basking in the sun!

Sunflowers

This past September, the camera club had an outing to a sunflower field.  The problem was that it was a two hour drive from home.  Yes, it’s not that far, but it’s not that close.  To spend four hours of our day in the car was just not appealing.  There were too many things that …

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Great Falls in the Late Evening

Any time that Annette and I leave the house together, we a liable to change our minds at least a dozen times. Back in May 2014, Annette and I set off for Great Falls and the C&O Canal on the Potamac River.  I think we left the house around noon, but we saw so many …

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Moving Water

Perhaps silky water on waterfalls and creeks has become cliche.  Maybe.  But during our Trip to the Columbia River Gorge, Annette and I actively sought out opportunities to shoot the water.  I enjoyed doing it and got a thrill from the results. I wanted to shoot waterfalls so bad that we walked a mile back …

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Oregon Vacation: Vista House

At the beginning of May this year, Annette and I took a vacation in Oregon.  One of the major attractions for me was the Columbia River Highway. It’s hardly a highway at all.  Just a two lane road winding up and down and in and around along the border of the Columbia River and the …

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Oregon Vacation: Mt Hood

In early May of this year, Annette and I took a vacation in Oregon.  One of the “destinations” for the trip was Mt Hood. In researching for the trip we came across a flight service in the town of Hood River.  This flight service was offering sightseeing flights to Mt Hood, Mt Adams and along …

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Lincoln Memorial

Earlier this year, Annette and I joined the Camera Club on an outing to Washington, DC.  We saw a wonderful exhibit of Yusuf Karsh portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.  If you get a chance to see his work, definitely make the effort! Afterwards, most of the club headed home, but Annette and I wanted …

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Waterside Woolen Mill

Annette and I don’t get out to shoot nearly as often as we would like.  So, we are tickled when the location at which we are shooting turns out to be a “target rich environment”.  The mill definitely was such an environment! We joined the Camera Club for a trip to Waterside, PA to a …

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Bethlehem Photo Trip

Back in November, Annette and I went with the Camera Club on an outing that took us to Bethlehem and Allentown, Pa.  It was a great day. Our first stop in Bethlehem was the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town.  It was a sad place, not only because it was a cemetery, but for …

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UK – St. David’s

After looking back through my posts, I find that I left out a day.  And it was a beautiful day at a wonderful venue. On Monday, we checked out of our accommodations in Saundersfoot, Wales and we drove to the town of St. David’s to see one of the oldest churches in the UK, St. …

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Norfolk, UK

After finishing up at work, Annette and I still had Friday, Saturday and Sunday to explore more of the UK.  We decided to go to the King’s Lynn area in Norfolk.  So bright and early on Friday we were on the road. We had heard that there were some interesting multi-colored cliffs along the coast, …

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At work in England

At the end of the last Blog, Annette and I had made it to Kilworth house.  What a beautiful place!  Check it out.  Google “Kilworth House”. This is an old, stately country home that has been renovated and turned into a conference center and hotel. Tonight we walked through the second floor just to see …

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Pembroke, Wales

Hello, again! It’s day two in Wales. At the end of my last blog, we were waiting to go down to Breakfast.   It was hearty.  Their bacon was like a slice of ham with some fat left on.  I had yogurt with Muesli and nuts that I mixed in. After breakfast, we drove to …

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Asticou Azalea Garden in Acadia NP

Sometimes someone wants to show you something and as you are approaching it, you are underwhelmed.  OK, you tell yourself, I’ll be polite and make the best of it.  And sometimes, just some times, it turns out to be time well-spent. That’s what happened to me at the Asticou Azalea Garden in Acadia National Park …

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Wave Action

Some of the most fun I had during our recent trip to Maine was taking long-exposure (multiple seconds) pictures of waves. While Annette was participating in the Photography Workshop, I went out near Thunder Hole with the wife of another workshop participant.  No sense in sitting in the room!!! I went out on the rocks …

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Fog. Help or Hinderance?

Annette and I recently returned from a vacation trip to Cape Cod and Maine.  It was a great trip. Maine, to us, was a very relaxing place, even though Annette was involved in a Photography Workshop, which had her rising way before sunrise! The first part of the week was beautiful weather, by conventional standards. …

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Washington at Night

Annette and I have not been very active with our photography since the big trip to Death Valley at the beginning of December.  But in January we took two trips to Washington, DC. The first trip we were showing some of the mall to some friends.  We went to the National Air and Space Museum …

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Harrisburg from City Island

Back on November 11, 2012, the Harrisburg Camera Club had a group photo shoot on City Island.  Over 20 members showed up to take pictures.  One of those members was me. The Harrisburg Marathon was on the same day and the place was packed.  Hurricane Sandy had put a serious damper on the New York …

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Death Valley – Eureka Mine

(Since the latest blog, when posted, goes at the top, you may want to start at the last blog on Death Valley  (Badwater), which was actually the first posted (see the dates) and work your way back up to the present (this post).) Annette and I had seen an abandoned car near the Eureka Mine …

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Death Valley – Mesquite Flats Dunes

The dunes were probably my favorite location for the trip. However, I got off to a rough start.  It was 5:30 a.m.  It was still dark.  I asked the instructor which lens would work best.  He gave the right answer but it was not the one I wanted to hear.  He said that whatever lens …

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Death Valley – Artists Palette

Artists Palette seemed to be a favorite of the group and particularly of the instructors.  Annette, too, seemed to love the place.  Each of them seemed to remark about the beauty of the multi-hued dirt soil.  But for me, we were taking pictures of piles of dirt.  Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the …

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Death Valley – 20 Mule Canyon

Wednesday was a day of shooting dirt.  In the morning was 20 Mule Canyon and in the evening was the Artists’ Palette. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Let’s start with 20 Mule Canyon, which is where we went for sunrise. Sunrise was wonderful to watch.  You could see the sun light the tips …

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Death Valley – Rhyolite

Rhyolite is a ghost town on the road out of Death Valley toward Beatty, NV.  It is pretty accessible and that is why I was somewhat disappointed.  All of the building remains were fenced off.  I suppose it was for the average tourists’ safety, but it meant that we couldn’t get up close and personal …

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Death Valley – Salt Creek

Tuesday morning dawned bright and early.  Annette and I know this because we was already out at Salt creek looking for the perfect composition for a sunrise shot! Salt Creek?  I didn’t know there were creeks in the desert!  Ah, but there are!  Salt creek is fed by a spring.  Unfortunately, the water coming up …

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Death Valley – Texas Springs

Monday morning and afternoon, 5 of the 6 students went with one instructor back to the classroom while the other instructor contacted the Park Rangers and started the search for our missing classmate at Zabriskie Point. (Since the latest blog, when posted, goes at the top, you may want to start at the last blog …

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Death Valley – Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point was our first sunrise.  We had to drive 30 minutes to get there and we wanted to be there before civil twilight co that we could find a great place for a sunrise image. Do you realize what time we had to get out of bed?  Fortunately, our bodies were on East Coast …

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Death Valley – Badwater

Annette and I participated in a Photography Workshop in Death Valley this past week.  In fact, we just got home today after taking the red-eye flight back east. The workshop was good.  They pushed you to expand your vision.  In fact, part of their tag line is to, “Seek your vision.” Each day we were …

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Troy, All Boy and a Great Joy!

We had been on hiatus from taking people pictures.  However, Annette is again very interested in taking pictures of people.  As you saw in a previous post, we had a great time taking pictures of Elizabeth in her bridal gown. This past weekend, we took pictures of Kathleen & Troy and again it was a …

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Elizabeth Spinning

It’s always great to work with a subject who is willing to try things that may be slightly outside of her comfort zone.  Elizabeth was just such a person.  She was willing to try anything that Annette suggested.  (Annette is the one with the ideas.  I’m lucky to be allowed to follow her around!) Elizabeth …

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Elizabeth and the Blue Adirondack Chair

Sometimes a photo needs a splash of color, doesn’t it?  I think so, too. While Annette and I were shooting Elizabeth in her wedding gown at a local college, we came across a couple of bright blue Adirondack Chairs.  So Annette immediately places Elizabeth in the chair and starts posing her.  I have my long …

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Elizabeth and the ’57 Chevy

Annette and I are very lucky.  Let me show and tell you what I mean. Annette has a friend whose daughter, Elizabeth, is strikingly beautiful.  This girl got married in September.  We were guests at the wedding, not photographers.  But, when Annette asked her if she wanted to do a photo shoot with her wedding …

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Anderson Grist Mill, 2012

It’s been two great days this weekend!  The only problem is…they are over! I’ll tell you about yesterday in a future blog, but for now, let’s talk about today. Last year Annette and I arranged for the camera club to go to the Anderson Grist Mill near Mercersburg, PA.  The participants who attended the photo …

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Kenilworth Aquatic Park Flowers

 On July 21, 2012, Annette and I found the time to go to the Lotus Blossom Festival at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. It rained off and on during the drive down.  So much so that we wondered if this was going to be a wash out.  But we kept on going. When we …

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Shem Creek

Shem Creek is a great little area near Charleston.  Annette and I went there for dinner and spent the rest of the evening taking images. Shem Creek used to be a very active port for fishermen in the area.  However, as of late, the fishing industry is having its challenges and the fleet is shrinking. …

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Downtown Details

On one of the early days of our trip to Charleston, Annette and I walked through the old-time neighborhood and took pictures of some of the great details of the beautiful houses.  Check out these pictures and see what I mean: This park bench detail can be seen all over Charleston.  I thought it looked …

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The Ravenel / Cooper River Bridge

If you ever go to Charleston, you will not miss the Cooper River Bridge. It’s huge. It’s unique. And, it’s in a very visible location. Underneath the bridge is a very nice, well-maintained Memorial Park.  It has playground equipment for the kids and a beautiful setting for the adults. One evening, Annette and I went …

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Sunrise, Sunset

Generally, when a normal person goes on vacation, it is a break from work and the work routine of getting up early and making the commute. Not so for Annette and me!!! We were up for several sunrises.  In fact, we commuted over an hour to try to get to a photo opportunity before the …

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I wish I could do that!

In April, Annette and I went on vacation to the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina and the neighboring area.  I will eventually get some pictures up from the trip. But there were a couple of occasions on the trip that Annette was able to do what I cannot.  She happily and cheerfully approached people …

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The National Mall at Night.

Normally, I am a big chicken!  When I go to a large city, like Washington, DC, I want to get out of town before night falls. But last night, Annette and I tried and experiment.  We left after work and went in to Washington, DC. DC is only 1 1/2 hours from Hagerstown, where I …

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Mom’s Birthday Gathering

I looked forward to it for weeks!  It went by so quickly and now it is gone. On March 11, 2012, my family got together to celebrate my mother’s birthday.  It was so great to see my brothers and sisters and their family. I remembered looking back through photos of family gatherings from the past …

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Carlisle at Night

Looking back through my catalog of images, I see that the last time that Annette and I were out shooting was the beginning of November.  That’s three months of photographic inactivity!  Wow! Last night we finally decided to shoot and it felt good. The Harrisburg Camera Club is trying a themed competition for the March …

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Shadows and Light in Harrisburg

This past Sunday, Annette and I joined a group from the Harrisburg Camera Club on a photo shoot in downtown Harrisburg.  Annette and I were running behind so we joined the group after they had made their way up State Street and were moving toward North Street. It is difficult for me to see pictures …

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Anderson Mill

Earlier this year, the president of the Harrisburg Camera Club was looking for suggestions for photo field trips.  Before I could think, I opened my mouth and said that Annette and I had always wanted to spend some time at the Anderson Grist Mill.  He took that innocent comment to mean that I was volunteering …

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Assateague Sunrise

In the middle of September, Annette and I took my mother to Assateague, as we have a few times before. One of the great things about the trip was that even though it was raining for the entire time back home, the weather in Assateague, Chincoteague and Ocean City was OK.  It was overcast but …

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Experimenting with Fall

Annette and I are in the midst of a long weekend.  We travelled to Bath County in Virginia to enoy the fall colors and to see how well we can capture them in photographs. It turns out that we are not doing a very good job capturing the beauty of fall.  We see the beauty …

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Abandoned School

Another great outing! Our camera club arranged for a shoot in an old, abandoned school in Shenandoah, PA. The J.W. Cooper School was built in the late 1800’s and went through a few iterations up until it was abandoned in 1992.  It was a high school for a while and a grade school for a …

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Panning and Lighting

A couple of weeks ago, my son had the opportunity to participate in Karts Against Cancer at Summit Point.  His employer wanted to race the karts and so he invited his staff to participate. For Annette and me, this was a great opportunity to get the cameras out and try something a little different than …

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Manny and a Wide Angle Lens

We have had two additions to our photographic repertoire; A 10-22mm Wide Angle lens and Manny the mannequin (I’m sure the name is not unique!). Annette has been wanting a wide angle lens for a long, long time.  So, for her birthday, I got it for her.   (There was no surprise here.  I asked …

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Hiking Tumbling Run

Today my boys (my sons), Ashley and I hiked up the Trail at Tumbling Run.  It took us about an hour.  It was about 90 degrees and we sweated the whole way up!  Well, yuck! While we were at the top, we all took some obligatory snapshots.  Winston took some with his phone.  Then Winston …

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Portraits in the Park with the camera club

One of the camera clubs that Annette and I belong to had a “Portraits in the Park” night on Thursday in place of the regular club meeting.  We had a very good turnout.  I counted almost 20 photographers. One of the club members brought a model that he has been shooting for almost a year. …

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Flowers Past Their Prime

In the last post I mentioned that Annette and I went to Canoe Creek State Park and saw the ruins of the Limekilns. While we were there we also saw many flowers.  Unfortunately, they were past their prime.  Annette and  I agreed that we should have been there a week or two earlier.  Oh, well. …

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Limekiln Ruins at Canoe Creek State Park

I think a lot of photographers like to take pictures of abandoned pieces of yesterday.  That includes me. While I am at the abandoned sites, whether shooting or not, I try to imagine life the way it was at those sites. Was this a site where genteel people lived or those less fortunate? Did a …

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June was a busy month

June was a busy month.  Between visits from both Annette’s side of the family and mine, there was hardly any time for shooting However, we did get to Harper’s Ferry and shot a few pictures there.  Like this one of St Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. St. Peter’s Cathedral in Harper’s Ferry While we were in …

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What you don’t see

You’re out there shooting pictures and you are careful about so many things such as merging lines, composition, textures, borders, what to include, what to leave out, etc. But, it’s funny what you don’t see until you open the image on the computer. Take this image for example.  I was trying to capture the rhododendrons …

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Flowers and Aperture

Take a look at these two pictures.  Not because they are great.  They are not.  But because there is a lesson in aperture in these pictures. As I was trying to capture the beauty of this field of clover, I was trying several techniques.  One technique is to use the aperture setting to control the …

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Field of Clover

Annette and I have driven past a field of clover a couple of times.  It was so beautiful that we finally went back with our cameras.  It’s one of those places that have a beauty that attracts you, but once you are there with your camera, you can never quite capture the beauty that you …

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Go Forth and Multiply!

Annette and I went to the Graduation Ceremony at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania last Saturday (May 7, 2011).  We were there to witness the graduation of Kristi Kushnir, a very special girl to us.  You can see here getting her official graduation picture taken in the center foreground.  Woohoo!  Hip hip hooray!  Woot woot!  Congratulations, …

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Mistakes make great images

One of my favorite images from the photo workshop actually started as a mistake. I was shooting this pier near the Nag’s Head Fishing Pier trying to get deep rich sunrise colors.  Then I changed the composition and forgot to change the aperture and shutter speed settings.  The resulting mistake was an overexposed frame. That …

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Sun rise. Sun set.

As you know by now, Annette and I attended a photo workshop last week in the Outer Banks.  It was a grueling workshop.  We went out to shoot sunsets and then had to be in the car at 5:30 a.m. the next morning to go to our photo shoot locations for sunrises! But we did …

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Scale

So many times photographers are told to include something or somebody in the frame to give scale to the subject.  And it works!  The viewer gets a much better idea of the scale of a mountain if there is a person in the image. When Annette and I were in the Badlands in South Dakota, …

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Springtime in the Outer Banks

Annette and I just finished a photo workshop in the Outer Banks.  Our fine art photography has grown so much this week.  I hope to put up several pictures over the next few days and tell you a little about them. Here is the first one: This is kind of backwards.  This picture is from …

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A Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Wow! What a windy night!  The wind just howled all night long.  It was howling when we went to bed and it was howling when we woke up! And then it was breezy all day long, which made for a cold day of shooting. Yesterday we got up bright and early.  Same time as a …

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A Walk in the Neighborhood

Wow!  What a beautiful day!  She sun was shining.  The sky was blue.  The air was warm! Annette and I took Piglet for a walk.  I carried my G11 with me just in case I came across a good picture.  But, by having it with me, I started looking for pictures. That’s what I need. …

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78th Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon

Each year, in the winter of the year, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art holds a photographic Salon.  As near as I can tell, this is just a juried photographic exhibit.  Whoever feels they have worthy pictures can enter the salon.  There is a juror who reviews the pictures and chooses the ones he …

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Mabry Mill

Just a quick post this time. On the way home from Florida, Annette and I did not want to spend the whole day in the car.  We wanted to have some kind of photo shoot on the way home. So we took a detour.  We got off of the highway and drove about thirty miles …

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Atietam Battlefield Luminaries

 December 4, 2010 was the occasion of the lighting of the luminaries in the Antietam Battlefield National Park.  There were approximately 23,000 luminaries placed and lit!  I can’t even imagine the amount of effort and coordination that went into that! When we arrived there about 4:00 p.m., we were very excited to get out and …

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Thanksgiving in Daytona Beach

Our son has the perhaps enviable opportunity of living in Florida for a year while attending school.  He is experiencing something different that good old, small-town Pennsylvania.  But that also means that Annette and I had the opportunity to travel to Daytona Beach for Thanksgiving.  We drove down two vehicles and came back in one. …

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Harrisburg Parking Garage Tour

Annette and I did not know what to expect, but whatever vague notions we had in our minds did not match what happened.  We were not mentally prepared. The Harrisburg Camera Club had a photo shoot today.  The description of the shoot just said Downtown Harrisburg and the meeting location. So when Annette and I …

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Great Falls Kayakers

While we were at Great Falls National Park on October 30th, we had a great opportunity to watch some guys practice their kayaking skills.  From the observation platform, we watched as they came over the falls and made their way through the rocks and down the rapids.  Then they got out of the water and …

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Great Falls – Reflections on a Great Day

On Saturday, The Harrisburg Camera Club went on another photo outing, this time to the C&O Canal National Historic Park near Potomac, MD. But first…If you get a chance to drive through Potomac, MD, do it.  That has to be one of the richest areas in the country!  I wish I had the Mercedes-Benz dealership …

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What do you do with your pictures?

I was once asked, “What do you do with your pictures?  Do you just keep them on your computer?” That made me think for a minute.  Hmmmmm?!?!!! I was telling the person how much Annette and I enjoy photography. How we take vacations in picturesque places just to capture the pictures.  How no one else …

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Galleries Open to the Public

Way back on July 19th, I wrote a blog about a wedding that Annette and I shot the Saturday before.  I put some teaser pictures in the blog. Annette and I are always careful that it is the bride and groom who are the first (outside of us) to see the pictures.  In this case, …

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Blurry Pictures

At the Project Image Competition for Harrisburg Camera Club this past week, the judge told us not to be afraid of blur.  Sometimes blur is a good thing, like when using a small depth of field to make the background blurry and focus the viewer’s attention on the main subject. One of the club members …

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Lowlight Photos at Renfrew Park

Annette and I were very lucky this week.  Almost the whole week was about photography! Tuesday night was the Projected Image Competition at the Harrisburg Camera Club Wednesday night we met with our wedding couple and showed them a virtual copy of their wedding album.  Other than a few tweaks, which Annette has already taken …

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Paxtang Cemetery Shoot

Well, guess where the Camera Club went to shoot!!!  A cemetery!! This morning we went to the Paxtang Cemetery in Harrisburg.  I thought there would be a boatload of things to shoot.  There is a Mausoleum, beautiful trees in the fall foliage finest, tombstones with details, etc.  Annette went along with me to keep me …

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Chicago Visit

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I had the opportunity to go to Waukegan, Illinois to visit a supplier for my employer.  We had a great visit and it was beneficial. There were two legs to the trip:  Hagerstown to BWI and BWI to O’Hare.  The plane on the Hagerstown to BWI leg was …

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The Wedding Weekend

Annette and I had the distinct honor of shooting a wedding this past weekend. It seems that so many couples are not going the traditional route anymore.  They move in together and even have babies and then tie the knot. Not this couple.  They decided to wait until after marriage to live together.  Bravo for …

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Church Interior

Annette and I are shooting a wedding tomorrow.  Always fun.  Always stressful.  No second takes. I took these pictures of the interior of the church from the balcony.  The shutter speed was very slow but I rested the camera on the balcony railing for steadiness. The church is very beautiful. Some how it manages to …

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Sunset Lighting

Annette and I made the trip to Erie for the long Independence Day weekend.  While we were there, we were able to go to Presque Isle State Park, which is more commonly known by the locals as “the Peninsula”. At this time of year, the park is just beautiful.  Everything is so green and lush.  …

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Where there is no vision, the pictures perish.

In the town where I grew up there was an auto parts store that had a quote from Proverbs painted in large letters on the side of the building:  Where there is no vision, the people cherish. Well, as you can tell from the title, I am going to paraphrase that just a little:  Where …

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Sunset Shadows on Sculpture

It’s great to have family and to enjoy their company.  Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the ones we love often and long enough.  But last Monday evening, Annette and I went to Gettysburg to see Clayt and Ashley.  We enjoyed it tremendously. I had my camera and took it out to shoot a tree.  …

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Along the Apache Trail

As I mentioned before, we drove the Apache Trail.  There is a section of the trail that is 22 miles long that is more like a dirt track.  It is graded well enough that you can take your car on the trail, but there are spots where there are drop off without guard rails and …

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Mom at the Grand Canyon and Sedona

Hey! Guess where this first picture was taken! It was interesting that so many people had taken their picture there that the park service actually put up a little post with a platform on top so that you could put your camera there, activate the self-timer and then run and get in the picture. I …

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