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.  The …

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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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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 sun …

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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 and …

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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 and how …

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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 we …

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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 her …

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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 said …

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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.  However, …

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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 shootingHowever, 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 FerryWhile we were in Harper’s Ferry, it …

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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 at the …

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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 overexposed frame …

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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 get …

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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 the last …

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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 work day. …

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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.  My …

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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 of the …

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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 take …

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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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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 would enjoy our vacations …

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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, we …

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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 company.It …

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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 a Cesna …

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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 them.Some times …

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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 mix a …

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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.  It …

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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 there …

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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.  I …

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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/Nana in Arizona

For this vacation in Arizona, Annette and I decided to take Mom. We wanted her to see landscapes, vegetation and other things that she had never seen before. I think we accomplished that. She said several times that she could not even imagine such geography/landscapes.We also wanted for all of us to have some fun. …

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Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon

May 15, 2010Annette and I allowed ourselves to sleep a little later this morning. We got up at 5:00 a.m.!!This allowed us enough time to throw on some clothes and walk down to the rim behind El Tovar before the sun came up over the horizon. We got some great pictures.Again, it was a wonderful …

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Arizona Highways

May 15, 2010A lot of driving today. And these Arizona roads can be bears to deal with. They are long and straight and the view changes very slowly. You can see the mountains coming for miles and miles.Now, just to contradict what I just said, we were amazed at how quickly the terrain and vegetation …

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Grand Canyon

May 14, 2010Annette and I were up before dawn again today. We quickly threw on our clothes and rushed to catch the shuttle bus.We made it! We were 8 minutes early for the bus. So I set up my camera on the tripod and aimed it down into the canyon. But there wasn’t enough light …

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Sedona to the Grand Canyon

Thursday, May 13, 2010Annette and I drug ourselves out of bed very early again this morning. We wanted to get the sunrise on the red rocks.We chose to go out a path behind the swimming pool at the school.The view on the path was a great view of the coffee pot formation. It is called …

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A day in Sedona

Good Morning, from high in the sky just west of Sedona, AZ!!!We had to get up way, way before breakfast for this adventure! But we were excited to do it.We were picked up at 4:55 a.m.(!!!) and driven to the set up zone. those guys have this balloon thing down to a science! They worked …

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Dust Storm

May 11, 2010 (Yes, I know I am a day late!)Those are not clouds in the sky! That is not fog in the air! That is a genuine, honest-to-goodness dust storm! A new experience for Annette, Mom and me!Look how the vehicle is appearing out of the dust! Look how the dust is being blown …

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Painted Desert and Canyon De Chelly

May 10, 2010Sometimes being in the wrong time zone can help. We all woke up before 5:30 and we were at the entrance to the Painted Desert by 7:15, which is only 15 minutes after the gates opened.We got some great light on the badlands of the painted desert. The colors were beautiful.Speaking of colors…It …

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Transitions

Good Evening! Another successful day vacationing!We started out this morning by going to Walmart for a memory card reader because we forgot ours. We also got Annette some clip on sunglasses. Boy are they sexy!From there we went to Albertson’s Grocery to get things for lunches.OK! Ready to go. We drove to Apache Junction and …

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We’re on our way!

This is a picture that Annette took with my phone.Obviously we are flying. Obviously we are on a Southwest Plane.Not so obvious is that we are on our way to Arizona with my Mom.The flight was smooth most of the way except for the screaming kid at the beginning of the flight. He definitely did …

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Eric the Red

April 21, 2010This is our dog, Eric the Red. He has been a joy to us. His intelligence level was not of the highest level. However, we loved seeing him run from room to room, expecially to the kitchen. We honestly believe that he would eat himself to death if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, he …

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Stinky

April 3, 2010 – WoodyThis is my niece’s daughter. I guess that would make her my grand-niece. I guess that would make me an old fart. I guess that is why she is wrinkling her nose!

Bethany and the Light

April 3, 2010 – Woody This weekend, Annette’s sister Mary, her daughter Karyn and her daughter Bethany came for a visit. It has been so long since we have had little munchkins in our house. You don’t realize how un-kid-friendly your home is until you bring an active 13 month old in for a visit. …

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