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Monday, October 4, 2010

A View From Western Maryland


Looking Down The Potomac


This image was created with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/800 sec. @f/7.

On a recent Friday morning, while documenting the setup of the Canalfest/Railfest Festival, I was spending a few moments at the C&O Canal Towpath overlook just south of Cumberland. I had been photographing the festival grounds from various advantage points when I turned and looked down the Potomac River.

Now I had been here before, but had never seen the River look so blue. The sky was partly cloudy - you can see a cloud's shadow on the right side of the River - and I figured that the River was reflecting the blue of the sky, and with the foliage just starting to turn colors I could not help but line up this view and photography this scene.

For me this is an example of seeing and observing what it is that lies before me. So many times we keep our eyes focused on the subject before us and never turn to see what's behind. Had I done so I would not have witnessed this view on this particular morning. I've always felt that if you are not looking you will never see. However, if you do look and see do you really observe what is in the view before you?

Western Maryland not only has so much to give as far as its history, music and the arts are concerned, but it also has photographic opportunities that abound at almost every turn. All we have to do is to just look and see, and when we do see we must observe what is before us, for there in lies the images that are just waiting to be captured.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it...