Monday, November 29, 2010

Road Trip Photography

Painted Trees

This image was created using a Point & Shoot Camera. The ISO is 100 and was exposed @f/5.6.

While driving up Rt. 36 towards Mt. Savage I saw these trees over next to a hillside. I pulled off the road for a few moments and took several photos. The trees just seemed to stand out with their color against the start monochrome of the landscape around them. The scene before me looked more like a painting than a photo so that is what I created.

If you will click on the photo you will bring up a bigger and better looking image.

Upon a suggestion by another photographer, who is also a good friend, I’ve decided not to do anymore photography from a moving vehicle unless I’m not the one driving. It really isn’t safe to do and I shouldn’t be setting a bad example for others. It’s as bad as talking on a cell phone while driving; it can be distracting and dangerous. So, no more Road Trip photos while driving; only if I'm a passenger...

There are many rural roads in Western Maryland and they all can provide something to photograph. You just have to be open to seeing them, and then be willing to stop and capture them as I did here...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

The Acorns

This image was created using a Point & Shoot Camera. the ISO was 800 and was exposed for 1/125 sec. @f/4.5.

You really don’t have to go far to find and capture interesting images. In fact, this photo was made in my back yard. It was about mid-afternoon and the weather was a heavy overcast day.

The reason I was able to capture this setup, and I did capture it just as you see it, was because I was out looking for something to photograph. Remember, if you are not looking you will never see.

Yeah, this is my world in my backyard. You are welcome, but ask first… :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Farm and The Corn Maze

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 80 and was exposed for 1/320 sec @f/4.5.

Taken in Garrett Co. Maryland, you can see this farm and the corn maze from an overlook just a couple of miles off of I68 on 219 south. The photo was created just a few weeks ago.

It may seem that I have quite a few photos taken in Garrett Co. but that’s only because my job takes me there more than any other area. So, I’m in a better position to photograph that area more than any other; and I really don’t mind. I could live there, if it weren’t so darn cold there in the Winter time.

Now if I was wealthy, retired and had a cabin on the lake. Nah, it’ll never happen…

Friday, November 19, 2010

Everyday Photographer

Overcast Photography

These images were created with a 10MP Point & Shoot Camera. The ISO was 200 and exposed @f/5.6.

When the sun goes behind the clouds the cameras are usually put away. Why? At times like these you can capture some great colorful images, if you will just look for them.

On overcast days, clouds are nothing but big diffusers creating soft light that, with or without wet weather, can result in some wonderfully saturated images. These three photos are examples of this. I preset the ISO and the f-stop and let the shutter speed adjust itself according to the conditions. In addition I used the “ Positive Film “ mode on my camera.

In Positive Film mode the camera emulates Slide Film and creates images like what you might get with Kodak Ektachrome; with emphasis on the Reds, Greens and Blues. This along with soft & diffused sun or sky lighting you can capture some really interesting colorful photos.

Then, in Photoshop Elements I adjusted Levels for color correction to make sure the colors were right, added a little vignetting, some contrast and a touch of sharpening and that was it. You don't have to do all this, but I would recommend, at the very least, to adjust Levels to make sure the colors are correct and add a touch of sharpening after re-sizing for web viewing. You will find your photos will look much better when uploaded to a web-site.

Try it sometime. The next time the sun is hidden by the clouds grab your camera, set it to Vivid or Landscape mode, if you don’t have Positive Film mode and go out and see what beautiful images you, too, can capture. The images are out there but, if you don't look for them you will never see them, and when you learn to see the photography becomes easier.

One more little tip. Always keep a camera of some kind with you. When you do and you've learned to see, you just might surprise yourself.

Have fun…

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

Hanging Out

This image was created with a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO is 400 and was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/5.6.

There are many Squirrels in my neighborhood and they love to run the lines between telephone poles. One of the places they like to sit is on the rungs of the poles and this little critter was no different.

As I looked out the front window early one Sunday morning I noticed this Squirrel coming down the pole with something in it’s mouth. As he got to the bottom rung he sat down and began to eat. I went to get my camera and it was already set with the settings above. So all I did was to zoom in, focus and fire away. I like this kind of hunting…

Yeah, this is from my neighborhood and you are welcome to it…

Monday, November 15, 2010

Road Trip Photography

The Cove

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and it was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/4.5.

As a follow up to last weeks photo - Lake Side - taken from a road along side Deep Creek Lake, this photo was captured just about 10 seconds after the other photo. Again I just pointed and fired away. Sometimes you do get lucky and get one good photo but it is quite another to get two good photos at the same time while driving. This is one of those rare moments.

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

Friday, November 12, 2010

Road Trip Photography

Pea Vine Run

All of these photos were taken with a digital Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 100 and exposed @f/5.6.

Into The Run

Farm Land 

The Barn 

Farm Equipment 

Barn On A Hill 

Back Through The Gap 

Just about 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Cumberland, MD, about 5 miles, is Pea Vine Run. Once you enter through the gap you come to a completely different world, void of city life. A world that is full of farm lands, charm and beautiful scenery. It’s almost like taking a step back in time, and it’s all to be seen just outside of town.

Most places don’t have land like this so close to town. We do and I’m glad that we do. It’s beautiful, fascinating and a place all it’s own. Thank God for places like Pea Vine Run…

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

Waiting At The Station

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed for 1/320 Sec @f/5.6.

Taken just a couple of weeks ago, Mountain Thunder is captured sitting at the Western Maryland Rail Station as passengers were loading for its weekend trip to Frostburg.

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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Road Trip Photography

Lake Side

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 80 and was exposed for 1/500 sec @f/4.

I was driving down along side Deep Creek Lake last week and I knew that the fall foliage would soon be gone. As I looked across the Lake I could see how the sun was peeking out from the clouds and I picked up my camera, zoomed in slightly and waited for an opening through the trees.

I pointed the camera out the side window took a quick glance at the LCD, liked what I saw and fired away. This photo and another which I will show next week is what I was able to capture in about 10 seconds of time. Also, I was doing about 45 at the time I took these photos.

Again, if you click on the photo you will get a larger view of it.

Unless you are a little insane or a crazy image maker like me don’t try this kind of photography while driving; it’s worse than talking on the cell while driving… :-)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Travel Photography


This image was created with a DSLR and an 18-105mm lens. The ISO was 200…

When I’m traveling one of the things I like to capture is what the weather was like. Here the sun was shinning and it looked just like a glorious day except it was quite windy. So, I kept wondering how I could depict this without the usual cliché of showing the trees blowing in the wind.

Just about this time this young lady, who was out for a power walk along the river, came by and I noticed how her hair was being blown by the wind. I also saw how this lone tree was being blown in the same direction as her hair. So, I waited. Then as she got into this position I already had the exposure and focus set on my camera and all I had to do was just snap the shutter.

Result - Windy…

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

The Lighthouse

This image was created with a DSLR and an 18-105mm lens. The ISO was 200 and it was exposed for 1/640 sec @f/8.

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Peaceful Valley

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 80 and was exposed for 1/200 sec. @f/4.5.

This view comes from Garrett County Maryland and it was captured just a week ago. To see the image full size just click on the lower part of the photo...