Monday, May 30, 2011

Moments In Time

Made In The USA

Even something as simple and honest as this is brought to you by all those whom we honor on Memorial Day. They gave their all for their country so that we would have the freedom to have something as self-reliant as this. By their supreme sacrifice, those men and women made it possible to say… “Made In The USA”…

Monday, May 23, 2011

A View From Western Maryland

      The Rain Tree

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You know my saying that, “if you are not looking you will never see”. Well, at a recent youth baseball game that I was at it was damp and chilly. If you sat for any length of time, and you were not dressed properly, you could just feel it to the bone.

So, to keep myself warm between innings, I would get up and look around to see what might make a good subject for my camera. When I saw this scene I immediately thought of a finished image and I got the shot that I wanted.

After working on the file in my digital darkroom for a short period of time, this is the image with which I'd envisioned. It's great when everything falls in place.

I call this The Rain Tree because it had been drizzling and the tree just looked like it was weeping along with the weather. Yeah, I think we were both chilly and damp…

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Black & White Photography


Senior Center

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I had been downtown and was walking back to the office. Just looking around I saw the way the light came across, in a speckled way, the doorway to the old Senior Center. I liked the way it looked but I didn’t like the color.

For a moment I started to keep walking but thought better of it. I took my camera out of my bag and took a few photos just to see what I could do with it in my digital darkroom. I felt that, with the lighting, this would look better in B&W.

I was also amused at the four or five people who stopped to watch what I was doing. Nobody said anything. I didn’t try to hide what I was doing and even smiled and mentioned to the person closest to me that I liked the lighting and I was using it as I was in the process of documenting the older buildings in Cumberland. That got me a couple of smiles and they finally started to go on their merry way.

Anyway, after playing with the jpeg file for awhile in Photoshop Elements this is an image with which I became satisfied. It’s centered, as most subjects should not be, its even in the shading around the photo, and the dramatic lighting on the doorway, as it just sits there in the middle of the photo, makes it work. To have put the door anywhere else would not have given this image the look and feel that it has.

For me it has that classic “Hollywood” look as you would see in older moves, such as Hitchcock’s films. Before, when I started, there were only two basic colors. With some changes in contrast, vignetting and levels we have changed a most plain image into something that is interesting to view. Yes, there are still only two basic colors being used, but they are now in B&W, and for this photo it works…

Monday, May 16, 2011

Road Trip Photography


Peacemakers House

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When I’m out on the road one of the things I like to look for are houses with unique names. This is one that I just recently found.

I had been on a service call trip to Strasburg, VA and on the way back I came across this home. I love it and I think the name goes along with the house. Another reason to always have a camera with you and to be looking for something to photograph. You know…

If you are not looking you will never see.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Road Trip Photography


Foggy Colors

I love the way forest colors look when seen in fog. They are soft, muted and dazzling. This is a scene that I came across while on a road trip a week ago. As I was heading towards Romney, WV, it was early morning and the fog was just starting to lift. I rounded a slight curve and this little sight was along side the road. It was just begging to be captured and and I did.

This is just another reason why I love where I live and why I always say…

This is my world and you are welcome to it. :-)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Black & White Photography


Fishing In The Rain

On a recent service call in the Friendsville (MD) area I came across this scene as I came out of town. The weather was very overcast, gray and rainy, and here were these two boys fishing off of the side of a bridge. I grabbed my camera and this is the photo I took. My only thought was that these two people sure do love to fish…

Monday, May 2, 2011

Road Trip Photography

Junk Car Trees and a Cow

Traveling through the country can bring many beautiful sites. Sometimes, however, you come across a scene and you are not sure what to think about it. This is one of those moments. It looks like the trees are actually growing out through the junk cars, but adding the lone cow just makes this whole thing look quite fascinating. I just had to document the moment…