Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Road Trip Photography


A Fall Weekend In Garret County, Maryland


This past weekend, the first weekend of Fall, I was in Garrett County photographing a Youth Football Game. On the way back, my wife and I decided to take the back roads to check out the scenery.

These images show the early stages of Fall already present in the county. All of these photos were taken while driving on Rock Lodge Road. It was late in the afternoon and the Fall colors were already making their presents felt. I can just imagine what it will be like in another week or two.

Yeah, I can, it will be fantastic…

Monday, September 26, 2011

Black & White Photography


Down To The Lake


On a recent trip to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD, I was involved in taking photographs of the SavageMan Triathlon. On walking out the area where I was to setup for the race portion of the Triathlon I came across this scene.

What was unusual was that this was in an area where there is no foot nor vehicle traffic leading down this path. It was interesting not only to look at, but to wonder how this came to be and, if it was man made… why.

I loved the lighting and thought it would make an interesting B&W image. Now you can wonder at it as well. Let your imagination freely go and make of it what you will. Just relax, wander onto the trail, and let yourself take a little trip down to the Lake…

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Black & White Photography


The Pavilion


Sometimes the seemingly mundane subject can have an attraction that most people never see, because they do not take the time to look. For me, this is an example of that theory.

This is a simple pavilion in Deep Creek Lake State Park. It was close by to where I was set up for photographing the run portion of the SavageMan Triathlon this past weekend.

At one point I walked up to check it out and I just loved the rustic look of the whole building. And with it being empty, clean and silent it took on an aura of oneness. That is, a feeling of being alone in the outdoors where there were people walking and running just a few feet away. For the briefest moment I was in another world and another time.

Then I heard the running of footsteps and the sounds of cheering and I knew that my fantasy world had just stopped and it was time to get back to reality. In a moment of time all was peaceful and calm. Then life resumed and the world continued on.

The Pavilion stays the same…

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Black & White Photography


Visitor Center


If you look at this and wonder anything about it like the photo, the location, the technique I used, just leave a comment on the blog and I will do my best to answer.

I have a lot of fun working in my digital darkroom on images like this and I’m thinking about doing a lot more in similar fashion.

Yeah, I do live in a world like this and you are welcome to it…

Monday, September 12, 2011

Moments In Time

Robin and Son
Sometimes we forget the simple things in life of which we take for granted. This is an example of what I mean.

I can sit on my very small back deck and view scenes just like this. These two birds had jumped down from off of my garage and were less than ten feet from me. They had to know that I was there as I kept talking to my wife and moving slightly as I photographed them.

This is one of my favorites. It was as if they said, “OK, here’s how we want to look, so take the photo already.” You see, they had stopped their hopping around and just stood there for about five seconds just like this and then moved on.

Yeah, I know, I have a child like sense of imagination but, hey, it’s my imagination, and it can be what ever it wants for the moment I’m in. Remember, this is just one of the many “Moments In Time” that we all share…

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Black & White Photography


Steps To Imagination


At Harper’s Ferry, when you climb the mountain to get to Jefferson’s Rock, there is a path that leads on up past the rock to a cemetery that is on top of the hill. This is that path.

The day that I took this photo, the path seemed so brightly lighted while the trees and vegetation on both side were dimly lit. I had in mind a B&W image when I took this photo and this is how the finished image looks.

The path does look like it goes nowhere, but if you ever get to Harper’s Ferry you will have to finish the climb yourself to see what is at the top…

Monday, September 5, 2011

Moments In Time


The Time Out Chair


This past Saturday I was photographing a youth football game. The weather was sunny but it was hot and very muggy. The “feels like” temperature was around 100 degrees. Even in the shade, if there was no wind, I would glisten like crazy. Was not a good feeling.

However, next to the field, where I was at, was an old high school that is not in use anymore. Many of the windows were broken out and as I walked past several of the windows at ground level I could feel cool air coming out from inside the building.

There was this one special window of the building, behind the bleachers, that seemed to have some especially cool air coming out of it and several times I would stop by it and just stand there. It was like standing in front of an air-conditioner with the air on low. It really felt good.

Out of curiosity, though, I could not help but get close to the window and look inside. As it turned out, it was the schools gym locker room and shower. As I let my eyes adjust to the darkness I noticed over in the shower stalls that there was a school chair sitting over in the corner. Right in front of it was an old checkered shirt jacket. It wasn't easy to view in the dimness and it took a few moments before I could figure out what it was.

I didn’t hesitate. I already had my camera set on aperture priority and quickly set the ISO to 800. I placed the camera on a broken window ledge, lined up the chair through the viewfinder and took this photo.
I gave the finished image a slight “old photo” look just to go along with the old look of the shower room.

As for the chair and the jacket? I will leave that to your imagination as to why they are there. Maybe this is where they put those who where getting out of hand, and little uncontrollable, you know, those who just needed a little cooling off. What better place than in the showers… :-)