Wild Life Photography

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Winter along the Mid-Atlantic is the perfect time for wildlife photography. Migratory waterfowl are moving along the Atlantic Flyway to such gathering places as Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna, DE, the inlet in Ocean City, MD, and Blackwater NWR near Cambridge, MD. Winter birds flock to many county and state parks, especially those near the Bay or other large bodies of water. Photographers will find plenty of wildlife photo opportunities along the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, North Point State Park in Baltimore County, Centennial Lake in Howard County, and the Patterson Park Boat...

Countdown of favorite images from 2011 – #2 and #1

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Like many folks, I am busy reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for 2012. One thing I like to do at this time is select my favorite photos. Over the next few posts I will share these favorites with you. These two images round out my top ten countdown. Baltimore is a very photogenic city. Conditions were optimal when I created this image at twilight on a cold January evening. The light was dramatic, and the thin coat of ice on the river provided a stunning reflection. Shoot your favorite subjects in various...

Countdown of favorite images from 2011 – #4 and #3

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Like many folks, I am busy reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for 2012. One thing I like to do at this time is select my favorite photos. Over the next few posts I will share these favorites with you. My top ten countdown continues with these images. I have several photos of Eastern box turtles in my image collection. I created this shot at Soldiers Delight NEA this past spring. Everything coalesced to make this my all-time favorite Eastern turtle photo. Thanks to its excellent markings and color, this was a...

Excellent resource

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Given all the bells and whistles packed into digital cameras nowadays, the powerful post-processing software available, and the variety of output options, photographers of all levels encounter what do I do situations. When this happens to you, I highly recommend the Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter is one place you turn. Tim Grey is a photographer and digital imaging expert who has authored a variety of photography books and video training courses. His daily email newsletter is an excellent resource photographers can use to find clear how-to answers to their questions about digital photography. Here is...

New Year’s Resolution … Keep The Best & Ditch The Rest

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On New Year’s Eve several students and I photographed the fireworks in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The show was particularly spectacular this year thanks in large part to the calm weather and wind. The fireworks burst, boomed, and brightened the sky over the Inner Harbor for almost 20 minutes. Thus, it was possible to shoot 75 or more exposures. After a careful review, I decided to keep only 10 of the images I shot and discard the rest. In our digital age, one will suddenly generate a massive collection of photos if one does not select...

Sammy the Snake teachessss photography

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When my daughters were little I loved watching Sesame Street with them, and Sammy the Snake was one of my favorite characters (Did I type that out loud?  I meant their favorite, their favorite).   Sammy helped to teach the alphabet because he looked and sounded just like the letter S, oh yessssssss! Over a recent weekend I met a few snaky friends of Sammy’s and discovered Sammy is not the only snake with teaching skills.   When his friends saw my camera they slithered up and asked that I give you the following tips on how to...