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Foggy Photos with Jackson

IMG_1638I woke up this morning to a foggy, misty morning.  So I grabbed the camera, and my son, Jackson to go capture some foggy images.  Jackson proved to capture the images of the day with the Canon G9 (still one of the best cameras I’ve ever owned).  Look carefully in the photo above and you’ll see Jackson honing his craft.  A selection of his images is below.



While I was setting up ND filter holders and remote shutter releases, Jackson was pursuing this squirrel.  The photo below is the Oyster Nursery pots wating to be cultivated next summer.


Next are two images from the sailing pier in our neighborhood.  Jackson chose a gritty, photojournalistic, high ISO approach to landscape photography, and it works nicely.  I’ll have to try this approach in the future.

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This event turned out to be more about watching Jackson enjoy something new, than capturing images myself.  I have a few I’ll edit and share over the next few posts, but this one squarely belongs to Jackson.   Good job.



Romancoke Pier



There simply hasn’t been much time for photography lately.  In August I started a new job, which although was a very good career move for me, has altered the work-life balance tremendously.  Not complaining, but my camera sat dormant from Thanksgiving, until Thursday of the this past week.

To ring in winter in Maryland, we have been treated to 65+ degree weather this weekend.  Yesterday, I actually did yard work in shorts/t-shirt and was warm.  This morning work beckoned with an early AM fire to be extinguished. Unable to sleep afterward, I packed up the gear and went about 25 minutes east to Romancoke Pier, on Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County Maryland.

Filter photography has grabbed my attention lately.  I’ve had a 2 stop graduated ND filter for a number of years but never really learned to use it, and it’s sat dormant most of the time I’ve owned it.  The shot above was taken about 45 minutes before the sunrise.  The shot is set at ISO 100, F/18, 66second exposure.

Tip: Long exposure photography chews your battery quickly.  Shortly after the sunrise, I turned to a nesting pair of Bald Eagle perched in a tree about 100 yards away.  When I loaded the long lens on the camera and started to set up the my battery went dead.  So no photos of the Eagles.  Crud!

Not sure if I’ll post before Christmas, if not Happy Holidays to all!

Saturday AM at the Favorite Spot


“New” Old Severn River Bridge



One more from the Jonas Green Photo meetup last night.  This photo was taken after the sun had set.  It’s three long exposure images, put through HDR software and edited slightly in LR4.  Probably my best set of HDR brackets all night.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunset Wine Anyone?

IMG_1745_6_7Quick, impromptu photography meetup tonight with the Naptown photo group.  The organizer brought a few props for us to use, one of which were these wine glasses.

We were at Jonas Green Park, which is on the north side of the Severn River near the US Naval Academy (Academy is to my left in the photo).  I haven’t done much editing here, at least not my normal editing.  Hope you enjoy.



Reflection Time


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Big announcement of some really cool news tomorrow evening.  Please stay tuned.

In the meantime I am looking for feedback on the above image.  Please be open, honest,  and constructive.  What do you think?

Marsh Walk/Photo Matting


In early January, my son and I took a walk to the marshy area at the mouth of the Little Magothy River.  I am not particularly happy with the snapshots of the afternoon, and in some ways this one is included.  However, I like his expression and I like the late afternoon SW sunlight in the scene. We are home today, we’ve cancelled our activities out and about as my son is dealing with a touch of the stomach bug.  I have a few blog maintenance items/enhancements on tap for the day.  I am traveling on business a little this week so posts after Monday may scarce.  Below is another snapshot from our walk.


Yesterday I matted a few photos.  This is my least favorite photography related activity.  This time I simply used Artist’s Tape to secure the photos to the mat.  This method worked much better than the mylar strips I used last time.  I also had the photos oversized slightly with a white border when I printed them.  The white border, while it helped in some ways, made it a little difficult to properly align the photos when using the black and blue mats.  Here’s the finished collection of a three of the photographs, I matted a total of eight.  I was set to enter these in the Arundel Camera Club color print competition, but my travel plans most likely will not allow me to attend the meeting. If these photos look familiar I have shared them here in the past.

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