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Pulse of Scott's Run





This photo was taken on rainy day at Scott's Run.  Scott's Run was swollen with water  from the recent rains and concrete pillars  placed across the creek as "stepping stones", created the "pulse" as  the water rushed by.  In the Galleries and you can see an image that contains the pillars. The curves and texture are what drew me to create this image.


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I was inspired by recent work Karen Messick has been doing. She has been creating what I would consider to be kaleidoscope images . Being that ice abstracts are one of my favorite things to shoot I took a few to create kaleidoscopic images.  The kaleidoscope effect is created by mirroring a single image in Photoshop . I think I'll do some more.

I Love Ice!



Susquehanna St Park, below the Conowingo dam is the place I go when the temperatures drop below freezing.  Arriving pre-dawn, hopeful that water has not been released  to generate the days electricity .  On some days the water is up and the days ice washed away before the sun rises.  Some days give a few tantalizing minutes before the flood. Some days you get lucky and can shoot until worn out and cross-eyed.  The infinite opportunity for  icy compositions is the result of the reduced flow of water from the Conowingo dam the water receding and leaving  a blanket of ice on shores edge.  I Love Ice!


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The Baltimore Camera Club  took a trip to NYC visiting the Museum of Modern Art  to see a collection of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Seeing work by this legendary photographer was inspiring to say the least. Trips like this give camera club members a great opportunity to talk photography sharing  ideas and techniques. It's not likely I would have taken my camera out of the bag on the return trip home if it wasn't for  Karen Messick taking out hers and snapping away in the moving bus this night. I decided it was best to join in the fun.  I put my Canon G10 in manual mode and took exposures thru the front  window of the bus varying the length of the shutter speed. The photos I chose to put in the gallery I hope capture a bit of essence of the road on this dark and rainy night. The view from the front seat of the bus was "Trippin"





I have been aware of the photographic technique of panning the camera while using a shutter speed long enough to blur the image for several years. I have seen it used to create beautiful images by Karen Mesick and Tony Sweet but until last week never made a serious attempt to do it myself. I really like the result achieved in Forest 1. The fresh greens of the spring forest with the tree trunks receding into the distance. I'm not sure how many people would recognize what this is an image of without an explanation but feel it does unique job of representing the  forest. There are several other "Swipes" in "Smokies 2010" gallery but this is my favorite.

Waves of Color





"Waves of Color" was created shortly after arriving at Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee today. I'm here with fellow Baltimore Camera Club Members Karen and Chuck. After the nine hour drive to get here (Chuck Drove) it felt great to get out and take some shots. Good company and great scenery should make for a great week here.

"Waves of Color" is a shot of moving water in Laurel Creek showing color from the creek and sky. It's shot at 200mm, f29 at ½ sec.





Ruffles is a shot of a  Cattleya Orchid taken using a 180mm macro lens with a 25mm extension tube and Live View. I always enjoy looking for abstract images to shoot but in general haven't had much success finding them in flowers. This is at least in part due to the fact that making a careful choice as to what to keep in focus for good composition was difficult while looking through the viewfinder using depth of field preview button. In most cases depth of field preview made the image too dim for me to judge  what was in focus. Live View helps overcome this problem. Pressing the depth of field preview button while Live View is active gives a brightened  image on the LCD that can be zoomed to 100% allowing a clear view  of what is in and out of focus.  I really look forward to continued exploration of  the possibilities Live View provides.

BTW, I was turned on to using Live View by reading an article on the subject by Ian Plant.