Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter ice storm in Western Maryland

An overnight ice storm turned the Frostburg / Finzel area into what appeared to be an infared scene. The trees were coated in a layer of thick white ice and snow.

Interstate 68, near the Finzel exit.
Named Photo of the Day at Digital Image Cafe 12/23/08

The frosted hillside

More frosted hillside

Not going anywhere for awhile? Note the house in the scene.

To view more images from this storm, click here.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fripperies, Fripperies and more Fripperies...

Jamie & I were set-up at a show last weeekend and the last hour of the last day was going a little slow, so we decided to do a quick photo shoot of her entire product line...and when I say quick, I mean quick...92 items, 2 shots of each item in less than an hour.
From a photography point of view, it's nothing outstanding, it was a quick shoot with available light & the available background of our booth...and no processing was done to the images since just we wanted quick uploads.
The beauty is in the product. If you haven't already checked out the Fripperies line, you certainly should. Surely you know a child who would love one of these....or in the case of the purses, think how cool you'd look with a frog camera bag.

Here's the full Fripperies shop and the official Fripperies website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Night time in Mt Carmel, Pennsylvania

I took a trip up to Mount Carmel, Pa this past the heart of the Coal Region. I did a lot of photography in the area, both in the daytime and at night.

What I enjoy about night photography is how a subject that looks ordinary by day can transform into something vivid and colorful at night. I also enjoy how reflections on the wet street can totally change the composition.

Anthracite Fire Company - 3rd & Market street
f16 - 2 second shutter - ISO 200

Pizza Shop on 3rd & Oak street
f16 - 1.3 second shutter - ISO 200

The Shop at Avenue & Oak street
f16 - 1/6th second shutter - ISO 200

Oak street
f16 - 2 second shutter - ISO 200

Additional photos ot Mt Carmel are here Mount Carmel pictures.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cumberland at Night photo awarded Best in Show

My ‘Cumberland at Night’ photograph on canvas was awarded Best in Show at the recent opening reception for the 7th Annual Members' Exhibition at the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre street in downtown Cumberland Maryland. It was quite an honor, as they were 56 fantastic pieces of artwork in the show.

I had a great time discussing the image with everyone at the reception, there were a lot of questions and I hope I was able to answer everyone. In the excitement it felt like a bit of a whirlwind, so I thought I’d take a moment to answer some of the more frequent questions.

Is it real or is it a composite image?
It’s definitely real. As I explained to someone, a composite would have taken way too much computer-time and I hate sitting in front of a computer working on photos, I’d rather be out shooting. The effect that makes the buildings look so close together is a ‘telemash’, which is the compression of objects by using a high focal length lens. In this photo I used a 400mm lens.

How much processing did you do?
Nothing was added or removed from the image; the scene is exactly as I shot it. I increased the contrast a slight bit (maybe 5%) to bring out a little more definition in the lines of the buildings and I increased the Red saturation a little (maybe 10%) to bring out more color in the bricks. Total processing time was about 30 seconds.

What were the camera settings?
This was the most frequent question from the other photographers, and unfortunately I couldn’t remember. I guessed f16 (since I shoot at f16 a lot at night…it helps with the ‘starburst effect’), but couldn’t remember the shutter. When I checked the exif info the actual settings are f16, 30 sec shutter, ISO 200. The image was taken with a 40D with the Sigma 80-400 lens. The image was taken at dusk, about 1/2 hour after the sun went down.

Where did you have in printed?
The printing was done by Canvas on Demand. I highly recommend them, everything they’ve printed for me has been great and the customer service is one of the most helpful that I’ve ever dealt with. I use them for all of my canvas printing.

Do you offer the print in other sizes?
I guess not everyone wants a 4 foot by 3 foot version on their wall. I offer matted versions of the print at Arts at Canal Place and Along the Towpath, both are located at the Shops at Canal Place in Cumberland, Maryland. You can also purchase non-matted versions here in various sizes (just use the shopping cart feature). Of course you can always Email me too, I’ll be glad to help you get what you’re looking for.

Thanks again to the Allegany Arts Council and thanks to everyone at the opening reception. It was an exciting evening & I truly appreciate the award.

To see more pictures of the image hanging in the gallery, click here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Where's it Hangin?

Get a 15% discount on your next internet purchase!

Do you already own a Merlavage Images print? If so, please Email me a digital photo of where the print is hanging in your home and you'll get 15% off your next internet purchase.

To redeem your discount, Email me a photo of the hanging print along with the details about the image(s) that you want to purchase. I'll move those images to a specially-priced discount gallery where you can proceed through checkout to complete your purchase.

Even if you're not interested in the discount, I'm very interested in seeing where the prints are hanging. Please feel free to Email me photos of the hanging prints at any time. Select images of the hanging prints will be placed in an online "Where's it Hangin?" gallery.

Note - This discount can only be applied to online orders. Gallery sales & Festival sales can not be discounted.

Thanks for participating!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Allegany Arts Council's 7th Annual Members' Exhibition

One of my prints was accepted into the Allegany Arts Council's Member Exhibition. If you're in the Cumberland area, please stop by to check it out, it's the largest print that I've done to date (3 feet x 4 feet). Details of the exhibition & opening are below...

The Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery will present the 7th Annual Members' Exhibition from November 28, 2008 through January 3, 2009. An opening reception for the 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 29, from 6-8PM. The reception is free and open to the general public, and everyone is invited to attend.

The gallery is located at 9 Centre street (right in the heart of downtown Cumberland) and the gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am–5:00pm, and Saturdays-Sundays from 11:00am–4:00pm.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Maryland Treasures - now open in downtown Cumberland

There's a great new shop in downtown Cumberland called Maryland Treasures, at 43 Baltimore the Kauffman Music building. They carry a wide variety of Maryland souvenirs and gifts, and they're fully stocked with Merlavage Images prints. Please be sure to check them out the next time you're downtown.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia - Maryland Heights overlook

Although fall foliage is past peak in Western Maryland, I heard there was still some color down towards Harpers Ferry, so I packed up the gear & took a drive this morning.
Two things I learned:
- The steep hike to Maryland Heights is exhausting
- Maryland Heights is a VERY windy place.
The wind was so strong at the top that my tripod was useless. If I had set it down unattended it would have easily blown over. I ended up using it like a monopod to capture these images.

f16 - 1/5th second shutter - ISO 100

f16 - 1/20th second shutter - ISO 100

f3.2 - 1/320th second shutter - ISO 100

f3.2 - 1/1000th second shutter - ISO 100

More images from this shoot can be found here - Maryland Heights overlook

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pack Saddle Covered Bridge

Coming home from Bedford Pennsylvania this weekend, I took a detour onto a road that I had not travelled before. I spotted this little covered bridge just outside of Fairhope Pennsylvania. The light was a bit bright, so I put a +8 ND filter & a Polarizer on the lens, and slid down a steep enbankment to get some water-level shots.

f11 - 1/60th second shutter - ISO 400

f25 - 1/2 second shutter - ISO 100

f25 - 1/8 second shutter - ISO 100

f25 - 1/2 second shutter - ISO 100

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Etsy Shop updated - new prints for sale

I have added some new prints to my online Etsy shop, click on any of of the images below for more details or click here to visit my Etsy shop.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dan's Rock Overlook - revisited

When I woke up this morning, the fog was so thick that I couldn't see across the street, so I knew it would be a great morning to get up above the fog for some picures. I threw the camera gear in the car & headed for Dan's Rock Overlook, just outside of Frostburg Maryland.

When I arrived, the moon was still out & a band of color was just appearing on the horizon. Within an hour, the color of the light changed quickly eventually becoming a rich gold color once the sun finally came up.

I was very color & very windy, but I'm happy with the shots. Here are a few....

f13 - 1/2 second shutter - ISO 200

f11 - 1/2 second shutter - ISO 200

f16 - 1/10 second shutter - ISO 200

f16 - 1/125 second shutter - ISO 200

You can see more images from the shoot here - Dan's Rock Overlook

Sunday, October 19, 2008

An early frosty morning at Rocky Gap State Park

October 19th, the first frost of the year & a perfect morning to go on a photo shoot with a couple members of the Western Maryland Photographers Association. The conditions were spectacular, the lake was covered with a heavy mist & as the run rose, the lightly slowly worked its way down from the top of the mountain towards Lake Habeeb.

f11 - 1/100th second - ISO 400

f16 - 1/15th second - ISO 400

f13 / 1/20th second / ISO 100

f4.5 / 1/125th second / ISO 200

More photos from the shoot are here - Rocky Gap State Park

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - fall colors

Anyone who's been to my website knows that I like to photograph steam trains, specifically the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR). Here's a shot of #734 passing through the Fall foliage near Parkersburg Road Bridge.

Settings - f2.8 / 1/500th shutter / ISO 200

Here's a shot of #502 right near Trimble Road in Mount Savage, Maryland.

Settings - f4.5 / 1/320th shutter / ISO 400

To see more Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shots, there's a large gallery here - WMSR photos.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Shops at Canal Place - fully stocked with prints

If you find yourself in Cumberland, Maryland, please be sure to stop by the Shops at Canal Place. I have just stocked the shops with prints. I took 25 new prints to Along the Towpath and another 20 new prints to Arts at Canal Place. This is the largest new selection that I've been offering for awhile. I hope to see you there. Thanks....

Canal Place information

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rocky Gap State Park - early autumn colors

The Fall colors are starting to spread more to the East. Rocky Gap State Park generally peaks in the last week of October, but some beautiful color is starting to appear at the shoreline of the lake.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

View from the Top of the World (actually, Dan's Mountain Overlook)...

In my opinion, one of the most underrated locations in Western Maryland is Dan's Mountain Overlook, located just a few miles from Frostburg, Maryland. At 2,900 feet, it's not the highest point in the area, but for early-morning photography, it's hard to beat.

f11 / 1/1600th second / ISO 200

f11 / 1/1600th second / ISO 200

f16 / 1/1000th second / ISO 200

f16 / 1/80th second / ISO 200

Here is a link to more of my images from Dan's Mountain.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Western Maryland Fall color - (Casselman Bridge & pond abstracts)

These first three shots were taken at Casselman Bridge State Park shortly after sunset on Friday evening. All three images were shot with a +8 ND filter to further slow the shutter speed. Actual settings are below the images.

f8 / 3.2 second shutter / ISO 200

f16 / 3.2 second shutter / ISO 200

f16 / 4 second shutter / ISO 200

These three shots were at a pond in Western Maryland that was surrounded by beautiful foliage. These three shots were zoomed to 70 mm from the bank of the pond to capture the abstract reflections.

f2.8 / 1/200th second / ISO 200

f2.8 / 1/500th second / ISO 200

f2.8 / 1/320th second / ISO 200

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Western Maryland fall foliage (Oct'08) - Finzel Swamp

I took a drive to Finzel Swamp this evening, one of my favorite photography locations, to see the Fall colors. Here are a few shots from the visit, the colors are just starting to peak.

f16 / 1.6 sec shutter (with +8 ND filter & Polarizer) / ISO 400
ND filter was used because a slight breeze was blowing & I wanted to use a long shutter to capture the motion blur of the leaves.

f5.6 / 1/800th second / ISO 400

f5.6 / 1/800th second / ISO 400

f11 / 1/160th second / ISO 400

Monday, October 6, 2008

Late afternoon on the C&O Canal

Two images from my stroll on the C&O Canal this evening. There is still a lot of green in the trees, but many of the leaves are also starting to take on a yellow shade. It's starting to feel like Fall.

Late Afternoon Canal
1/50th second - f11 - ISO 400

Nature's tie-dye
1/13th second - f22 - ISO 200

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Harpers Ferry - thank you!

I'd like to take a moment to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who stopped by my booth at Harpers Ferry Mountain Heritage Festival this past weekend. This show is by far my favorite & it was great meeting so many people (and reacquainting with people that I met at previous festivals).

Quite a few people were telling me about where they were planning to hang their prints & it made me think about doing a "Where's it Hanging?" promotion, where you send me a picture of where your print is hanging & I would offer you some type of discount on future purchases. I'm still thinking through the logistics, so check back in a bit. I think this might be fun, I always enjoy hearing stories about where my prints end up & it would be very cool to actually see them in their new home.

Thanks again....