Thursday, July 31, 2008

Digital Art experiments

The Digital Image Cafe website is running a 'Digital Art' contest through the month of August, so it gave me an opportunity to experiment with a few of my shots & jazz them up a bit.
Personally this isn't my style, I take far to much pride in getting my camera settings perfect to allow a digital filter to be the main focus of the image, but I have to admit that it's been fun playing around & I think the final shots look pretty cool.
You can see more here - Digital Art experiments


Foggy Philly

Leaving Brush Tunnel

Downtown Cumberland

Chew Mail Pouch

Friday, July 25, 2008

West Virginia Sunsets

I had an opportunity to spend a week in the Dolly Sods region of West Virginia & I was very impressed with the evening sunsets. Here are a few from the trip.


Strange rolling clouds at sunset
Shot settings 1/1600 - f5.6 - ISO 400



Sun setting over Dolly Sods
Shot settings 1/400 - f16 - ISO 200


Fiery sunset
Shot settings 1/125 - f5.6 - ISO 400


Not a sunset, but...a storm cloud passes by so low you can almost reach out & touch it along the road to Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.
1/2500 - f4.5 - ISO 200

Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17th moon

Beautiful rust-colored moon this evening.


Shot settings:
1/8 second shutter
f5.6 aperture
ISO 200
Focal length 400mm (mirror lock-up engaged)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Photography Exhibit - through July 26th

Through July 26th: "New Beginnings" by the Western Maryland Photographers Association at the C. William Gilchrist Gallery of the Arts in Cumberland, MD.

Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Two of my images are in the exhibition.

For more details, visit here - Gilchrist Gallery

Monday, July 14, 2008

Casselman Bridge

Due to the temporary closing the Route 40 Bridge for repairs, they've opened the 1813 Casselman Bridge to horse & buggy traffic. Unfortunately I haven't been there at the right time to catch a buggy crossing over the bridge, but I did get a shot of these snazzy new bright orange signs.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New photo - July 13th - Chipmunk


I encountered this little guy near the Casselman Bridge in Garrett County, Maryland.

Shot settings:
1/13 second shutter
Aperture f9
ISO 400.
400mm focal length.

New Book - Steam Engines of Maryland & West Virginia – Now available


Steam Engines of Maryland & West Virginia – Now available

**New book - 114 pages of steam train action from the three current steam engine operations in Maryland & West Virginia.**

To preview or order - Steam Engines of Maryland & West Virginia

Friday, July 11, 2008

Upcoming appearance - ART IN THE PARK - July 12-13


I'll be set-up at the Deep Creek Lake Art in the Park this coming weekend. Stop by to visit the Merlavage Images booth and the Fripperies booth.

Come by car, boat, bike or foot to the 9th annual Art in the Park, held July 12-13 at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park, in McHenry Maryland. This year there will be more the 30 vendors at this lakeside arts festival. There will be music, food, arts demonstrations and naturalist programs for children. The event will be held rain or shine and is free to the public and is sponsored by the Western Garrett County State Parks Volunteers, Inc. in collaboration with the Arts Council. Hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. For more information call the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.