Friday, August 15, 2008

Framed print auction - support a good cause

One of my framed prints is being offered in the Western Maryland Health System auction. For more information or to place a bid, click here - Fireworks over Cumberland. Online bidding ends September 8th, 2008.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Photo of the Month - Digital Image Cafe

This shot was chosen as the Black & White Photo of the Month for the month of August at the Digital Image Cafe.

Shot settings - f11 / 1/8th second shutter / ISO 400. Taken on a very foggy night in Frostburg, Maryland.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Upcoming appearance - 2 weekends-only

For two weekends only (Aug 9-10 & Aug 16-17) I'll be set-up in the Hochstetler House at Spruce Forest Artisan Village from 10 to 5. If you've never been there, it's a good opportunity to stop by. The artisan village is right outside of Grantville, Maryland...and it's right next to the beautiful Casselman Bridge. Jamie is also set-up at one of the cabins for the entire month of August, so you can stop by to see where Fripperies come from. For more information about Spruce Forest, visit

Monday, August 4, 2008

The importance of using a tripod

One of the things that I continually stress in my photography class is the importance of shooting with a tripod. The pictures below are a great example. I went out to the C&O Canal about 9 am to do some shooting. When I got there I realized that I forgot my tripod at home. "No worries" I thought, the sky was clear & I have image-stabilization on my 80-400 lens. However, even with the IS, the light on the canal is very tricky...the good shots are rarely in the perfect light, the subjects like to hang out in the dark shady portions. Even with the ISO pushing to 400 & 800 I was having a very hard time getting a shutter speed fast enough for sharp focus images.

Two otters look on in disgust & disbelief as I struggle with the 1/30th shutter speed at ISO 400.
A heron poses for me, unaware of the difficulty I'm having with this handleld shot at 400mm.
Another thoughtful heron poses, but fails to get immortalized with a sharp image.