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?

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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