Friday, January 16, 2009

2009 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad brochure (WMSR) & calendar cover

Here's a quick look at the new 2009 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad brochure, designed by KH2 Design. All of the train photos used in the brochure this year are mine. I think the brochure looks really good this year...lot's of steam.

...oh, and speaking of steam, one of my train images was used in the Tristate Town Planner calendar this year too.

It's always great seeing #734 in print, it's such a beautiful engine.

Front cover of the 2009 WMSR brochure

Back cover of the 2009 WMSR brochure

2009 Tristate Town Planner calendar

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunrise at Lake Chillisquaque at the Montour Environmental Preserve

This weekend at the Montour Preserve in Pennsylvania, I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises that I had ever seen. The colors were brilliant & I was fascinated by how quickly the colors would change. In less than a half hour, the scene went from deep blue, to red, to orange & finally to a golden yellow.

7:09 am - f11 - 1/5th sec - ISO 200

7:16 am - f16 - 1/10th sec - ISO 200

7:19 am - f16 - 1/15th sec - ISO 200

7:36 am - f11 - 1/200th sec - ISO 200

More pictures of this sunrise are here - Sunrise at Lake Chillisquaque

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Baby Fox on the C & O Canal

The other day a client asked me for some baby animal photos for a publication. While searching my computer, I came across these two shots from April 2006. Although these aren't the shots that the client will be using, they are two of my favorites, so I thought I'd share them.

The story behind these shots; it was raining off & on while I was hiking on the C&O Canal. I decided I had enough of the foul weather, so I was walking back to my car (about 3 miles away) when I saw this little guy moving in the bushes. Right about then, the sky opened up & it started pouring, but I knew the chances to get a shot like this are rare, so I sat down next to a tree & waiting for him to come back out of the bushes. After about 10 minutes, he came back out & walked past me, keeping his eyes on me the entire time. We were both equally drenched. He walked away down the canal & into some thick brush. It was a magical encounter that I'll never forget.

Shot settings (both shots) - 1/100th second - f5.6 - ISO 200
Camera protected by a Storm Jacket camera cover
Photographer not-so protected by a thin water-logged sweatshirt hoodie