Monday, October 26, 2009

Congrats to Josh Rogers

This is a cool story...
About a year ago I received an email request asking permission to use one of my train photos as inspiration for a sketch. It turns out that the artist, Josh Rogers, won a blue ribbon and Best in Show at the Billings Montana State Fair with that train sketch. How cool...congrats Josh, keep up the great work!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A guestbook is not a toy...

Ok, a little background info. Steve & I had a Featured Artist Show at Arts at Canal Place this past weekend. We went back and forth on our show dates, we originally planned a November show, then flip-flopped and wound up with a September/October show. Then we changed the opening date from September to October....well, anyway, in the end, I ended up accidentally double-booking myself and scheduling the opening on a day that I was also shooting a wedding.

So, since I wasn't going to be there, I left a guestbook for people to sign to leave comments about the show, ask questions about the photos, etc. Well, it seems the beers were flowing pretty well at the reception, you can see the comments below. I'm not even sure what a lot of it even means, WTF does WTF mean??

...all kidding aside, thank you all for coming to the opening, and I do appreciate the comments. I had a great laugh this morning reading them when I went in to the gallery to take down the show. I really am sorry I couldn't be there, you can ask Steve, everytime I spoke to him leading up to the opening I would tell him that I feel like a jerk for not being there.

Thanks again...I appreciate your support!
Bill

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sarah & Chad's wedding

I had a lot of fun this past weekend shooting Sarah & Chad's wedding at Davis Memorial Church. On the drive to the reception, we made a quick detour out to Rocky Gap to get a few pics in the light rain. Here are a few of them...







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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Finzel Swamp - one of Western Maryland's best-kept secrets

The leaves are starting to pop here in Western Maryland, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to take a walk through one of my favorite fall locations - Finzel Swamp.
Finzel Swamp is a little out of the way location, visited mostly by bird watchers & local photographers.
The cranberry glades are a bit past peak right now, they're mostly brown & dry, but there's still plenty of color in the surrounding trees.

Here are a few of the shots from this afternoon...








There's now a sign at the entrance to Finzel Swamp, so perhaps it won't remain such a secret location for long?

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