Sunday, January 24, 2010

Casselman Bridge in January...OOPS

Here's a cautionary example to periodically check your lens for obstructions. I stopped at Casselman Bridge yesterday morning for a quick shoot.
I kept the lens cap on the camera until the camera was set-up on the tripod for the shot. It wasn't raining or snowing, but it appears a stray drop of snow or water somehow found a way to get onto my lens. I had the camera LCD screen on histogram-view, so even though I was checking the screen after each shot, I didn't notice the big water spot until I was downloading the pics from the camera.

If you're interested in seeing some of my previous Cassleman shots (without huge blobs of water ruining the shot), you can view them here - Casselman Bridge & Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Muddy Creek falls in January

This morning I met up with some members of the WMPA for a group shoot at Muddy Creek Falls. We walked down to the base of the falls to get some close-ups, then we went & hiked down the alternate trail to get some shots from the other side of the stream.

What I found interesting was how many frozen waterfalls had formed along the trail from run-off. There were several columns of ice higher than most other waterfalls in the area.

Here are a few of the shots...

Muddy Creek Falls from the base

Muddy Creek Falls from the opposite side of the stream

Large ice waterfall formed by run-off

Large hanging icicles along the trail

Click here to see more shots from today's shoot. The first 12 were taken today.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter time in Cumberland Maryland

Here are a couple more shots from my 'December files' collection. These were taken the day after a heavy snow storm in the area. Both were taken around 11:30 am, which is much later than I generally like to shoot scenic shots, but I wanted to catch the steam train leaving the Western Maryland Station.
Settings for both shots are f16 - 1/500 - ISO 200.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in December

Now that I'm about 90% recovered from my hard drive crash in November, I'm finally getting around to getting pictures off of my camera from the past few months.

Here are a few shots of WMSR #734 on a cold snow-covered day on Helmstetter's Curve. All three shots are pretty similar, but there are subtle changes in the shape of the steam that I really like.

These shots were taken on the final run of the 2009 season. To get to this vantage point I had to trudge through knee-deep snow up the hill on Helmstetter's farm. Shots were taken with a 70-200 lens. The first shot is at 200mm, the second two are at approx. 100mm.

If you're interested, you can view more Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shots here.