Sunday, August 29, 2010

Up close with the Puggles

The puggles & I were having a lazy dog day on the back porch earlier today. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to stick a camera in their faces. Here are a few shots of the boys.

Here are a couple of Stanley...




...and here are a couple of Mr. P...


Friday, August 27, 2010

Gambill Summer Carnival at Canal Place

Now that school's out, it's great to be able to attend the WMPA group shoots again! It felt really good to be out shooting with my friends in the group. This week's shoot location was the Canal Place Festival Grounds, which is currently hosting a carnival by Gambill Amusements.
This was my first night shoot with the 10-20 wide angle lens, and aside from some lens flare & ghosting issues (I don't have a lens hood for it), I'm really happy with the results. Here are a few of my favs from the shoot...













...and since I love the colors of a carnival...here's a super-saturated HDR shot, taken as the sun was setting behind me.



If you're interested, I have shots from past carnivals here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rocky Gap Lakeside Loop Trail

I took a hike with my puggles on the Lakeside Loop train at Rocky Gap today. When I left the house, it was blue sky & sunny, but as I approached Rocky Gap, the wind picked up & some dark clouds moved in. I almost turned back & went home, but I'm glad I didn't, the clouds quickly passed. Here are a couple shots...


Dark clouds & high winds over Interstate 68


One of my favorite spots along the trail.


My hiking buddies

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Highway to Hell

I pass this sign everyday & keep saying I'm gonna stop & get a pic...well, this week I did....

Don't Need Reason, Don't Need Rhyme
Ain't Nothing I Would Rather Do
Going Down, Party Time
My Friends Are Gonna Be There Too

: )

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Splash of Color

I passed this old barn today driving out past Finzel. I thought it was a nice contrast to the dreary-looking sky.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sideling Hill - The Gateway to Western Maryland

Whenever I'm coming home from anywhere east of Cumberland, I always feel like I'm in the home stretch when I pass through the giant cut in the mountain at Sideling Hill. Coming down off that mountain, I feel like I'm finally back home in western Maryland.

Each of these two pics were three bracketed exposure shots (-1, 0 +1) merged into one file. In hindsight, I should have underexposed the -1 file a bit more, since it still contains some blown whites above the mountain. If nothing else, it gives me reason to go back and attempt this shot again. : )



Monday, August 2, 2010

Casselman Bridge in July

This weekend I ventured up to Casselman Bridge to let the puggles take a dip in the water. This was my first time going up there with a wide-angle lens...it was challenging because the lens makes the bridge look so far away, so I needed to get a lot closer than I usually do.

Here are a couple that I like...





Casselman Bridge is a favorite photo spot of mine. You can see more pics that I've taken over the years HERE.