Maryland State House – Annapolis in 2012

11 03 2012

Most people that visit Annapolis, MD recognize the State House and the iconic wooden dome as the most identifiable landmark in the city. It’s the oldest state capitol that has been in continuous use. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been able to spend some time in Annapolis and captured a few shots that include this icon. You can see other recent additions from Annapolis by clicking on any of the images.

Maryland State House at Night

Maryland State House from State Circle

Annapolis Sunset

Annapolis Sunset across the water.

Maryland State House and Rooftoops

State House Dome with historic rooftops.

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4th of July – Sandy Point State Park

6 07 2010

A sunrise trip to Sandy Point State park didn’t allow for true sunrise photos, but was not a lost cause. The park did not open until about 3 minutes after sunrise and a long line of visitors looking to get 4th of July celebrations set up were ahead of me. The early morning provided strong light and comfortable temperatures. Check out a couple summer Maryland landscapes!

Chesapeake Bay Bridge from the Sandy Point Beach.

Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse in the early morning light.

A fisherman's setup at the Bay Bridge.





Photography Tip – Look Up

28 02 2010

In my previous post, I shared a photo of the dome ceiling at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda. That got me to thinking about another similar shot. Apparently I enjoy taking photos of domes. The photo below was taken in the Chapel on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy. This led me to recall a photography tip that I read about a few years ago.

A lot of things happen over our heads. Some things are man made and others are natural. The ceiling in my living room has a ceiling fan and a textured finish. A textured finish isn’t put on a ceiling for anything more than being pleasant to the eye. In more complex buildings ceilings include domes, arches, lines, and curves. All of these are things often appealing to the eye. In nature trees grow over us and clouds float by. For some people jokes exist in a realm above the head. And if you don’t get what that means, I’m talking about you. Regardless of where you are, many opportunity for good photographs exist above our heads.

All of that being said, it’s very easy to forget to look up. Most of the things we look at do not require much tilt of the head and neck. Whether you’re clicking photos with an iPhone, a point-and-shoot camera, or something more complex look up and see what your options are. Give your neck some exercise!





Lost in Time

23 02 2010

It is rare that in 2010 that someone is able to capture an”urban” environment in a state that  could have come out of any of the past 50 years. I was able to find this scene earlier this month. Annapolis was still digging out from the 2nd of back to back blizzards.  This scene was captured along Fleet and Cornhill Streets among some historic homes. While the streets were plowed once, they were still covered in deep snow that made driving fairly difficult for the 1 car I saw drive down the road. Outside of a couple of cars buried in the snow, it’s difficult to place a time stamp on this shot.

Feel free to view additional photos from Annapolis, MD by clicking on the image.





New Gallery – Annapolis, MD

12 01 2010

I have lived in the Washington, DC area for more than five years. Last weekend, I began to finally photograph Annapolis. I walked around the historic sections of the city on a cold windy day that provided some good sky conditions for some of my photographs. The resulting photos make up the beginning of a gallery that I hope to expand over the coming months. Feel free to check out my Annapolis, MD gallery by clicking any of the photos below.

The historic Annapolis skyline taken from City Dock.

I found a cold windy winter day to be a good day to try to photograph the city. There were very few people  around. It was nice not having to trip over others to find a spot to take a photo. As I expand the gallery, I hope to take some more shots around sunrise (ha) or sunset. And hopefully some at night as well.

The Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church located in the historic circle of Annapolis.

While I was walking around Annapolis, I also took some time to visit the campus of the United States Naval Academy. While photos from the Academy can be seen in the gallery (by clicking any of the images above), I also posted some of my favorites in a previous post.





United States Naval Academy Chapel

9 01 2010

Last weekend, I explored Annapolis, MD on a cold windy day. I walked through the campus of the United States Naval Academy and visited the chapel. It is a beautiful building and it’s a very powerful experience to visit. There are times that pictures do a better job of speaking than we can so I’m going to let this post be one of those times.

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel - Altar and Dome

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel Dome

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel





Photography Tips: Take Many to Get One

5 01 2010

One common misconception of “good” photographers is that every photograph they take is a good shot. In my experience, this is hardly the case. I just choose not to show you my bad shots. In the world of digital photography, bad shots are cheap. They cost nothing to delete.

One of my photographs that I enjoy is posted below. It was a particularly difficult shot to capture how I wanted as I was on one small boat trying to photograph another. The boat rocked up, down, left, and right. And I missed the shot up, down, left, and right. It took many attempts to get the boat framed how I envisioned and do it with a straight horizon. It was my decision to take about 10 shots of the same scene that allowed me to capture a good shot. If I had stopped at 1, 2, or even 3 attempts, I would have been left with less clutter on  my computer and nothing to show for it. Taking a few extra shots allowed me to get a photograph that is at least worth sharing.

I’m not suggesting that one decide to shoot recklessly in all situations. This will not challenge a photographer to improve. But when difficult circumstances present themselves, don’t be shy. Don’t be afraid to take a few bad shots to capture the good one.

A sailbot on the bay in Annapolis, MD