Sunday morning in Dundalk

Maryland not Ireland. Out and back to Dundalk, before 9AM.  Skinny one way streeets make this a fertile spot. All with the A7r with the Canon FDn 28 f/2.0.  Zone focused at f/8.0.  All from inside Charlotte — easy to manuever early on Sunday morning. Big monitor on the back of the camera makes it easy to get into the right position. Obviously, other streets to work in the afternoon (most streets have one side of the street parking).

Seem to be moving inexorably away from trying to create something for the wall to trying to tell some sort of a story. Not sure what those stories are yet but for sure they won't be posed and it seems like the accompaning snaps will be take with a 28mm lens, if the last month or so is a harbinger.

Stilll focused on structures and strangers, this AM structures this afternoon — strangers. The O's drew a pretty crowd for a non-Yankee or Red Sox game yesterday so counting on the same today. Plan is to walk down to Captain James (see first snap in the gallery) and grab the water taxi to the inner harbor and head from there to the surrounds of Camden Yards and roost — likely along Conway Street or near the light rail and see what I can make of that. Taking one camera (A7r), one big card (64GB), one lens (FDn 28 f/2.0) and several batteries. Thats it.

Lots of snaps from this AM, mostly interested in mid-century venacular residential design (or the lack of it). Usual practice, click here or on the snap below for the rest.

sans Groucho, Harpo and Chico...

nevertheless a day at the races.  The Maryland Grand National Steeplechase races. Stay cut short by lack of sustanance — only for me though, everyone else had the foresight to bring thier own. I guess it violates equestrian etiquite to hawk chow on the the hosting nabob's demense. 

Low sugar level must have impaired the noggin which lead to a bad ISO, fStop combo, which further lead to a Robert Frank like run of very soft images. At least he had the excuse of film and poor indoor lioght.  I have the best performing camera on the planet on a day of all sun — well just becuase you know doesn't mean anybody else has to.  

So an inversion of the B&W blog image and color gallery of this AM here. For some reason the color snaps look crappy so converted to B&W except of course for the one below. This MS Pulitzer afficiando demanding to be showcased in an emulation of Kodak's finest Ektachrome.

Smack it (you know who you are, HAH!) here or on the snap below to be, as usual, swept off to smugmug.

It should be obvious — no long lenses, all at 28 and 55mm. The 5D Mk III and the long stuff were in Charlotte's way-back and stayed there. Wasn't at all interested in the horses. Was interested in the people who were interested in the horses or at least in the party the horses attract. Was not on the top of my game, long distance logistics tomorrow — off to the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue. Need to up my performance.

BTW, this is the second item posted today so you might have missed the one below re: Erie Canal.


July Fourth!

Two sessions today. The first, the annual parade in Glyndon, MD, a small named place in Baltimore County. The parade had a few fire trucks, a Model A, a 911T and couple of golf carts.  The rest of the parade was the locals who decided to walk instead of watch. The watchers and marchers being interchangeable. Started at 10AM — was over by 10:10AM. Anyway Glyndon apparently like flag displays so a good chunck of the shots are of the flags on houses (sorry KHH).  

The second session was the usual Baltimore fireworks from the fourth floor porch.  

In either case click on the snaps below to be taken to the smugmug galleries. About 45 Glyndon snaps about 35 for the fireworks.

2013 Glyndon Fourth of July Parade


2013 Baltimore Fourth of July Fireworks

Ellicott City

Finally, despite the rain, I made it for a walk in Ellicott City.  Limited to the Fuji and 35mm becuase of tendonitis. First post being about the only decent shot of some musicans. Quick post here as the guy in the back asked if these would be on the web. So here is one, not so sure there are anymore of these guys worth posting or even one that includes the third guy out of the frame to the right. More a in a while.

Main Street musicians

8298 Main

A few more...

The typical Ellicott City snap

Stairs to the B&O

Apparently a typical Main Street stairway The elevator

Marland State Fair - Animals

Cow Barn

X100, 35mm,  f/2.8, ISO 1250, 1/75.

Chill dude!

X100, 35mm,  f/2.8, ISO 1250, 1/120.

Cow Barn Do.

5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/1000, ISO 1600.

Cow Barn Kid I

5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/640, ISO 1600.
Cow Barn Kid II

X100, 35mm,  f/2.8, ISO 1250, 1/30.

From behind

Swine Barn

X100, 35mm,  f/25.6, ISO 1250, 1/50.

Who are the swine men — who can they be?

Maryland State Fair — Horse pull

First of a number from the Maryland State Fair from this evening.  

Low light and a low light elevation intrusive background — buried under a Color Efex Pro Midnight filter with the horses masked out. Some additional burning.

5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/50, ISO 1600.

No strain releif

This guy acted like an owner — the Jerry Jones of the horse pull league.

5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/160, ISO 1600.


5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/250, ISO 1600.

Nothing runs like a Deere

5D Mk II, with 85 f/1.2 @ f/1.8, 1/100, ISO 3200.

Hookin' up

5D Mk II, with 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 @ f/6.3, 1/40, ISO 3200.

The powers that be

America's 911 Ride

Below are links to the Americas's 911 Foundation 2011 Ride snaps. All taken the morning of 8/20/2011 at the Maryland House Rest Area on I95.

Appologies to all those I couldn't photograph and those whom my sexagenarian reflexes caused to be rendered very out-of-focus, especially all those who made some sort of gesture.  In addition to my very suspect reflexes your helmets, visors, windsheilds and at times your speed made getting the shot quite challenging. Photography is for me, a hobby, not a profession and my sports photography skills are a bit rusty. Of the nearly 1,300 photos taken, about 185 made the cut (some of which could be better in the focus department) and found thier way into the galleries. Sorry I couldn't get one of each of you but I hope you will enjoy seeing your fellow riders.

Feel free to download these images for your personal use, several sizes are available including full size images by clicking on the preview image (not the thumbnail but the image that is shown when the thumbnail is clicked). Most of the imges are cropped to 5x7 although some are cropped square and a very few are cropped to 8x10. The time and camera information are available by pressing the [I]nfo button in the context menu that appears when you mouse over the preview photo.

The images are stored on SmugMug — click on the image below to be taken the SmugMug gallery that has the images in the sequence they were taken. Click here to be taken to a gallery that has the images arranged by orientation to make them eaasier to view on rotatable devices like an iPad.

These images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Advance man waiting for the Ride


across the better part of a decade.  Lots of frames within frames.  The SO dropped the top two into my box yesterday, immediately reminding me of some shots from July of '04.  First two frame the Severn in Anne Arundle County, MD the second two the Potomac in St. Mary's County, MD.  The upper iPhoned by SO yesterday the lower mine snapped via Canon 10D in '04. Top two clearly resonate better.  Fortunately, me not so... err... structured anymore.