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Driving from Day to Night
Daylight on the left. Evening on the right. Being a member of a photo club or photo group can have great rewards when you're pushed to try something new. That's exactly what happened here.
 
The Calvert Photo Club's January assignment/challenge was the term "motion". I've wanted to experiment with capturing motion in the car for quite a while but never got around to it. Having to produce something for the monthly challenge finally kicked my butt in gear. Keep reading to see how this image was created.

Creating Gritty Black and White Portraits
In the quest to improve my photography skills (does that ever end?), I've been looking at the work of others I admire. I've been looking at portraits in particular and one of the techniques I've been interested in learning is how to create gritty, dark, black and white portraits. I figured that before I try this with photos of anyone else, I better experiment on my own photo first. What follows is a detailed step-by-step on exactly how I created this self-portrait.

Morning, Evening, and Night - A Slideshow
A compilation of photos from the last two years I've taken in the morning, evening, and night. Music is titled "Stars Collide" by Josh Woodward.

Latest Photos
Mirrored


Sunrise at Flag Ponds


Milky Way


News & Events
September 2014 Wallpaper/Calendar

The new calendar is available for download. Taken in southern Pennsylvania, this month's photo captures a wide swath of the sky showing off the majestic Milky Way. This month's download is available in 2 styles and includes sizes for PC, phone (iPhone, Android), and tablets.
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July 2014 Wallpaper/Calendar

The new calendar is available for download. A simple flower macro taken last weekend with the goal of adding some color to the summer weather. This month's download is available in 2 styles and includes sizes for PC, phone (iPhone, Android), and tablets.
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June 2014 Wallpaper/Calendar

The new calendar is available for download. This month's photo is taken along the Delaware River shore in historic New Castle. This small town is a great place to visit about 25 minutes south of Philadelphia. With gorgeous views of the river and walkways along the shoreline, it's a nice stop if you happen to be in the area. This month's download is available in 2 styles and includes sizes for PC, phone (iPhone, Android), and tablets.
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April 2014 Wallpaper/Calendar

The new calendar is available for download. This month's photo is taken along Maryland's eastern shore on the Assawoman Bay. This evening view captures over 3 hours of exposure, from the last light of sunset through the starlight of full darkness. It was the first time I'd even tried to capture star trails before the sky was totally dark and I thought the results were rather nice. This month's download is available in 2 styles and includes sizes for PC, phone (iPhone, Android), and tablets.
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More News
Timewarp
Mirrored
Mar 20, 2015

Taken One Year Ago

On Top of the World
Jun 30, 2014

Taken Two Years Ago