Rules Of Composition

I went out photographing tonight to clear my head. A long day in the “office” and visiting a sick relative really saps your creativity. To spark some creativity I started going through the rules of composition while looking for a scene to photograph. I was going to the Prettyboy Reservoir, a place I have photographed and explored extensively. So pulling an original composition from here would have been a feat. I settled for a familiar trail with a strangely foggy river.

Gunpowder River Fog
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Family Of Flycatchers


Its that time of year again, young birds are out and about and demanding food! At Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge I found two family of Eastern Wood Pewee. Eastern Wood Pewee are a type of Flycatcher. They were so cute sitting on a stick together!

Family Of Flycatchers
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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

I was recently asked why I travel all the way to Bombay Hook NWR when there are so many birding spots closer to home. It stopped me for a moment, after all, Bombay Hook is 2 hours away from home and there are several tolls along the way. I thought about it but did not have an immediate answer. Sure, the density of birds is greater there then anywhere else I’ve been in the state of Maryland. But if that was all surely I could break even in “birdiness” by going more often to closer locations. It must be more than that. So I got up early the next morning at 3am and headed for Bombay Hook.

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Westminster Art In The Park 2018

A big thank you to all the visitors to the DAJ Designs Photography booth yesterday at Westminster Art In The Park. DAJ Designs is a joint venture with my mother who also is a photographer. We have been doing shows together since 2010. Somehow the weather stayed clear despite an 80% chance of thunderstorms and rain. We even saw a bit of sunshine by the end of the day!

Westminster Art In The Park 2018
Westminster Art In The Park 2018
Westminster Art In The Park 2018
Westminster Art In The Park 2018
Westminster Art In The Park 2018
Westminster Art In The Park 2018

We had an awesome day!

Grand Prismatic Spring or The Big Scenery

When I made the trip to Yellowstone National Park I really didn’t know what to expect. I had seen pictures and videos of the place but until you see a place with your own eyes you just don’t know. But when I got there I quickly fell in love with the place! The first night I stayed in the grand Lake Hotel, I arrived very late at night and hadn’t seen anything of the park yet.

When I woke up everything was smokey from a burning forest fire. I left the hotel to explore the park and the first place I found was West Thumb Geyser Basin. Two things shocked me right away. First, there were mud pots boiling and spitting away right in the parking lot, they weren’t even the main attraction, they were in the median of the parking areas! Here in Maryland these mud pots would have been a State Park of their own not just parking lot obstacles… Second thing that got me was the scale of everything. I was dying to see the Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin with all of its colors and it did not disappoint.

Grand Prismatic Spring with onlookers for scale.
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