Categories: Locations, Annapolis, Chicago, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Michigan, Allegan State Game Area, Allegan Forest, Jordan River Valley, Washington, DC
Ok - back to photos from my trip last March to Maryland and D.C. I’d better post these before I forget about them…
Chesapeake City was one of our last stops during our eastern shore tour of historic Maryland Towns. With somewhat narrow streets and mostly wood framed buildings, it was a bit quieter and less architecturally impressive than some other locales. But it more than made up for that with a really relaxed atmosphere and some really interesting stores. I even bought some stuff, which is pretty uncommon.
A bridge, which has Maryland Route 213 running over it, dominates the town. Per Wikipedia, the bridge is 500 feet tall. Needless to say, where ever you are in town, when you look up you see the bridge. (Well, unless you have your back to the bridge.) For being so big, it’s hard to get a clear shot of the bridge. Here’s my best effort from the downtown area:
And here’s a fine old home. Like I said, the bridge seems to dominate the place:
And again with the bridge:
Lastly - a snapshot of the downtown retail area. As you can see, it is a most pleasant and enjoyable place. At least, I found to be very enjoyable with some really nice shops:
As before - these are digital infrared shots, processed in Photomatix with other digital enhancements. A few more shots from Chesapeake City will be coming up…
Here’s a snapshot of the Chicago skyline in the early morning, as taken from a hotel room last year. I re-worked the photo, previously posted here, in Photomatix. I really like the results on this morning photo, but oddly, Photomatix didn’t help the night shot at all.
Here are a few more snapshots from Chestertown, Maryland. All of these are, again, digital infrared tone mapped images.
First off - another fine old home:
And here is the old Courthouse near the center of town:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church - another very old landmark in the center of town:
Don’t have the precise name of this, but it was a Methodist Church near the downtown area:
Lastly, a commercial building, somewhere in town. I like the nice clean lines of these old brick buildings:
Next - Chesapeake City, MD!
One of the most relaxing days on our vacation was visiting Maryland’s eastern shore, and a visit to Chestertown was the highlight of that excursion. Chestertown is rich in history and architecture, and the downtown shopping district is home many interesting shops. (You can learn more about the town here.)
Here is a fine old Georgian (I think) style home located on the waterfront - again, digital infrared with a little hand coloring on the shrubs:
Here’s a shot looking back at the city from the waterfront:
Another landmark - the Imperial Hotel, which is located on High Street near the center of the city:
Lastly - The fountain in the fountain in the center of the city park:
More shots will be coming.
Just a quick snap shot from the Allegan Forest - a peek at the wildlife refuge, taken from the gate leading near Swan Creek. A while back I added a lensbaby muse to my small slection of Pentax 6x7 lenses - some fun, that lens. Agfa APX 100 in Agfa Rodinal 1:50
Here are a few more photos from my visit to Washington DC a few weeks ago.
For starters - the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center:
Reminds me of Guild Heighliner…
All of these are taken with the infrared converted Pentax K10-d. I’ve found that the Photomatix software is great for processing digital IR shots, even when they are not HDR shots. The shot above was just a single exposure, taken with a custom white balance, run through Photomatix, and the processed in Photoshop (channel swapping and the usual dodging and burning / overall tone and contrast adjustments.) I like the effects that Photomatix adds…
Another shot - a statue outside of the National Archives - again, single exposure digital IR:
Under this statue is written “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.” The dude in the statue looks formidable.
Lastly, here’s an actual HDR shot of the Lincoln Memorial. I took the exposure on a cloudy and overcast day, actually in a light rain, so the IR effect is very light and the contrast is extremely low. No way to tease any color out of this image - I resorted to the hand coloring technique earlier, here is a straight B&W:
As I mentioned ins post from a few days ago, I tried to take digital infrared images of the Capitol from the Washington Mall. It was mid morning, the building was back lit, and IR photography is unforgiving in some respects… So - I bracketed a few shots and walked over to the other side of the building. But I bracketed with the intent of trying to recoup some useful HRD images…
Pretty cool… Though a bit gaudy. This is an HDR compost of three bracketed digital infrared images (digitally converted Pentax K–10d) with channel mixing, layer blending, and a bunch of other digital manipulations. Super freak photography?
I liked that photo when I first made it, but putting it up on the wall after a while I realized it lacks - umm… subtlety. Here’s a photo of the Capitol that I like better - again HDR digital IR but rendered with a little less gaudiness:
ANd here’s a shot I like because it has trees in it (and as a rule, I like trees):
More HDR stuff - gaudy and not, IR and not, coming….
Another shot from Washington D.C. - here’s a digital infrared photo of the Capitol Building. The photo shows the east side of the building - not much luck getting a backlit shot from the Mall. I have no idea why the place was so empty.
Since it was the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival I took a couple of snapshots of the Capitol Building with pretty cherry blossoms in the foreground - which are these:
I spent a good part of last week and the week before on vacation in Washington, D.C.and Maryland.
It was cherry blossom time in the nation’s capitol. I took a few snapshots of the flowers, but on the one day I set aside for walking around and taking photos, I decided instead to work with the digital infrared converted Pentax K10. There were clouds with thin, diffused sunlight - not ideal for IR work but not bad either.
Here’s the Washington Monument - I processed the image with a little sloppy faux digital hand coloring to give it an old fashioned postcard look. I always see photos of the Washington monument and it is always alabaster white. It really isn’t like that.
And here is the Lincoln Memorial. Again, a digital infrared and a faux hand color look in the processing. A few more IR posts from this trip will be forthcoming.
Kalamazoo was in the sweet spot for an ice storm on February 21st this year - just to the north heavy snow fell and just to the south it rained. But here we had a heavy freezing rain that left well over 100,000 homes without electricity. Mine was one of them. Between the oven and the fireplace and a propane heater borrowed from a friend I was able to keep the house warm enough to avoid freezing pipes, if not crabby cats pissed off over being left in the cold - inside.
Here are a few macro snapshots of the ice, taken around my house.
All photos taken with a Pentax K-7 and D-FA 2100mm macro lens.