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My Favorite Shots from 2016

Everyone likes to post their favorite photographs of the year so here are my favorite shots from 2016  in the order that they were taken.


SR-71A Blackbird

SR-71A Blackbird

This January I went to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. One of the featured aircraft is an SR-71A Blackbird spy plane. I hung a 20″x30″ print of this over my TV.


Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Once in a while I’ll hear a Barred Owl or two in the woods behind my condo. I was a few miles away on a trail by the same woods when I found one of the owls.


Rusted Car

Rusted Car

My photography club visited an auto salvage yard. I like the reddish car in the woods surrounded by light green ferns.


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Flight Trio

For 2 years I’ve been a photographer at the WWII Weekend in Reading, PA. Here some reenactors are posing in front of a B-25 Mitchell bomber.


Modern Meets Art Deco

Modern Meets Art Deco

I like Art Deco architecture and I captured the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, PA behind Suburban Station. I made the roof lines vertical instead of horizontical to make it a bit abstract. The photo earned Honorable Mention at the Harford Artists’ Association’s annual juried exhibit.


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3 Butterflies

I was taking a picture of an Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly on a thistle when it was joined by a Silver-spotted Skipper and a Spicebush Swallowtail.


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Hot Rod

The Big M car show was revived last year. I took this picture with my old film camera from college, scanned the negative, and edited it digitally.


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Bucks Tussling

This photo is a favorite because of the subject rather than the quality. These two young bucks were playfully fighting in my back yard.


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Aspen Grove

In October I attended a photography workshop in the Eastern Sierra. Our first stop was an aspen grove. When I told the instructor that I had a fisheye with me he suggested that I look straight up.


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Half Dome

My last full day in California I visited Yosemite. I took this picture of Half Dome from Olmsted Point.

Harford County Farm Fair 2014

Last year I entered some photos in the Maryland State Fair. Later some friends asked me why I hadn’t entered the Harford County Farm Fair. My answer was that the farm fair is about 4-H, baked goods, prize pumpkins, and tractor pulls. Well, I competed this year and earned several ribbons.

Chief Mate's Stateroom

Chief Mate’s Stateroom on SS John W. Brown

This picture won 1st place for Black and White, Other subject and was Champion B&W. It’s a stateroom on the SS John W. Brown Liberty ship that was built in Baltimore in 1942. It’s a 3-shot HDR processed with Google/Nik HDR Efex Pro 2. It’s one of my favorite photos from my first visit to the ship.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

This colorful photo of the Tower Bridge over the Thames in London looks really nice on aluminum. However, because of the rules I entered an 11×14 print. It earned second place in Cityscape. I like how the bridge is painted.

Great Egret

Great Egret

I entered this Great Egret at Cape May Point, NJ in Birds and animals other than pets. It did not win anything, although I like how its neck matches the bend in the surrounding grasses. I plan to enter a version on canvas in another competition.

Treasure Hunt Challenge

Peter From and Lorena Masi organized a Treasure Hunt Challenge on Google+. Photographers had one week to take and submit a picture that met the requirements posted by Peter and Lorena. At the end of that time the photographers who qualified were given the assignment for the next week. I had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for each of the pictures, and I made it through all four weeks of the first challenge.

Steve

Steve

The requirements for the first picture were easy to get us started. The picture had to contain a person, a coffee cup, and a tree. My friend Steve posed after his daughter’s riding lesson. I have gotten compliments on the pose, which was his idea, and I suspect that he has done this before. For extra credit I chose a mug with a tree and a person on it.

Blofeld

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Bloferd and I am the head of the notorious criminal organization SPHINCTRE.

The challenge began to get difficult with Round 2. The required elements were a person, scarf, and sunglasses. In addition, we had to use the color red in a creative way and the picture had to have a James Bond feel. I posed as the villain Blofeld with his cat. His white Persian wore a diamond collar while my tuxedo Norwegian Forest Cat is sporting a tiara.

70 's Lounge Lizard

I am a wild and crazy guy, and I like to date the foxes.

The third round was similar to the second round. Picture elements were a person, building, hat, and gloves, the style was retro, and the mood was romantic. I dug out one of my old disco shirts and carried my lava lamp and other props onto my balcony. It was only 30F but I didn’t mind because I was laughing the entire time.

80's Hollywood

I’ll be Pretty in Pink and Back to the Future. It’s Risky Business to celebrate with Sixteen Candles.

We were not given any requirements for the final round. The primary theme was Hollywood and we had to choose a subtopic from 1980’s, horror, and glamour. I joked that I had used my glamour shot for Round 3. I decided to do a mashup of popular movies from the 80’s. The movies were Pretty in Pink, Risky Business, The Terminator, Back to the Future, Sixteen Candles, Star Wars (V and VI), and the Indiana Jones trilogy. I think the (unintentional) shadow looks like Indiana Jones. Darth Tater is looking up at me, waiting for me to blow out the candles so he can slice the cake with his light saber.

June 2012 — Signs

The June assignment was Signs. There was a lot of variety in the entries, from big neon signs to street signs to handmade signs.

Radio City

Radio City

Tour bus going past Radio City Music Hall. I like reflections and this was a unique way to capture the sign.

Domino Sugars

Domino Sugars

Domino Sugars is a prominent landmark in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I also like long exposures at night, and this is one of my favorite places to take them.

No Stopping

No Stopping

The Coast Guard may park wherever it wants. This is the last surviving ship from Pearl Harbor.

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May 2012 — Action

The assignment for May was Action. About the only thing that the entries had in common was movement.

Shirley

Shirley

An enthusiastic model at the Google+ Washington, DC photo walk.

Batala

Batala

Batala Washington performed at this year’s Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore. I used a slow shutter speed to show the band’s energy.

Winsom Memory

Winsom Memory

Winsom Memory is a 22 year old broodmare who clearly enjoys her retirement. I used 1/30 sec and panned to show motion while keeping her face in focus.

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April 2012 — Macro

Macro was the assignment for April. Like most people, my entries were of flowers. However, my pictures were omitted because of a glitch. The Easter Lily was featured as the Digital Story photo of the day on Facebook, but it was left off of the monthly assignment page at TDS.

Easter Lily

Easter Lily

I like this Easter Lily at Longwood Gardens because of the ring of pollen.

Crocus

Crocus

Since the DOF is so shallow, I like to concentrate on the abstract nature of macro photos. This is a crocus in my yard.

Bouquet

Bouquet

Flowers in a bouquet. They’re only about 1/4″ across. The red flower is a carnation.

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March 2012 — Eyes

In March the assignment was Eyes. As you might expect, the majority of the entries were of people’s faces. However, there were some  novel entries as well, such as the winning shot of a stereoscopic camera. I decided to go with the obvious choices myself, plus a close-up of my reflection in Dixie’s eye.

Sophie's Eyes

Sophie’s Eyes

This is a close crop of a picture of Sophie that I took her first day with us.

Gavin

Gavin

I’ve been told that I should show more of this picture so people can see that Gavin is watching a parade. Actually, he’s standing beside his sister and her horse who are wearing similar head boppers. His eyes are saying, “Please tell me that I’m not related to these crazy people.”

Dixie's Eye

Dixie’s Eye

Dixie doesn’t mind posing when I want to try out new things. I took this photo with my new macro lens.

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