Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Bard Owl was the largest bird I photographed and very sleepy. This is the best shot I could get. In most of my photos, he/she had his eyes half closed. I did get a chance to see it's additional protective eye lids.
I really liked the Barn Owl (without the barn!) What a face! Barn owls are one of the most common type of owls and are found all over the world.
This little owl is an Eastern Screech owl. They are very small and fairly common in the eastern United States. I've photographed several of them before including one in my September 6, 2013 and April 23, 2012 blogs if you want to see more.
The long eared owl has asymmetrical ear tufts. The ears don't line up perfectly, which helps them locate their prey. The left ear is higher than the right.
A good online source of information about owls is All About Birds.
Friday, November 15, 2013
For more information, go to http://www.hvfd7.com/index.cfm?fs=events.eventView&Event_ID=386
My friend, Theresa Ford will be there too with her fractals, her books and more.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The next morning we drove to the lower entrance of Whiteoak Canyon trail. Along the way we passed an old red barn in nice warm light.
We met some photography friends and hiked to the lower falls. After hiking 1.5 miles, we learned that you need to hop over rocks to get to the falls. I managed to get over the rocks with assistance. It was worth it.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Lighthouse Water Tour, a set on Flickr.
We took a tour of several lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay on Phil Langley's Lisa S in late September. There were several camera clubs invited. The day was quite windy, so I didn't get an award winning photo of Point No Point with a lovely reflection, but we had lots of fun and had lunch together afterwards.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I'm sharing an August 2013 panorama from Shenandoah National Park's Black rock summit trail taken with an iphone app called Photosynth. A rock slide is at the summit.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The winners of the local Kelby Worldwide Photowalk in Leonardtown were:
Third place to Pat French for her Sailboat photo.
Second place to Steve Bruza for his coffee cup picture.
First place to Joanna Macaulay (hey, that's me!) for a reflection photo of the Café des Artistes window.
The photo was a little busy, but colorful, picking up the reflection of the flowers in the square by standing at just the right angle and waiting for the cars to disappear. I think about half of the photographers took a photo of the "happy chef".
The photo will be entered in another contest, and I win something, but I don't know what. My husband, Jim won the first prize last year, an e-book copy of The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. His photo was a panorama photo of a pond at Flag Ponds Nature Park in Calvert County. See my blog from October 31, 2012.
Sooo, I am posting photos taken earlier in the day, and photos taken at the Corner Critters pet shop after the Photowalk. Corner Critters is always an interesting store to visit. They have many reptiles and also have mice, guinea pigs, fish, birds and there was even a pink parrot. The staff I've met have been very nice and willing to share information about the animals. (To see photos taken during the Photowalk, you can visit my Flickr site or my Facebook page, all listed under Calm Reflections Photography.)
|Catholic Chapel Historic St. Mary's City|
|Bench at Leonardtown Wharf|
|Kayaker at Sunrise Leonardtown Wharf|
Photos After the Photowalk at Corner Critters Pet Store
|Mouse taking an afternoon nap|
Monday, October 14, 2013
It adds stars, suns, lens flares, bokeh, dust, and color and black and white filters to photos on your phone. And you can add them in layers and move the flares around. I probably wouldn't use it on a serious photo, but it sure is fun and creative.
I added a filter and sun to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a chroma ring to my Blue angels photo.
For more information see:
Please add a comment and a link if you find lenslight available for android or other phones.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Life in st marys champion went to Cindy Pastorius for a corn photo.
The previous County Fair champion winner was Rose Guyther with a photo of goats and sheep.
Junior Champion was a still life by Dana Schwalbe of a "Love" shadow on the sand.
Kids Champions were Halei Long for a mosaic photo with a embedded heart shape and Kaia Ganzell for a photo of a female street vendor with a child. Great job!
I was one of 3 photo judges this year for the contest.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I photographed a red boat (623) and Cisco with the bows off the water and Cleveland Construction (green) racing by the Solomon's pier restaurant. I am sharing some interesting pictures of Wazzup (purple with yellow flames) accepting a winning checkered flag and the crazy celebration circles it made in the water afterwards.
Some of the winners included Tug It, Cisco, Wazzup, and Miss Mary Mac.
For once, the day was lovely, bright and sunny, which made for poor photos with bright overhead light and a happier crowd.
(overcast days and photos early or late in the day have better contrast)
To learn more about the race, see
Saturday, September 7, 2013
As the photographer, I was in plain sight, since there was no where to "hide" from the audience. The music sounds great from up close! We're also enjoying meeting lots of musicians. The orchestra members are all nice people.
They played some wonderful movie music including the theme from "Gladiator", "Superman", "Pink Panther" and James Bond music. "Sleigh Ride", the maestro's fun summer joke was played, as well as the patriotic portion of the "1812 Overture".
The next visit for Pops on the Potomac includes the jazz band for the Christmas tree lighting on November 29, 2013, Black Friday.