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Friday, June 28, 2013

Second River Concert at St. Mary's College of Maryland Performs Tonight.

The second River Concert of the season starts tonight, June 28th, at 7pm featuring "“Peter, that Wolf,” & other Wild Things".  The concerts are held on the green in St. Mary's City at St. Mary's College of Maryland by the Chesapeake Orchestra.  Please come!

Last week's concert included some of our favorite works like Richard Rodger's "The Sound of Music" and "The Emperor's Waltz" by J Strauss Jr. To read my review of last week's Friday night concert  at The visit:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The River Concert Series Starts Friday June 21st

The River Concerts at St. Mary's College of Maryland start June 21st at 7 P.M. and continue every Friday night through July 26th. This week's concert is called "Night in Vienna or "Hornaopia""featuring Strauss and Haydn among other works.

The concerts are great fun for everyone, and feature wonderful music by the Chesapeake Orchestra, delicious food and a variety of other local vendors with jewelry, puppets, etc. You can also bring your own picnic if you like. There are even separate sections for serious listeners through serious socializing. They will still be asking for donations this year, so give what you can to help support the concerts.

I'm including a few photos of past concerts.

Jim and I will be cheering them on as usual and have volunteered our photography services to the orchestra.

To learn more about the concerts and see the wholes schedule visit or visit the Chesapeake Orchestra Facebook page for information about the orchestra.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, June 17, 2013

May 2013 winners from St. Mary's County Camera Club

Here are my winners from May.  You might have seen the first place winner before, my Pink Mist photo from February.  On rare occasions the water gets misty and creates a lovely mood.  There was frost on the ground too.  The photo was taken around 7am.  As most serious photographers know, the best times of day to photograph are early in the day within an hour or so of sunrise and close to sunset.  Photographing in the middle of the day often creates harsh short shadows that tend to be less complimentary to a subject and make the image look flat.

I also received an honorable mention for this unique photo of  weeping cherry blossoms.  I have tried taking cherry blossom photos from all different angles and even held a branch over the water last year.  I thought this shot was unique, shooting straight up from beneath the buds.  I particularly liked the way the blurry flowers framed the subject with a nice curve.  It was taken in my yard at around 5:40pm.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spring Colors and Reflections

In May, we spent a weekend looking at spring flowers enjoying the beautiful weather.    These are some of my favorites.  I got the dark background on the pink columbine and bluebells by using the Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-up Flash System.  I have 3 mini flashes that light the flower and I use a fairly small aperture f/22 – f/29.  It’s kind of complicated.  (It’s also fun to use, because most people haven’t seen one before and it creates a little attention at times.)


I saw the lovely reflection from nearby azaleas and had to act quickly when some geese swam by.  I couldn’t decide which photo I prefer.  In some ways the green reflection is better because it doesn’t distract from the goose.  The pink reflection on the other hand, is quite unique and vibrant.  Which picture do you like better?