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Calm Reflections Photography shares beautiful photographs that can be placed on mugs, mouse pads, canvas, puzzles, T-shirts, coasters and prints. Joanna Macaulay makes souvenirs of St. Mary’s County for tourists and local residents. Information about St. Mary’s County attractions, travel, events and photography can be found at her site. She now does pet photography as well.

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Cormorants from St Michael’s Manor in St. Mary’s County.  They were very far away, and my focus was off a little, but I liked the reflection...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Raptors at Nature Visions Expo

We attended the Nature Visions Photography Expo in Manassas last week.  Joe McNally was the most well known presenter this year, a photographic generalist.  

Besides learning some interesting photogrsphic lessons, we signed up to photograph some disabled refuge birds.  The birds can no longer live in the wild due to injuries and mental difficulties.  1 pm wasn't exactly prime photography time,  so I tried to reduce the harsh shadows on the birds with a neutral density filter (darkens the bright sun) and a fill flash to lighten the shadows.

Here are the best results:
     Red tailed hawk

     Red tailed hawk

     Harris hawk

   Harris hawk

     Peregrine falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     North American Kestrel

     North American Kestrel

     North American Kestrel

The Kestrel was my favorite, only about 6-8 inches tall or so.  
Which ones do you like the best?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winning photos for the St Mary's County Camera Club

I got 5 winners this year!

Congratulations to all the End of Year photo winners from the St.Mary's County Camera Club! 

Digital – Novice

1st – “Socks At Loch Buie” – Steven Thoman

2nd – “Back In Black” – James Kwong

3rd – “Bryce Sunrise Pano” – Steven Thoman

HM – “Niagara Falls” – Kimberley Tomlinson

 Digital – Intermediate

1st –  “Lisa” – Warren Salmon

2nd – “Vintage Silk” – Katherine Norris

3rd – “Angel” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Landscape” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Strawberry” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Chapel” – Dave Briggs

Digital – Advanced

 1st – “Baby Gorilla” – Joanna Macaulay📸

2nd – “Windansea Sunset” – Anh Nguyen

3rd – “Bald Eagle Pair” – Joanna Macaulay📸

HM – “Boardwalk” – Jack Goodman

HM – “Brooklyn Bridge” – Anh Nguyen

HM – “Halawa Beach” – Joanna Macaulay📸

HM – “Niagara Ice” – Emily Baldwin

Digital – Theme

1st – “Fire Orbs” – Dave Briggs

2nd – “Pink Waterlily” – Joanna Macaulay📸

3rd – “Rick” – Nikki Goodman

HM – “TIMEs Square” – Stefie Bartley

HM – “Snow Mail” – Tonya Freed

HM – “Taking a Ride” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Night Bloomer” Joanna Macaulay 📸

HM – “Sand of Time” – Anh Nguyen

Print – Advance/Intermediate

1st – “TJ Memorial”- Stefie Bartley

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hollywood VFD Craft Fair (St Mary's County)

Please come see me at the upcoming craft Fair on Sunday, Nov 22nd.  All the crafts are home made.  I think I will be right near the entrance door again.  You can get some lovely Christmas gifts for family and friends.  I will be selling cards, photo trays, cups, prints and other photo crafts.