Antietam National Battlefield

On November 25, 2010, in Maryland, by admin

Fence Posts, Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam Battlefield is a nice place to spend a fall day.  The numerous memorials spread throughout the grounds make interesting subjects.  The fall foliage is especially nice around Burnside’s Bridge. In the morning the sun shines directly up Antietam Creek to Burnside’s bridge.

This picture was taken on the road leading to Burnside Bridge.  At this point the road climbs a hill between cornfields.  Both sides of the road are lined with this fence which makes for some interesting lines.

Cropping for a better Image

On November 12, 2010, in Maryland, Photography Tips, by admin

Dandelion Tears, Antietam National Battlefield

Sometimes an image just does not turn out the way you thought it would.  Above left is a picture of a dew covered dandelion.  I was expecting this to be a nice composition of the brown inner seeds surrounded by the dew covered feather like things.  Instead, it looks very ragged with the dew drops scattered about (the original image had the complete dandelion surrounded by background on each side).  Note also the green background on the top and the black background on the bottom.  This resulted from the bottom background being in shadow while the top background was in the sun.  Needless to say, the left side is not a very good image.

Instead of deleting the image, I did some additional cropping.  On the right is the same mage with the top half cropped out.  Notice that I no longer have the distracting light/dark backgrounds.  Instead, your eye is drawn to the fine detail of those feather like things.  The brown seeds at the top provide just enough “balance” to fill out the image without drawing away from the dew drops.  All in all, the right image is a much better image than the left, all because of the creative cropping.

View from Lindy Point Overlook, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Okay, so it is not DC photography, but Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia is a “long” day trip from DC that is worth the effort.  We went the third weekend in October and just missed the peak of the fall foliage colors.  While there was good color, high winds that week had blown many of the leaves off the trees.

One of the best features of the park (besides the waterfalls!) is the short walk from the various parking lots to the scenic vistas.  These short walks allow you to cover much of the park and not have to worry about what photography gear to take on each trail.  In most cases, if you leave something in the car, it isn’t that far of a walk back.

The image on the right above is from the Lindy Point Overlook.  This is one of the furthest walks, so make sure you have what you need.  The image on the left was taken on the trail to Lindy Point.  We spent quite a bit of time at the overlook, there are some neat rock formations to sit on and just enjoy the view.  A great lunch spot.

As far as the waterfalls at Blackwater, well, that is a topic for another post…