Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deck Chair

Hey! Wanna see my vacation slides!

Was that a cringe I just felt?

Don't worry, you'll only have to see one or two a day, while Sandy and I are on vacation in Sedona.

Here's a scene on the deck of our cottage at Sedona Pines - a very nice resort!

Tu Pot

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Trashcan Lid

Early-morning sunlight on Portland Street is the key to this image.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Faded Graffiti

It pays to look up, too.

This is right around the corner from where I work. I pass by here almost every day, but I never noticed this before.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Water Valve Cover

Still pays to look down. I'm on a manhole cover roll.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam at Baltimore Tea PartyI saw "Uncle Sam" while attending the Tax Day Tea Party in Baltimore today. Ultra-soggy weather notwithstanding, the turnout was decent.

I took this one with my beat-up, carry-everywhere-in-my-pocket 5MP Canon SD400. The moon must have been in the Seventh House and Jupiter must have been aligned with Mars, because this is one sharp image. The difference between it and almost every other exposure I made today is amazing.

Water Meter Cover

On a rainy April day, corner of Pratt and Freemont, it paid to look down.

This is what I call "Nature's Photoshopping." The colors and texture look as if I cranked the Saturation slider way up, but this is pretty much what it looked like in the real world. I just applied normal color correction and sharpening.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Doorway Shadow

Doorway Shadow - Pinkney Street, AnapolisTaken during an early-morning stroll up Pinkney Street in Annapolis. Pinkney is an old, narrow lane full of colorfully-painted houses. You can always count on something worthwhile to photograph on Pinkney.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fremont Street Blossoms

Fremont Street Blossoms - BaltimoreA tree blossoms on Fremont Street, about a block from where I work.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rendezvous at Frank Robinson

This young couple used the number 20 in the forecourt of Camden Yards stadium as a meeting point.

There are several of these large metal numbers here, each representing a famous Oriole. I don't really follow basesball, so I had to look up the numbers - see NumerOlogy: The Uniform Number History of the Baltimore Orioles.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Babe Approves

Babe Ruth Statue - Oriole Park at Camden Yards - BaltimoreA statue of Baltimore-born Babe Ruth watches over the crowds heading into the stadium for yesterday evening's game against the Yankees.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pre-Game Excitment

As fans gather on Washington Street, across from Oriole Park, these guys show off some spirit prior to this evening's game against the Yankees.

The two fellows on the left noticed me just as I snapped the shutter and showed their approval, while two-fisted Number 34 concentrated on his beer.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

420 Racers

420 Racers - AnnapolisHere's one of the Annapolis Yacht Club piers on Spa Creek, near sunset in mid-August 2003. The boats are small racing sailboats used by high-school-age Junior Sailing Program members for instruction and competition.

One of my more nautically-inclined friends, upon seeing this photo, told me that these small boats are called "420 racers," referring to the boats' length in centimeters. For use in competition, this little fleet is ideal; since the boats are all the same, winning is a matter of seamanship rather than equipment.

I took this photo from the drawbridge spanning Spa Creek, which separates downtown Annapolis from Eastport. Over the years, I keep coming back to photograph this nicely-lined-up set of racers from different viewpoints, time of day, and seasons.

Friday, April 3, 2009

View From Row 13

View From Row 13What to do while waiting on the apron of the airport? Why, take photos out the window, of course.

This was on a flight back from Norfolk to Baltimore. At first, there didn't seem to be any "there", there, but after a while, I got to playing with the angles formed by the wing and nacelle, the luggage loader and the cart behind it.

By the way, we sat there for about two hours; the flight crew spotted a potential wing flap problem as we were almost ready to taxi to the runway. Southwest called in a mechanic, but the problem wasn't fixable on the spot, so we rolled back to the gate and deplaned. With a new part beign flown in, they were estimating that the plane would be fixed and depart in about three hours. We decided to punt and rented a car - it was a pleasant afternoon and an easy ride back.