BOMBAY HOOK PHOTO WEEKEND REPORT

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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, DE is a critical stopover for birds migrating along the Atlantic Coast Flyway. Bombay Hook NWR provides sanctuary each winter to tens of thousands of snow geese, Canada geese, and other waterfowl … which in turn provides a wealth of spectacular photo ops for photographers. A few days ago, I conducted my annual photo weekend at Bombay Hook. Despite the threat of a major snow storm, our group enjoyed good light. American coot, bald eagle, belted kingfisher, black duck, buffleheads, Canada geese, great blue heron, mallards, Northern harrier,...

CHRISTMAS IN BALTIMORE … PHOTO OPS ABOUND

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It is almost Thanksgiving, and what does that mean … well, besides good food, good cheer, and good company? Thanksgiving Day ushers in a month-long cornucopia of outstanding photo opportunities in and around Baltimore. Photographers, stock up on aspirin now because your shutter finger will get quite sore capturing all the holiday cheer. Personally, I can hardly wait for the brand new Christmas Village to open Thanksgiving Day in Baltimore. West Shore Park will recreate a traditional German Christmas market … complete with delicious Lebkuchen (gingerbread), bratwurst, dirndls and lederhosen, handcrafted Christmas collectibles direct from...

PHOTO TIP OF THE MONTH

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City skylines provide excellent photo opportunities during evening twilight. If your hometown or the city you are visiting is located on a body of water, the colorful reflections that glimmer across the water add pizazz to your skyline photos. Generally, from a technical standpoint here in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, an aperture of f/5.6 provides sufficient depth of field in skyline reflection images … the buildings are well defined and the reflection is crisp. Good photography is part technique and part art. If you are new to shooting skyline reflections, I recommend you shoot the same...

DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY

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What may sound like an economic report actually describes my nature photography class Birds of Prey Photo Safari. Last month’s class sold out, so I repeated it this past weekend. Once again, photographers flocked to it. Temperatures were mild. The light was great. Everyone had fun capturing a number of excellent images. We photographed eagles, falcons, and owls (oh, my!) … eight different species in all. As the handlers brought the different raptors out from the aviary, you would hear the group make such comments as amazing, fantastic, and wow. When the handler brought out...