Off The Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path

I love to travel, be it domestically or internationally. These days, and you can well imagine, most of my traveling is local and within the borders of the United States. Regardless of where I go, I love to travel off of the beaten path so to speak. Day trips, weekend trips, and longer trips affords me the opportunity to explore and to create some great landscapes.

On a recent week-long trip to the Bar Harbor, Maine region, I had several opportunities to travel unfamiliar territory (all of it was unfamiliar to me) and do some exploring. The weather was in the 70’s and the humidity was low as well. Quite a difference from the mid 90’s we have been experiencing in Maryland at the time.

What I will typically do is look at an online map of an area and then I look for water. Where there is water are usually bridges to shoot from or just great reflections of the surroundings.

If there are some great skies during the day, even better. A great sky to a photographer is one with stunning clouds against a great blue backdrop.

When I compose a landscape, I look for layers. Maybe there are some foreground grasses or a nearby tree, and then possibly a stream or lake or a meadow. Then another layer may be mountains or another line of trees, and then lastly a layer of the sky.

If you have not yet joined my free photography educational group, The Annapolis Photography Workshop Group, you may want to consider it. We do a lot of online training so your location will be irrelevant for the most part, but we also do in-person domestic and international workshops. Also don’t forget to visit my main website Positive Negatives , and be sure to check out all of the training videos I have produced and made available, typically for just $8

SIGs, Info Sharing, and Local Exhibits

SIGs, Info Sharing, and Local Exhibits


Special Interest Groups Update-

When the program was initiated, members were asked to select a specific Special Interest Group to join to determine the level of interest in the three groups.   The feedback received has been favorable, and many members have requested a means for attending all group discussions.   It was decided that the Post-Processing SIG will continue meeting during the second half of the Competition Meeting, i.e., the third Monday of the month from 8pm-9pm.  The Wildlife/Nature and Landscape SIGs will meet on the 4thMonday of the month (beginning January 28th) from 7pm-8pm and from 8pm-9pm, respectively.  The specific meeting room will be announced at the January 7th Speaker Meeting. I am requesting that all members of the SIGs donate $10 which will cover the cost of a room rental in the Talbot County Community Center for the remainder of the season and a month or so into the new season.  SIG members can attend any of the group discussions and outings.

Information Sharing-

Here are links which some members thought would be of interest and wished to share:  podcast #1104 The Ordinary in Photography posted 8/7/18

Local Exhibits-

Joan Orme’s one-person exhibit at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, will continue through the end of December.

Ned Egan, John Ellsworth, Kevan Full, Cal Jackson, Steve Lingeman, Ted Mueller and Joe Soares are exhibiting in the Members’ Show at the Academy Art Museum through mid-January.

John Ellsworth and Steve Lingeman were juried into the Maryland Federation of Art “Light and Shadow” online Curve Gallery exhibit which can be viewed through January 30, 2019.

Returning member Joe Scukanec will be offering the following workshops at the Ward Museum:

Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp (January 12, 2019)

Adobe Photoshop – Beyond the Basics (February 2, 2019)

Digital Photography – The Basics (April 27, 2019)


Wishing You All a Joyful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!