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The Pedicab Project in Baltimore

The Pedicab Project in Baltimore

6 photos, Video

After Michelle Nugent, a half-Filipino-American, took her first trip to the Phillippines and noticed how they got around, she had an idea.

Now a community arts student at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Nugent made a pedicab from an old children’s bike, a wooden chair, a handrail, some PVC pipe and cardboard. She decorated it with recycled paper bags, Coca-Cola cans and soda boxes (and one National Bohemian beer box), potato chip bags and other materials. Her intention with The Pedicab Project is to give people in Baltimore free rides in exchange for stories, which she will record and re-purpose to share with others. To learn more about The Pedicab Project, watch the video below the gallery.

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Patriot Day riders travel down Route 1 to remember 9/11

Patriot Day riders travel down Route 1 to remember 9/11

25 photos

More than 100 motorcyclists participated in the 2012 Patriot Day Ride to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ride began at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington and ended at McAvoy’s in Parkville.

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Glow sticks turn campers into ghosts at night

Glow sticks turn campers into ghosts at night

10 photos

On the western side of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, about 200 acres of land becomes the home for hundreds of kids and young adults each summer — Camp Seneca Lake.

An old stomping ground for my brother and sister who attended the camp when they were young and are now part of the staff, I spent time there this month documenting the camp’s annual climactic event ‘Color War.’
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Images come to life in Howard County Fair vignettes

Images come to life in Howard County Fair vignettes

6 photos, 1 video

Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana spent some time at the Howard County Fair last week, looking for its more interesting characters. With the help of photographer Jen Rynda on the editing side, they produced six video vignettes in which the photos literally come to life. Click here to see them all.

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Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

18 photos, 1 Video

Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer lost most of his left leg in a firefight in Vietnam, but that hasn’t stopped him from tackling some the world’s greatest challenges with Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports. He’s been with the organization for 42 years, and is now its executive director. Their goal is to help wounded veterans returning from war realize that they can still achieve great feats.

In June 2012, Bauer led four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — two double-leg amputees, one single-leg amputee and one with muscle damage – up North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Their tagline: Five wounded warriors, four good legs, three wars, two generations, one mountain.

Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports gave us some of the photos and video clips from the climb for a story Catonsville Times reporter Brian Conlin wrote this week about Kirk Bauer.
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Baltimore city, through the lens of Instagram

22 photos

Instagram has become one of the most popular ways for people to share their photos online. With more than 50 million users, it is also one of the most popular social networks. Since I started using Instagram last fall, I have taken many photos using the app in and around the city of Baltimore. I tried to use different filters and combinations of light adjustment and the blurring feature to make the pictures I take unique.

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Storm damage in Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods

Storm damage in Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods

9 photos

After the Orioles’ victory on Friday night and the post-game fireworks show, my compatriots and I took refuge from the impending storm in a nearby establishment. We watched from inside as the trees blew sideways and the rain soaked the streets in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. After making our way up the JFX onto Northern Parkway and then Falls Road, we saw fallen trees, branches and construction cones scattered through the streets, like a video game obstacle course. The damage caused by Derecho was hard to navigate in the absence of street lights as I weaved my car through the wooded and winding section of Cross Country Boulevard. There wasn’t much I could film that late and not knowing what kind of situation I could find myself in with fallen trees and broken power lines, I called it a night.

After about a 4-hour nap, I was back out at 6 a.m. with my camera at hand shooting photos and video. Here’s the scene from Mt. Washington, Roland Park, and Pikesville.

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Tips for taking spectacular sports pictures

Tips for taking spectacular sports pictures

12 photos

Patuxent Homestead photographers cover scores of high school sporting events during the school year. They capture hundreds of goals and runs, victories and losses, tears of joy and sadness. Photographers Jen Rynda and Brian Krista each picked six of their favorites from baseball, softball, lacrosse and track, and shared a couple of tips for taking great sports shots. (Below)

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Julio Mendoza’s dancing horses and la Garrocha

Julio Mendoza’s dancing horses and la Garrocha

11 photos, 1 video

Julio Mendoza has been riding horses since he was 3 years old, but his roots go back much further than that — he is the fourth generation in his family to train them.

Mendoza’s horses do something a little different than what you see at the Preakness Stakes. On his horse farm in Union Bridge, he teaches them dressage, or what is sometimes called “horse ballet.” In dressage, the rider and horse communicate to perform different moves and steps.

Mendoza also performs la Garrocha, which is a type of dressage that incorporates a 12-foot wooden garrocha pole. I visited he and his wife’s farm last week and took some photos and video.

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