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The making of Mount de Sales documentary ‘A Mission Sustained’

The making of Mount de Sales documentary ‘A Mission Sustained’

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I admit I didn’t know what I was getting into last May when I started working on a historical documentary of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville. It started as a view from the cupola — the small dome atop the school — then it became a look at the architecture. Finally, it was decided that it should cover the full scope of the history of the Catholic all-girls school.

From there, several interviews were conducted, footage was shot, the school’s archivist was consulted, photos were repurposed and editing commenced. Read on below for some of the specifics of how the documentary was produced.

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Marriotts Ridge field hockey all-access

Marriotts Ridge field hockey all-access

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It’s been a long time coming for Marriotts Ridge varsity field hockey. In its ninth season, the Mustangs have captured a spot atop the final county standings — albeit a three-way tie shared with Atholton and Glenelg.

But standing in the way on the road to the title was a late-season game against the Howard Lions, whose season included a four-game win streak.

Coach Stacie Gado and her girls allowed Howard County Times Sports to document the team’s preparations for the Howard game in the next installment of our continuing “all-access” series.

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Best of high school sports, week of Sept. 22-27

Best of high school sports, week of Sept. 22-27

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The fall high school sports season is heating up, as the playoffs are just around the corner. Baltimore Sun community papers’ photographers were out capturing the action again last week, and here’s some of their best stuff.

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Best of high school sports: Week of Sept. 1-5

Best of high school sports: Week of Sept. 1-5

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High school sports are (finally!) back, and that means the schedules of the Baltimore Sun community papers’ photographers just got a lot more interesting. Here’s a collection of shots from the first week of sports in Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties.

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Up the California coast

Up the California coast

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Armed with my camera, a handful of lenses and a rental car, my girlfriend and I made our way up the coast, spending a few days in each city to take them in. And for our cameras to take them in as well.

This gallery is an attempt to document my trip from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco over the course of eight days in August. We want to see your vacation photos, too.

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Taking a sunset kayak tour of Piney Run Reservoir

Taking a sunset kayak tour of Piney Run Reservoir

14 Photos, 1 Video

You might say there are better things to do than to spend one’s Saturday evening working, but when working is taking a leisurely kayak tour around a reservoir on a warm day August, you might say it could be worse.

Joel Beckwith, the kayak instructor at Piney Run Park, and I happened to be in the same… boat… on Saturday, Aug. 16, when he led a tour of adults and I was there to document.

I spent three hours with the group in a kayak and attempted to capture both pictures and video of the evening. More on that below.

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The art of sports portraits

The art of sports portraits

34 Photos, 1 Video

Baltimore Sun Media Group photographer Jen Rynda has a reputation for her sports portraits, or “sportraits,” as she calls them. When local high school athletes are selected as either a player to watch for the upcoming season, or the editors’ choice for player of the year, Jen is sent to spend some time with that athlete to photograph them. She often tries to capture them in a way that is not only artistic, but also shows off their athletic prowess.

The set-up is elaborate, the process tedious, and Jen is meticulous. So, we thought it would be interesting to time-lapse her setting up and shooting athletes at the end of the spring 2014 season.

Click through the gallery to see some of her sportrait shoots over the past two years, and watch the video below to see how the magic happens.

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Maryland performing arts camp strives to continue, despite dwindling funds

Maryland performing arts camp strives to continue, despite dwindling funds

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From videographer Anastasia Champ: The Maryland Summer Center for the Arts is a program for gifted and talented students involved in the arts. It began nearly 50 years ago, and now offers students personal training in fields such as acting, musical theater, orchestra, visual arts, creative writing and digital video production. However, due to recent state budget cuts, funding has made it harder for MSCA to operate at its fullest potential.

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Tiny steeds, big deeds at the Howard County Fair Miniature Horse Show

Tiny steeds, big deeds at the Howard County Fair Miniature Horse Show

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It doesn’t draw crowds like the Bull Blast or Monster Truck Madness, but the Howard County Fair’s Miniature Horse Show, held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, is quite unique.

There are competitions for adults and youths (the humans, not the horses), that include various types of showmanship, jumping small hurdles and maneuvering an obstacle course.

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