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.
This photo essay was initially published in September 1949: “The fences on farms in the United States cost more than the farm buildings, it was stated a mere 20 years ago. A critic termed many of them useless and unsightly as well as expensive. Over the Maryland countryside, however, are to be found fences of many types that are not only utilitarian, but sightly to the point of picturesqueness. Some of the types are traditional in their parts of the state, though all hold nostalgic places in the hearts of many Marylanders. The photographs presented here picture characteristic or outstanding examples of some of them.”
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.
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.
Mick Smith’s family is hoping to put a name to the progressive neuromuscular disease that is affecting this 12 year old triplet. Whole exome sequencing is the test that might give a name to his disease and possibly help doctors treat him. The knowledge gained from the test might not lead to a treatment or therapy but at least could help doctors manage his care.
This test is not always covered by insurance because it is so new and in fact the Smith family’s insurance is not covering the cost. They chose to do the test anyway and will get the results in a few more weeks and will then hopefully have a name and possibly a treatment for him.
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.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who held leadership positions at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is to be laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Greene was shot to death last week as he visited Afghanistan’s national military academy in Kabul. He was the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.