From November to February the Conowingo Dam attracts over a hundred species of birds, but the bald eagles are the star of the show. What draws them to the giant hydroelectric dam, which located on the Susquehanna River, is the way it makes energy. As the dam produces electricity, a large volume of water and fish are sucked through the generators stunning the fish into “floaters” as they exit the dam downstream. The easy prey becomes an excellent food source for bald eagles and other birds.
If you’re anything like us, focus is a problem, certainly in life and occasionally in photography. Only if you could write a prescription for Adderall for your camera. Or can you?
The Lytro camera is a bit of tech that gives you a helping hand in the photo focus department. While other cameras and software do this by finding the sweet spot of the photo, like faces, Lytro decides to just focus on everything. You get to pick what you want in focus later and you can change your mind — again and again. Lytro really subscribes to the motto shoot first, ask questions later. Read more.
“Days Remembered,” a recently published picture book by The Baltimore Sun, provides a visual march through history. The images span over a century of photography, taken by The Baltimore Sun staff photographers, starting with the very first picture, published in 1901.
Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers Brian Krista, Nicole Munchel and Jen Rynda cover dozens of high school and youth sports competitions in the fall season. Football, field hockey, cross country and soccer fields are where they have spent many evenings and weekends — sometimes in the rain and cold — over the past three months.
Here’s a selection of their best — and favorite — shots from the season.
Today is the last day to enter your photos for inclusion in the Domino Sugar sign contest. If you need last-minute inspiration, here’s a sampling of the photos submitted so far by readers.
The contest, which is sponsored by Domino Sugar, celebrates the iconic Inner Harbor sight and the Baltimore refinery’s 90th anniversary. Winner of the best overall photo, as selected by a panel of judges from Domino Sugar, will receive $990 and a runner-up will get $590. The top 10 contestants will be awarded a prize pack with products made at the Baltimore plant. Winners will be announced Dec. 12. Visit baltimoresun.com/domino for more details or click here to view the full contest rules.
Gobble, Gobble. This week marks the start of almost seven weeks of procrastination thanks to the holiday season. In our latest retro post, we share handsome turkeys from past years, classic Thanksgiving dinners, shopping at Lexington Market and festive images from the Toytown Parade.
On Thursday, November 15, workers set up the annual tradition of the large poinsettia tree at The Mall in Columbia. They used about 1,000 plants — mostly red, but a few white — and took more than 14 hours to complete the tree of poinsettias.
Work began just after 6:30 a.m., scaling the metal tree structure and attached with harnesses to keep them from falling. They slowly (slowly… slowly…) made their way down, level by level.
I spent about four 90-minute spans of time at the mall: 6:15 – 7:45 a.m., 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 2 – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Setting up my camera on a tripod, I configured it to shoot one frame every 10 seconds. The completed time lapse included more than 1,600 images, each lasting for 2 frames of a 30-frame-per-second sequence. Each second of the time lapse, then, had 15 images.
Flip through the photos to see a cross section of the total, and watch the video below to see the whole thing.
It’s Christmas time and you’re feeling the need to standout in your neighborhood with lights and decorations. You know what you want, but don’t have the time to get out the ladder and possibly you’re afraid of heights anyway.
The answer to your problem may be a company in Frederick called “The King Of Christmas.”
Who knew a crowd could look so good! Baltimore’s best in blogs and social media showed up in style for The Baltimore Sun’s 4th annual Mobbies bash at Creative Alliance. Take a look at the winners, nominees and fans from last night’s election-themed affair.
Every summer, Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton brings in 20,000 newborn baby turkeys to their grounds. For several months, they feed them, raise them and let them grow in time for Thanksgiving. Farm manager Chris Bohrer says they take a lot of pride in their turkeys because they eat them, too. Learn more about Maple Lawn Farms and its turkeys in the video below the gallery.