A look at fireworks displays across the country from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. and a U.S. military base in Baumholder, Germany.
The Baltimore Sun
The annual Nathan’s famous Fourth of July international eating contest was held at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The contest draws lots of spectators and even animal rights protesters. The winner of the men’s division was Joey Chestnut who tied his own record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. It is the sixth victory in a row for the competitive eater. The winner of the women’s division was Sonya Thomas who set a new women’s world record by eating 45 hot dogs is 10 minutes.
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.
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)
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.
The Darkroom interviews the creators of the Copycat Project, Rob Brulinski and Alex Wein. The duo produced a historical and pictorial documentation of the landmark Copy Cat building in a 140-page, 12-inch x 12-inch hardcover book, which features portraits of 130 residents and the avant-garde culture of creativity defining the space.
Aerobatics at its finest, the Blue Angels soared high during Star-Spangled Sailabration festivities in Baltimore.
The days of art school assignments fulfilled by lugging bulky, metal-bodies cameras with manual focus and no optical zoom are behind us. Even though many of us loved every minute of it, and secretly, the smell of Kodak developer, the convenience of having an iPhone 4 in your pocket is invaluable. Better still is the gratification of sharing those photos immediately around the web.
Last year on MSNBC’s Rock Center, Annie Leibovitz said that the iPhone 4s was the “snapshot camera of today.” And while not every smartphone has an 8 megapixel resolution like the iPhone 4S, most provide an instant, and very accessible, camera for when the moment strikes. Using basic composition skills and remembering the tips from Robert Hamilton, the Sun’s director of photography, the following Sailabration photos were shot on an iPhone 4 with the Camera+ app and clarity filter between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. on June 14, 2012.
From Charles Darwin to Jack LaLanne and James Brown, these “fathers” and “godfathers” are some of the most celebrated in pop culture for being innovators in their respected fields. And while your father is probably not as well known as these men, we bet he’s known for something great. Leave us a comment below describing what your father is the “Father of” to wish him a Happy Father’s Day!”
Interest in re-creating battle scenes and collecting relics of war is nothing new. But with today’s Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore’s waters, what better time to revisit the important connection Maryland has with the War of 1812.