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Tylerton, MD from sunrise to sunset

Tylerton, MD from sunrise to sunset

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Tylerton, MD, population 55, is a secluded little hamlet located on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The town, which is reachable by a 40-minute ferry ride from Crisfield, MD, is steeped in crabbing tradition. The island provides beautiful vistas contrasted with eroding shorelines peppered with dilapidated crab shanties and boat moorings. Tylerton is a place where it’s spectacular sunrise is equaled by the sunset.

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Chasing storms with cameras: Interview with Jamie Betts

Chasing storms with cameras: Interview with Jamie Betts

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Addicted to photographing severe weather, Richmond photographer Jamie Betts lets us in on this high-risk, and often dangerous hobby, that results in stunning images of Mother Nature at her angriest. He shares photographs from storms in Maryland, Virginia, Kansas and Switzerland. “My popular ‘McDonald’s strike’ photo documents one of my many close calls,” Betts said. “That strike was only a couple hundred yards away and it was so bright I was temporarily blinded.”
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The Grand Prix of Baltimore 2012

The Grand Prix of Baltimore 2012

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The 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore roared through downtown from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Compiled here are the latest photos coming in from around the track, within the stands and more.

Get your Grand Prix of Baltimore fix with in-depth racing news, video and analysis from the Baltimore Sun.
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August 23 Photo Brief: Violence in Mexico, beating the heat in Macedonia and snuggling pandas

August 23 Photo Brief: Violence in Mexico, beating the heat in Macedonia and snuggling pandas

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Mexican authorities shoot it out with criminals, a mother panda cuddles with her cub in Vienna, mourners gather for miners slain in South Africa and more in today’s daily brief.
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Getty Photographer Matt Cardy on a stranded fin whale that died off the St Austell coast

Getty Photographer Matt Cardy on a stranded fin whale that died off the St Austell coast

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Getty photographer Matt Cardy photographed a fin whale that was stranded on a beach off the St Austell coast in England on August 13.

He says it was the first time for him photographing a distressed whale and a first time for most of the rescuers to have dealt with such a large mammal at 20 meters (65 ft). Fin whales are the second largest animal on the planet and an endangered species.

According to Cardy, he was listening to the 7 p.m. BBC headlines in his car when the broadcast reported news of the whale. A quick check of his satellite navigation, revealed that he was less than an hour away, so he headed to the beach – a random chance that he was so close that evening.

Below, he describes the surreal scene.

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Double Exposure: Born in 1946, international fame followed the Henn quadruplets

Double Exposure: Born in 1946, international fame followed the Henn quadruplets

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Catonsville’s Henn quadruplets — Thomas, Donald, Bruce and Joan, in that order — were born on Dec. 22, 1946. By the time they were 1-year-old, the babies were already veterans of the international media spotlight and the subject of dozens of news reports from their discover in utero to their parents’ effort to care for them. They were photographed in 1947 by A. Aubrey Bodine for a Sun Magazine cover story.
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Swimming in ink: Memorable Sun front pages featuring Michael Phelps at the Olympics

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You don’t become the most decorated Olympian of all time without ubiquitous worldwide press coverage — hardware equals headlines — but we can safely say the ink chronicling hometown hero Michael Phelps in the pages of The Baltimore Sun could fill entire swimming pools. A record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, will do that. Search “Michael Phelps” in The Sun’s print archives and you’ll find more than 1,500 articles mentioning him, a total which isn’t comprehensive for the newspaper and doesn’t include any website or mobile content. Ninety-nine front-page (1A) stories* have at least mentioned Phelps, though he’s obviously been the main subject of many of those. Not bad for a 27-year-old, huh?

As Phelps begins life after competitive swimming, we take a look back at The Sun’s coverage of his Olympic medal-winning races in Athens, Beijing and London, highlighting the print covers and stories.
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First Amendment under attack

First Amendment under attack

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Public spaces are fair game for photographers – a right protected under the First Amendment as free speech. But in recent years that right has come under attack by law enforcement and officials, who are challenging the constraints of what can and cannot be filmed in a public space. Now, more than ever, photographers would be well-advised to learn their rights.
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