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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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Cancer quinceanera

Cancer quinceanera

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Quinceaneras are a traditional celebration for girls turning 15. The Nicaragua’s Association of Mother and Father of Children with Leukemia and Cancer (MAPANICA) organizes quinceaneras for cancer patients annually, and there were 44 celebrants in 2014.
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Taking a sunset kayak tour of Piney Run Reservoir

Taking a sunset kayak tour of Piney Run Reservoir

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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

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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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The life of a rodeo cowboy

The life of a rodeo cowboy

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“There’s no injured reserve for bull riders,” said Chip Ridgely, the owner of Rockin’ R Western Productions, which put on the Bull Blast at the Howard County Fair Monday night, and will again on Thursday.

We took look into the life of rodeo cowboys, who travel around the country in groups for weeks on end to entertain crowds at fairs and other events. Most people are aware of how dangerous the sport can be, but few may realize what bull riders go through from day to day.

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Sports Breakdown: Defending breakaways in soccer

Sports Breakdown: Defending breakaways in soccer

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Our latest installment of the Howard County Times’ series, Sports Breakdown features River Hill soccer goalie Tomas Potts, who brought along some of his teammates and county rivals to teach how to defend against breakaways. Then, he and sports editor Brent Kennedy defend the goal in a breakaway shootout.

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Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

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Aberdeen IronBirds fans attending Thursday night’s game against the Batavia Muckdogs got a special treat during and after the game: a performance by Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard, and his team of sheep-herding, Border Collie-riding Capuchin monkeys.

Lepard’s show included one of his monkeys “throwing” the first pitch of the game, teaser performances during the third and after the fifth innings and a longer performance at the end of the game. A group of sheep were released from a pen and the monkeys, riding their respective Border Collies, rounded them up.

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