Given the speed of horse racing, moments at Preakness are often gone in a flash. Using rapid-fire still photography, we try to capture the pace of Baltimore’s most famous horse race — from the concert-goers bobbing to the beat in the infield to the blazing-fast horses that are gone in a second.
On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.
The Darkroom recently tagged along on a Sun Magazine fashion shoot at Pimlico inspired by the spirit of the upcoming Preakness Stakes.
For the 15th year, human-powered machines embarked on a 14-mile journey through the streets of Baltimore as part of the American Visionary Art Museum’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Participants design and construct vehicular sculptures capable of crossing sand, mud and water.
In the early days of space flight, the pictures harvested by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) were blurry gray images that resembled a bad weather map. With the advent of new technology and better platforms to photograph from, such as the space shuttle and International Space Station, NASA is able to provide us with an amazing viewpoint of Earth.
In honor of Earth Day, view memorizing photos of the blue planet from space.
“Cliche sounding I’m sure, but life is one big assignment. All I ask for is to be healthy and have a new photographic challenge every day.” — Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith is a freelance photojournalist based in Baltimore, Md. whose work has been distributed and published by Getty Images, Reuters, New York Times, and The Baltimore Sun, to just name a few of the publications where you might have seen his name. Recognized as the Still Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) in their 2013 Eyes of History competition, The Darkroom caught up with the Baltimore native, who dished on photographing the Penn State scandal, gear setup on shoots and his Pickles Pup photo series.
April 7 Photo Brief: Giant Pope John Paul II sculpture, military drills in North Korea, cherry blossoms in D.C.
Giant Pope John Paul II sculpture unveiled in Poland, military drills in North Korea, cherry blossoms bloom in D.C. and more in today’s daily brief.
Notice a little more orange in your Instagram feed lately? If you were following these folks, it never would have stopped. From the playoff run last October, to the road opener on Tuesday, Orioles supporters from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, even from New England, have been sharing slices of their fandom, which, appropriately enough, often involves slices of Orioles-themed cake. In this special Instagrammer Feature, meet some of the Orioles fans of Instagram.
Photos curated in part via Olapic
Five elephants, stars of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, had “brunch” at Lexington Market this afternoon after marching up Eutaw Street under a crisp blue sky. They dined on bananas, lettuce and watermelons and were cheered by scores of excited spectators who crowded the market’s parking lot.
The elephants were joined by several circus clowns and an emcee in an effort to promote the “Dragons” circus show which runs through this weekend.