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Sailabration ships sail the internet through smart phone cameras

Sailabration ships sail the internet through smart phone cameras

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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.
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Getting the best picture on a trip to the zoo

Getting the best picture on a trip to the zoo

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A trip to the zoo is often a visually inspiring experience. The exotic look of the animals paired with their unique and entertaining behaviors create moments worth capturing. Sometimes glass, cages and fences get in the way of an ideal shot, but none of it has stopped veteran zoo photographer Jeffrey F. Bill. Use his tips on your next trip and if you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with a compelling image.
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Sowebo weekend: Check out the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk

Sowebo weekend: Check out the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk

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If you’re headed to the 27th annual Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, you won’t want to miss the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk and Tour. It’s The Baltimore Sun’s first photowalk, and we’re teaming up with Baltimore Heritage to explore the historic parks and neighborhoods of Southwest Baltimore, with stops at Hollins Market, H.L. Mencken’s backyard and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To give you a flavor of Sowebo, here are 10 photos of the festival from The Sun’s archives.
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I’ll Have Another from Kentucky Derby to Preakness Stakes

I’ll Have Another from Kentucky Derby to Preakness Stakes

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The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister. It was exactly that. In the end, I’ll Have Another went on to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. His next stop is the Belmont Stakes in New York for a chance to win the Triple Crown in June. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Take a look at I’ll Have Another from his Kentucky Derby win to training at Pimlico Race Course and his Preakness Stakes win.

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Sharon Needles, Halloween in May and beautiful, spooky queens

Sharon Needles, Halloween in May and beautiful, spooky queens

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Season four of Rupaul’s ultimate drag queen competition came to an end last week, with RuPaul crowning the fierce shock queen Sharon Needles as America’s Next Drag Superstar. Currently on her Everyday is Halloween tour, Needles stopped by this month’s Deep in the Game party at Club Hippo. Baltimore-based photographer Jen Mizgata was there to capture the style, the glam and the fearsome kids that came out to play at night.
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