Springtime waterfall

A quick shot from a recent trip to Ricketts Glen State Park in upstate PA. I made the trek on a day off with a couple of other Photographers. We jumped the gun a bit – totally my fault though. I wasn’t thinking that springtime in the mountains happens a month or so later than it does in Maryland. Needless to say, the landscape was still a mottled brown, trees were just budding and it wasn’t as photogenic as I would have liked. Without any leaves on the trees, the sun starts causing havoc on your photographs much earlier than it would a few months later. In any case, no trip wasted, I came away with a few tight shots I liked. Already looking forward to the next adventure…
RB Ricketts Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park, PA © Rob Loughrey

Stormy night at the OVFC Carnival

During the OVFC Carnival last night, some heavy storm clouds rolled in while the sun was setting. The sky was lit up with these ominous looking clouds and shortly after 9:30, they brought some heavy rains and a bit of lightning. The carnival grounds cleared out quickly with the storm rolling in. You can see all of the people from the kitchen hard at work. 🙂

Storm clouds roll in over the Odenton Volunteer Fire Co. annual Carnival, Odenton, MD © Rob Loughrey

Life finds a way…

During a recent visit to our family who lives in Southern Maryland, I was out taking some photos along the Patuxent River. I noticed a large log from an old tree that was lying on the beach – just a few feet from the river. The stump has been there a long time and has been deteriorating over time. During storms, the river level rises and this stump is underwater. It looks very weathered. As I was looking at the stump, I noticed this very tiny hole on the top, which was probably where a branch used to extend out. After closer inspection, I noticed this very tiny leaf sticking out of the hole. When I say tiny, I mean tiny. The stalk was only an inch long and the leaf was only 1/4″ long. I was amazed that enough of the right ingredients made it into the hole, add some water and sunlight and life finds a way. I wanted to capture this moment in time so I changed out to my 180mm macro lens and adjusted my distance to ensure a life size image. The sun was setting and the knot hole was very dark. I wasn’t carrying a reflector around and was trying to figure out a way to get some light bounced into the void to give some depth to the photo. Then I thought for a minute and realized I could use my sunglasses. They have a reflective lens that is a gold/orange color. I composed the photo and had my remote cable release in one hand, while playing with the angle of the sunglass lens until I saw the back side of the stalk lighten up and then fired away. I took several images with different reflected angles to make sure I had something that I liked. Hope you enjoy…

A small plant grows out of a knot hole in a piece of drift wood along the Pax River, MD © Rob Loughrey

Foggy spring morning

Visiting one of my favorite locations on the way to work. I left a little early to make sure I had enough time to catch the clouds before dawn.
The air was very still, I could hear the snow geese taking flight. The low clouds were really lighting up from the rising sun. The scene only lasted for about 5 min before it was gone.

Great morning to be out – I’m glad I didn’t miss it.


Fire clouds and fog - Gambrills, MD © Rob Loughrey

Tulip Detail

Here is a macro shot of the tulip petals from the flowers I posted about a few weeks ago. I was able to fill the frame with my Tamron 180mm Macro lens. It works great for this type of photography and I was still able to be about 12″ away from the flower.
Tulip detail © Rob Loughrey

Working at a FF Class

It has been awhile since I have been able to post something. Been very busy with work, home and other stuff. I have been able to get out and take pictures lately, just haven’t had much time to do anything with them. I took a field trip with some friends to Ricketts Glen State Park, been out in my backyard shooting flowers and spiders and anything else that I see and took one of my old cameras into the burn building during a recent Firefighter  class that I was acting as a support instructor for the live fire evolutions. Since I am usually taking pics of the other instructors, I grabbed one of the other guys, handed him my camera after testing the settings and asked him to snap a few photos of me. You have to understand that in a burn building, which is built like a kiln, your typical dlsr cannot take the heat levels inside the actual burn room. So, we have to keep the camera low at the floor and just outside the room where it is considerable cooler. I have wrapped the camera in a spare nomex hood when doing this before, but this time was confident we would be ok outside in the corridor. Another problem with doing this is, we have structural firefighting gloves on while in the building. These gloves are not the type of gloves you normally use to keep your hands warm in the winter. They are very think and make it very difficult (impossible) to operate the camera controls. The most you can do is trip the shutter and hope for the best. Here is a shot of me in the burn room just after putting some fuel on the rack. I turned and stopped for Ed to snap a few frames of me. Thanks Ed!
Instructor Rob Loughrey Stoking the Fire at FF class - image by Ed Kiser