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8
Feb

Natures Design

I have been trapped in the house since Friday with a record amount of snow outside my window, 32.6 inches in the last 48 hours on top of around 7 or 8 inches already on the ground from our last snow storm. I have been keeping busy and catching up on a ton of office work and processing some images from last fall that I never got around to. This morning I awoke around 3am and just could not get back to sleep. Instead of lying around on the couch and watching infomercials on great products that are sure to make my life that  much easier, I decided to get started on the day by answering a ton of emails, walking the dog in the crystalline air and going out for a ride around downtown Annapolis to see the damage done by the storm. I was considering making my out to Great Falls National Park in Virginia, but after hitting a wall of traffic on Rt. 50 from an overturned truck, I headed back to the house. While I was wondering around drinking coffee, I noticed some great crystals that had formed on the back window of the house.

I grabbed my gear and set it up in wait for the sun to come up and give me some light to work with. I was so enchanted with these crystals that spent the better part of two hours shooting a variety of compositions as the light changed. On a technical note, these shots were made with a D300, 105 Macro lens, Singh Ray LB Polarizer and shot in raw at ISO 200. I bracketed focus for each image and shot wide open at F4 to blur the background completely out of focus. I took the bracketed series of focus from each image and used Helicon Focus to blend them together for max. depth-of-field. On average, I bracketed 10 shots for each image. Enjoy!

8
Jan

Winter Woods Abstract

Winter Woods Abstract

 10 image multiple exposure pan in camera.

26
Oct

Hooper Strait lighthouse reflected in window of an old fishing shed, St. Micheals, MD

I had a great little workshop this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on St. Micheals, MD this weekend. Here is a shot I made of Hooper Strait Lighthouse reflected in an old fishing shed.

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To order prints, sign up for nature photography workshops and classes as well as browse a large selection of images from across the United States, please visit my website at www.josephrossbach.com

Our Next event is at Meadowlark, VA:

Mini-Workshop at Meadowlark Nature Center

In this four-hour mini-workshop, we will describe the techniques of abstract photography, of line and shape, as well as multiple exposure, panning, macro techniques, and software manipulation. Two hours will be devoted to outdoor experience. Please dress appropriately.

Register here

23
Sep

HDR workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Musuem, Maryland on Sunday, October 25, 2009

_DSC7472_3_4_5_6HDR workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Musuem, Maryland – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/434486561

Sunday, October 25, 2009 — Saint Michaels, MD

Cost: $150.00

 

 

2
Apr

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum One Day Workshop Finished & Harper’s Ferry HDR Workshop Listing

I lead one of our many One Day HDR Workshops at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum today. I had a really great group of 10 photographers and the rain held off all morning allowing us to shoot the many scenes on the grounds of this awesome outdoor/indoor museum. The many skip jacks, old wooden structures, the Thomas Point Light and many other interesting maritime artifacts kept us busy shooting all morning. I only had a chance to pull off a few shots as examples for the post processing segment of the workshop which was held at the Tidewater Inn in historic Easton, MD. Here are a two images I processed today for the group. Both are 7 frames at 1ev tonemapped in Photomatix HDR and finished off in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Old Boats

Old Boats

Old Boat Home

Old Boat Home

Next HDR Workshop is on June 13th in Historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Field instruction, guiding, classroom and lunch are included in the cost of this workshop.

  • Sunrise until 10am – Field Session in the Historic District
  • 11am until 12:30pm – Lunch (restaurant to be determined)
  • 1:15pm until 5pm – Classroom session/ Photomatix Tonemapping and layers adjustments in Photoshop & post processing in Adobe Lightroom
  • 6:30pm until sunset – Location shoot in Harper’s Ferry Historic District

Click hereto register and pay for this workshop. Limited to 8 participants. Only 4 spaces left and this workshop will fill up fast!

31
Mar

New Work from Brookside Gardens

Here are a few images from this past Sunday at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. I was giving a class on macro and abstract photo techniques and we had some great weather and light on Sunday with cloudy skies, fog and dew everywhere. These are few images I did for the group as demonstrations of different techniques. Enjoy!
By the way, we still have spaces available for our Great Falls Spring Workshop this weekend, April 3-5. The weather forecast looks great and with all the budding trees, flowers and lots of water in the Potomac we should have absolutely awesome conditions. This workshop focuses on Great Falls National Park but we will also hit up Difficult Run, Scott’s Run Preserve, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and a few other spots in the area. If you want more info or would like to sign up, click here.
In camera image overlay. First image recorded at f16 and second defocused at f2.8

In camera image overlay. First image recorded at f16 and second defocused at f2.8

Japanese Azelea Image Overlay (in camera)

Japanese Azelea Image Overlay (in camera)

Dew Drops

Dew Drops

Blue & Orange

Blue & Orange

Mystery Woods

Mystery Woods

Color Swirl

Color Swirl

Lensbaby G3

Lensbaby G3

Purple and Green

Purple and Green

Multiple Exposure & Image Overlay

Multiple Exposure & Image Overlay

14
Mar

New HDR Project! Henrytown Hospital Complex

I had a great morning shooting HDR with a whole bunch of other photographers, Tony Sweet, John Barclay, Just Bob and Barbara Williams to name a few, at the old and very dilapidated Henrytown Hospital Complex in Carroll County. The buildings are completely falling apart and filled with some amazing photo ops including multi-colored peeling lead paint, stairwells, infirmary rooms and much, much more.  It is dangerous inside and a flashlight and breathing mask are a must! I forgot mine, woops! That didn’t stop me from spending about 4 hours roaming the complex and shooting as many images I could fit on 3 8 gig cards. I will be back to this place often and am looking forward to getting to know it well. Often times for me, the first visit is far from yielding the best images nas i look forward to many more shoots in the near future.

Here are some selects from the shoot. Enjoy!

7
Feb

Shattered Ice at Kilgore Falls

I took my son Phoenix out today and we met up with Ian Plant at Conowingo Dam to survey the Bald Eagles that hunt along the Susquehanna River below the dam. They were to far off today to get any good images, so we bounced over to Kilgore Falls to hike the trail and make sure we had the accurate info for our upcoming book 50 Amazing Things. I took one and only one images down at the falls and it happened to be ice formations on the bank of the stream. I am always looking out for something different.

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14
Dec

Abandoned Places HDR Project

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Over the past 6 months I have been seeking out abandoned houses, boats, restaurants and just about anything else I can find to shoot HDR images. I have decided to turn this into a small project. I will attempt to photograph at least 2 different locations each moth for the next year. All images will be shot as HDR and processed in Photmatix.

Today I was driving along the banks of the Potapsco River in Baltimore County with my son Phoenix. We were out on our weekly “day of discovery”. It’s amazing how a 2 year old responds to what we consider to be the most mundane things. Children are blessed with the gift of never ending curiosity and I am trying to relearn a thing or two from him.

These shots are of a long abandoned house currently being reclaimed by Mother Nature.

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6
Dec

Second Chance HDR

old_chairs_hdr-edit-editHere are some new images from a recent photo session in Second Chance Warehouse, Baltimore City.

Click here for a gallery of images

Click here to sign up for our HDR One Day Workshop on March 21st at Second Chance Warehouse!