Philadelphia's famous Boathouse row provides a glowing backdrop to the Water Works, the first municipal water pumping station in the US.
Tower at Prophecy Creek Park
When I visited Prophecy Creek Park, I thought I would be shooting the famous gazebo and fountain but midday light and light clouds gave me poor conditions for shooting them. I concentrated on the outbuildings and capitalized on the sharp shadows for this shot of the silo, which was accepted at Phillips Mills.
Rising from Ruin
Of the three big Victorian monumental cemetery gardens in Philadelphia, Mount Moriah has suffered most from neglect. The mourners' loss is the photographers' gain, as the elaborate monuments crumble and become overgrown with vegetation.
I only started shooting florals in the past couple of years. This flower stood out from a cluster, and the gaps in the background flowers created a nice counterpoint to the subject.
Penn and Franklin
I love shooting portraits at Penn Treaty Park, and the cables of the Ben Franklin Bridge worked well with the skeletal trees in black and white.
The roof of the Naval Academy Chapel invokes the heavens in a way that suggests navigation at sea. Annapolis is a very photographer friendly venue.
Sometimes the fact that historic properties restrict access to their rooms can add to their photographic interest. Objects are carefully placed so that one can choose the lighting and angles that suit the mood.
Much is made of the "Golden Hour" just after sunrise, but the "Azure Hour" preceding it can provide delights of its own, such as this reverse lighting of a mature maple, showing off its gnarled trunk and branches.
Sometimes one forgets what marvelous graphic simplicity can be found using black and white and an unexpected angle.
It's rare to find a single flower worthy of a portrait. One photographic judge dismissed this picture as "like a Mapplethorpe." Since his Calla Lily went for $140 grand, I'll accept that.
Shooting butterflies and birds handheld is almost as difficult as children. I have been told not to shoot them upside down, but the specimen and the composition were irresistible.
Center City at Sunrise
A photographer's day starts early. The new South Street Bridge affords great views of the Philly skyline, but you have to be there before the traffic and dawn to fully exploit them.