Location Review: Tacquan Glen Nature Preserve

What attracted me to Tacquan Glen nature preserve was that it was new to me and it was fairly close. Only about an hour (45 miles) away in Lancaster County, PA and worth a visit to find out more.

After a rainy night, the morning was clear and sunny and it was a very pleasant ride north on Dulaney Valley Road (MD-165) going opposite of the morning traffic. Although it wasn’t in my GPS, Google Maps was able to find it, and my GPS did find Tacquan Glen Family Campground, which is about a half mile before the preserve on River Road. Once you turn on River Road, the Preserve is about 3 miles with parking on the right and the primary trails about 75 yards further on the left. There was a well-marked parking area on the right that could probably accommodate about a dozen cars and some additional parking at the main trail head. There were numerous signs that you cannot park on the road — go find a different nature preserve if the parking area is full. No sanitary facilities.

Despite previous rainfall, the eddies and cascades were not impressive although there was a small cascade just upstream of where the creek ran under the road. This area, and the rock formation, could be accessed by a small path to the right of parking lot after clambering over some rocks. I did not take the time to fully explore the area, but its proximity to Baltimore is an advantage if you have only a half a day and want to explore someplace new and peaceful. On a Friday, I saw only one other visitor while I was there.

More information can be obtained at The Lancaster Conservancy.

Tacquan Creek

Rock formation near Tacquan Creek

Monday Missive — May 29, 2017

Quotes

The doing is the thing. The talking, and worrying and thinking about the thing is not the thing.” — Amy Poehler

Every photograph is altered, to one degree or another.” – John Paul Caponigro

Many oriental cultures make a distinction between two ways of looking – ‘hard eyes’ and ‘soft eyes’. When we look with hard eyes, we see specific details with sharp focus, but we don’t see the relationships between different details as well. When we look with soft eyes we see the relationships between everything in our field of vision, but with this softer focus, we don’t see all the details as clearly. It’s possible to look in two ways at once.” – John Paul Caponigro

Links

– Using color gradients in compositing to add emotional impact Another excellent Kost video
– Venice rookery in FL
– Award winning composites
– What it is really like taking pictures at Antelope Canyon
– Focus stacking in Photoshop Although more commonly used for close-ups, focus stacking can also be useful for landscapes to keep the foreground, mid-ground and background all in focus.
– Minimalism I think the author is too negative about this compositional approach, probably mostly because he feels it is overused. It is one tool in the box and works really well for some images.
– Nature photography
– 10 Nudges toward action
– Shooting close-ups with extreme wide-angle lenses
– Bellows for macro photography

They are 4 years early and getting noisier by the day. Climate change?

Monday Missive — May 22, 2017

Quotes

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” – A. A. Milne

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. … And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.” – Maxwell Maltz

Links

– Sparking your creativity
– Four ways to unblock creativity
– Metaphor and creativity Ted Talk. If your pictures tell stories, they are metaphors, therefore it might be helpful to better understand the role of metaphor in communication
– Protest photography
– Selling your photographs
– Finding the right shutter speed to show movement
– Creativity
– Adding a background blur to show motion without getting a halo
– Adding a field blur to the background to highlight your subject
– Using the gradient filter in LR

In the surf at Calvert Cliffs.

Monday Missive – May 15, 2017

Quotes

Dreams and photographs have something in common… ” — Minor White cited in “Manifestations of the Spirit”

Life rarely presents fully finished photographs. An image evolves, often from a single strand of visual interest – a distant horizon, a moment of light, a held expression.” – Sam Abell

The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can’t be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.” – Eliot Porter

Links

– Lepp: Accessories for nature photographers
– Shooting the Milky Way This article provides explanations I haven’t seen before.
– Noise
– The meaning of color
– Iceland Part 2
– Creativity
– Match color when compositing
– Adjusting colors in landscapes In the first part it shows how to do color selection using the saturation panel
– Taking total control of a high contrast, high dynamic range image
– Taking multiple exposures for compositing
– Using a telephoto for landscapes No surprise to me, I more often use a telephoto for landscapes than a wide angle.

Iris bud. Taken in my front garden.

Monday Missive — May 8, 2017

Quotes

…truly understanding our narratives is the essence of doing work that matters, that connects, and that spreads.” — Posted by Seth Godin on May 02, 2017

The notion of one photographer being better than another doesn’t interest me. You can’t win at art.” — David du Chemin

“My work is certainly more about suggestion than description.”Michael Kenna

Links

– A good article about donating (or not) art to non-profits
– Arctic Ice
– Architectural photography
– Intro to Architectural photography
– Seeing composition
– Wildlife Panorama
– Feeling inadequate as a photographer?
– Really good explanation of sharpening
– Insurance for photographers
– Natural light
– High key/Low Key

Eye candy: Created in Corel Paint Pro using Reflections>Kaleidoscope.

Monday Missive — May 1, 2017

Quotes

“Creativity is always enhanced by a constraint. This is true in filmmaking, music, painting, writing and even photography.”

Comfort is where art goes to die.

The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties. The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.

— CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

Links

– Therapeutic photography
– Photography and mental health
– Street photography This is an hour long video with Steve Simon on street photography. Worth the time.
– Interesting one light set up for portraits
– Printing your work can make you a better photographer
– Blending modes to control luminosity, hue and saturation
– Oregon Photo Odyssey
– A 12 week project photographing an eagle’s nest
– 7 Nikon tricks Nikon menu options for focusing you probably didn’t know were there
– Difficult removals in photoshop This is pretty good and is applicable to many different images

A young woman fiddling for a charitable cause. Baltimore Farmer’s Market, 4/23/17.