Keeping a camera's eye on children

January 01, 2006|By Julie E. Greene

Kids in front of the camera, kids behind the camera.

Some favorite photo subjects are children and animals.

Here are some pictures taken by Tri-State area residents, one by a 5-year-old.

Other amateur photographers can share their talent with Herald-Mail readers, too.

Quality is key - image and content. If you have captured a spontaneous and beautiful moment between a parent and child, send it to us. If you've got an interesting exposure of the moon, we'll take a look at it. If it's just some crazy moment, send it in.

We do not have space for family portraits, posed scenes or news photos that are published elsewhere in the newspaper. This is something altogether different.


To submit a photo for The Herald-Mail's Gallery page, send it to The Herald-Mail with your name, a daytime phone number and a brief description or story behind the photo. Drop it off at The Herald-Mail office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown; mail it to The Herald-Mail Co., c/o Lifestyle, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or send it via e-mail to with "submitted photo" in the subject line. Digital photos must be at least 6 inches wide with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Files should be in JPEG or TIF formats and sent as e-mail attachments.

Photo pro in the making

Benjamin Freeman, 5, took this photo of his brother Jason (No. 4), 4, before the start of a game at a soccer complex in Antrim Township, Pa., in October. John Freeman said his wife, Sandra Fink-Freeman, had a Nikon Coolpix digital camera at the game and Ben "just picked it up and started snapping pictures." When Fink-Freeman was playing with the photo software, she accidentally saved it as a black-and-white photo, said Freeman, who lives outside Greencastle, Pa.

"We are not professional photographers (and neither is Benjamin), but we liked the lighting a lot in this picture and thought there was just something about it," Fink-Freeman wrote when submitting the photo.


Adele Brakeall didn't know where her son's Jack Russell terrier had gone, but grandson Kaden Brakeall, then 1, knew exactly where the dog was napping, wrote Brakeall when she submitted this photo taken last summer. Brakeall, who lives east of Hancock, snapped the picture with a Canon Sure Shot Z135.

Golden girl

Doris Butler submitted this photo of her granddaughter, Rebekah Butler, now 6, of Hagerstown, playing in the leaves during the fall of 2004 at her grandparents' Halfway home, said Butler's husband, Robert. Doris Butler died Sept. 24, 2005.


Luke Ring, now 26 months old, enjoys only the second ice cream cone he's had in his life, early last summer as he sits outside Superior Ice Cream in Hagerstown's South End. Here, Luke tries vanilla. Mom Kelly Ring, 28, of Hagerstown, shot the photo with a Sony digital camera.

Say 'ribbit'

Libbie Dayer, 14, of Chambersburg, Pa., got down low, within a couple of inches of this amphibian (she believes it's a toad) to get this shot with a digital PENTAX Optio 555.

"I spotted this little fella while picking tomatoes with my mom (Lisa) this July," wrote Dayer.

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