August 05, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Sterling "Rip" Smith likes to hunt his prey - the patterns in architecture and of light and structure - with a variety of Nikon cameras.

"Sometimes I go out and I shoot 200 frames and get nothing. Other times I go out and I get a couple that work very well," said Smith, 64, a training director for Mid-Atlantic ProTel in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Some of Smith's favorite finds are currently on display in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and in a Fort Collins, Colo., exhibit featuring the work of photographers throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

Smith's "Cityscapes" are on display at JCooper Gallery, 140 E. German St. in Shepherdstown through Monday, Sept. 3. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Two of Smith's photographs, "Going Up" and "Curved Corridor," also were selected to be part of "Black and White," a photo exhibit open through Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Center for Fine Art Photography north of Boulder, Colo.

Smith worked in TV and video production for 25 years. Now, for his own enjoyment, he prefers still photography.

"It's a lot slower, more contemplative," he said. "You have time to sit there and manipulate it."

In recent years, he sometimes has changed digital images from color to black-and-white. He's also fond of infrared photography.

"I'm fascinated by the different color relationships you get with infrared," he said.

Whether he shoots an infrared photograph or digitally alters one depends on the subject matter and what he feels like doing. His infrared images are among his more popular with customers.

Smith sells his work, which is available at

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