Capture a moment in time

January 07, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

A golden moment captured for a family member and the thrilling delight of swinging for the sky were images of stillness or perfect timing photographed by Tri-State-area residents.

We want to run readers' photos on this weekly photo page. So we're looking for the best recent photographs from the Tri-State area. This is a chance for amateur photographers to share

their best images.

Quality is key. If you have captured a spontaneous, beautiful moment or a crazy scene, send it in. We will not have space for family portraits, posed scenes or news photos that are published elsewhere in the newspaper.

To submit a photo for the 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. If you want your mailed photo returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. 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.



Emily Hargreaves, 15, of Smithsburg, photographed this fallen leaf while visiting her grandparents' log cabin in the Dolly Sods wilderness in West Virginia on Thanksgiving. She put this photo in a digital photo frame for her grandfather and gave him an album of photos she took of the area.

Isabella Wegman, then 4, enjoys being swung high by her aunt, Millie Lichtenberg, then 17, in Hagerstown's City Park during late spring. Isabella's mother, Kelly Carr of Hagerstown, used a digital Panasonic camera to capture the moment at the park, which the family visits often.

Kelly Carr, 27, of Hagerstown, photographed these flowers in Hagerstown's City Park during early summer 2007. Annette Ipsan, horticulture extension educator with Maryland Cooperative Extension's Washington County office, identified the plant as saucer magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana).

John L. Smith took this photo of the famous Burnside Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield on Oct. 27, a day he had arranged a photo trip to the area for several people. Smith, 32, who lives north of Hagerstown, took the photo during late morning when lighting usually allows for a reflection. He used a high shutter speed that lessens exposure to light and is good for capturing stillness.

Sonja Davis, who lives north of Hagerstown, was leaving the Pennsylvania Dutch Market at Long Meadow Shopping Center in November when she noticed this sunset after a rain. The image she took with a digital Fujifilm FinePix captured the reflection in her car hood as well.

Usually when Carolyn Heimberger tries to photograph hummingbirds, they end up blurry. But she had great luck during late summer 2007 when visiting her cousin in Fairplay. Heimberger, 58, of Tilghmanton, was closer to the birds than she'd ever been as they fed on the deck. She photographed the bird, along with a bee on the feeder, through a window with a digital camera.

Brenda Smith, 57, was at her home south of Hagerstown when she heard the hissing of this hot air balloon's ignitor. She grabbed her digital Canon PowerShot A700 and photographed the balloon as it took off from Fountain Rock Elementary School on Lappans Road.

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