An accidental photo and more ...

January 21, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Spying a rabbit stealing a bite, catching water frozen on a fountain and accidentally photographing an ice-covered bush (after the intended subject ran away) were among the moments Tri-State-area photographers sent in to share with Herald-Mail readers.

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. Sharp, large, color images look best. Close-up photos show detail better. If the subject is small, get close or use a telephoto lens to make the subject large in the photo. Digital photos must be sharp, 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.

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, use one of these options:

· 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.

· Send it via e-mail to with "submitted photo" in the subject line.

With the photo, tell us your name, a daytime phone number and a brief description of the story behind the photo. If you want your mailed photo returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.


Nate Starck, 29, of Hagerstown, was visiting Antietam National Battlefield on Dec. 1, 2007, with his family for the battlefield's annual Memorial Illumination when he photographed the observation tower area. Volunteers helped set out 23,110 luminaria to represent those killed, wounded or missing from the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. "I liked the symmetry of the lights and the tower, which was glowing from the headlights of the passing vehicles," Starck said.

Emily Boward, 19, of Hagerstown, heard the fountain at Greenwich Park, a housing development on Mount Aetna Road, was still operating in December and checked it out Dec. 6, 2007, with her Casio Exilim digital camera. "I thought it looked completely ludicrous with the water frozen in all over the structure," Boward wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

Jamie Sue LeFevre, 27, of Cascade, was trying to photograph her cat, Sunny, on Dec. 16, 2007, but he ran off just as she snapped the photo. Instead she captured the textured icy covering on the azalea bush just outside her window. LeFevre used an HP 510 series digital camera.

Ralph H. France II was out for a drive with his wife during the late afternoon last June, when he saw this church on Harbaugh Church Road in Franklin County, Pa. "I particularly liked the lighting - the lighting reflected off the church - and how lush the countryside was," said France, 66, a hobbyist photographer who lives north of Hagerstown. France, a Washington County District Court judge, used a Canon EOS 30D camera.

Victoria Whyte, shortly before turning 4, gazes into a window to watch an animated holiday display at Macy's in New York on Dec. 13, 2007. Victoria then went into the store, where she was "scared to death of the Macy's Santa," said her father, Frank J. Whyte of Myersville, Md., who took the photo with an HP Photosmart digital camera. "The most interesting thing for her about the whole Macy's experience was the escalators," he said.

Lakeside Park trailer park near Valley Mall was "inundated with rabbits" last July, said resident Nancy Winger, 75. She photographed this one with a digital Nikon Coolpix 4100. "This Peter Rabbit was standing on his tippy toes eating my neighbor's marigolds. ... I felt like Mr. McGregor. 'Stop Thief,'" Winger wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

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