Natural light

April 20, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Reflected light, landscapes and skyscapes caught the attention of these Tri-State-area photographers.

We invite readers to submit their best recent photographs taken in 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.

There are three ways to submit a 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.


· E-mail it 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. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your photo returned.


Amanda Schetrompf, 17, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., took this photo after a brief hailstorm on Feb. 6. "Two rainbows had shown up immediately afterward, and this is a photo of the brighter rainbow slowly disappearing into the clouds," she wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

The contrails -- aircraft vapor trails -- caught Tyler Hornbecker's eye, leading him to photograph the trails against the sunset from High Rock, near Cascade, said Hornbecker, 18, of Hagerstown.

Tyler was standing on High Rock in January when he photographed this contrail with a Nikon D40. Hornbecker is an intern at Youngblood Studios and aspires to be a professional photographer.

Lorraine Baugher Jones took this photo from her back deck near Boonsboro this winter. She used a Nikon D70 camera.

"Usually you hope for a 'White Christmas,' but this past year we had to settle for a brilliant orange," Zack Keckler wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail. Keckler, 28, took this photo of the sun setting on Christmas Day while looking west toward Greencastle, Pa., from his backyard. He used a slow shutter speed, allowing for a longer exposure and a more vivid orange photo.

Lorraine Baugher Jones, 35, took this photo of the valley from her home near Boonsboro after an ice storm in February. "We live on South Mountain and think we have the most amazing view of the Washington County valley and the mountains of West Virginia," Jones wrote in an e-mail.

Mary Johnson used a Kodak digital camera to photograph the sunrise as seen from her second-floor Summit Avenue home near City Park. "One cold January morning as I looked out my back window the view was so beautiful, I just had to take a picture," Johnson said.

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