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Aperture - adjustment - alignment - shoot!

June 23, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

These photos submitted by readers have an artsy feel, and some of them were manipulated to give that effect.

One photographer prolonged the shutter exposure allowing for the effect of slow moving water. Another used a special lens to get a shot of a tiny lichen and heightened the color. Another simply let nature provide the artsy look.

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 appear 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 do 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, give 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 mail your photo and want it returned.


Aspiring photographer Tyler Hornbecker, 18, of Hagerstown, finished his cinnamon bun Dec. 26, 2007, when he laid his fork on the plate and thought the image "kind of looked cool." So he grabbed his Nikon D40 and zoomed in.

Nick Costopoulos, 27, of Hagerstown, used a super macro setting on a Canon PowerShot S3 IS to capture the detail of this lichen on a stone at the foot of Washington Monument near Boonsboro on Jan. 6. The camera was a centimeter away. The lichen was actually about 1.5 inches in diameter and a pale light green, but he made the colors bolder with lighting and some minor processing adjustments, Costopoulos explained in e-mails to The Herald-Mail.

Tyler Hornbecker didn't use any special effects or fancy processing to capture this closeup of rippling water at City Park's lake in August 2007. "There's a little fountain there that puts water back into the stream and it makes the water ripply. It makes it look warped or something," Hornbecker said.

Bill Johnson, 63, of Maugansville, was looking out his French doors the morning after a February ice storm when he saw the cardinal among the frozen branches, about 4 feet from a feeder. "I got as close as I could and snapped the picture," Johnson said.

Emily Hargreaves, 15, of Smithsburg, turned up the contrast on this photo she took of a tree line in Jordan Run, W.Va., during her Thanksgiving break last year. "I was just playing around with it. The trees, I wanted them to look black. By enhancing it, it made the tree line black and it really made the skyline pop out," Emily said.

John L. Smith, 33, of Hagerstown, waded into Antietam Creek last October with his camera equipment to get this shot by the Funkstown bridge. He set up a tripod at least 4 feet high, with the water about a foot high. To get the illusion of the water in slo-mo, Smith left the shutter open for four seconds on his Canon 300D SLR with Sigma 10-20mm lens, using a lens with an aperture of f.16.

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