A reflection of light

July 27, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

There's no shortage of sunrises and sunsets, but as Hagerstown resident Ginny Talbert noted, they don't wait for anyone.

These Tri-State-area amateur photographers had their cameras ready or just lucked out.

The Herald-Mail runs readers' best recent photographs, taken in the Tri-State area, on this page.

So if you're a local amateur photographer whose caught a spontaneous moment, a natural wonder, or a "Wow! Check that out!" image, send it to us.

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:

o Drop it off at The Herald-Mail office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown.

o Mail it to The Herald-Mail Co., c/o Lifestyle, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

o 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 you want it returned.


Amanda McCurry, who will be a senior at Smithsburg High School this fall, caught this sunset in early April. Someone else was driving her along Md. 64 in the Smithsburg area when she saw the sunset. "It was just really pretty," she said.

Bill Taylor, 46, who lives in Hagerstown and works at The Herald-Mail, used a Sony Cyber-shot to photograph this rainbow June 10 from the parking lot at Girls Inc. in Hagerstown. Storms had just passed through town.

Sunrises don't wait for anyone, wrote Ginny Talbert, who lives in Hagerstown's North End. So on March 13, she threw her coat on over her PJs, grabbed her Canon PowerShot G9, ran to nearby North Hagerstown High School, and looked east to photograph this sunrise from the school grounds.

When Dixie Tarner got out of her car at the Rouzerville, Pa., Wal-Mart and looked back to see this sunrise on Nov. 28, she had to get a photo of it with her R707 HP Photosmart 5.1 megapixel camera. Tarner, 56, of Rouzerville, carries her camera around in case she sees something she wants to photograph.

Lacey E.A. Hiles, 21, of Needmore, Pa., used a Vivitar Vivicam 7410 to photograph her front yard just after 7 a.m. April 13. "The sun had just risen and created these interesting shadows with the trees and the frosted ground," she wrote.

Ginny Talbert got up early March 1, bundled up and drove to Hagerstown City Park in hopes of catching a good sunrise. "I love how the city lights add to the scene," she wrote. "I actually gave up too soon ... After I headed home, the sky turned wonderfully pink."

Bill Fox, who lives near Leitersburg, photographed this sunrise, looking east from Sideling Hill Mountain, in January.

Bill Fox also photographed this sunset in late October, looking toward Clear Spring.

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