Far and away

Readers share what they saw during recent vacations

Readers share what they saw during recent vacations

August 17, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

OK, so there are no oceans, peacocks or beach crabs in the Tri-State area. Let us explain.

We like to run reader-submitted photos on this page, photos of local subjects taken by local amateur photographers. But once in a while, Tri-State-area residents send us a great shot they take while on vacation.

Today, we're featuring some of the best vacation shots. Florida, the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico were among local vacationers' destinations.

But we do favor local photos by local amateurs. Share your best images. Be selective. 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.

Below: Barbara Motter, of Rohrersville, photographed this peacock in January while on vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She used a Canon 40D digital SLR.

Motter and her husband, Joe, stayed at a hotel that had a "rain forest" garden on its grounds. Within this garden wandered swans, ducks and peacocks.

Jim Shank of Waynesboro, Pa., submitted this photo taken by his daughter, Tana Glaser of Greencastle, Pa., while the family was at Key West, Fla., in March. Glaser used a Canon PowerShot A630 at the nightly arts festival at Mallory Square.

Donna Robinson was taking photos of sailboats off the shore of St. Michaels, Md., in the spring of 2007 when she saw this crab about five feet away. Robinson, of Hagerstown, used a digital Olympus C-740.

Hagerstown resident Karen Ecke and her son, Kevin, were visiting the Spanish island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands in July 2006 when they stopped at the house of the late artist Cesar Manrique. Kevin, then 15, was standing in a hallway between two mirrors when he decided to pretend he was in the "Matrix" like Keanu Reeves.

Bruce Neumann, of the Waynesboro, Pa., area, shot this October 2007 sunrise in Lewistown, Mont., while on a business trip for Jamison Door Company. "I wake up early anyway," Neumann said. While waiting for the rest of his team, he used the company's Olympus Camedia C-4000 zoom to take a few shots of the sunrise around 5:45.

Hagerstown residents Bonnie and Daniel Elgin were taking a small boat tour on the Dora Canal in Leesburg, Fla., in February when Bonnie Elgin saw this great blue heron "sitting along the water's edge with its reflection in the water - what a pose," she wrote. Elgin used a Casio EX-S500, a 5 megapixel digital camera, from 20 to 30 feet away, to photograph the bird, and its reflection.

Mark Boyer, 49, of Big Pool, and his wife, Perri, were in their Disney cruise cabin in March when Mark Boyer aimed his Canon digital camera through the cabin porthole to capture this shot of the ship leaving its Florida port on a Caribbean cruise, Perri Boyer said.

Marilyn and Elmer Ryan of Hagerstown were visiting relatives, Frank and Jeanette Hamby, at The Villages, a retirement town in Florida, in March when Marilyn took this photo with a Kodak EasyShare CX 7430. They were listening to music in the square when she and Jeanette walked down by the lake at sunset to see this.

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