Tall & strong

November 21, 2009|By AMY DULEBOHN

"I'll buy you tall, tall trees and all the waters in the seas," was a line from a popular country song nearly 15 years ago. Trees, most of them tall, seem to be a topic fancied by amateur photographers in our area.

We frequently feature readers' photos on our weekly photo page. So we're looking for the best recent photographs - preferably from the Tri-State area.

This is a chance for amateur photographers to share their best images.

Send us a variety of subjects. Avoid family portraits, posed scenes or news photos. And please help us avoid repetition. We get lots of photos of deer, flowers, butterflies and sunsets, so submit something different.

o Quality is key. Sharp, large images look best.

o 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.


o Digital photos must be sharp, at least 6 inches wide and have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Files should be in JPEG or TIF formats and sent as e-mail attachments.

o Please do not submit images with writing on them, and if there is a datestamp, try to remove it.

To submit a photo for the Gallery page, use one of these options:

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

o 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.


Funkstown resident Brian Lovins, 42, took this photo of a mushroom growing out of a tree in Funkstown. He discovered the mushroom while walking his dog. He took the photo with a Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

Brian Lovins of Funkstown also took this photo of his nephew Samuel Aidan while they were walking through Funkstown on Nov. 14, looking for leaves to make a wreath. Samuel, who will be 4 in December, and his uncle collected enough leaves to make two wreaths. Lovins used a Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

Emily Boward, 20, of Hagerstown, used an SLR Asahi Pentax K1000 film camera to take a picture of Bloody Lane at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Boward said she was facing away from the observation tower on the July day when she and a friend were visiting the battlefield.

Trees sometimes seem to frame a photo, as is the case of this picture shot by Cathy Betker. It was taken in November 2008 on the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyder's Landing, west of Sharpsburg.

Pamela Leitma, 50, of Mount Aetna said she was amazed by the size of the branches on this sycamore tree in Funkstown Park. "They were like small tree trunks," she wrote via e-mail. The picture were taken with her Canon Powershot camera in early September.

Halfway resident Jill Kimmel, who turned 65 today, said she enjoys photography and riding around the area. She took this photo of a lone tree in early September.

Crystal Minnick of Fairplay called this shot Fairplay's version of a palm tree. She took the photo of a sumac tree at sunset on Oct. 10. Here, Minnick, 31, used a Kodak Easy Share camera.

Wanda Gearhart of Halfway took this photo of the lake and fountain in Hagerstown's City Park during a late afternoon walk in June. She described it as a "framed fountain view."

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