November 15, 2019
It was a cold morning, but fortunately there was no wind, so the C&O Canal at Widewater provided a glassy smooth surface for the reflection of the early morning sunlight hitting the almost bare trees along the banks of the canal.
After a delayed arrival, the fall colors are quickly fading, but there is still enough color left here and there for family photos with the changing leaves as a backdrop. Please check out my Portraits page to learn more, and then contact me to arrange a weekend or weekday afternoon for your family or personal portrait. I still have a few afternoons and possibly some weekend openings.
2019 US Whitewater Slalom Championship races at Dickerson on October 5th. I hope to get more pictures and future slalom races, especially where I can get closer to the water to get a better angle. I hope you will enjoy those photos as well as the photos from Friday's slalom practice.
I added some new photos to the Sun and Moon gallery from the sunrises "aligining" over the US Capitol and Washington Monument last week, the full moon setting at the US Capitol, some early morning sunlight and fog pictures from Labor day and some sunset photos from a recent quick vacation to Key West.
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration at and on the Washington Monument. I was there for both the second and third showings on July 20th, and in the second showing, the vertical image in my gallery, the famous bootprint photo was actually projected just three seconds off the actual time.
I created a new gallery with the photos I took of three kayakers enjoying the O'Deck wave at Great Falls on June 30th. For most of the photos, I used a slow shutter speed (about 1/30th of a second or slower) to allow the water to blur, while I also tried to get the kayakers at the right spots on the waves where their bodies would be relatively still. After taking these photos, and the ones of the heron I added to the Great Falls gallery, I think I am going to keep the beast of the 200-500 zoom lens at least until I can get the 500 PF, which weighs a lot less.
I added a new gallery with some of the photos I have taken at the Univeristy of Virigina over the years. I will add more photos to that gallery soon.
I've made some changes to the shopping cart. You can now get the form to add a photo to your shopping cart directly from the popup window that opens when you click on an image thumbnail. The form will open when you click on the "Buy a Print / Copy" button, and the form doesn't take you to the shopping cart page after you've added the photo. Let me know what you think.
If you are still having problems with the shopping cart, you can always send me an email with a list of your favorite photos, and the size(s) you wish to purchase.
Several people have asked questions like, "What (shutter speed, aperture, lens) did you use for this photograph?" Now, you can find the answer if you click on the "Camera Info" button when you click on a photo thumbnail to get the zoomed in view, and if it is one of my newer, digital images.
Let me know what you think of those changes or if you discover any new bugs.
All of the URLs on my site should now be a lot easier to remember and share. Instead of the old format with the gID=XXX in the URL, you should now be able to simply enter a URL like www.CathySummers.com/2017-NVSL-All-Stars to find the photos I took during the NVSL All Star meet, or www.CathySummers.com/Abbott-Lane-Foxes to see the photos of the foxes who used to live in my backyard. You can always use the Gallery Search page to find a gallery by name or part of a name.
If you login when you start your visit, you can now mark photos as your favorites, and then you can look at all of your favorite images on a separate gallery page. I hope this will really help those of you trying to collect images from multiple galleries as you try to decide which one to purchase. Once logged in, you will see "Your Favorites" as the first item in the "Your Galleries" menu.
The Framed Prints gallery now allows you to look at zoomed in photos of all the framed prints I currently have and are ready for immediate pick up or delivery.
I have added a limited search capability to the gallery pages. You can now filter the images in a gallery by how I have rated the photos, if you want to see which ones I think are the best, and you can search for keywords if, for example you just want to see my rose photos without looking at the other flower images. Please let me know what you think of this change, or contact me with other suggested improvements.
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Lee Graham Parents, I have posted the photos I took at the June 29th and July 20th home meets and before the start of the Progressive Dinner. Please contact me if you need your login credentials.
Swimming is a highly photogenic sport with water flying off the swimmers' hands or cascading down over their faces, or with the distortions provided by the water, and sometimes I think the pictures can be enhanced with various effects in Photoshop, so I created the Swimmers as Art gallery to showcase some of those treatments and otherwise dynamic images. (If you have a favorite photo of your swimmer, contact me if you want to see if I can apply any of those transformations.)
I have enjoyed taking photos at the indoor swim meets over the years, but now that Elena is through with High School swimming and moving on, I won't be taking photos during High School or USS meets in the future. I will leave the photos that I have taken up on this web site for a while, and I will be happy to sell you prints or electronic copies.
If you are a Lee Graham Swim or Dive Team parent, please contact me me to gain access to those galleries.
If you are looking for the photos I have taken at some of the High School swim meets, you can try the Gallery Search to find the gallery. Contact me if you need the gallery password.
With Elena now too old for swimming in NVSL meets, I will not be as tied to Lee Graham pool on my summer mornings. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing having me do your team photos.