July 10, 2019
I went up to Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway to try and get pictures of this pine tree with the stars behind it. I took this photo while I was waiting for the moon to set, as clouds started coming in. With a 20 second exposure at ISO 800, the waxing moon was bright enough to cast a distinct shadow and light up the surrounding ridges, yet some stars were still visible, since the moon was only half way to full. Unlike other moon photos, I left the overexposed moon in the shot instead of replaing it with a properly exposed moon and cloned sky, since that felt more natural to my eye given the shadow of the tree I wanted to include in the photo.
I hope to get the setting full moon and the Ravens Roost pine tree next week, and I will try again for the stars background at the end of teh month during the new moon.
I didn't go into Arlington for the D.C. Fourth of July fireworks, but I did get a few of the Falls Church Fireworks to add to the Fireworks Gallery.
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.
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 have (hopefully) finished an update to both speed up the loading of the larger galleries and to let you know that the page is loading and not frozen. For galleries with more than fifty photos, you will see a sample image while the rest of the gallery loads in the background. I have also limited the file sizes to 256K to also help reduce the page load time; the files shuld still have sufficient quality for website viewing, but please let me know if you notice any pixelation.
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.
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.
I will be going through the other galleries and adding keywords to those galleries soon.
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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.
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.