April 2019
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DAJ Designs Photography
Forgotten Gems
Bay Bridge Silhouette
Photograph by: Debbie Jordan
It's amazing what you can find when you go back through your photography files. We have often found forgotten gems that were overlooked on the first, or sometimes even the second, review. It's not that the photos didn't make the grade, it's just that we got busy processing a select few, and then moved on to a new crop of photos from a more recent shoot.  

For example, the photo above was taken in 2011 and was part of an early morning photo shoot at Sandy Point State Park. I have reviewed the photos from that morning on multiple occasions, and several were available on our website shortly after. Somehow though, this one was overlooked and only caught my eye recently. I remember the morning like it was yesterday. It was a cold February morning and we arrived while it was still dark to set up for sunrise. After capturing a few of the Sandy Shoal Lighthouse, I turned my attention to the  Chesapeake Bay Bridge which was still silhouetted against the yellows and oranges of the sunrise glow. The gorgeous purples and blues are the remnants of the night sky beginning to fade into morning.
Hoodoo Toadstools
Hoodoo Toadstools
Photography by: Benjamin DeHaven
It's funny, you know you had a good photo shoot when you find images a year and a half later to edit. And that's just what happened in my 2017 Utah trip, I sit here in March 2019 pulling a few shots here and there that are nice. But this doesn't happen by accident, it takes a ton of planning and a lot of hard work in the field. I came home from my roughly week long trip with nearly 2000 landscape images. Sure, many duplicate scenes as I worked a picture but to give you a rough idea, 2000 photos. And this wasn't spray and pray, this was a lot of walking, hiking, and driving.  
The Colorado River
The Colorado River
Photography by: Benjamin DeHaven
I did weeks worth of planning ahead of time. I did so much research by the time I arrived on location for the first time I felt I was like visiting old friends. Of course the danger in this is you go for the pictures you studied and creativity goes out the window. So for a couple weeks right before the trip I made sure not to look at photography, only to study maps and book descriptions of locations. I didn't want to come home with the same pictures that everyone gets. Sure, I stood on a few tripod holes and took a few classics but I feel I really went and found my own way.
We will be at Art in the Park in Westminster, MD on
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Stop in to see our selection of matted and framed prints,
canvases, books and note cards.
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2019 calendars
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