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A Sunday morning shoot and stroll

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Like I said, I was going to get shooting again and I was going to try to explore the county more. Well I only had an hour this morning and had to stop for gas but it was great to get out and work at this craft. I also did a bit of walking but really too cold for my taste. But a friend of mine says embrace the Hawk so a bit of walking I did. Plus its easier to get better shots if I get my behind out of the seat while I still can.

I still call this Browns farm. It's actually the Howard County Conservancy's. Photo by Mike Hartley

I still call this Browns farm. It’s actually the Howard County Conservancy’s. Just before sunrise
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then again I sat in the car to take this shot along Woodstock Road above.  And the one below of DD.

Marriotsville and Rt 99 Photo by Mike Hartley

Marriotsville and Rt 99
Photo by Mike Hartley

I almost stopped at the new (well relatively) Dunkin Doughnuts but I don’t drink coffee and doughnuts are the last thing I need even though I do desire them.

Actually was going to throw this picture out but it reminded me of one of my pet peeves in this County. All the damn Real Estate signs at every corner. I’m tired of it. I was tired of it decades ago and I’m still tired of it today.

Well now that I got that off my chest, back to some pictures. As I traveled down Marriotsville I’ve always admired the flag at the county dump up on the hill catching sunlight. Well, not much of a breeze this morning to make it fly but it was standing tall as always. Hats off to the staff that runs that up and down each day.

 

Flag over dump at sunrise. Photo by Mike Hartley

Flag over dump at sunrise.
Photo by Mike Hartley

The Shell station confirmed my frozen fingers and slow-moving zoom functions this morning. Even though this might be suspect because the time that follows the temperature there is an hour off still. Kind of sad nobody has corrected that yet. But who am I to complain. My clock in my car is wrong 6 months out of the year. Or whenever daylight savings time is.

Cold Photo by Mike Hartley

Cold
Photo by Mike Hartley

And the price is holding below $2 at the St Johns Shell. Wonder how long these prices will last. Gets tempting to buy that muscle car with gas at this level.

Price on 1/3 in EC. Photo by Mike Hartley

Price on 1/3 in EC.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Drove down to the County Courthouse. And took a walk till my hands and equipment were plenty cold. I’m going to have to read up on cold weather shooting tips for photographers if I’m going to be out in this climate.

County Courthouse Photo by Mike Hartley

County Courthouse
Photo by Mike Hartley

Never hurts to look over a hill and see what you can.

Morning sun over Ellicott City. Photo by Mike Hartley

Morning sun over Ellicott City.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Man is it great to have a few minutes and not feel rushed when shooting. Sure lets me inspect where I’m at more. Then again an hour isn’t a lot of time but I think I made good use of it.

Looking downhill from Courthouse. Photo by Mike Hartley

Looking downhill from Courthouse.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Never hurts to keep an eye to the sky also at times.

Chimneys on Main Street. Photo by Mike Hartley

Chimneys on Main Street.
Photo by Mike Hartley

No ice yet but if these temps maintain it won’t be long.

Peaceful water. Peaceful morning. Photo by Mike Hartley

Peaceful water. Peaceful morning.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Seems like everywhere I looked I found something to shoot this morning.

Courthouse area. Photo by Mike Hartley

Courthouse area.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love working with early and late day sun. So many interesting shadows to capture.

Shadow Photo by Mike Hartley

Shadow
Photo by Mike Hartley

I promise not to spend the year on Main Street in Ellicott City, even though I surely thinking I could at times.

Main Street awning. Photo by Mike Hartley

Main Street awning.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I can tell you that air conditioner in the window isn’t needed today. I think we once had an office in this old building. Then again there isn’t much but old buildings in this town.

Rooftop and wires. All kinds of lines here. Photo by Mike Hartley

Rooftop and wires. All kinds of lines here.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I used to love this fence. It was right outside our first office for ZIP Publishing. Yep our own community newspaper.

Fence at sunrise. Photo by Mike Hartley

Fence at sunrise.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well, by this time I was getting cold and not feeling that hot so back home to edit I went.

The Mill. Photo by Mike Hartley

The Mill.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I knew if I looked long enough this morning I would find some Goodwill in the county.

I knew there was some in this County. Photo by Mike Hartley

I knew there was some in this County.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So till tomorrows shooting, everyone please have a good and safe day.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

3 thoughts on “A Sunday morning shoot and stroll

  1. Love the shot looking at the steeple in the sunshine!

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