Tag Archives: Photography

Official DTown Christmas Parade pictures!

Earlier this morning, I got a delightful e-mail from a woman who works for the Downingtown Borough, and she was asking for permission to use some of my photos from the 2010 Christmas parade!

Needless to say, I was more than willing to help in this endeavor!

So within the next days and weeks, keep an eye out for my work, on the Downingtown Christmas Parade website, and an advertisement in “The Daily Local“!


– Andrew
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Light Painting Meet-Up – Chester County

Light Painting Meet-up by Andrew J Wood (http://www.awoodpix.co.uk)
Light Painting - Andrew J Wood (http://www.awoodpix.co.uk)

For those of you that live in the Chester County PA area, I am trying to put together a Light Painting Meet-Up!

For those of you that are new to the idea, I suggest you take a look at the following example:

So if you are interested, please let me know.

In the mean time, check out either

for the latest information!

– Andrew
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Google+ TOS and Photography

2011 Chester County Balloon Fest 098
2011 Chester County Balloon Fest 098

Today I got an Invite from an old friend of mine to join Google+.

Everything that I had been reading, suggested that Invites were still hard to get and Google was reducing the amount of Invites being sent out.

So I was very happy to get an offer from my friend Steve.

It was easy to sign up my account via my Gmail address, and I spent a few minutes checking out the details that had been imported into my profile.

After making a few corrections, I went up to Facebook, and posted that I had a new Google+ account!

Almost immediately, a few my friends started to request Invites, which I still need to send, but haven’t figured out how to yet…

But then one of my local photography contacts, Mike, suggested that I check out a Washington Post article that talked about Google’s Terms of Service (TOS) and how it related to posting of photographic images.

Google+ may carry dangers for photographers

Initially I was very shocked, and proceeded to read the cited blog posting by Scott Bourne on photofocus.com.

Google Plus – Read the Fine Print BEFORE You Sign Up

Which further made me reconsider moving all my images to another environment, and was nothing I was looking forward to, after having just joined JPGmag within the past week.

I posted the two links above, onto several of my Facebook pages, looking to get some input from my connections.

After some dinner and television, it was off to bed for the kids.

As the house began to quiet down, I was able to put on my shows, and begin my nightly surfing of the Internet.

Still very intrigued by the Scott Bourne posting, and decided to do a little bit more research.

Being a creature of habit, I fired up my Firefox, and went to Google to start my search, using the search term “Google+ +Photo +TOS”, and began to read the results.

About three-quarters of the way down the page, I noticed an article that included the term “social media” in the Title, which I thought was rather odd considering my search criteria, so I clicked.

Google+, Social Marketing and the Changing Photo Industry

As I started the skim Colby Brown’s blog post, I noticed he was the teacher, and he thought it was important to stay ahead of the game in regards to social media when teaching his students – I very much agree.

Mr. Brown also writes about the older photography business models, and suggested some new marketing opportunities based on common practices used when posting to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

I agree with Mr. Brown full wholeheartedly in the fact that photographers can not give away things for free, but at the same time, in the older business model, it was quite common for photographers to spend money on Mailings of prints or slides of their work.

Those Mailings, have now been replaced by the 72dpi images that he is suggesting, and in the name of the game in the photography business, is to get your work in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

His article just made sense, and I commend him for his observations and thoughts.

Thank you!

Thankfully, I did not delete my jpeg files that I had generated for JPGmag, so now I just need the time to start some more posting!

– Andrew
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Additional References

Hibernia County Park – CCPaPhoto Meet-Up

After several weeks of ‘conversations’ online, we finally gathered at Hibernia County Park for the first Meet-Up of the “Chester County (PA) Photography” – Facebook/Flickr groups!

What is always very interesting at First meetings that start via the internet, is the real person behind the profile icons!

Also helps with not having to create or bring “Hello/My Name Is” name tags!


We meet at the main parking lot for the mansion at Hibernia County Park, and then drove down the hill toward the “Old Damn” Area, which was already rather full with fisherman.

From the parking lot, we started down the Forge Trail, which follows the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek.

For me, this was a second visit.

The last time that I had been here was seven months ago, just after Tropical Storm Nichole in early October 2010.

On a technical side, this was my first chance in trying out my new Tiffen Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit!

The Kit includes a 0.6ND, 0.9ND and a 1.2ND, and the concept of playing with an additional 9 stops was very intriguing, especially around water!

When the group got to a cleaning next to the water, all the tripods sprung into action, and camera bags flying open in all directions.

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110410 Hibernia Park 012

Not wanting to be left out, I started to look for a good entrance point into the water, and then waded in.

It was cold, was not too bad.

On the way back to the trail, I did manage to slip, and dunk my arm put to my elbow in the creek!

My vest did touch the water, but the pocket liners kept everything dry!

I did not need to lose another camera to water, like I did back in college at Watkins Glen (NY) when my Canon A-1’s neck-strap broke.

We continued down the trail toward the small fishing pond, where there were many people enjoying the day.

Stopping at the small little bridge, we spread out to capture the sights around us.

One vary popular subject, was the small little water fall on the down stream side of the bridge.

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110410 Hibernia Park 039

From the bridge, we head down Lion Heads Drive and toward “The Wall”.

After a little stop, we found another interesting area, which had a very strange attribute.

As one walked from the road toward the creek, there is a large area that has an intense orange color in the dirt and a blueish sheen.

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110410 Hibernia Park 048

Once on the other side of the mess, I crossed a little island, and found a spot.

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110410 Hibernia Park 058

We turned around at Cottage #1, and headed back to the parking lot.

When we got back to the small fishing pound, Jason headed directly back to his car via the trail, while the rest of us continued up Lions Head Drive.

We passed the Mansion and headed back down the dirt road to the Upper Damn Area parking lot.

In the parking allot, we chatted some more, and tossed out ideas of where and when the next Meet-Up will be. Details will be Posted on Facebook and Flickr groups.

From there, we went our separate directions.

When I got home, I began to transfer and process my files, and while showing my daughter my new images, I was able to show my daughter these two images, which I quickly turned into a combination “Poster”.

Hibernia County Park (Oct 2010 vs Apr 2011)
Hibernia County Park (Oct 2010 vs Apr 2011)

All and all, I think folks had a good time!

Thanks to all those folks that came out, and I look forward to our next adventure!

- Andrew
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