Pigtown Design: Photo Safari

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Pigtown Design – For the past month or so, I’ve been taking an iPhone photography class through a program at Johns Hopkins University, and on Saturday, we had our final class – a photo safari. We started at the beautiful Hopkins campus with its classical architecture, and then made our way over to the adjacent Baltimore Museum of Art. It was a crisp clear morning, and just a little too late to get the good low morning sun.

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But the trees around the campus were in full color, so that helped a lot.

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As we wandered around the campus, the teacher told us to look for textures and shapes.

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We wandered down to the west side of the BMA where there are some great sculptures,IMG_5965

dramatic trees,IMG_5913

and gorgeous buildings.

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I love this image of the small puffy clouds, with the moon just below.

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There are a number of lion sculptures scattered inside and outside the museum.

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We headed to the sculpture garden on the east side of the museum, where I spotted one of my favourite buildings, which used to house the campus newspaper. Not sure what it is now, but I still love it!

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Despite the fact that it was the end of October, there were still plenty of things blooming and green.

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Then we headed into the museum itself to check out some of the galleries and to try and get some good pictures.IMG_6049

As you might expect, my favourite section is the American decorative arts, where so much is wonderfully familiar. This is looking out at the beautiful little Benjamin Latrobe-designed spring house on the grounds.IMG_6189

Three of the spaces. In the center of the middle image, you can see the famous Woodlawn Vase, the most expensive trophy in sports. A replica of it is given each year to the winner of the Preakness Horse Race here in Baltimore.

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Of all of the 200+ images I took, this was one of the last ones, and I think that it’s one of the best. No filters, just a tiny bit of cropping to get rid of an Exit sign. Just the guard leaning against the door frame with the light shining in.IMG_6065

This was my other fave – a leaf in a fountain with some reflections of the surrounding buildings.

Going out and shooting like we did was a rare thing for me. Although I’ve carried a camera, and now a phone with me for 12+ years, every single day, it’s not often that I purposely go out to shoot pictures.

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  1. The class is through the Odyssey program at Hopkins. The teacher was Karen Messick. I highly recommend it!

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