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Jeff Smallwood
Works at Engineer, Photographer, Scientist, Geek
Attended University of Maryland, College Park
Lives in Calvert County, MD
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My first stroll across the #brooklynbridge  and it was a cold night to do it for sure. I took a tripod but never knew how much the bridge actually shakes from the traffic below. Luckily it didn't shake enough to ruin any of these longer exposures. The  #manhattan  financial district in the background. #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nightphotography  
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Running in the park and an awesome sunset shows up! 
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A dramatic sunrise at Great Falls, VA. This was one of those mornings where it doesn't feel like there will be anything special, but then the color just pops up out of nowhere. 
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A dragonfly in the sunset. I had to lay down flat on my belly to take this shot. The dragonfly kept taking off, then landing again so I waited and waited. But I started to smell something terrible. So I look forward and about ½ meter in front of me is a big dog turd....the joys of getting down low to capture a shot. Taken along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, MD, USA.
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Superb photo. Be glad you didn't lie half a meter forward. ;-)
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The old Macy's building in New York City, late at night.

#nycphotography   #nyc   #nightphotography   #blackandwhitephotography  
#MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge, +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller 
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June's free desktop wallpaper is now available for download. This month's shot is sunrise on the Delaware River.
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The old municipal building by City Hall in #newyorkcity 
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And the garage is done! 
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10½ minutes of the Milky Way in the southern Pennsylvania sky. #milkyway   #nightphotography   #astrophotography  
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So beautiful and magical! I love these type of pictures, never get tired of seeing them. Thanks for sharing.
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We are still surrounded by prejudice more often than most of us realize. Every flavor of race, sex, orientation, and religious affiliation (or lack thereof) has it. Every human owes it to their species to become more adept at recognizing when we encounter prejudice not only in others, but also in ourselves. And most important of all, we must be brave in confronting it. Doesn't matter if it's in public, with friends, with family, or even in church, we have an obligation to help those who are unable to see that fault it in themselves. But in doing so, we must remember that none of us is perfect.
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My office just needs a little tidy up...

#TuesDecay curated by +Ian Ference 
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Maybe just a little. lol Love the warmth of the color on the desk in the middle of the destruction.
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An interesting evergreen at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC
#MacroMonday (by +Sandra Parlow  & +Jeff Moreau )
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I thinks it's a pine cone
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Geek with a passion for photography, computers, cooking, and all things science
The #1 thing about me? I love to learn new topics, to expand knowledge and share learning with others.

My favorite hobby and artistic outlet is photography. I was first exposed to it in middle school. I started with a Polaroid Big Swinger 3000 Land Camera and it progressed from there. Spent time in a real dark room with B&W film and kept working at the hobby through college. I've kept at it off/on as life progressed, but the last few years I've really tried to concentrate on improving my skills.

I am a strong believer in the digital darkroom. I'm a fan of Photoshop, Lightroom, and many of the various other tools that fill a need (Photomatix, Zerene, Nik, etc) . Having worked in a real dark room and learned about techniques that people like Ansel Adams used, I don't look down upon anyone who uses the digital tools at their disposal to create stunning images. But no matter what tool you use, the old adage remains true: You can't polish a turd

I have a full-time technical job during the week, but I wish I could be out with the camera more often and spend less time sitting behind a computer. Although, I am lucky that I get to work with technology and problem solving on a regular basis. I have an interest in the sciences, especially biology, astronomy, and physics. I also have an interest in philosophy and sociology. I stay involved in things related to engineering and software and try to keep up with technology fairly regularly (including topics like computers, mobile devices, operating systems, home audio/video, etc).

My love of photography and technology are on equal footing.

I think spending time in self-analysis, being honest with yourself to determine your strengths and weaknesses, is one of the most valuable things we can do. We are all different, which is a great thing! The more we learn about ourselves, the better friends and citizens we can all become.
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Two happy and healthy boys, wonderful wife and a loving family. Discovered the highly toxic plankton Pfisteria in a Chesapeake Bay tidal pool. See article here: Also built a motorized equatorial mount star tracker with a friend, and it really works. See here for a write-up and examples: Have never once ordered from Starbucks using their size terminology...gimme a "large".
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Biology, Physics, Comp Sci, 1990 - 1994
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