Friday, September 30, 2011

Waterfalls on the Savage Mill Trail in Maryland

My wife and son seem to be very good at finding new places to take pictures. In Savage Mill Maryland at 9040 Gorman Road you will find the Bollman Iron Truss Bridge (constructed in 1869). It spans the Little Patuxent River. Right next to the bridge and river you will find the Savage Mill Trail and the waterfalls are only a short walk up the path ( about 400 yards). If you are planning to do photography either go very early in the morning or try an overcast day as direct sunlight on the waterfalls will most likely ruin your pictures.....Gary
Camera Nikon D-300/Lens Tamron 18-270mm/Aperture f-32/Shutter speed 1/1.6 sec./Iso 200
All of the next pictures were around the same camera settings...

Camera set to program priority.... think fast sometimes pictures just present themselves at a moments notice...
Aperture priority f-16....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cascade Falls Two Views

 Cascade Falls  off of Route 1 in Maryland ,spent the afternoon here yesterday, humid, but lovely, Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200 lens, 1/2.5 seconds at F20. I like them both. Valerie

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Deep Down

Today mom and I decided to take a trip over to Luray Cavern in Virginia and it was well worth the drive. The cave goes deep into the earth and the rock and salt formations are very cool to see. Here are some of my top pictures of the day..enjoy................... Brian Gillis 

 This is Dream Lake and the water is only 18in deep and provides one cool reflection 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Great View

Brookside Gardens. just one view, of these lovely gardens. Nikon  D90, Nikon 18-200 Lens, ISO200
shutter 500. Valerie

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brookside Gardens by Day, Crested Gecko by Night

Took a trip with dad to brookside gardens to shoot the butterflies  before the exhibit is over and got some really great pictures. Later that night I hung out with my neighbors at  his place and snapped some picture of his crested gecko after he misted them with some water. I shoot with a Nikon D-200 but all of these pictures were taken with the most basic and cheap lens that nikon has with a 10 dollar wide angle adapter I got off amazon. As I alway stated before your mind is the best piece of equipment you can have on you all the time so don't leave it when you go on a shoot............... Brian Gillis

 ISO-640  F/13 at 1/250 sec    Flash off to the right 1/16 power
ISO-640 F/14 at 1/250 sec    Flash off to the right 1/16 power
ISO-500 F/14 at 1/200 sec    Flash off to the right 1/32 power
ISO-200 F/10 at 1/800 sec    Flash off to the right 1/8 power
ISO-200 F/10 at 1/800 sec    Flash off to the right 1/8 power
ISO-200 F/10 at 1/800 sec    Flash off to the right 1/8 power
ISO-125 F/10 at 1/320 sec    Flash off to the right 16 power

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gary Gillis & Friends

If you know Gary Gillis then I'm sure you about the special relationship he shares with insect and animals. It seems that whenever we are in a nature setting the insect come out to say hello to him. This has been going on before I was born as the story has it. Here are a few pictures I have taken over the years, Gary Gillis in his element with his friends...................... Brian Gillis 

Thursday, September 8, 2011


This exotic flower always take my breath away, and they smell as good as they look.Nikon D90, Nikon 85mm macro lens, Manfrotto triopod,  1/40, F18.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New York Waterfalls

In Ithaca New York you can find multiple State Parks with waterfalls. This is Buttermilk Falls a place where one river has made 6 or 7 waterfalls. From the parking lot a you can swim in a pond at the bottom of the largest waterfall or walk along a path that follows the river and enjoy a new waterfall about every 20 yards. I have been to Ithaca 3 times because it is just a wonderful place to do photography.....Gary

Camera Nikon D-300/Lens Nikon 18-35mm/F-22/Shutter Speed 8sec./Iso 1 EV under 200

 Camera Nikon D-300/Lens Nikon 18-35mm/F-16/Shutter Speed 2.5sec./Iso 1 EV under 200

 Camera Nikon D-300/Lens Nikon 18-35mm/Shutter Speed 1sec./Iso 1 ev under 200

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Maryland State Fair

Had a  great time last night at The State Fair experimenting with long exposures, 3 and 5 seconds, Nikon D 90, 18- 200 telephoto lens. Tripod is a must. I remember many years ago I used to ride on these rides. Now I am just happy to shoot them. Valerie

Friday, September 2, 2011

Remembering my time in the army

This morning when I woke up the first thing on my mind was my time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. You may or may not know this but I spent almost 9 years in the army and 4 of them years were spent in the 2 war zones. Looking back on it I wished I was more into photography back then at the same time when I had a nice camera in Iraq one time I would not even think about bring it on a mission for verious reasons. I took all of these pictures over the years from different cameras...........Never Forget...............3rd SFG(A) Brian Gillis

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kung Fu at its finest!

In late August there is a competition held for the top marital artiest in the world and it goes by the name the U.S Capital Classic hosted by master Dennis Brown. This 2 day event holds competition in fighting weapons and forms for all ages from many different backgrounds and schools. This is the second year I shoot this event and back in the I competided in fight and forms but this is for another time. Here are some of my top shots for the event, the shots with mulitple subjects were masked in abobe cs5.................. Brian Gillis