Solar Eclipse August 2017

•August 22, 2017 • Comments Off on Solar Eclipse August 2017

Captured from near Martinsburg, West Virginia.


Grand Canyon

•July 29, 2017 • Comments Off on Grand Canyon

Since returning from our trip to tour 7 national parks (Arches, Canyonland, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde) it seems I have had no time to concentrate on processing the images from the trip. But I’ve found a little time here and there and I’ll be posting some from time to time.

I’ve been asked which of the parks I liked the best. It’s really tough because each of them was unique, diverse and beautiful in their own way. But it’s hard to beat the Grand Canyon. So I’ll start with this stitched panorama.

© 2017 Sterling Smith

To really see it, click on the image and then click on it again with the little magnifying icon with the “+” in it. You’ll bring the image up to full size. Then scroll around the image and marvel at the amazing landscape.


Summertime Arts Soiree August 5

•July 25, 2017 • Comments Off on Summertime Arts Soiree August 5

After several years absence, I will return to participate in the Old Opera House Summertime Arts Soiree. The event will be held at the Old Opera House in Charles Town on August 5 from 5-9PM to support the programs of the Old Opera House Theatre Company and Arts Centre.

"Harpers Ferry Tunnel" © 2017 Sterling Smith

“Harpers Ferry Tunnel”

I will have an updated selection of matted prints ranging from some of my old favorites to more recent award winning images. I am one of nine fine artists who will be displaying and offering work.

Admission to the event is $37.50 and includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, music and, of course artwork. Come on down to Charles Town on August 5 to support the Old Opera House and local artists.

ISS Over West Virginia

•April 12, 2017 • Comments Off on ISS Over West Virginia

International Space Station Flyover Martinsburg! I captured these two images from our deck a few minutes ago. The first is facing north west and the ISS is rising. I was a little late starting the capture. When it rose above the top of the frame I picked up the camera and moved to the other side of the deck facing south east and caught it on the way down. Note that at the lower end of the trail it tapers off as it fades out. This is because the station passed out of sunlight into the Earth’s shadow. These images are composites of a series of 20 second exposures at f/2.8. The camera was an Olympus EM-1 MkII with the Olympus 7-14mm at 7mm. I was a bit rusty on the capture technique but next time I’ll nail it.

Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibit

•January 31, 2017 • 1 Comment

I’m excited that my image “Sun Breaking Through” won a Juror’s Award at the Cumberland Valley Artists and Photography Exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

This was one of three images that were accepted by Juror Frank Herrera for the exhibit. The three images have been posted here before are all from my September 2015 road trip so I’ll post thumbnails here. If you would like to see larger versions, just click on the image.

“Sun Breaking Through” was also juried into the national photography exhibit at the Delaplaine Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland. “Rural Delivery” was accepted in the Allegany Arts Council photography exhibit in Cumberland, Maryland. Both prints sold out of the exhibits.

Prints are available of these images. Please inquire.


Photographs by Rip Smith and Wood Sculpture by Joe Bourgeios

•September 28, 2016 • Comments Off on Photographs by Rip Smith and Wood Sculpture by Joe Bourgeios

Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in Charles Town presents a selection of photographs by Rip Smith from his September, 2015 trip over 6,600 miles through 12 states. Complimenting Rip’s photographs will be a selection of wood sculptures by wood working artist and furniture designer Joe Bourgeois. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, October 7 from 6-8pm.

The exhibit includes a selection of photographs from the 2015 edition of the “Abandoned Farms of North Dakota” plus other images from North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Rip says “It was impossible to capture everything I wanted to on a three week trip. But it was an exploration and the images amounted to some extent as visual note-taking to remind me of places I want to go back to.”

The exhibit will be on display September 28 through October 23 in the Fire Hall Gallery at the Charles Town Visitors’ Center, 108 North George Street in Charles Town. Open hours are M-S 10-5, Sun 1-4. Hours for the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative are Thu-Sat 12-5 and sun 1-4.

New Juried Opportunities

•July 21, 2016 • Comments Off on New Juried Opportunities


It’s an indication about how negligent I have been with this blog that I have had two images selected in juried exhibits in the last few months but have not announced anything here. So just to bring the record up to date I am pleased to report that my image “Rural Delivery” was selected in the Allegany Arts Council national juried photography exhibit, which was juried by Steven Perloff, publisher of the “Photo Review”.

"Rural Delivery" Wyoming September 2015

“Rural Delivery”, Wyoming, September 2015

And maybe the best news was that this print was sold out of the exhibit. Sometimes it works!

Also the image “Keystone, McDowell County, West Virginia” was selected for Tamarack’s annual “Best of West Virginia” exhibit. The exhibit is currently on display through August 7 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia.

Keystone, McDowell County, WV, 2015

“Keystone”, McDowell County, WV, September 2015

This image was from one of my visits to McDowell County, where I have sought to capture something of the environment deep in coal country. I have been in search of some understanding of the conditions in that area with the goal of finding a story that I might tell with my photographs.

Note on Upcoming Exhibit

The image, “Rural Delivery” is from my September 2015 road trip that took me 6,600 miles through 12 states in three weeks.

It will be included in my upcoming exhibit scheduled for October in the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town. Specific dates and times will be forthcoming in a future blog post (I promise!)

I have only put a few of the images out so the work in this exhibit will be mostly fresh but you can see a preview of some of the images if you click on the category “Road Trip September 2015”. All of these images were processed on my laptop from various hotels along the way so they are very preliminary. But they’ll give you an idea of some of the wonderful things I saw and photographed.

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