Photographer's Journey Through Chesapeake City
Experiencing a  Photo Workshop


UPDATED ON:  May 25 , 2024

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Chesapeake City, MD

Welcome to my mini gallery of Chesapeake City, Maryland photos.

Organized by Steve Gottlieb of horizon workshops (No longer exists), the Chesapeake City Photo Workshop was a great event. When I found out that it was going to be led by photographer Tony Sweet, the decision to attend was a no-brainer.

The format was just right, a stretch of field work sandwiched in between two sessions of lecture and questions with Tony. The attending photographers  had about 2 hours to travel on foot throughout the town, covering the small streets of Chesapeake City, Maryland.  I narrowed down to these 6 images to share with you.

I hope this inspires you to visit this historical landmark and shoot your own photos based on some ideas you get from my article.

Images From the Chesapeake City Photo Workshop

Chesapeake City BridgeChesapeake City Bridge
Edited With Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

The Chesapeake City Bridge looms high over the Back Creek in Maryland and the C & D Canal that connects with the Delaware river.  The two parcel of land that make up Chesapeake City are separated by 100 yards or so.

The  wind was swift and cold. The clouds were thick. I felt this image of the bridge really needed to be made into  a contrasty black and white to make it more interesting.

The city has dozens of quaint cottages, some dating back to the mid 1800s, that provided plenty of  colors and shapes for us to work with.

Horizon Chesapeake workshop porch chairChesapeake City Porch Chair

The town of Chesapeake City is quite small, but the opportunities for making some interesting photographs are nearly limitless. It's a city of less than a square mile, but full of history and charm to engage the eager photographer.

Look for unique angles to create photos that are from different viewpoints to make your images stand out from the rest of the crowd. 

Chesapeake City Roof Tops and BridgeChesapeake City Roof Tops and Bridge

I liked the contrast between the curved bridge supports in the background compared to the straight lines of the buildings' rooves in the photo I took above.

When the weather gets warm, the city becomes full of activity, but on this chilly day in early March, the dozen people roaming the streets all had cameras in their hands.

Photography Workshop Red White and Blue PorchRed, White, and Blue Porch

Chesapeake City has a population of less than 1,000 and many of their houses have been painted with unique colors.

Garage Window - Chesapeake City MDGarage Window - Chesapeake City MD

I didn't spend much time there,  but the Chesapeake Inn Marina will give you a lot of photos ops too.  The remnants of a brief early morning snow storm left it's signature on one of the marina's docks.

I don't do much black and white, but subjects like these give you many opportunities to do so. I think it is more challenging and takes a lot of practice to get it just right, but I gave it a shot.

I was trying to show the contrast between the wood decking and the waves in the water.

Chesapeake Marina Abstract Black and WhiteChesapeake Marina - Abstract Black and White

The Chesapeake City Photo workshop was a worthwhile event on several levels. Participants were able to get inspired, form new friendships, and practice photography techniques.

I hope this article has inspired you to visit and photograph this unique travel location. Also worthwhile visiting for some great photography is Harpers Ferry, just two hours away from Chesapeake City.

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Bruce Lovelace is the publisher of Bruce shot portraits full time for over 35 years. Now he shoots more travel photography.  Read more about him on the About Page. He also publishes how to articles and camera gear reviews at the  Photography Tips and Canon Geek websites.

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