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09/30/2009 02:37:31 AM · #1
I'm going to visit my brother at college (MSM) from the 20th to 24th November and I was wondering if anyone on here knows the area and can give me any tips on places I should see (photograph) whilst I'm there?

We will also be visiting Washington probably either the 21st or 22nd November - if anyone might be around for an hour or so to say Hi let me know and we can sort something out :-)

Finally, I am disabled and I am trying to work out how the disabled parking works there. In some states my UK disabled parking permit is valid but in others it isn't...can anyone point me to somewhere that might be able to help me sort out what I need to do?

Thanks :-)
09/30/2009 02:54:56 AM · #2
T - have your bro ask at the administrative offices of the college - they can help with the parking permit thing, I'm betting.

Washington - see all the main sights downtown. Really worth the effort! You should be able to get around fairly well with the Metro as far as that goes. Do not, if it can be avoided, take a car into DC - pain in the butt! And have a great time!
09/30/2009 03:16:37 AM · #3
Originally posted by Melethia:

T - have your bro ask at the administrative offices of the college - they can help with the parking permit thing, I'm betting.

Washington - see all the main sights downtown. Really worth the effort! You should be able to get around fairly well with the Metro as far as that goes. Do not, if it can be avoided, take a car into DC - pain in the butt! And have a great time!


Thanks Deb :-) Will get on to my brother about the permit later :-)
09/30/2009 08:35:42 AM · #4
Emmitsburg is very close to Gettysburg (gigantic Civil War site); I recommend Devil's Den (rock formation) for some cool photos. Gettysburg is almost always tourist-laden so there are plenty of those types of photo ops, too. Antietam (another battlefield) and Harper's Ferry (battlefield and historic town) are within a few hours drive and have some stunning views (weather permitting).

I know there is some lovely scenery out that way. MSM is built on a mountainside from what I can tell. I've only seen it from the highway as I drove by, but it looks interesting.

Camp David is not too far from there if you can swing a Presidential invitation ;-) There used to be a little zoo (Catoctin, I think) but I don't know if it's still there. Haven't been up that way in a few years.

Give me a shout when you know more about your DC plans. I don't live too far from the city.
09/30/2009 09:17:42 AM · #5
As a Mount St. Marys alumnist, you are going to have a hell of a time depending on where your brother is living. Not the most friendly of campuses for the handicapped the whole thing is a hill, and the stairs are vicious too.

Places to check out at the Mount: The chapel is very nice, and quite photogenic as well. Behind the campus is "The Grotto" and is very nice, and also provides a lovely view off the side of the mountain. (you can drive to this from campus, as the walking path consists of about 150 stairs that are quite daunting at times) The grotto is where I asked my fiance to marry me (we will be married on the 10th!)

Gettysburg is right down the road, and is a lovely town. Lots to see and do there. Beautiful campus as well. Devils den and round top are great spots on the battle field. The image on the front page of my site...www.ajsphoto.com was shot there. Beautiful view of sunset there. You will also stumble upon a lot of civil war re-enactors there, which provids a pretty kick ass subject. If you are looking for something to do...go on one of the Ghost Tours...its pretty neat stuff and grants you access to some places you wouldn't have otherwise.

For food: In emmitsburg...go to the Ott House, your brother knows where it is, and he probably has a fake ID to drink there! In gettyburg, I love the china buffet there, but if you want something a little more classy, try the Dobbins House.
09/30/2009 09:25:46 AM · #6
I live less than an hour away, and would be delighted to help out in any way you'd like.

I'll happily drive to meet another DPCer.

FABULOUS, photography rich area.
09/30/2009 07:47:25 PM · #7
Mary, AJ and Jeb, thank you for all your helpful thoughts :-)

Mary and Jeb, I will keep you posted on our plans, I really must meet up with some of you guys whilst I'm over there!! :-)
10/16/2009 09:03:48 AM · #8
I have a couple of questions!

1) What's security like around major 'tourist attractions' in Washington? I'd like to take some night shots (am thinking Washington monument etc) which will require a tripod, here in the UK I could guarantee I'd be stopped by security or the police and asked to explain what I am doing...is that going to be the same in Washington?

2) How cold will it be around there!?

Thanks :-)
10/16/2009 01:32:26 PM · #9
Originally posted by talj:

I have a couple of questions!

1) What's security like around major 'tourist attractions' in Washington? I'd like to take some night shots (am thinking Washington monument etc) which will require a tripod, here in the UK I could guarantee I'd be stopped by security or the police and asked to explain what I am doing...is that going to be the same in Washington?

Washington is a tourist Mecca as well as our nation's capitol.....they're used to gawking photogs. There atre a number of us DPCers that are familiar with the area and would probably help out with the local vagaries of rules........' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MaryO and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' levyj413 come to mind.

Originally posted by talj:

2) How cold will it be around there!?

Thanks :-)

Depends on your definition of cold........8>)

If you're from Iceland, it'll be balmy; from Saudi Arabia it'll be arctic!

Seriously, a hat, good coat, and some gloves will be in order as it'll be freezing, and possibly have even snowed a little already.

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10/17/2009 11:54:38 AM · #10
I'm organizing a photowalk on Nov 21'st in downtown DC. The theme will be sites from Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the details when I have them (I haven't read the book yet). It looks like we'll probably start on K Street near the White House.
10/18/2009 09:23:39 AM · #11
I'd have to doublecheck but I think you're supposed to get a permit to use a tripod on the Mall (where most of the monuments are). Monopod is OK, though, and at night you're more likely to get away with using the tripod. I say this from experience ;-) No sort of support permitted inside the museums. They have lockers where you can stash forbidden things so that's a manageable problem.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' levyj413 brought us to the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington at one GTG, from which you can get some really fabulous night shots with multiple monuments in the image. Weather permitting, of course. And no one there seemed to care about tripods, but then it's on the other side of the river.

And I can't even begin to predict what the weather will be like. Probably cold, but just how cold is unpredictable this far ahead!
10/28/2009 08:36:01 AM · #12
Originally posted by MaryO:

No sort of support permitted inside the museums. They have lockers where you can stash forbidden things so that's a manageable problem.



Also in the museums, some of them will give you guff about your camera bag. I know one of the art museums I went into, I couldn't wear my bag on my back, but I had to carry it below my waist the whole time, and when you have a d300 and a couple of lens and 2 flash, that bag gets heavy really quickyl.
11/11/2009 08:42:00 PM · #13
Well, just over a week to go before I head over to the USA! :-)

It looks like we will be in Washington on Saturday 21st November - is anyone around maybe later in the afternoon to GTG for an hour or two?

Alternatively we are staying in Thurmont and will be in and around that area all day Sunday and till lunchtime on the Monday. Let me know if you might be able to meet up :-)
11/11/2009 08:59:22 PM · #14
My daughter is in her last year at the Mount. Beautiful campus, night shots of the main building are cool. Another place to check out is Harper Ferry, cool little town. Have a Great time!
11/11/2009 09:15:02 PM · #15
Originally posted by ace flyman:

My daughter is in her last year at the Mount. Beautiful campus, night shots of the main building are cool. Another place to check out is Harper Ferry, cool little town. Have a Great time!

Harper's is a ways away.....Catoctin Mountain is relatively close, as is Gettysburg.

Frederick is kinda cool, too.

Although......our 200 year "Old" stuff will probably not seem all that old to a European! LOL!!!
11/11/2009 09:19:01 PM · #16
Originally posted by NikonJeb:



Although......our 200 year "Old" stuff will probably not seem all that old to a European! LOL!!!


LOL!! I'm sure it'll all be great! I'm looking forward to catching up with some of you at the more picturesque places around Emmitsburg ;-)
11/11/2009 09:50:21 PM · #17
I'm a Brit living near D.C. - in Virginia. Keen to do an evening shoot at the Mall. And would love to pick up some tips along the way! Maybe something late afternoon on the 21st if you're gonna be around?
11/12/2009 02:06:56 AM · #18
Originally posted by BigJohnson:

I'm a Brit living near D.C. - in Virginia. Keen to do an evening shoot at the Mall. And would love to pick up some tips along the way! Maybe something late afternoon on the 21st if you're gonna be around?


I'm very keen to do this too! I will probably have my Mum and brother in tow but they are very patient LOL

Anyone else fancy joining us?
11/12/2009 09:37:41 AM · #19
Originally posted by talj:

Well, just over a week to go before I head over to the USA! :-)

It looks like we will be in Washington on Saturday 21st November - is anyone around maybe later in the afternoon to GTG for an hour or two?

Alternatively we are staying in Thurmont and will be in and around that area all day Sunday and till lunchtime on the Monday. Let me know if you might be able to meet up :-)


Don't go wandering too far up the mountain in Thurmont...you will be greeted with assault rifles and a prompt encouragement to leave the area immediately, because Camp David is located in that general area.
11/12/2009 09:39:05 AM · #20
Also, make sure you enjoy a smagel and a smiscuit at the Sheetz. Late night hoagie run!
11/12/2009 09:39:57 AM · #21
Originally posted by ace flyman:

My daughter is in her last year at the Mount. Beautiful campus, night shots of the main building are cool. Another place to check out is Harper Ferry, cool little town. Have a Great time!


Another Mountie! WOO HOO.

Tell her to stay away from Rugby players!!!
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