Longwood Gardens


I was invited to Erynn’s high school field trip to Longwood Gardens.  I was thrilled to be able to go.  I have seen a lot of images from Longwood, and some are nice, don’t get me wrong, but mostly I see the same vision over and over again – the…

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Lazy. | Maryland Photographer – Pets

cavalier king charles spaniel

I feel like being lazy right now.  I can’t afford to be lazy, but wow, I think I could sleep for three days if you let me.  Had a bit of an accident with my vehicle last week, which sent things spiraling…. add this terrible weather, a lovely cold, and…

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The hidden colors in snow. | Maryland Photographer

icicle baltimore

Snow is funny to photograph.  First, if you are new to digital photography, you may miss your exposure and end up with white blown areas – not good.  Snow in nice light, can be a rainbow of colors – it’s pretty amazing. I didn’t go to work yesterday.  First, our…

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We all were watching a storm one night and simultaneously saw a bolt of lightning hit one of our trees.  There were strange lines and burned marks all the way down to the base of the tree – it died.  Dean cut it down and all that was left was…

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We have LIFE!!! Hummingbird or Finch Egg?


If you know the Ottes, you know that we are animal lovers…… well, our big dogs irritate the *bleep* out of us, admittedly, but if there is an animal in need, we somehow end up crossing paths with it.  I have a whole series on Merlin, the amazing deformed kitten…

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Blue Jays, Snow, Changes… etc. ;)

This should be the last blog post before we make a big move – all client ordering, viewing, etc. will be put on hold while we make the big move to another hosting company.  Hopefully this transition will be smooth – we’ll see very shortly Happy snow day yet again!…

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Fine Art Nature/Decor Prints now Available

Hey all – just wanted to let you know, as we are working through hard drives for archive, I decided to go ahead and put up some imagery that is in the new gallery at J. Otte Photography for purchase as signed limited edition fine art prints/canvases. Here are a few…

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Caverns | Shenandoah

Well, I’m forcing myself to start sharing more.  Anyone remember my original blog from 10 years ago?  I shared a lot of personal trips and personal shots.  I need to get back into that.  I enjoy it.  I tried earlier this year, and got distracted…. :/  So anyway, we went…

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Before/After PhotoShop

I really believe straight-out-of-camera images compared against the edited image is something that is very eye opening to many. While I strive to be as natural as I can with my imagery, sometimes there are certain things that take away from the image.  I saw this vine wrapped around this…

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