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    Default Loch Raven Resevoir

    I know...I know...EVERYONE knows about Loch Raven, it is like one big toilet for Towson's dogs. But it does have some redeeming scenic qualities. Loch Raven watershed comprises a HUGE area but the most interesting bits are the Dam and the Beach both accesible from Crowmwell Bridge Road via Loch Raven Drive. From the beltway get off at Cromwell Bridge Rd. head east past Loch Raven HS. Follow Cromwell Br. about 3 miles and make a left onto Loch Raven Drive right past Sander's Corner Restraunt. Loch Raven Drive is a LONG and winding road be careful of deer, they are out all day, and are not afraid of cars. The first interesting thing you will encounter is the Dam.



    Dam, it is big. There is also a little dam and some equipment stuff down by it but it really isn't that interesting. My stepfather told me stories that they went over the dam in tubes as kids, it is definately possible...but I wouldn't advocate trying it.

    lat: 39.430624431262366
    lon: -76.54346466064453



    Continuing along Loch Raven Drive you wind along next to the resevoir until you come to where Providence Rd comes in on the left.

    Lat: 39.438181665752765
    Lon: -76.55290603637695

    There the road goes right to stay in the watershed. This is a popular place to drive fast at night, the road is a GREAT twisty course. Some people take it too far.




    Continue on Loch Raven Drive to go over the bridge and hit the beach and "Island" rock formation.





    The beach is an awesome sunset spot.





    It is a great place to sleep with your best friend.

    If you go on a Saturday or Sunday the road along the beach area is closed so you have to park along Morgan Mill and walk or ride bikes in. Morgan Mill is accessible from Manor Road.

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    The last three shots, of sunsets and the dog, are really good! Went to high school only a few miles from the reservoir, it's a beautiful place. Not just a toilet for Towson dogs, some AA county dogs like it too...

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    the photo of the couple and the geese in front of the sunset could be a stock photo. very nice.
    leave the gun, take the canoli.

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    When I lived in Baltimore, I used to go here all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDexplorer View Post
    When I lived in Baltimore, I used to go here all the time.
    1 city to another lol

    nice pics the sunset ROCKS

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    Never been here, but I want to go now!

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    I love Loch Raven! When not riding the trails its a great place to shoot.

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    chr7s, do you do the hdr thing? cuz your pics are fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by chr7s View Post
    I love Loch Raven! When not riding the trails its a great place to shoot.
    woahhhhhhh!!!! those are freakin sweet, i have some goodens tew, once i get the pics of my busted laptop ill post mines.
    I want to eat your brains and gain your knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitchybitcherton View Post
    chr7s, do you do the hdr thing? cuz your pics are fantastic
    Sorry for the slow ass response, I do the "old school" HDR and use a Graduated ND Filter. Both of those shots had two ND2 (Two Stop) filters so the sky is a total of four stops darker than the foreground. Thanks!

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    Do you use ND filters that are like half dark and half clear to be able to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Neighborhood Watch View Post
    Do you use ND filters that are like half dark and half clear to be able to do that?

    Yes, I have not been using them much lately since I lost the holder for them though. I will bring them around sometime.

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    Whew... I'm a sucker for sunset shots..

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