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Monday, December 28, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Canal Past - Reflection



This is a view of the C&O Canal just west of lock 75 and about 9 miles from Cumberland; the West end of the canal. The canal was in operation from 1836 to 1924 and the total length of it is 184.5 miles, from Washington, D. C. to Cumberland, MD. Thinking of the lives, the familys and the boats that passed through here, just imagine the stories that could be told.

Now, as for the photo itself. This was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The settings were 1/50 sec at f/8 and the ISO was 200. In Photoshop Elements I converted the photo to a B&W image and cropped for the square look. I added a touch of vignetting, adjusted the contrast and then added an aging look. After resizing for web viewing I added a touch of sharpening.

One thing you always here me say about my world is that it is full of historical places and the C&O Canal is a good example of that history. I should mention that the tow path is still in use quite a lot by hikers, bikers and people just out for a stroll. You can still travel from Cumberland to Washington by the tow path and thousands of people have done so over the course of many years.

Yeah, this is my world of history and you are welcome to it.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Looking West Through Town



It's the Christmas season and I took this photo, looking West on Baltimore St., so as not to see the street or the people that were on it. I just wanted to show the buildings and the Church at the far end up on the hill.

The photo itself was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The ISO was 400 and the settings were 1/640 at f/8. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and then converted it to a black and white image. I then adjusted for lighting and contrast, added some vignetting and finally gave it an older photograph look. After resizing for web viewing I then added a touch of sharpening to compensate for the loss from the size conversion.

Cumberland is an older town and that was the reason for giving this image an older look. There is much to view in this town as it abounds with beauty, art and heritage.

Yeah, this is my historical world and you are welcome to it.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Saturday Morning Snow








I took these photos about mid morning today. As you can see the snow is still falling and according to the weatherman it is to continue to snow until tomorrow morning. It is beautiful, as long as I can stay indoors and watch.

These were taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens. To compensate for the white snow I overexposed these by at least 1 f-stop. In Photoshop Elements I resized for web viewing, did a basic color corrections using levels and gave them a smidgen of sharpening.

Yeah, this is my snowy world and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

The Mural


This mural is on the side of the Cumberland Times-News newspaper building and it surrounds the little parklet that is at the corner. The mural depicts a time in the past of Cumberland and it is larger than lifesize. It really is a wonderful image. Actually this portion of the building is just a few hundred feet from the Western Maryland Station. So, if you come to ride the locomotive, "Mountain Thunder" you will see this unique painting.

The photo itself was taken with a 5mp P&S camera. It was then cropped and given the edge that you see in Photoshop Elements and then I optimized for web viewing.

This is one of those unique views you will see when you come to Cumberland and one in which you will only miss if you have your eyes closed.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Cumberland Hose Co. No. 1



The Canada Hose Company Building is the oldest of several Cumberland firehouses built in the 19th century. This building was completed in 1845. You can read more about this building, which is on the National Historic Registry as well as the Maryland Historical Trust, here - All Aboard For Cumberland.

For this photo I used a P&S 5mp camera set at f/5.6 with an ISO of 100. To create this effect I used Photoshop Elements 6. I find that working in my digital darkroom, to achieve the finished image that I had in mind when taking the photo, is almost as much fun as taking the actual photo itself.

If you've read any of my previous post you will have heard me say that there is a lot of history in my world and this is just another fine example of what you can find when you come to Western Maryland for a visit.

Yeah, this is my historical world and you are welcome to it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Approaching The Tunnel


This is the PawPaw Tunnel. It is 3118 feet (950m) long and is part of the C&O Canal. Construction for the tunnel began in 1836 and it was finished in 1850. The tunnel is on the Maryland side of the Potomac River and the small town of PawPaw, WV is just across the river.

This photo was originally taken using a little Panasonic 3.2mp camera. In Photoshop Elements it was converted to a B&W image and cropped for the square look. I added some vignetting, burned in some areas and added a touch of sharpening. In addition, I gave it a little aging effect.

I've been here several times and it is a tunnel used by many people, including all those who walk or ride the TowPath of the C&O Canal between Washington, DC and Cumberland MD. When you come to Western Maryland make sure you take the time to visit the Tunnel and walk through it. It is a one time thing to do for the visitors who come by and you may never get another chance to do so.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

1st Snow Of the 09 Christmas Season













It was early morning and the snow had already started falling as I was getting up. New, fresh, first snow of the season. I grab my camera and took several photos and these are just a few of the images I captured.

I used a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens for these; ISO was 200 taken at various settings, mostly about 1 stop over. In Photoshop Elements I adjusted levels, resized for web viewing and gave a slight sharpening. Admittedly in a couple of these images I did add an aging touch, not much, just wanted to change things up a little. I hope you like the effect.

To bad it wasn't Christmas Day, this would have been perfect; for me at least. This is Christmas day type of snow, it sticks to everything.

Yeah, this is my world, literally, and you are always welcome to it :-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Road Trip Photography

Country Lane



Just as the leaves started to turn this past fall I photographed this lane in Garrett County of Western Maryland. I was going about 40mph and took this image through the front windshield. There was no wind this morning. The trees have grown to be this way from the strong winds that do flow across this landscape, however.

For this photo I used a 5mp P&S camera. In Photoshop Elements I used basic levels to make sure the colors were correct, re-sized it for web viewing and added a touch of sharpening.

Already I miss the nice weather of this day as, lately, the weather now, in my world, has been turning gradually colder; really don't like Winter only because of the cold.

Yeah, this is a Country Lane in my world, going where ever you want it to go, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Cumberland Station



This weeks B&W photo is just a little different. Obviously you can see that. My purpose for this photo was to create an image that has a look or a sense of being old.

First, this photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens at 1/80 sec & f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I converted it to a B&W image, cropped it for the square look and re-sized it for web viewing. I then gave it an antique look , added some vignetting and finished it off with a touch of shapening.

I kind'a like this photo and I think it does have an old look to it, which is what I was trying to achieve. However, I would like to hear from you and what your thoughts are about this image; whether you like it or not and why. If you would leave a comment below I would be very grateful for it. Thanks.

Yeah, this is my old world view of the Cumberland Station (Western Maryland Station) and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Road Trip Photography

Morning On The Farm


This photo was taken just a couple of months ago while on one of my service trips into Garrett County in Western Maryland. I was doing about 30mph when I took this photo as I came around a slow turn.

For this image I used a 5mp P&S camera set on Auto. In Photoshop Elements I adjusted the contrast a little, burned in a few areas and then resized it for Internet viewing. Lastly I added just a touch of sharpening.

This is my world, in beautiful Garrett County, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Peace In The Midst Of A Storm



For Thanksgiving week, this is a re-play of the Photo that started the Weekly B&W Square Photo. You can see the original post, and the reason for it, here at this link - Storm Coming

Yes, this is Thanksgiving week. A time for giving thanks for the blessings we've received this past year. For most people, the One to Whom we give thanks is God. This photo is just a reminder that even in the midst of a storm we can still go to the One Who gave us life and breath and all we need for living in a world that is not always sunny.

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1

I pray that all of you will have a fun filled and Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Yeah, this is my world and, regardless of your religious views, you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Water House



Sitting out in the bushes, a crumbled folding chair lying next to it, rusty, lonely, overgrown, waiting for it's owner to come back. What had it been used for? How long ago was it in operation? Let your imagination flow with what you see. It can be whatever you want it to be. It's the "Water House".

This image was taken with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens. ISO was 400 and the capture was 1/200 at f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements the photo was converted to a B&W image and cropped for the square look. I increased the contrast a little, added some vignetting and a touch of sharpening to compensate for the loss of sharpness due to the resizing for Internet viewing.

This was discovered during a youth football game as it was near the field. Just one of those images that needed to be recorded for what it seemed to be and where it was found. A Still? I don't know. Never had one.

However, it is one of those items that if you are not looking - photographically speaking - you will never see it. In my world I like to look for the unusual, the interesting items that others might pass by, but one that would give an indication of what my world is like.

Yeah, this is my "Water House" world and you are welcome to it.

Anyone have a jug?

Monday, November 16, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Farm Landscape



Sitting out in the country side, this farm in Garrett County creates a photo just begging to be taken - so I did.

The image was taken with a 5mp P&S camera and then cropped for the wide look in photoshop elements. It was optimized for web viewing and that was it. Although not as many as in the past, there are still quite a number of farms in Western MD and this is just one of them.

Yeah, this is part of my farm world and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Lake Side Fall



When the trees become bare the water level drops. Docks become platforms and sadness returns. Summer is gone and so is the fun, or so it seems. For this is just an interlude of rest before Winter arrives and the Winter games begin.

Deep Creek Lake is a great all year round playground; boating, swimming and fishing. And with the Winter season comes Ice Fishing and Snowmobiling, if the Lake freezes over enough. Even if it doesn't there is always Skiing at the Wisp Ski Resort right next to the Lake.

And for all the info on the Lake, and the surrounding area, check out the Deep Creek Blog.

As for this photo, it was taken with a 5mp P&S camera. In Photoshop Elements, it was converted to a B&W photo and cropped for the square look. I added some contrast, vignetting some burning in and a touch of sharpening.

Although it looks bleak now it will soon be a Winter Wonder Land on and around Deep Creek Lake; Western Maryland's hidden gem.

Yeah, this is my World of Wonder and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Fall's Fading Away



The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 
Yeah, this is my Fall is fading world, and you are welcome to it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

  
The Catch



As a follow up to last weeks B&W Square Photo this is "The Catch". You can decide for yourself whether or not the ball was caught or if it was dropped; let your imagination run with it :-)

This was taken with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens. ISO was 400 taken at 1/640 sec & f/8. In Photoshop Elements the image was cropped for the square look, converted to a B&W photo and I added some vignetting, a little burning in and a touch of sharpening.

Youth sports is big part of my photography world and I really enjoy capturing that special photo that the kids will like; this boy did.

Yeah, this is my football world and you are welcome to it.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Road Trip Photography

Steeples On Prospect



Another photo taken from the road while in my car. This image was created as I was descending the exit from I68 on the Cross Town Bridge that goes over Cumberland. I was doing about 30mph when I took this photo, using a 5mp point & shoot camera. The settings were 1/250 sec @ f/4.9, ISO was 50.

There aren't too many photos taken from this angle or this particular viewpoint and I was happy that this turned out as good as it did. I really don't advise doing this kind of photography as it can be as dangerous, if not more so, than using a cell phone or texting. However, it is challenging and fun to do, especially if you do get that once in a life time photo, and I believe that this is one of them.

Yeah, this is my world, in Western Maryland, and you are welcome to it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The Chase



Sometimes you've just gotta run for your life to keep from getting creamed, or in this case to keep from being tackled; which to a young football player is the same thing.

This photo was taken on a very overcast day and in the rain. A DSLR with a 28 - 200mm lens was used, at the 200mm setting, and the ISO was 400 taken at 1/500 @ f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look, converted it to the B&W image, added some vignetting, did a little burning in and finished it off with a smidgen of sharpening to compensate for the resizing of the image.

The purpose of all this, of course, is a throw back to a time of the square negative, especially the 126 film. These cameras were cheap and in good sunlight they gave a decent image but rarely at the level of a 35mm SLR. On any day, other than a sunny day, the results were less predictable and sometimes the results were much like this photo. But, boy were they fun to use. Just point and shoot.

Now I shoot a lot of youth sports - football, baseball, basketball and soccer - and knowing the game does help. Many times on an overcast day you can pretty much set your shutter speed and f/stop and shoot away knowing that each shot will receive a good exposure, because no matter where you look the lighting is the same. So, this way, all you have to do is consentrate on the action and you stand less of a chance of missing anything.

Sometimes, though, you do get caught up in the action and miss a good photo. For me, that seems to happen when I imagine myself back out there on the field involved in the play and that's when I usually miss that once in a lifetime photo. But that is all part of my photography and I would not change it for anything.

Sports played a big part of my life and even now it is still with me, and although I no longer play the games I greatly enjoy capturing the action and sharing them with the kids parents. Seeing the smiles on their faces makes it all worthwhile. And I love the way the kids will look at the photo almost as if they are reviewing the play all over again, and when that smile appears you know that you've captured it for them.

Yeah, this is my sports world, and you are welcome to it.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Only God Can Make A Tree

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While photographing a youth football game this morning, in the rain, this was the scene that was on the mountain next to the field; well, not exactly this particular view. I did take this photograph between plays but, when I did, I had in mind of trying my hand at doing "Orton Imagery". It is about creating an artistic or a painting type of a photograph, and I'm surprised and pleased with my first try. It is fun and quite easy.

If you want to give this a try, if you haven't already, here's a link to a site at Creative Nature Photography with the instructions - http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0106/dw0106-1.html

BTW, this photo was taken with a DSLR with an 28 - 200mm lens. ISO was at 1600 and taken at 1/160 @ f/4.8. Settings were normal and I used center-weighted exposure for this one. Of course it was cloudy and very overcast, that's why the need for a high ISO and it was raining, which I think added to the glistening effect.

Even when photographing sports there is beauty out there, but if you are not looking for it you will never see it :-)

Yeah, this is my world, in the fall of Western Maryland, and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Morning On North Centre

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Just a simple early morning photo while waiting for the barber shop to open; Bill knows which shop I mean.

This photo was taken with a little point & shoot, 5mp, camera, handheld. In Photoshop Elements I converted it to a B&W photo and cropped it for the square look. I added a little contrast, burned in some areas and added a touch of sharpening.

Yeah, even in the early morning, this is my world, on North Centre Street, and you are welcome to it.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

A Cold and Rainy Night

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The night was cold and rainy as I drove to the station to find her. As I got there it was dark and lonely, no one was to be seen anywhere. The lights gave off an erie glow in the mist as the light rain fell.

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I went over to the station and it, too, was cold and wet. Again, I saw no one and wondered where she might be. The rain was still coming down, and it didn't look promising for continuing the search.

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In dispair I went over to the Fountain. The lights reflected off of the wet ground and the heavily overcast sky was an ominous blue. There was beauty all around and, yet, all I wanted was to be home, curled up on the couch with some hot chocolate and reading a good book, but what was I doing? Well, admittedly, I was out looking for something to photograph???

I found what I was looking for and it was quite beautiful, actually all three of them are, to me anyway. What I won't do on a cold and rainy Saturday night needing to find a photo fix :-)

These photos were all taken with a DSLR and a 50mm F/1.8 lens. All were taken with the camera braced against whatever I could find, which isn't easy to do, especially under these unusual conditions, but it was fun. The camera was set to Normal and AWB at ISO 200 with Aperture Priority set at f/1.8.

Yeah, this is my Saturday Night Blues in a cold and rainy world, and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Laundromat

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Some times you just have to do without. There was a time, not to long ago, when we had a part on order for our dryer - heating element - and a new washer on order. So, for about two months we would, once a week, drive to the laundromat to do our laundry. We discovered that late on a Saturday afternoon was the best time to go, right before dinner time. In a couple of hours time we had the whole weeks wash done, dried, folded and hung in the back of the Jeep. Actually it was kind of fun.

My wife liked to separate the clothes for the wash - go figure - and then I would move the clothes to the dryer; together we would take a dryer and fold or hang up the clothes and move them to the Jeep.

The weather was warm and it allowed me to walk around and do a little neighborhood street photography while my wife would site in the tailgate part of the Jeep and read or listen to the radio. The only people I didn't photograph were the others that might show up while we were there. I should have, it would have made a great story. Most of the time, however, we were left alone. That was the beauty of that time of the day.

Most of the people we did meet were quite nice. A few roaming railroad workers, people who had a small apartment and no room for a washer and dryer of their own, or people who just could not afford to buy any for themselves. Everyone was friendly, and it is amazing how people thrown together doing the same thing can have so many different stories.

Anyway, this photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The photo was cropped and converted to a B&W image, some vignetting and a little burning in was done and finally a smidgen of sharpening to compensate for the reduction in size.

Laundromats was a part of my world and, who knows, it could happen again; but I know the best time to go; not to mention a good one to use.

Yeah, this is my B&W world and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Road Trip Photography

And Fall Begins

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This was taken from inside my vehicle while driving down Rock Lodge Road in Garrett County, Maryland. I was using a small P&S camera and I was doing about 40mph when I shot this photo through the front windshield. You can see more of my Road Trip Photography here at my Gallery .

For more great photos from around Garrett County go to 4 Wheels Photography by Marcia Warnick . She is a great photographer with some really outstanding photos on her Gallery site. Leave her a message and let her know from what part of the world you are in from which you viewed her photos. Thanks.

Yeah, this is my world, lots of friends and lots of photo ops, and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo


Winter This Way Comes

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With this weeks B&W Square Photo we begin a new look for RiffsPics photoblog. Please let us know how you like it.

Thinking Winter, this photo is a stark reminder of how cold and sterile Winter can be. But if you look through the blandness of the Winter cold and snow you can see a glimpse of items that can hold a beauty all their own. Not everything has to look worse in B&W.

This is my world, a new look to it has come, and with Winter on its way there is beauty that abounds, if you only are willing to look deeply and see beyond the expected. Come what may the shutter never stops for seasons of time.

Yeah, this is my world, where beauty lies everywhere you dare to look, and you are welcome to it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

CanalFest/RailFest 2009

Three Days Of The Festival

Last weekend I spent a lot of time as a volunteer and event photographer at the annual CanalFest/RailFest 2009. The hours were long but I had a great time. The following seven photos sort of gives you an idea of what the weekend was like.

The first two photos represent Friday, the second two is Saturday and the last three looks at Sunday. Friday started with rain and overcast skies. Between that and the rain on Saturday the dampness, uh, maybe I should say very wet weather, put a damper on the whole affair. So, the Festival was not quite the success as it could have been.

Having said that, those that did show up had a great time, even with the rain, and the entertainment was great. Enough with the words lets get to the photos.

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6:30 AM 


The Hillbilly Gypsies
 

Saturday Morning Train Pull
 

3:00 Rain Fest
 

Sunday Sunshine
 

Happy Artisian
 

Quiet Festival Park
 
All of these photos, except for the 6:30 AM one, were taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The 6:30 AM photo was taken with a DSLR and a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

I took a lot of photos over the weekend and, in addition to these, you can see many more photos of the Festival here.. RiffsPics Gallery. The photos are broken down in three sections, each representing one day of the Festival. If you follow through you will basically see when each day begins and ends. All of the photos at that site are just as they came out of the camera; no optimization of any kind was done to them.

I'm already on board for next year and look forward to seeing and working with an even larger CanalFest/RailFest Festival 2010. In the meantime there is much more going on in my world and I hope to keep you posted to as many events as I can.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Lock & Spout

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Lock 75


The Spout

This past weekend was the CanalFest/RailFest 2009 Festival. While these two photos were not taken during the Festival they do represent both transportation modes. This is the reason for two B&W Square Photos this week.

I spent three days at the event this year, both as a volunteer and as an event photographer, and I took many photos of which I hope to put up a few in my next post. In the meantime I thought that these two images would be a good lead in to the photos of this years festival as the last post was a reminder that the festival was fast approaching.

I learned a great deal of history, photography and bluegrass music over the past week and that is another reason why I love my world; I'm always learning something new. And, if you didn't make it this year, you missed a wonderful, albeit a slightly rainy, good ol' fashioned festival.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Annual Train Pull

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On September 26th will be the annual Allegany Co. Sheriffs Train Pull to benefit the local Special Olympics Program. This photo is from last year and it shows just a very small part of the hundreds of people that came to root on their favorite team, and to help raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Each team has to the pull the train at least 12 feet and the fastest time wins, and there has been some pretty impressive times. If you want to find out for yourself you will just have to drop by and watch.

To find out more information about the annual Train Pull which is being held during the Canalfest/Railfest on September 25, 26 & 27 you can go to Canalfest/Railfest and look at all of the events and times. There is sure to be something good for everyone.

As for this photo it was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. It was cropped and converted to a B&W image in photoshop elements. Then I added some contrast and just a smidgen of sharpening.

I'll be there again this year, hopefully, and I know that I will have lots of fun and some good food as well. Why don't you come for at least one day as well? You won't regret it :-)

I keep telling you that there is always something going on in my world and this is one of the more favorable events.

Yeah, this is my world in Western Maryland, I love it, and you are welcome to it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Out Of Character

Simplicity

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"Hey, did you happen to see who put this cup on top of me?"

"Nope. I was to busy watching that character with the camera, and then someone stuck this sheet of paper on me. Can you see what it says?"

"Don't think so."

"Why not?"

"Can't turn my head."

Simplistic I know, but one way or another it should have put a smile on your face. If it didn't, you ain't got no sense of humor.

Yeah, as simple as it is, this is my world, I love it, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Out Of Character

Parking Lot Critter

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Sometimes, as a photographer, you see something that you just have to photograph; this is one of those times.

Came out of work the other day and this was just sitting there on the sidewalk next to my car. The sun was shining down on it and the background was just perfect. The camera was set to Programmed Automatic and I just focused and shot.

This little critter was taken just a few feet from where "This Critter" was taken. Both with the same camera and lens.

In my world there are many things, and critters, that I can photograph, and I do every chance that I can.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Level 2

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The dark side of my work world. This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105mm lens. Original was in color and I cropped and converted it to a B&W image in Photoshop Elements 6. I did a little burning in of a couple of areas and added just a touch of sharpening.

There is a dark side to my work world. Most of the time it involves network activities but in this case it is the physical backside of my building. Fire Inspectors love to see empty spaces where stairs are concerned; this one would make them smile.

Yeah, this is my world and if the boss approves you are welcome to it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Road Trip Photography

Ronda

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This photo was taken on I68 just East of Grantsville. I was doing about 60 and just could not resist getting a quick shot of this cool vehicle. Hey, is that Danny Zuko?

He came off of an on ramp and was going to go on past me and all I had time for was just to start up my P&S, do a quick focus and shoot. You can see the reflection of that vehicle in the hood of my Jeep. Usually I like to zoom in some so that nothing of my Jeep is visible but in this case I didn't have the time.

In my world not everything is slow or laid back and some times only a quick reaction will get you the shot; this was one of those times.

Yeah, this is my world, on the road, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

What Fall Looks Like In My World

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With Fall almost upon us just wanted to give you an idea of what Fall can look like in my world.

This photo was taken from the Towpath of the C&O Canal, just east of Cumberland; this is just a small sample of Fall in Western MD. Now I know everyone has just as exciting and colorful settings in the Fall where they live, but none looks like this.

I took this photo with a P&S camera and optimized it for web viewing with Photoshop Elements 2, that's right, 2. The ISO was 50 shot at 1/160 @ f/5.6, using Center-Weighted exposure.

My world is very colorful all year round and you will definitely enjoy it when you come for a visit, and you will; someday you will.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.