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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.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Road Trip Photography

Road & Track

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Another photo from my Jeep. This was taken on River Road, just north of Berkeley Springs, WV and right across the Potomac River from Hancock, MD.

I guess I was doing about 50 mph when I took this shot, through the front windshield, with my P&S camera. The ISO was 100 at 1/400 @ f/5. In Photoshop Elements I color corrected the image, added a little vignetting, resized it for web viewing and gave it a smidgen of sharpening.

I love the way the colors came out, the shadows and the blue sky with the white clouds. I've discovered that with my P&S, at least, when I photograph something from the side or with the sun to my back I get the best photos, and this one was with the sun from the side.

This is just one more scene from my world and it looks like it could have been taken from almost anywhere in the world in any rural setting.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Mountain Thunder

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"Number 734... The Hardest Working Steam Locomotive Anywhere in the Country."

That is according to Steve Barry, quoted in Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and reprinted in the Brochure for the Scenic Western Maryland Railroad.

If you were familiar with this train you would realize that this is not a normal view of this train. I wanted something a little different and this is one of several photos taken from one of the many different unusual locations I've used.

Also, in this view we have the train engineer, off to the right, and the train "experts" standing close by and discussing, well, we don't know for sure what they are discussing but I do hope it was about Mountain Thunder.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens; at 200mm. ISO was 200 at 1/250 sec and f/5.6. In photoshop elements I cropped for the square look, converted to B&W, added some contrast, vignetting and a small touch of sharpening.

Some photographers like Bill Merlavage of MerlavageImages create great train photos, and have had many published, and from him I take some incentives and incites on train photography. Bill has worked hard in mastering his technique and I don't want to be a look alike, but I do look at his work and think how could I do something different. I like the challenges that he gives. Thanks Bill, maybe some day I can challange you.

So, in my world, there are many local photographers that I look up to, both men and women, and all create great photographs. This is just one more reason that I love where I live.

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

Monday, September 7, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Farm Lands Of Allegany County

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This is a view of some farm land as seen from Parkersburg Road between old Rt 40 and Rt 36. I just could not pass up what I felt was a classic shot.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens. The ISO was 200 and shot at 1/320 sec @ F/11. I then adjusted levels in Photoshop Elements, added a touch of vignetting - I just like vignetting that's all - and then, after re-sizing I added a touch of sharpening.

Less than 30 minutes from my house, in almost any direction, and I see scenes like this. I am a country boy; do not like living in the city.

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

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

At The Station

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On the tracks in front of the Western Maryland Station looking west.

This photo was taken early evening with a DSLR and an 18-70mm lens during the Scott Kelby's Second Annual Photowalk. This was an image that I did not enter. I don't know why because I really like it and a couple of my friends said that I should have entered it. Oh, well. Maybe next year.

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

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sports Photography

Sundown On The Games

Some photos need no explanation. This is one of them. Let your imagination flow and see what you will. And don't forget to click on the image to view it in a larger size.

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

WWII 1940's Kitchen

A 1940's style kitchen early in the morning. Much as you might have seen in the average household during WWII, and after into the 50's. Unfortunately you cannot see the bacon frying in the pan on the gas stove off to the side, but I can sure smell it. Eggs waiting in the basket for frying in the bacon grease, maybe some fried potatoes first, and the flip down toaster on the table looking for the home made bread for toasting. No timer on the toaster, of course, you just sort of get a feel for how long before opening the door, allowing the bread to slide down and when you put the door back up the bread has flipped for Browning on the other side. OK, enough about breakfast.

If you look at the previous photo below - A View From Western MD - this was a setup in the display window that is directly in back of the Red and Black vintage cars, but it is quite authentic. The flip down toaster was fun to operate and I did quite a lot while growing up. The meat grinder in the back left, there is one still in my family and I remember my one grandmother having one of those mixers, but she didn't use it much. She felt that if it wasn't hand whipped it wouldn't be any good; and that went for the kids and grand kids as well :-)

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens, right up against the window so that there would not be any reflections. It was cropped and converted to a B&W photo in photoshop elements and after resizing it for web viewing a bit of sharpening was added; and that was it.

I'm old enough to remember much of what is in this photo and still young enough to appreciate the simplistic lifestyle of that era; especially into the 50's.

Yeah, this is my world, from the 40's on, and you are welcome to it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

Baltimore St in November of the 40's

I was born in the 40's by the railroad tracks. The train whistled wailed and I wailed right back.

Just up N. Centre St from here, Baltimore St., is where I was born; right beside a railroad bridge, and this is a view of what Baltimore St. looked like back in the 40's during WWII. This was a setup during one week when Cumberland went to war.

There is always something going on in my town and it is never the same twice. The same event will always provide you with something new. To view a similar and previous B&W post you can go here Baltimore St.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens; just resized for web viewing and a touch of sharpening was added to compensate for the reduction in size and that was it.

As I always say, history abounds in all my towns.

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