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Friday, March 29, 2013

It’s Friday But… Sunday Is Coming!

      
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Several months ago, we celebrated the birth of Jesus. It was a joyous occasion, and we spent a great deal of time, energy and, of course, money in preparing for it. But, what if Jesus were dead and still in the grave? What then?

To find out, go here… Sunday Is Coming!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

BW Mode # 22… Tailor Shop and Home

      
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Taken late evening right before dusk...

This photo is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

 
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BW Mode #21… Prentis Store

      
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This photo is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Elevator Entrance

      
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In 1957 the Klotz Throwing Mill, in Lonaconing, MD, closed after the employees walked out on strike. It is still very much like it was the day it closed. This is but one of many photos I took on a recent visit to the building…

      

Friday, March 22, 2013

BW Mode #20… Smiling

      
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It was late evening as I walked down the main street of Colonial Williamsburg. I saw this lady sitting over by herself and I went over to talk with her. She was at the end of her day and was waiting for a friend. I asked her if she would mind if having her portrait taken one more time before she left and she said, “not at all.”

She was very nice, quite friendly and was very at ease as I took several photos of her. Finally her friend arrived and, after getting a couple of photos of them together, I thanked her for her time and let them go. I like her smile and I gave her no directions at all. I got the feeling that this is how she wanted to look, the same as when I first talked with her, and she was just same when I left. It is people like her that makes street portraits easy to come by. I really enjoyed my time talking with her, and photographing her, one late evening on the main street of Colonial Williamsburg.

This photo is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...



      

Thursday, March 21, 2013

BW Mode #19… Path From Black Point

      
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Taken on the East end of Jamestown Island, VA.

This photo is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

 
      
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A.F. Green Insurance (Klotz Throwing Mill - 1957)

      
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Created in 2013, this image is taking a step back in time to 1957 to the Klotz Throwing Mill. Also known as The Lonaconing Silk Mill.

In 1957 the employees walked out on strike over wages. The company then closed down the mill in response to the strike. The machinery, equipment and employee personal items were permanently left inside and could not be retrieved. Today it stands pretty much like it did back in 57 when it closed and it is the last intact Silk Mill like it in the United States.

This photo shown here - Zero Pressure - is another photo taken during that same visit...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Zero Pressure

      
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This photo was taken at the Klotz Throwing Mill… AKA…The Lonaconing Silk Mill…

Recently I had the pleasure of being part of a photography group in touring this historical facility. It is the last known and fully equipped, just like it was back in 1957 when the employees went on strike and the company closed down the plant, silk mill in the United States. This is but one of many photos I took over a four hour period. It was well worth the cost of being allowed in.

      

Friday, March 15, 2013

BW Mode #18… P&H

      
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Taken during late evening after the Sun had gone down. This is along the main street of Colonial Williamsburg. I believe that this is a B & B in the village.

This photo is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...


Thursday, March 14, 2013

BW Mode #17… Looking Out To The Bay

     
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I was out on Black Point, at the East end of Jamestown Island, and I was attempting to photograph down the James River looking towards the bay.

It was an overcast morning with some breaks in the clouds and everything had an overall grayish tone to it, but suddenly this one cloud came over that really made the rocks in front of me go quite dark. I was shooting in Manual Mode and I kept the exposure setting that I already had and just snapped the shutter before the light came back. I could not have asked for a better light shim that what the clouds had done for me…

This is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

 
      
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lonaconing Silk Mill… #1

      
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The Lonaconing Silk Mill, also referred to as the Klotz Throwing Company, is the last intact silk mill in the United States. In 1957 the employees went on strike and the company closed the plant.

Today it is still like it was when the plant closed down. Employees personal items, the equipment, bathrooms, shipping, etc. are all still there; just like it was the day they all walked out.

Recently I had the privilege of being able to go in and spend 4 hours photographing all that I wanted. This image is only one of a couple of hundred that I took. I don’t plan on putting them all up but occasionally I will do so either in B&W mode or in Color. My intent was not to do an “art” photowalk, but just to document the interior of the historical building.

The only “artsy” one that I’ve done, so far, can be seen here… Klotz Office Building

You can see an additional 45 images here... Klotz Throwing Mill On SmugMug

      

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BW Mode #16… Jamestown Ferry

      
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The Jamestown Ferry (also known as the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry) is a free automobile and bus ferry service across a navigable portion of the James River in Virginia. It carries State Route 31, connecting Jamestown in James City County with Scotland Wharf in Surry County.

The service provides the only vehicle crossing of the river between the James River Bridge downstream at Newport News and the Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge upriver near Hopewell. It is toll-free and operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Operations are based at the Scotland Wharf in Surry County. (Wikipedia)

This is part of an experiment in shooting in the Black & White mode on my P&S camera.To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

Monday, March 11, 2013

No Trespassing - The Klotz Throwing Mill

      
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Steps leading to the office of the Lonaconing Silk Mill, also referred to as the Klotz Throwing Company; the last intact silk mill in the United States. Now on the verge of being salvaged and destroyed.

When I took this photo, I had in mind an artistic – painterly like – approach and this is about as close to achieving what I had envisioned.

History of the Mill can be found all over the Internet and you can find plenty of photos of it everywhere. I wanted to try and do something different and I believe that I did. No HDR was used in the making of this image. I just combined a couple of photo apps to achieve this effect. I hope you like it… Smile

      

Friday, March 8, 2013

BW Mode #15… James River - Looking East

      
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The sky was overcast with a slight mist in the air as we visited Jamestown Island. It was still early morning and the fog was just starting to lift off of the River.

It was fascinating to look down the river into a nothingness realizing that the Chesapeake Bay was somewhere out there in the void. Standing there and staring out onto the River seeing what was before us, the morning quiet with only the sound of the small waves coming ashore, there was a feeling of being alone; alone with people all around…

To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

BW Mode #14… Hurry

      
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It was late evening and the street was basically empty. I had just finished taking a photo and as I turned this Lady when scurrying by. I just had time to raise my camera and capture this image before she got past me. The shutter speed was fast enough to give me a sharp hand held image, but not fast enough to stop the fast walking action of the woman. However, I like the slight blur as it does add a sense of urgency to the photo. Which is exactly what was going on.

And, yes, that is the remnants of a horse that had gone by earlier... :-)

To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BW Mode #13… Hat Lady

      
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Setting up her booth early one morning in Colonial Williamsburg…

To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...


 
 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

White Roller Skating Shoe...

      
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I just love the things that you come across on highways you rarely travel. Having seen this White Roller Skating Shoe along the road, I got to thinking that I would hate to see the person to whom it belonged. BTW... that is a normal size mailbox...

Actually saw this on a road in VA sitting out in front of a – what else? – a skating rink. Almost like I was dreaming… Smile

      

Monday, March 4, 2013

Canon In The Woods

      
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Remember 3MP cameras? I was looking back through some of my photos from nine years ago and found this one. I had forgotten how good a photo from a 3MP camera could be.

This photo was taken while touring the Yorktown battlefield and the camera was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33. It was my first digital camera and I really loved it. It even had a little viewfinder which I did use more than the little screen on the back. I never upgraded until I wore this one out and it just got to the point that it would not turn on no matter what.

So, four cameras later, believe it or not, I still miss the little DMC-LC33. It was small, lightweight and it would fit in my pants pocket; cargo pants were no problem but I always kept it in a little case on a strap wrapped around my waist, much like one would with a holster… Smile

Friday, March 1, 2013

BW Mode #12… Grocer

      
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BW Mode #12 - Grocer - ends this week of images. All of the photos taken in this series were all done in the Black and White mode on my camera.

To read why this experiment was done, and to see all the previous images, please click on the link below. When you scroll down to the 1st image in this series you will read all about it; what I did, why I did it and the results that works for me...