Sunday, June 28, 2009

What Softness Is

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens, ISO was 200. The flower was in the cemetery of the Rev. William Shaw (1757-1815) just south of the town of Barton, MD. The day was an overcast one with soft light through the trees. In an earlier post I talked briefly about the Rev. Shaw.

As my motto says "If you are not looking you will never see." In the cemetery I was looking and this is what I saw. In my world there is beauty among the history that we have here and this is just a small sample of that beauty.

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

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Ever look at something and just stare at it? Well, that's why this photo is here. This is what I see when I look across the road from the front of my house. Sometimes I can just sit there, looking at these trees and wonder what all they have seen over the years.

Try this sometime. Just pick out something that is natural, and has been there for a long time. Envision its growth, the changes it went through and what all it has seen during that time. It will take up some of your time, but during that time you will slow down, relax and become at peace with yourself when you realize what are the true & natural beauties that are all around us.

There are many trees in my world and I'm glad they are there. There is nothing more of a natural beauty, all their own, than trees. Like snowflakes, no two are the same.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The Caretaker's House

In the June July issue of Allegany Magazine, a well known lifestyle magazine of Allegany County in Western Maryland, is a story with this house as a center piece. The story is about the present day events coordinator at the Allegany County Fairground's, and his memories of life living at the house when visiting his grand parents; beginning from the time he was around one.

The story is a good one, well written by a local author and interesting to read. My advice? Get the Magazine and read it. The title is "Family A - Fair", Carnies, Concession and Old German Beer, Living Life at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.

It just so happened that I had already been down to the fairgrounds and taken several photos of the house and this weeks B&W Square Photo is one of them. It was taken March 7, 2009 with a DSLR and an 18-105mm lens, ISO was 200, 1/200 sec @f/8. In photoshop elements I cropped it, converted it to B&W and did a little burning in of the edges.

If I wanted, I could walk to this house, but at my age a car is best. Going down hill would be OK but coming back up might be a little slow.

There is always something going on in my world here in Western Maryland and it's great to see something in a fine local magazine of something that I've already seen and documented.

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

Stop by for a visit.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Impressionistic Photo

The Pond

I stood by the pond at noontime,
The sun was very high.
I looked across the bright clear water
And a lovely girl walked by.

Thus is the beginning of a poem I wrote about 40 years ago. I have never really come across a pond that I had envisioned when I first wrote that poem, until now. I came across this pond this past Sunday morning at a Father's day fishing event.

I had been invited by my son and his sons to go along on this Fathers day event and we had a great time. Now, I don't catch fish but I do " catch " happenings, and I took numerous photos. Yeah, it was so bad that my son told everyone that I was the " family " photographer. Not to far from the truth, I suspect.

Anyway, when I saw the pond where the fishing event was being held my poem suddenly popped back into my head and I said " This is it. This is the pond. " And now you can see it as well.

Actually it has been photoshopped some, basically to give it sort of a painting look, and you really have to click on this photo to make it bigger to see the total effect. The photo itself was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 200mm lens, 1/320 sec @ f/5.6.

As a side story, my youngest grandson told me that he didn't like to fish and that he wasn't a " fisher guy ". Well, his dad did get him to fish some and, lo and behold, he got the trophy for catching the largest catfish; 3lbs something. He just may yet become a " fisher guy ".

Yeah, this is my world - the fishing, the fun and the fine life - and you are all welcome to it.

Except for the pond, that is mine alone and for my loved one :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Sample of 41st Annual Heritage Days Festival

The 41st Annual Heritage Days Festival is over, and this is a sample of what you could have seen had you been there. This was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens; ISO 200, 1/320 sec @f/9. Original was converted to B&W and optimized in Photoshop Elements.

The event had two beautiful days and if you didn't get the WAMBA Polish Sausage with the works you missed a great sandwich. That is why I go, photography comes second at this event. And the Funnel Cakes, delicious.

This is all for now. I'm hoping to put up several more photos later on this week. I'll keep you posted.

Man, I love my life, and this is my world, Polish Sausage, funnel cakes and all, and you are welcome to it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo(s)

Heritage Days

This week there are four Weekly B&W Square Photos depicting scenes from previous Heritage Days Festivals here in the Historic City of Cumberland in Allegany County Maryland.

This weekend, June 14th and 15th, we celebrate the 41st Annual Heritage Days Festival. You will find numerous crafts and food booths as well as see and hear plenty of fine entertainment throughout both days.

There are a lot of fun activities for the entire family and, if you visit, you will leave with lots of memories, mementos, a full tummy and and a smile all over your face. History abounds in our neck of the woods and we love to celebrate it every year, and this year will be no different. Heritage Days just keeps getting bigger and better.

Hope to see you there.

My world is full of wonderful history, festivals, good food and loads of fun. I would not want to live anywhere else.

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

Monday, June 8, 2009

Out Of Character

Critter From Sleepy Hollow

This little buddy was relaxing next to a parking lot on N. Centre St. He yelled at me and said "Take my picture, Mister?" I said "Sure" and he posed this way and I shot him; well, you know, I took his portrait. I showed it to him, he smiled, said "Thanks" and went on his way. He gave me his card so I know where to send the photo :-)

Anyway, this was taken with a DSLR and a 18 - 105 lens, ISO was 500 and the exposure was 1/125 sec. @ f/8.

You know, there are a lot of critters in my world and this was one of the more easier ones to photograph. He didn't complain, he held still and smiled when it was over and said "Thanks".

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Embassy Theatre Row

The Old Embassy Theatre on Baltimore St. in Cumberland, MD.

Baltimore St. is a pedestrian mall that holds many different arts and entertainment programs throughout the year, and The Embassy Theatre is used quite a lot.

Downtown Cumberland has become quite an Arts and Entertainment district and you will enjoy it when you come for a visit, and like some others, you might even find yourself staying.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70 mm lens set at 1/250 sec @f/8; ISO was set at 200. The photo was converted to a B&W photo in Photoshop Elements and cropped for the square look.

My world does have plenty of fun and excitement from which to choose. Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A View From Western Maryland

The Canyon

Looking north from South Centre St., Cumberland, MD; the Canyon in the City. This is the first in what I hope will be a series of photos from W MD, at least two or three times a week if not daily. Only notification for these will be on Twitter. You can sign up to follow from the Twitter connection on this photoblogs main page; and I hope you will. Thanks.

This photo was taken with a Point & Shoot camera, ISO was 50, shot at 1/160 sec @ f/5.6.

This is my world and you are welcome to it.