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.