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.


  1. Glenn, this is spectacular!

    I love the contrast here, and the fact that you converted it to black and white. It gives a slight feeling of almost something unreal, like a repetitive pattern of black and whites, and not just trees on a rivers bank.

    Oh, and Happy (upcoming) New Year! :)

    Have a great 2010!

  2. I really like the look at feel to your new site! Happy New Year to you.

  3. Happy New Year! Very nicely done. The composition is excellent, post processing is terrific and the story behind the scene is quite interesting. Thank you for sharing your world.