Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo


This weeks photo is taken from my Street Photography collection. I was at the East end of the Baltimore Street Mall when I saw this young lady starting to walk across the street. I could see the other two men starting to cross in the opposite direction and I was sure that one or the other would look over at her as they got close, and sure enough one did and made eye contact with the lady and I captured it.

The other interesting part of this photo is that each person in it is looking in different directions at the same time. However, it just goes to prove that no matter how rough things can look, no matter where you live, there is always something, somewhere, that is easy on the eyes.

The photo, itself, was originally a Black & White photo. I had my P&S 5MP camera set on the B&W mode while I was walking around this day. Now I know you are supposed to shoot in color and then convert the image, but I wanted to experiment and B&W was the order for the day. The ISO was 50 and exposed for 1/160 sec @ f/4.9. In Photoshop Elements I cropped the image, added some vignetting, a little contrast, and finished off with re-sizing for web viewing and applying some sharpening.

Not everything in my world is of a historical nature. Sometimes it's just nice to capture life as it occurs and that is what I like about Street Photography. This was one of those moments.

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Chamber Tulips

I had to go downtown this morning on a service call, and on the way back, about mid-morning, I was walking past the Allegany Chamber of Commerce and this is what I saw. I thought that the scene, with the brightly colored Tulips in front of the Chamber, would make a good photograph, so I did.

This photo was taken with a P&S 5MP camera. The ISO was 50 and the exposure was 1/100 sec @f/8. In Photoshop Elements I cropped the photo and adjusted levels for proper color. I resized for web viewing and added just a touch of sharpening.

My world may have a great deal of history but there is also color and beauty in downtown Cumberland, and this is but one example of the beauty that awaits your visit.

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

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Storm Over The Station

It was a cold and stormy day as I walked around The Station taking photographs. The color photos turned out fine but what I had in mind when I took this photo was a black and white image; especially with the dark clouds. It turned out even better than I anticipated.

This is the Western Maryland Station, as seen looking East from the crossing at Baltimore Street. Starting in May the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad begins its excursions from this station. You can find a schedule and read all about the Train here at this link - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

The Western Maryland Station has been in existence since 1913 and you can read more about the Station here - Western Maryland Station.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. ISO was 200. The exposure settings are not available. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and then converted the image to B&W. I added some vignetting, burned in a couple of places and added a touch of sharpening.

The Western Maryland Station has been photographed from all angles by many people and I don't foresee that stopping anytime soon, and when you come to see it for yourself or to ride the train you, too, will be photographing it. If you have yet to ride Mountain Thunder you need to do so; it is an experience you will treasure always.

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

A Scene From A Roof Top

On a rainy day in April, this was a scene from the roof of the building where I work. The main building that we see housed the First Federal Courthouse and Post Office of Allegany County and the smaller red building to the right is the Bell Tower building.

The U.S. Courthouse and Post Office was built in the early 1900's, and the Bell Tower building, which housed the first Police Headquarters and Jail, was built in the late 1880's. In 1934 the city of Cumberland purchased the Post Office building from the Federal Government and moved the police department to that building.

The larger building is presently vacant and up for sale, and the Bell Tower building houses the Allegany Chamber of Commerce. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens. ISO was set at 200 and exposed at 1/160 sec @f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I slightly cropped the image and adjusted levels for best color. I then resized the image for web viewing and finished it off with a smidgen of sharpening.

Even from roof tops history can be seen, and no matter where you go in Cumberland or in Allegany County you can find something of a historical nature.

Yeah, this is another view from my world in Western Maryland, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Emmanuel Parish

Originally named Emmanuel Parish, Emmanuel Episcopal Church stands on the land once occupied by Fort Cumberland. The Parish dates from 1803 and the cornerstone of the present building was laid in 1849. The church is one of Maryland's finest examples of early Gothic Revival architecture.

I have been in the tunnels under the church before renovations and before they were closed up. One of the tunnels went down quite a ways and was blocked off because of the flood control project. These tunnels were used basically for getting down to Wills Creek to get water when going outside the walls of Fort Cumberland was not feasible because of Indians, when the Fort served as an outpost during the French and Indian War. And, yeah, George Washington actually stayed here.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens from the parking lot of the Western Maryland Station. ISO was 200 and exposed at 1/640 sec @ f/6.3. The camera had been set at P (programmed automatic). In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and converted the photo to a B&W image. I then added a touch of vignetting, some contrast and after re-sizing for web viewing I then gave it a touch of Sharpening.

Emmanuel Parish is a church that, if you've never been there, you should at least attend one service. If not, just go for a visit when the grounds are open to the public for viewing. It is well worth the visit on a historical and a Christian nature. You won't regret it.

Yeah, this is another historical aspect of my world and you are welcome to it

Monday, April 5, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo


Yeah, this is my world... "Welcome"

My world, as seen through my lens, is the focus of Riff's Pics photoblog. All of the photos that I put up here are for you, the viewer, to see as I see, as I go about my daily life. This is where I live, it is where I work, and it is where I will die... someday :-)

As life begins anew, and different photo opportunities are coming forth with the changing of the seasons, I hope to show you why I love where I live, and to instill in you a desire to come and visit Western Maryland and the surrounding area. If you already live here, may you look at your life in a different way, and appreciate the good, the beauty and the wonderful world in which we live.

Now I consider myself more rustic than refined and this photo is a portrayal of the life I have. I like to think simplistically, even if deep thoughts of life, liberty and thological significants are involved, and I hope my photos come across with that same feeling.

Now this photo was created with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed at 1/100 sec @f/5. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and then converted the photo to a B&W image. I added some vignetting, dodged and burned in a few areas increased the contrast and finally added just a very small touch of sharpening.

My world has life, art and history, and anything else that can fit in between. It is full of love, has significance and is enjoyed greatly on a daily basis. Like I always say, "I never have a bad day, it's just that some days are better than others". My faith in Jesus plays a big part in all of this. In fact, without this faith I would not be the person I am today. Ask me about it sometime and I'll be glad to tell you about it.

Yeah, this is my world, rustic and simplistic, and to it you are, as the sign says... "Welcome"...