Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Weekend Moment

A Hay Bale’s Charm

On Sunday morning bright and clear
a hay bale lies full of cheer.
It provides for you a colorful blend
to give to you love from a friend…

Happy fall y'all...

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot Camera. Expensive equipment isn’t needed to provide those moments of joy that can last forever. Like, “I remember that. That’s when we…”

Yeah, this is my world, from my front yard… welcome…

Friday, October 29, 2010

Street Photography

Fall Romance

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 320 and it was exposed for 1/320 sec @f/5.6

When I shoot street photos I do like to get in close and use the wide angle portion of the lens. Sometimes, however, you don’t have time to get in close, or by doing so might cause a change of what you want to capture. So, for me, it is best to shoot first and then get closer if possible.

This time I did shoot just as soon as I saw the two lovers sitting there and where I was allowed me to use the corn stalks as framing for the scene. Right after taking this photo I started to get in closer, trying to look like I wasn’t interested in them but the man got up and walked up the street and the women follow right after. The moment was gone.

For this “decisive moment” the shot that I took was the correct one. Had I waited to get closer the moment would have been gone and I would have missed what I feel is a good photo of a “ Fall Romance “…

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

The Guardians

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 80 and was exposed for 1/640 sec @f/5.6.

I took this photograph on a Saturday morning while doing some street photography on Baltimore St. in Cumberland. The sunlight was coming in at a good angle and for me it just made these “Guardians” just stand out as they protected the entrance to this building.

The scene just looked like something you might see in an old fashioned Black & White movie. Of course I was visualizing this in my imagination as the original photo was taken in color. Sometimes you just have to let your imaginary senses dictate what the finished image might be.

Here, it resulted in “ The Guardians “…

Monday, October 25, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Morning On Baltimore Street

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO was 80 and exposed for 1/100 sec. @f/4.

I went to downtown Cumberland this past Saturday morning and there is always something happening on the mall. Shops and vendors were already out and ready for the day and the colors were just exploding all over the place. Even the color of the trash receptacles fit in with the setting.

A number of people were already over at the train station waiting for the Saturday run of Mount Thunder and a large group of kids and adults were down at Canal Place for the bike parade that had been scheduled; they soon would be coming through the mall where I was walking.

When you visit Western Maryland and Cumberland in particular you will find it a rare moment if there is nothing going on. So, come on down and spend some time with us. There is entertainment, art and historical events and places everywhere. Something for young and old alike. Western Maryland, a good place to spend the weekend.

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Road Trip Photography

Foggy Morning

The photo was taken with a 5MP P&S camera; it's from a road trip up Rt 160 near the top of Wellersburg Mountain in Pennsylvania.

This image was one of the last photos taken with this camera before it died. The camera was a Canon A95. It had been a Christmas gift back in 2004 and I loved that little camera and it was the one that I used for all of my Road Trip photos. I still have it and it sits in a place of honor on my desk.

I think it is only fitting that one of the last images created by the A95 is a serene setting like this, and maybe it was letting me know that it is getting close to the time of rest. Yeah, I know, camera's can't talk and I wax poetic. So, I'll stop and we'll just say goodby to my little side-kick for the past 6 years...

Beginning with my next Road Trip photo we'll be using my new 10MP P&S camera and we'll start a whole new collection. Stay tuned for new images and a new beginning...

Goodbye little buddy...

Weekly Black & White Photo

The Side Door

This image was created by using a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and was exposed for 1/80 sec @f/8.

When I look at something like this I enjoy letting my mind wander and giving my imagination free reign to run wild . For instance, who all went through this door, what were they thinking and who was the last person to come out that door before the business closed down.

Just imagine the stories that are there, feelings that it knows and the emotions used in opening and closing the door. Did anyone fall over the rail? Did a fight ever occur on the landing or maybe a quick, secret kiss occurred in the shadow of the inside corner?

There is history here, more than could fill a book and we’ll never know the half of it.

Yeah, this is my world full of wonder, imagination and thoughts of stories left untold, and you are welcome to it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Fall In The Cemetery

This image was taken with a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/400 sec @f/8.

Recently I was at a youth football game doing some photography and it was being played at a field next to a Cemetery. At one point in the game, during a break in the action, I looked up in the direction of the Cemetery and I saw this tree being highlighted by the late afternoon sun, and it was standing out nicely.

I raised my camera, zoomed in with my lens to the crop that I wanted, and fired away. This was the only photo I took as play resumed and I never got that particular light again. I was using center weighted exposure, as I always do for sports photography, and that helped in getting this image. I hope you like it as well…

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

1918 Baldwin Locomotive

This image was created by using a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 400 and exposed for 1/500 sec @f/8.

The Builders Plate on the side of the Engine reads, “The Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia U.S.A. 43105, April 1918. With that in mind I felt that a photo with the look of a 1920’s style photograph would be the best way of showing this scene.

Yes, this is the same Locomotive (Mountain Thunder) as seen in last weeks photoblog entry, but with a different view and a different effect. And this image I like even better than the one from last week as it seems more like what a photo might look like back in the 20’s or 30's and captured on 120 or 220 B&W square film in a box camera.

Yeah, even 20’s style of photography is part of my world and I hope you like it…

Monday, October 11, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

The Allegany County Courthouse

This image was created using a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/1000 sec @f/8.

This photo was taken from the C&O Canal Towpath just across from Canal Place in Cumberland, MD. The following description was taken from a Wikipedia article written about the Allegany County Courthouse.

Designed in 1893, the Courthouse was the first major commission of local architect Wright Butler. Butler based his design for this public building on the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. The massing and detail of the courthouse are typical of this late 19th-century style, developed from the works of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Characteristic of this style, the courthouse combines the use of brick highlighted with stone belt courses and presents a uniform rock-faced exterior finish. The building's ribbons of windows set deeply into the walls, and large arched entry are also typical Richardsonian features. Less typical is the courthouse's tower buttressed with round columns that rises above the three-story building. Construction of the building was completed for a total cost of $97,000.

The Courthouse is a beautiful structure and you can find numerous views for photographing the building from many places in the Cumberland area. For example, this a view of the rear of the building and it still looks fantastic. In fact, this is what you will see as you travel through Cumberland on I68, especially when in the Moose Curve section of the Crosstown Bridge.

The tall white Church Steeple is that of St. Paul's Lutheran Church which is also located on Prospect Square along with the Courthouse.

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

Approaching Cumberland

This image was created by using a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 400 and exposed for 1/640 sec @f/8.

While photographing a recent festival – Canalfest/Railfest – I was in a position one day to photograph the train known as “ Mountain Thunder “ approaching Cumberland for its tourist run to Frostburg. Hence the name “ Approaching Cumberland “.

I’ve photographed this train many times before but never from this particular viewpoint and I loved the way it was coming at me. My first thought was that this would make an excellent Black & White photo and that’s how I viewed this image when creating it. In addition, the last step in my digital darkroom was to add a little of a vintage photo look to the image which I think makes it look a little unique. I like it and I hope you agree…

Monday, October 4, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Looking Down The Potomac

This image was created with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/800 sec. @f/7.

On a recent Friday morning, while documenting the setup of the Canalfest/Railfest Festival, I was spending a few moments at the C&O Canal Towpath overlook just south of Cumberland. I had been photographing the festival grounds from various advantage points when I turned and looked down the Potomac River.

Now I had been here before, but had never seen the River look so blue. The sky was partly cloudy - you can see a cloud's shadow on the right side of the River - and I figured that the River was reflecting the blue of the sky, and with the foliage just starting to turn colors I could not help but line up this view and photography this scene.

For me this is an example of seeing and observing what it is that lies before me. So many times we keep our eyes focused on the subject before us and never turn to see what's behind. Had I done so I would not have witnessed this view on this particular morning. I've always felt that if you are not looking you will never see. However, if you do look and see do you really observe what is in the view before you?

Western Maryland not only has so much to give as far as its history, music and the arts are concerned, but it also has photographic opportunities that abound at almost every turn. All we have to do is to just look and see, and when we do see we must observe what is before us, for there in lies the images that are just waiting to be captured.

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