Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Black & White Photography


Upstream From The Lockhouse

In keeping with a C&O Canal theme, this photo was taken the same day I took the photo that was in Monday’s post.

I wanted to see something a little different, something that wouldn't look like the photo that most people would take. So, I took a walk up the canal on the side opposite the Tow Path. At one point, as I turned around to see how far I had come this was the scene that was before me. I knew this was what I wanted to photograph.

This is how Lockhouse 70 looks about a hundred yards up the canal from the building. In Photoshop Elements, I only converted this photo to a B&W image, added a touch of contrast and optimized it for web viewing and that was it.

I can just imagine that this would be what people would have seen back in the days when the canal was in use. Yeah, I know, they would have seen this in color, but film was still B&W… :-)

Monday, June 27, 2011

A View From Western Maryland


Lockhouse 70    

Recently I found myself in Oldtown, MD on a fishing outing. It was early in the morning and there was still a little fog in the air, and the lighting was soft and even. Good lighting for “moody” photography.

While I don’t fish, I do like to photograph those who do and, at the same time, I try to capture images from the surrounding area. The soft, even lighting that I had here would allow for good images of the landscape.

I knew there was a C&O Canal Lockhouse in Oldtown and, even though my favorite Lockhouse for photography is Lockhouse 75 at Mexico Farms, this was something different. A different house in a different location and I just had to take some time to do some photography of this Lockhouse.

Although I took several images from different angles, this was the one I liked the best. If you were able to look closer you would see a bike on the porch and there is a person lying down on the porch beside it. Had I waited for him to get up and leave, the lighting would have been different and I would not have gotten the photo that I did.

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Black & White Photography

Evening At The Point

In the Black & White photo from last week – Cumberland At Eventide – I described how I took the photo from the overlook at Constitution Park. Well, this is one of those places, off to the side, at the overlook.

As I was walking back from the overlook I noticed this bench sitting over on the side. When I got past it I looked back and right away I felt “I have my next B&W Photo”.

Sometimes it just happens that when you see one photo another will pop up as well. This is a good example of looking around for more photo ops even after you got the shot that you want. Never say never and never stop looking, for if you do, you will never see…

Monday, June 20, 2011

Travel Photography

         Train Station Harpers Ferry, WV

Recently I had the opportunity of spending the day, with my wife, in Harpers Ferry, WV. Over the past two weeks, you’ve seen a couple of the photos that I created from that visit and this week I’m sharing another photo with you.

Before going to this historical sight I did a little research and found out that the Train Station in Harpers Ferry is an often photographed building. So, my challenge was to find a different angle, a different viewpoint, of the station with which to photograph.

After walking around the building I could not see a way of photographing it that I like, especially in a way that was different. So, I let it alone and told my wife we would visit it later on in the day and look at it in different light. The operative word here is “different”. Could I be successful?

Later on, we found ourselves in the original Armory Site down in the field known as the Lower Armory Grounds. At one point I looked up at the Amtrak passenger train that had just pulled into the station and stopped. I looked over at the station itself and I saw the angle that, for me, was different from other photgraphs that I had seen, and I knew that I had the view that I wanted to photograph.

This is the finished image that was created and I don’t think you will find too many other photographs, if any, exactly like this one. I have the photograph that I wanted of the Train Station in Harpers Ferry, WV. It’s clean, it’s simple and it’s different…


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Black & White Photography


Cumberland At Eventide

While waiting to photograph a recent Little League game up at Constitution Park, I walked over to the overlook and liked what I saw. It was evening, the lights were just coming on and the overall scene had a soft even light to it.

I immediately envisioned a Black & White Photo and took this image. Sometimes an image just pops out at you and you know immediately how the finished photo will look. This was one of those times.

This is my world, how can you not like it, and you are welcome to it…

Monday, June 13, 2011

Travel Photography

John Brown’s Ghost

Click on the image for a larger photo.

You know me, I’m always looking for something to photograph. While on a visit to Harpers Ferry, WV, I was walking up High Street and as I passed this one building I suddenly caught the glimpse of someone looking at me. Just as quickly as the image appeared, it disappeared as I went by.

I turned and as I slowly stepped back down the sidewalk towards the window I lifted my camera up to my face. Just as soon as I saw the person appear again I snapped this photo. I then stopped and took a careful look and guess what…  it was a wax figure… :-)

I had just walked past the Wax Museum that is on High Street and the wax figure in the window is in a dark room. With that in play, the reflection from across the street shows up quite nicely in the old glass. Add that to the fact that this is a wax figure of an angry John Brown, just barely visible in the window, gives the impression of a transparent ghost looking out at you. I loved it.

I’m just glad that no one else was around to see what I had done. With me standing there afterwards laughing to myself, I can just imagine what they would have thought.

However, I love this image. It was one of those "shoot first and ask questions later" photo. Problem is, I don’t think ol' John Brown would have replied. Besides, the way he was holding that cane or whatever it  was, I think he was a little angry that I had captured this look... :-)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Moment In Time

This Is Axton

Axton is my newest Grandson born on Monday June 6th to my son and his lovely wife.

Yeah, I know, this is a little departure from my style of photography, but I had posted this on my Facebook site and I felt that my Friends on Twitter would like this as well. Most of my Friends on Facebook are local and family, and that's why I posted there first.

However, I have many Friends around the world and I wanted to share this with you, and to let you know that this is my 5th and final Grandson. Barring any miracles, this will be my last grand child.

Axton, this is my world and you are more than welcome to it... :-)


Monday, June 6, 2011

Travel Photography

A Found Photograph

St. Peter’s Church in the Lower Town section of Harpers Ferry, WV, is a church that is well photographed. This gave me a good incentive in trying to see if I could find an interesting way of photographing something that has been photographed thousands of times before, and to do it differently.

When doing Travel Photography I like to do a little research, first, before going. I look for what’s interesting, what’s most likely been photographed a lot and what might I may be able to capture that is different from what every one else might have done.

This church was my target for this travel location. Although I did photograph many other buildings and locations while in Harpers Ferry, my main focus was on this church. I walked around it, looked at it from different angles – from below it, above it and from the side – and when I took a little walk off to the side of the path that leads to it, I came across this view.

Immediately I knew this would be something that most people would not take the time to see. For one, it was off the path a little and most people won’t deviate from where they are supposed to walk to take a photo of something. In addition, I figured that most people, again, would not take the time to photograph something if you could not see all of it nor would they do so at this distance. This was my view.

I checked out the scene by using different focal lengths on my Canon G11 and when I came to this one, I liked the way the stone wall to the front gave it some depth, and the way the stone wall on the right along with the white fence directed your attention directly to the church itself.The four crosses stood out against the sky and I knew I had my photo. I only took one shot and this is the final result.

I now have a one of a kind photo of a building that is well photographed, and it would not have happened had I not taken the time to do my homework before going, and then to take the time to look around and to see how I could possibly photograph it differently. I think I’ve succeeded and with this image I am well pleased. I hope you like it as well…

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Road Trip Photography


Bridge To A Land Time Has Past

I’ve been told that I have an imagination that runs a different wave length. When I was a teenager I was said to walk to a beat of a different drummer. Nice ways of saying “weird”. Yet, I can’t help it if I see things others don’t. Like this image.

In this photo I see a time when horses pulled the plow, roads were dirt and mornings that were filled with the smell of bacon, coffee and freshly baked bread. Can you smell the aroma? See, I told you.

Photography is a way of creating, in our own imaginations, the sights and sounds that we want to experience. When I started across this newly built bridge and witnessed the scene before me my first thought was that of a land that time has forgotten. Now, with this bridge the clock can be set to move quickly forward and allow for this place, this world to finally catch up to the rest of us.

Then my thoughts were of those of my grandparents who came from land like this. How they were happy, went to church and lived a life that sometimes I envy. Then sorrow crept in as I realized that all to soon this land would be touched by modernization and this land would no more be a land of peace and tranquility.

This bridge, this bridge to the past was bringing the future across the river and soon this world would be no more. I realized that the image had to be captured to show what it once was like and I did so. Right there in the middle of this bridge, I stopped time.

Well, there’s a sample of my imagination gleaned from this photo. I would doubt that any of you who have taken the time to read this would agree, but that’s OK. My imagination is for me, and once in awhile I like to let it go and…

Sleep all day, drive all night
Brain my numb, can't stop now
For sure ain't no doubt
Keep an open mind, let it all hang out

The Hombres