Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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I live in a very mountainous region. I'm glad that I do. Around any bend you never know what you might find. Here is Shooters, a bar and restaurant. Any day at lunch it is quite busy as well as in the evenings. On weekends it is always busy, many times with live entertainment.

I don't drink but I've eaten there; food isn't bad...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Color Of Winter... Snow Fun

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It was windy and it was cold. The snow would come and go. Looking out the window I would watch as the kids went by having fun and sliding down hills in the neighborhood.

The kid in me wanted to go out and join in the fun. The age of 67 kept me from doing so... Sigh!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Color Of Winter... Dusk On A Winter's Day

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A view from my backyard...


Friday, January 24, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In Any Neighborhood

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From Maine to Virginia, this scene was played out many times yesterday and today. Snow, wind and cold temperatures came together in an old fashioned way. However, many people now will use a snow blower instead of the shovel.

So, a scene like this can be seen in any neighborhood...



Monday, January 20, 2014

Chasing The Light After The Rain

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The storm came and went. As the clouds started to break I noticed how the sun's rays hit the mountain like a spot light. The clouds being blown by the winds moved across the sky and with it they moved the light across the mountain. I followed it with my camera and was able to capture these images...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fuji X20 & Sports Photography

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Let me say up front that I am in no way connected with Fujifilm.

With that said, I've been using the Fuji X20 for the past couple of months and I've discovered that with proper use it can be used for youth sports photography. The above photos, plus the ones I've posted already, are proof that the camera is fast enough to be used for this kind of photography.

In this situation, I was photographing a Youth Church League basketball game and the above photos are just a small sample of what I was able to achieve. I really like this camera, especially shooting sports in the Black & White mode. The camera focuses fast and there is no shutter lag. As you can see I was able to capture the action quite well; even the quiet moment of a couple of very young spectators...

I tend to use the viewfinder and not the LCD. For one thing it does help to make the battery last longer, and it also helps to steady these old hands of mine when I press the camera against my face. Plus old habits die hard.

Before the game starts I practice a little to see at what focal length I want to use when the action is down the court and what length to use when it is at my end. Basically I have found myself using the 85mm setting for the long shots and the 35mm setting when the action is at my end. And the f/2 to f/2.8 aperture settings really help to keep the shutter speed at 125th of a second or higher.

I really enjoy this camera and I can see me using it a lot more for youth sports photography, especially that which is done indoors and I'm seeing me use this more and more when doing some street photography as well. For me this is an ideal take any camera.

Oh, and I really like the color film simulations as well. They do tend to give me that old film and photo look to my work...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Foggy Day In The Neighborhood

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Saturday was dreary, rainy and foggy. How many times have you seen your neighborhood in a way that made you want to go out and see it through the lens of your camera?

Just to set the stage, in the first photo, where you see a lot of white in the background, you normally would be seeing a mountain. The fog, which was quite thick, hid the mountain from view. This is one of the few times one can see the trees of the neighborhood without the mountain background being there providing a forest view in which they would blend.

Many times I've wished that my parents had taken more photos of the places where I grew up. Some places I can go back and see them today, but I won't see them as they were 50 or 60 years ago when I lived there.

Hopefully someday my kids will enjoy and appreciate the fact that I documented the areas where I lived since being married 45 years ago. Even if they don't, my wife and I do... :-)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Favorite... A Drowsy, Dreamy Influence

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On the C&O Canal Towpath somewhere East of Cumberland, MD.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Color Of Winter... The Green Monster

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This is a split tree trunk - about 15 feet high - that was left after a tree over 100 feet high was cut down. I asked the tree cutter to leave about this much to act as a small windbreak near my small back deck. Over the past year these vines have grown like this and I'm not sure, at this point, how much of the vines I am going to trim come Spring. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, everyone says the same thing, just as you see, it does look like a "monster" of sorts, and it is green; and it is a "Color Of Winter"... :-)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Favorite... Most Popular Photo of 2013

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The most popular photo of 2013 was a "snapshot".

This is Mountain Thunder, it belongs to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. From Spring through the Christmas Holidays of Winter, this train runs from Cumberland, MD to Frostburg, MD and back again.

Their website can be found here:

Part of its run goes through a cut in the mountain called "The Narrows". As I was heading into the Narrows from the West side I saw Mountain Thunder going across the bridge leading into it. I quickly went on ahead and came out on the other side and pulled over to the side of the road.

Now, no matter how many times one photographs this train you always want to do so again whenever you can. This was one of those moments. It was late in October and I only had my Canon G11 with me and I took it out and set up under a small tree across the river from where the train would pass by. I had intentions to use part of the hanging branches from the tree that I was under as a frame for one of the photos.

As Mountain Thunder started to come by I raised the camera and took about five shots as the train came by. At least three of the photos turned out pretty good but this was the one that I liked the best.

Besides here, I also posted this on my facebook page. From there it got shared out numerous times from people all over. It received several hundred likes from various places in the shares and received several shares through my twitter account as well.

Hands down this became the most viewed, most liked and most shared photo for the whole year of 2013. I called this photo "Mountain Thunder On The Loosed" as it had no cars attached and it was going as fast as I've ever seen it go.

So, the most popular photo for 2013 turned out to be an unplanned, point & shoot snapshot, and I love it. This "snapshot" turned out to be the best decisive moment photo for the whole year. Go figure... :-)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Sun's Above When There Are Storms Below

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Storms may come your way, it's inevitable. However, remember that while there may be storms where you are the Sun is still above them.

As a Christian I can state that while storms may come into my life I can weather them as the Son is in my heart.

May you have a most wonderful, prosperous and blessed New Year... :-)