Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rainy Day In The Neighborhood

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A rainy day scene in a neighborhood close to where I live. It is a place where I enjoy going for walks whether the weather is rainy, sunny or cold and snowy. Many different kinds of homes , roads and yards to see and photograph. This is but one small portion of where I live...


Monday, April 28, 2014

Semi-Old School Photography

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I still own a Sekonic Studio Deluxe II Model L-398M light meter. From time to time I like to take it out and use it, especially in difficult lighting situations. This is a good example.

If I had relied on the meter in the camera that I used - Fujifilm X20 - the exposure reading would have made this image a lot lighter than it should have been and the colors would have been off. I have always felt that if you get the exposure correct in the camera, as close as possible, that the colors also would be correct.

The exposure reading for this, at ISO 100, was 1/125 @ f/5.6; this was in the shade with indirect daylight coming from behind me and a slight fill light coming from off of a white wall of a garage to the right of the camera . I had the camera in Manual Mode and set the shutter speed and aperture for the reading that I got off of the Sekonic. This was a slightly cropped jpeg file and to compensate for it all I did was to give a little adjustment to clarity and vibrance, and then resized it for web viewing.

I find that when I have time I like to use the Sekonic light meter as it greatly reduces the amount of time I work in my digital darkroom and the images turn out a lot better...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Western Maryland Railway Station

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"The Western Maryland Railway Station stands today as the last remaining building linked directly to Cumberland's role as a major railroad center."

This is a quote from the National Park Service web page on the above mentioned station. To find out more about this wonderful old station, and about the Western MD Scenic Railroad which runs from the Western Maryland Railroad Station, please click on the link below.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

At The Other End Of The Tunnel

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At the Historic Western Maryland Train Station there is a passenger tunnel that goes under the tracks. These are there from an earlier time and although it is still there it is closed off with iron gates.

But, as you can see, you can still look through to the other side and see train #734 better known as Mountain Thunder embedded in the wall. If you click on the link below you will see the present site of the Western Maryland Station and Mountain Thunder...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Private Property

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Sitting high up on a hill, above the portion of Harpers Ferry known as Lower Town, sits this lovely old home. There is a small sign behind the rock wall that says, "Private Property". I'm sure that there is a story there somewhere.

Right below this home is the ruins of an old church, long ago abandoned. Right up behind this house is the Harpers Cemetery where Robert Harper, who purchased the land from Lord Fairfax in 1785 and setup a Ferry across the Potomac River, is buried. In between stands this home.

I'm sure there is a story here and I'm still researching it. If and when I do come across some info I will update this blog post...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorite..... Vintage Memories

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There are times when thoughts of the past come to mind when something of the present triggers those memories. Vintage memories are best when smiles they create... :-)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Giving Directions

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I had just stepped out of a building across the street from this group and started to head in the opposite direction from where they were looking. At the last moment I had the urge to photograph the group and as I turned to look at them I saw the Park Ranger starting to give some directions.

All I heard, as I lifted my camera to my eye, was "after you go past the Provost Marshal's office," and that was it. I was in a photo zone and concentrated on getting this quick image while trying to include both the group and the Provost Marshal's office because of what I had heard. I only had time to point, line up what I wanted and shoot, and let the camera do the rest.

I think I got I wanted... :-)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Unknown Building

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I do not know for what this building was used as it sits on a road leading out of the town of Harpers Ferry, WV. Across the road is a piece of land known as Virginius Island, and the following piece is from the Harpers Ferry National Historic web site:

Before the Civil War, Virginius Island boasted a number of private industries, including a sawmill, flour mill, machine shop, two cotton mills, tannery, and iron foundry. Lewis Wernwag, a noted bridgebuilder from Philadelphia, was one of the island's first entrepreneurs. Following the war, two water-powered pulp mills were erected along the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Today only ruins remain of Harpers Ferry's 19th-century industrial heyday.

This is but one of the few buildings of that location that is still standing, but it does lie in a beautiful location at the base of where Jefferson's Rock is located which is right up the hill from behind the building...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Favorite..... Zero Pressure

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Taken in the Lonaconing Silk Mill (Klotz Throwing Mill) Lonaconing, MD. To see more photos from the photo walk in the Klotz Mill just click on the link below...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Waiting For Spring Activities

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Taken on the last day of March, this is The Mall in downtown Cumberland, MD. Soon the street will be crowded with people listening to live music from one of several stages. There will be crafts, programs, flash mobs and all kinds of activity.

Before you know it outside eating areas will begin to show as several of the restaurants and shops will begin to serve food and beverages outdoors. The street is empty now but before you know it the people will return for fun, food, music and arts. Spring, Summer and Fall times are great in downtown Cumberland and I look forward to it every year.

Now if they could just figure out what to do during the Winter months...