Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorite..... The Church On The Site Of Old Fort Cumberland

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Once the site of where Fort Cumberland once stood, when it was built in 1754, now stands Emmanuel Episcopal Church of which the cornerstone for this building was laid in 1849.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Luchtime Photography

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Out with my wife at a restaurant celebrating my 68th birthday. Of course, after looking up and seeing my wife and I in a mirror how could I resist the urge of taking a mirror selfie... :-)

This is post #800. The first post that was ever done was way back on July 2, 2008 and here is a link to that first post. It has been fun and I have really enjoyed the photography and posts. God willing, I look forward to many more years of doing photography and posting them here on Riff's Photography Journal. Also, thank you, and I mean all of you, for being a part of this adventure... :-)

First post link...

As I said, when back in 2008... " This is my world and you are welcome to it. "

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On The Side At Sporting Events

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In Monday's post "Sports Photography With A Fuji X20" I talked about what it was like to use the Fuji X20 in shooting youth sporting events. However, there are other photo possibilities at these events that you will not see at adult sporting events.

In the one photo I talked about being on a balcony that runs around the gym floor to watch and photograph the game. On that balcony, close to where I was sitting, were these two kids playing and using a tablet. I took this photo and have called it "Serious" as these two were looking quite serious as they were doing something on the tablet that the little girl had, and the boy was watching.

So, there are always possibilities at youth sporting events for photographing activities other than what is going on down on the gym floor. Here the Fuji X20 allowed me to capture this image as just a couple of seconds later they were both laughing and putting the tablet away. The moment would have come and gone had I not had a camera that was fast and capable of using in lighting that was not the greatest for fast photography. The Fuji X20 worked for me.

On the floor or in the seats - or balcony - The Fuji X20 is the camera for me when shooting youth sporting events. As before I am in no way connected to Fujifilm other than having bought and using a Fuji X20. A little camera that I greatly love to use...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sports Photography With A Fuji X20


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I really enjoy photographing youth sports activities. Now I have a couple of Nikon DSLR's and I use them a great deal when shooting outdoor sporting events, especially when I cannot get close to the field. I have a couple of prime lens that I could use indoors but, due to an ever growing problem with osteoarthritis in my left hand and wrist I need something different, something lighter and just as fast.

Having discovered the Fuji X20 I have been enjoying shooting sporting events and capturing great action shoots, no matter where I am, and these photos are nice examples of what I am able to do. The X20 is a really nice little camera. It is light, with a fairly fast lens, and it focuses as fast as my DSLR's and there is no shutter lag. And it really helps me with my arthritis problem.

The top photo was taken in a YMCA gym from a balcony that runs around the whole gym. The photo of the three boys in the air was taken from the other end of the floor while sitting in the balcony. The lens was racked out to full telephoto length.

The second photo was taken in a different gym with different lighting but I am able to sit courtside and can get closer to the action. The lens was at the 50mm setting when I took this photo as the boy went up for a jump shot from the side of the basket, which is just out of view. The basket in the background is a side court basket and is not part of the game.

Both photos are sharp, the action is stopped and I love shooting in B&W mode; these are not color converted images.

I have gotten so I know where to turn the lens for the action I want and I always make test shots before each event to see how things will be. Knowing the game and anticipating the action that might occur also helps in getting wonderful actions photos that everyone likes.

Yes, the Fuji X20 does not have a sensor as big as my DSLR's but they give me the kind of images that people want, and with this camera I can deliver. No, I am not connected with Fujifilm in any way. I just love to take photographs with this little camera. I even do street photography, birthday parties and other events where a big camera would be more of a hindrance that a plus. In fact, the X20 goes with me where ever I go; in my coat pocket, in a cargo pocket or just hanging on my shoulder.

If you have any questions or comments please put them below. I do appreciate any and all of them. Thank you...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Favorite..... Cold Morning On The Farm

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Imagine waking up early and before breakfast going out on a cold morning to do the farm chores that need done and then going back into the house for breakfast. Then heading off to school. My Dad and his two brothers did such a thing having grown up on a farm, not as big as this one, but big enough that needed morning and evening chores to be done before eating...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tomlinson's Tavern

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Tomlinson's Tavern, also known as Tomlinson's Inn and built in 1816, is now a private residence. This place is located on the original National Road - Route 40 - in Western Maryland.

The walls are two feet thick and there are 18 rooms in the building. The original owner Jesse Tomlinson was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Among the more notable guests who have stayed here are Presidents - elect James K. Polk and William Henry Harrison.

This photo was taken just last year (2014)...

Monday, January 5, 2015


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday Favorite..... Beginnings

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This photo is from the collection of images I call "The Color Of Winter"...