Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

FW: Port Huron & Detroit Railroad

In a rush (sort of) to get some images together for submission to a photo contest, I stopped by the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society offices in the old PH&D wye. The weather was nasty, cold, wet, and very windy. It made for some really difficult shot with wind blown rain, cold fingers, and some camera shake (monopod was used, but still got a little movement). With some work in the plans with the PH&DRHS I felt the need to visit the old office / roundhouse grounds and take some current shots. Both buildings need work. The PH&DRHS owns the old offices, but CSX Transportation owns the old roundhouse. The RH is in the worst shape. Like many organizations with intentions of restoration of a building, locomotive, or even a ship, there is a lot of work ahead. I look forward to becoming a member this weekend.



Sunday, December 06, 2009

Family Portraits

In an effort to get more studio experience with my new lights and backdrop, I offered up free prints and a studio session to my family. So far one sister and her family and my Mom came over for the experience.

All worked well and all the images were fun to capture. Mom was so concerned about her looks I told her I would put her smiling face on a bikini model for a laugh! Anyway, studio photography is another step in the right direction of developing my skills.




The Snowy Owl - a Lesson in Lenses

The opportunity to photograph anything of interest when it presents itself is always one any photographer jumps upon. On this day it was the Snowy Owl which winters at my work. Three years now it has come back to the base and each time it has been too far or too late to photograph it. With a tip from a co-worker I was able to find it real close, but the light was low and my lens was slow… meaning not good in low light (a Tamron 100-300 mm 5-6.3 zoom). On a day like today I really wish I had a nice Nikon AF Nikkor ED 180mm f/2.8D telephoto or better. The limitations of my current lens is apparent with the blur from the camera shake. I could have switched back to the Tamron 17-50mm  2.8 for better light, but not enough zoom to bring the owl in close.


These are not the best photos in the light of a sunset behind overcast sky. It shows where I need to invest to bring out the best of the light I have to work with and the best in my capabilities. My current zoom lens works good in bright sunlight of the day, but a setting sun or soft low light conditions with f/5-5.3 just does not give enough light to the camera to work with. I pushed these images in the digital darkroom a bit, but not at all my best work. Nothing left to say here, but to save $ for the lens I need to do good work in this type of shooting situation.



Monday, November 02, 2009

Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms may be rings, furniture, dishes, or even artwork. The following drawings were done by my Dad from 1943 to 1949. These our some of are family heirlooms from Dad.

This is a drawing of my Uncle Paul Meinhard on Iwo Jima. I have never met him and he died in the early 1980s. My Uncle Paul is pictured on the right (I believe). His own comments are in the image (drawing) below, written on the back of Dad's drawing of him. Dad's drawing was done from a photo of this image. Photo to come soon.

The description by my Uncle on the drawing with him in it on Iwo. This was written at a later date, but drawn by my Dad in 1945 during WWII.

This drawing done by Dad is simply called "Fatigue." This has always been a favorite image of mine. It is quite haunting in its look.

TBM Avenger

A P-38 Lightning pulls out of an attack on a Japanese Zero.

Hellcats giving "hell" to a Japanese Destroyer.

The F6F Hellcat

The F6F on deck of a carrier.

The drawings here represent my Father's artistic nature. He also painted, did engineering designs, and sketched and drew in pen and in as well. Let us not forget his wonderful photography. These drawings were done during WWII while he was in high school and also while he was in training to become a Navy aviator on the eve of the Korean War. These are not meant to imply any distaste to any Japanese people, but a look at a creative artist during a historic time of our country.

My Aunt Grace said my Dad was never encourage by my Grandfather on his art. His artistic skills were looked upon as wasted effort. We are fortunate to have these wonderful creations in our family of an excellent artist and a man who we called our Dad.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Test

This is an email generated blog posting test.


"Well, the Few and the Proud-- the Marines have always exemplified those cardinal virtues of duty to country, honor, and bravery.... And it's because of you that America's future will be big and strong and generous and full of hope and fighting spirit. It's because of you that we can be sure that America will be ``Semper Fidelis'' -- always faithful to her best hopes and highest ideals." Ronald Reagan


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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Moonrise at the Beach

An evening trip to the back yard (5 miles to the east) lends us at the county park at the end of Metcalf Rd. Joe rode his bike and I enjoyed the sound of the surf building. The colors were quite nice and I was able to get a few good shots of the moon, less telephoto and my D80 Nikon. Sometimes that good ole D70 still brings out the good shots.

It is amazing how fast the shoreline changes with the storms, the rocks in the photo above were not present this summer swimming there.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

YNP- Jill's Photos

The credit for these photos goes to my wife Jill. She took them with my Nikon D70. She has an eye for photography too, now if she would just use it more often! These are all wonderful shots of Yellowstone NP.

Old something or other... just some water squirting out of a hole.

Mammoth Springs

Grumpy Joe & Jordan running.

Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of YNP.

Me on the rocks.

Upper Falls YNP

Cold Mornings

My favorite!

Western Trip-YNP

Bison meets Dodge Ram

Our overall goal of our trip was Yellowstone National Park (YNP). We arrived through the south entrance via the Tetons National Park and not with out some near death experiences. Road construction nearly took our lives with poor planning and traffic management by Wyoming DOT. Two rock hauling 18 wheelers nearly took us out on a 7% grade while we were stopped on a blind curve just after a sign said "end construction." 200 feet or so from the sign was a flag man stopping traffic for more construction... no warning of a stop or construction ahead.

In any case, we got there and saw the Tetons in the fading sun and arrived at camp around 930 pm. There was lots of people in the park, lots of traffic, and few areas that were not far from the feeling of being in line for a ride at an amusement park. The traffic was bad due to road construction and wild animals that take up the lane or lens of dumb photographers from cars. Many motorist just parked their cars in the road and got out to photograph what ever they saw. We waited over 2 hours to go a few miles or so due to this.

A Bald Eagle over Big Thumb Creek.


What a road!

Yellowstone Lake and a reflection of calm waters. I hiked around to this point and fished there... no fish.

Yellowstone Lake after sunrise.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful and all of us who came.

Mammoth Springs

Yellowstone National Park had lots of fishing places, but none were really open for fishing along the lake and Yellowstone River. Many on the book they give you show that fishing is allowed, but when you get there signs are all over the place saying you cannot fish. Puzzling and frustrating for I planned on some trout for dinner, lunch, etc. I would love to go back there again, maybe with four or five days to spend there and with less people / traffic. But for now, I think all of us had fun, even if it did sleet, snow, rain, and storm most of the days we were there.

Western Trains - Golden Spike Tower @ North Platte, NE

UP Bailey Yard

Our first official stop out west was the Union Pacific Railroad's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska. We stopped at the Golden Spike Tower, which was built in 2005 for visitors to view this yard. The rail yard is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. The yard takes up 2,850 acres, with a total length of eight miles.

Bailey Yard handles 10,000 railroad cars per day and is immense in its size. There probably is something in your house that you can touch that has passed through here in your daily activities. I surely impressed with this size and scope of the yard and trackage for servicing locomotives. The tower was clean and had great viewing of the area. Even if you do not like trains as I do, come by and spent $6 to see it.

Western Trains- Sheridan, WY

On our return trip to Michigan we spent the night in Sheridan, WY. We departed later than expected due to doing laundry and waiting for clothes to dry. On our way north out of town (going to Montana and the Little Big Horn Battlefield), I stopped by the depot and caught a train there. I was on the wrong side to photograph better due to the sun being in the late morning setting and a train coming northbound shooting to the south east. The trains were both long and had lots of hoppers for coal traffic.

Two Powder River Basin (PRB) coal trains meet in Sheridan, WY. Here a north bound train meets with a south bound empty train. Both trains had helper units on the rear.

The north bound train (left) slows and stops with its three locomotive on the rear pushing it up and out of the PRB.

The south bound empty coal train gets the green signal to proceed to the many mines in the PRB coal field.

A friendly wave to Joe and I from the engineer.

South bound for the PRB mines where it will be loaded again.

The north bound train waits for its signal.

The rear pusher units are crewed here and will aid in its ascent out of the basin.