Thursday, December 10, 2009
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
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 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
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
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
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
Old something or other... just some water squirting out of a hole.
Grumpy Joe & Jordan running.
Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of YNP.
Me on the rocks.
Upper Falls YNP
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 and all of us who came.
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.
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.
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.