Saturday, July 18, 2009

Long Straight Road

On a field trip to the "Land Of Tall Churches"
I ran across this road scene.
It reminds me of growing up in a flat, rural
area of Ohio.
When I learned to drive it was on roads like these.
Long, flat, straight, and with almost no traffic.
Only those who lived on these roads were there.
At night, you could see for miles and miles.
On a clear night I could sometimes see the lights
of Indiana in the distance.

Of course, with roads like these, the
temptation to drive a bit fast
( mostly over 100 mph)
was just too much to resist.
As I look down this road, I can see the
tire marks from the kids that are
still driving the way we once did.

Some things never change.
The need for speed is ageless.

Some things do change.
My web site for one. I have just finished
up dating it with some new photos
and adding descriptions for all the art.
Check it out if you have a minute:
Don't forget to sign up for my news letter
while you are there.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Storm Over Mt Logan

Driving through the rain yesterday,
on the way to Hocking Hills.
I looked to my left and found the front
part of the storm was right over Mt Logan.

So, the search began for a foreground object.
It needed to have some color since the
storm clouds were mostly dark/ black.
It needed to relate to the over all scene.
Meaning that it should be natural
rather than man made.
And most importantly, it needed to have
a place to park the car since Rt. 180
is a small 2 lane road with no pull-offs to speak of.
I also needed to find it fast since the
storm front light was always changing.

Ah, there it is....the perfect fore ground.
Flowers in bright colors, close to the
road, only about 75 yards into that field.
A cattle guard, pull-off.

Plastic bag over the Canon...
Gore-Tex over me...
the tripod can fend for its self.
Run through the rain...
28mm lens at F/11...
low placement....
1/4 th sec..
Got it !

Friday, June 26, 2009

Barn Wall

What a busy month!
The show at Springfield Museum has been taken down.
I count it a success. Lots of great comments.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to come to see it.
I wish that I could meet you all personally.
My next scheduled show is Oct & Nov
at the Gallery at Carriage Hill Metro Park.

That gives me time to work on other projects
and to catch up on printing & shipping orders.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chapel Ridge Church-Revisited

The weather person said that yesterday
was to be rain/ thunderstorms.
So of course, I had to go out with my camera.

For the entire 90 min drive I was watching
the sky become more & more ominous.

It seemed to peak just as I reached this
church-on-the-hill and set up the camera.

Unfortunately, the sky soon began
to clear and the day became
bright and sunny.
Which brought out the tourists and
raised the brightness range to a
point of no photos.

Ah well, it was a good day for a
little while.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fallen Tree in Black and White

A photo from the "shoebox".
You know, that wonderful free storage bin that
we all used when we started out with film.

Some of us (me) still have that
shoe box full of negatives.
Now, it is not that I did not start a
proper filing system for the negs.
I started one and used it very well
over the years.....but,
the shoe box somehow evaded my
efforts. It has remained just as I
last saw it years ago.

So, with the new scanner just
sitting here waiting for me
and the shoe box making me at
least a slight bit guilty.
I went to work.

This was taken with the old Leica,
on Plus X film, developed in D-76.
Located in the Hocking Hills area.
Just downstream from Cedar Falls,
I once took students there and
watched as they didn't see this scene
until I pointed it out to them.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Glen Canyon

On a trip to Lima a few weeks ago
I picked up a new scanner.
This is the first time I have had to try it out.

An older image, from the 1960's,
on Kodachrome 25.
Seems to work well.

Now, I can begin the long job
of scanning all of my old images.

Thank you Charles, it works great.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Ash Cave

Ash Cave in the beautiful Hocking Hills Area.

This day was almost perfect. It had been 
raining and since this is a run-off falls
it was flowing well.
The sun light was reflecting from the sand
up into the cave, giving illumination to
the rock roof.

All in all, a very good day.