Firken Fest 2017

Firken Fest 2017

We had a craft beer festival in town recently, seemed to be very well attended, was interesting and a lot of fun.  But where in the world did they get that name?

 

 

Building restoration, downtown Ashland

Building restoration, downtown Ashland

"I\’d say to him, \’But isn\’t this a better photo?\’ and he\’d say
\’Yes, child, but this photo tells the story better.\’ For him, it
wasn\’t about the aesthetics of photography.  It was about
storytelling."

Lesley Vinson
on the recent death of legendary NY Times
fashion photographer Bill Cunningham
 
 

Fisheye Dodge

Fisheye Dodge

We visited the First Friday car show this weekend, I bought one of the manual Korean fisheyes to try.  Great quality but arrived with a flaw in the middle of the lens, small and noticeable to the eye but not on the images.  Hmmm.  Interesting that the camera will adjust the AutoIso and the shutter speed to give a semi-automatic exposure, even though a manual lens, but yet the metadata records it as a 50mm.

 

 

Mustang in the alley

Mustang in the alley

It was an eventful week, to say the least.  A couple days ago, I made my first venture out on the road bike on the route called the EK Bikeway in Raceland.  I think it ought to be called the Greg Wyer Bikeway, he was the one that first laid out the route in the 1980s with his truck.  The local bike club was formed a few years after that and evidently someone started using the same route as a club bike ride, most likely someone that had ridden with us earlier.  Since then, the local community made a bicycle trailhead and paved parking area near where we always started then the route branched off to included routes to the local parks.

But here’s the story:  the communities are pretty accustomed to bicyclers, seeing how they have shared the road now for about 30 years.  But ever so often you run across someone who thinks it’s ok to buzz you or drive within a foot or two to teach you a lesson.

On my first ride on the road for the year (I’ve stuck to riding trails at Greenbo), I drove to the parking lot and met a fellow named Ed who was going on the same route.  About midway to Russell, along a straight stretch of road that is as wide as the interstate lanes, a white van drives so close to me that I could have adjusted his mirror.  Ed says simply, “give a guy a break” through the open window.  Those must have been fighting words as the van came to a sudden stop and a lot of shouting and arm waving ensued, with an invitation to fight beside the road.

Ironically, a policeman was parked not far away but had backed up to be hidden from speeding cars, so he was also hidden from this rapidly escalating argument.

Ed says he has the right to be on the road and the NRA-stickered van guy is shouting that we don’t and offers to settle it with a fight beside the road with Ed offering to take the guy back to the policeman to settle it, which he declined.  Then Ed takes off in the middle of the road with van-guy following  closely.  I’m standing in disbelief, then try to catch up.  Then BMW-guy pulls up in a convertible and asks if van-guy is giving us a hard time, then he speeds off in hot pursuit.  At that point, rounding the curve, I can only report that the BMWseemed to be chasing van.  I find Ed at the city park with a grin and says “You don’t have that much fun on the trails do you?”

Which is a valid point to ponder over.

For the rest of the ride, it was as if someone had called in reinforcements.  Police everywhere:  sitting, patrolling, , tailing us in an unmarked car.  My take away lesson is that maybe I’m not so afraid of copperheads on the bike trails at Greenbo after all, they might be a bit more friendly that folks in vans.

 

at the arcade record shop

at the arcade record shop

Camayo Arcade
Ashland, Kentucky

Finally some days off, so started them off with an evening at Fat Patty’s then a stroll through the downtown arcade.  We see where the record shop has found new space on the ground floor and seem to be in the midst of moving.  Shooting through the window, I thought this turntable was interesting.

I think the analog world may not be dead as they say, I know I have really enjoyed an old typewriter gifted to me recently.   Once again:

 

“….they may be lost and just applying all the usual
rules of thumb to something that is not a thumb.”

unknown

Fresh

Fresh

Ashland, Kentucky

Monday started a fresh week with bright and clear weather, but around here it deteriorated and we have our first winter weather.   I was surprised about a couple recent announcements, the first being the Fuji Instax camera was a huge sales item for Amazon.  It’s the Polaroid style instant camera that seems to appeal to teens right now, as well as others.  The other item is the reintroduction of the Super 8 movie camera by Kodak.  It was an interesting article, the president of the company talked about how they saved film by getting an agreement from movie makers to use enough film that production could be maintained.  They are the last producers of movie stock in the world.  For the consumer camera, it was tackling the issue of the film development infrastructure being completely decimated.  They solved this by going back to the old yellow mailers.  You shoot your film, mail it back to Koday like we mailed Kodachrome in the 70s and 80s, they will then develop and scan it to 4K and mail back the film itself.  I would place a bet that the cost of development will be the issue preventing success, I have read about $50 a roll.

An interesting development, I hope it is successful though and maybe camera film will return with similar ease.

 

 

Indian at the Arcade

Indian at the Arcade

I slept too long and that tossed to the wind the entire schedule for the first of the week.  Then the deep freeze started and I waited today for the temp to hit the 20s and finally took off with the bike to Greenbo for some exercise and hopefully photos.  When I arrived there, I saw lots of hunter orange and then remembered, yes, it is the two day gun season at the park.  Not wanting to be a target for the 90 hunters, I returned home to do some chores only to find the tools evidently have been hopelessly mislaid. How has your week gone so far?   Out for a bite to eat and made a quick stop at the Arcade where I made another snap of one of my favorite subjects.

“It seems the best way to get myself to do things is to decide
not to.  To thrash the famous John Lennon quote to shreds, my
life in the end will amount to everything I’ve done while putting
off all the things I ought to have done.”

The Online Photographer, 1/4/2016

Waiting for the coffee to brew

Waiting for the coffee to brew

Lots of people out yesterday doing their last minute grocery shopping, everybody seems to be smiling and in a good mood. Afterwards, made a quick stop at the donut shop only to find it entirely vacant, an odd occurrence.  A small coffee and a buttermilk donut (known by Karla Kirk as a donut blob), the best in the world.  At Jolly Pirate, Ashland.  (there is also a catch-up post for yesterday)