Moving Day

Moving Day

With the weather changing by the hour this season, any sort of activity that needs fair weather would just be a roll of the dice.  So, no surprise to find that moving day turns up with weather in which I have to even salt down the driveway to prevent injury.  But it is done, finally.

 I have a few pictures to catch up with.

Tri-State Camera Club

Tri-State Camera Club
Russell, Kentucky

Bish Runyon gave a nice presentation to the camera club tonight.  Along with a Lightroom demonstration, Bish gave a presentation that discussed iconic photographs and photographers.  We had a nice crowd and very good meeting.

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?

 

 

at the Tri State Camera Club

at the Tri State Camera Club

Russell, Kentucky

This week we held our January meeting of our local photography group, this marks our 1 year anniversary.  More of a community group rather than a club, meetings are free and we have no official membership.  This month, our program was a discussion by a local college professor Tom Suter (Senior Lecturer of Art at Ohio University Ironton) on digital art and photography, ending with the fine points of setting the custom white balance within the camera itself.  Pictured above is a couple of group participants during our hands-on session towards the end of the meeting.

Dad’s Christmas Tree

Dad\'s Christmas Tree

My father spent some time in a nursing home this year and while there he dreamed up this idea of a University of Kentucky basketball themed Christmas Tree, saying that you really have to have something to dream about while there.  It was a family project, but a new white flocked tree and all new ornaments and lights turned out really well.  He was very pleased and proud of it, inviting all sorts of folks to come and see it.

Hope you had  nice holidays!

 

Festival of Trees #2

Festival of Trees #2

Same style of shot from yesterday, different camera, lens, and no flash this time.  The Festival of Trees is a bit odd in my opinion, it is really a fund raiser and occurs around Thanksgiving and the trees are auctioned or sold off with the festival being dismantled so the trees can be moved to the homes of the purchasers.  It’s a popular Thanksgiving-time activity and we were lucky to have a morning of photography to ourselves.

 

 

John Montanez at the Tri-State Camera Club

John Montanez at the Tri-State Camera Club

John Montanez spoke at our recent camera club meeting on the topic of sports photography.  Most speakers use a digital projector but John printed up large prints with several panoramic photos for the meeting.  It was a crash course in everything you needed to know to start off.  He has arrangements with many of the surrounding universities, the photography was stunning.

 

 

 

Bike racer sprinting

Bike racer sprinting

Huntington, West Virginia

At a recent bike race downtown, two racers sprint along the straight stretch at Pullman Square.  With the following quote, just replace the word “bikes” with “camera lenses” and you’ll get the idea of how it is in our household.

 

The correct number of bikes to own is N + 1

While the minimum number of bikes one should own
is three, the correct number is n + 1, where n is the
number of bikes currently owned. This equation may
also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number
of bikes owned that would result in separation
from your partner.”

Rule #12

 

Arthur Tress image at UK Art Museum

Arthur Tress image at UK Art Museum

I wanted to flip back to an photograph or two from the Wide Angle exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

A couple days ago, I had an image showing the display of some well known photographers, however I think one of the important educational points of the Wide Angle show is how it allows you to find new photographers and new styles.

This photograph depicts a picture made by Arthur Tress, a photographer  that is known for his staged surrealism.  His image shows a street hockey player shot in an enveloping scene of steam rising from the road beneath him, from some sort of vent.  It is a striking photograph, sort of creepy but alluring.

Within the show are also photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard who also favored such a style, often using his children as subjects in his made up surreal images.  Meatyard was a local Kentucky photographer who was a member of the earlier Lexington Camera Club and died in the 70s just prior to the club folding.

For some time, his photography was collected and considered as good as the photographers such as Weston, Adams, and such.  Meatyard’s popularity faded but has began a resurgence in recent years and I’ve ran across his photographs several times lately.  Meatyard had a tie in with Thomas Merton and also Wendell Berry, both of whom I have often written about.   See Meatyard’s Wikipedia entry for more details.

Within our local camera club, we had a photographer in the mid 1980s who leaned toward “staged surrealism” and I remember not liking the images very well at all, but now after 30 years I can still distinctly remember them while I have forgotten most all the others.  That is one mark of success.

 

Arthur Rothstein and Marion Post Wolcott

Arthur Rothstein and Marion Post Wolcott

University of Kentucky Museum of Art
Lexington, Kentucky

In this scene, the middle photograph is “Fleeing a Dust Storm” by Arthur Rothstein.  He was a photographer with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) that photographed the country during the depression era.

This is a well known photograph, critically some have said it isn’t that good of a composition but we thought it was one of the better ones of the show.  Supposedly, Rothstein either “tweaked” it at best or else totally staged it, at worst.  The subjects are leaning while they walk to communicate their toil with the weather and the composition seems to suggest the building is occupied, though a close look at it shows the door has not been opened in a long while, nor could it ever be without a good bit of shoveling.  Still, it is a great photograph to view in person.

The photograph on the right is “Wagons deliver tobacco to barn on Russell Spears farm, near Lexington, Kentucky” by Marion Post Wolcott.  Her photographs, taken as a collection, seem to be my most favorite from the FSA project.  She photographed in West Virginia during the same time period, as well as spending a month in the Lexington Kentucky area.

I believe the photograph on the left is a Walker Evans shot, though my notes are sort of jumbled at that point.

 

 

 

Black & Blue Parking Meters, 2013

Black & Blue Parking Meters, 2013

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

Certainly we find cliche subjects that show up for every photowalk, parking meters being one of them but they are still interesting to photograph and probably will eventually disappear much like pay phones.  One would hope so.  Weather is still fine temperature wise but looking like rain for a couple days without really doing it.  So, I planted some radishes today (Watermelon Radish), as well as Burpee Gourmet Blend Lettuce.  For my father, I also sowed some Purple Top White Globe Turnips.  All the other greens are looking pretty good, I\’ll give them a bit more growth and then see about a photograph or two. 

We have never been fans of cooked greens until I visited Nashville and ate at Arnold\’s Country Kitchen,  so it\’ll be a challenge to match their taste.  The cost to plant the greens was very very small and from the looks of it, the harvest could be substantial giving good return for the money if we can use it.  Even if not, the cost of feeling like a fall/winter gardnener is a bargain.  Human nature is odd.

"People are not machines, and purchasing just
about anything is as much about emotion and
the story we tell ourselves as it is about economic
calculation. Charging you for the chance to save
money one day is one more step in a dance about feelings."

Seth Godin\’s Blog, speaking about gift
cards but could just as well apply to
garden material, expensive cameras, or
any car above the most basic model.

(you can sign up for his newsletter on
his site.  Loads of common sense stuff)

 

 

 

Antenna

Antenna

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

a gray chilled evening
faces stare out dark windows
antennas as fine art?

 

 

 

 

Behind the fence

Behind the fence

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

 

 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/11/2871652/paul-prather-my-political-middle.html#storylink=cpy

Dog in a window

Dog in a window

Scott Kelby Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

The people of Huntington sure like their pets, we saw a good number of dogs and cats along the sidewalk stroll.  

 

BPOE Lodge, Huntington WV

BPOE Lodge, Huntington WV

Scott Kelby Photowalk 2013
Huntington, WV

This is a shot of the front doors to the downtown BPOE lodge, done in black and white with contrast to show off the reflections as well as lines.  I think my favorite picture of the walk will be the man with the dog from the previous post, you can often tell your favorite when all the others seem to suddenly not be any good at all.  That is much the case with me right now, I think we submit just one photo and that will probably be the one for me if I decide to enter.  It\’s just a slight quibble with this one, but it would have been much better with just a tad higher camera angle to capture the entire door handle with the interesting BPOE engraving.    Really nice weather right now, though turning cool.  I got another short bike ride in today, it\’s a shame the season is rapidly closing up just when I seem to have finally gotten going.

 

 

On the sidewalks of Huntington, Kelby Photowalk 2013

On the sidewalks of Huntington, Kelby Photowalk 2013

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

Just by luck late on Friday night, I ran across an online announcement that the Kelby Photowalk was scheduled for the next day, Saturday, at 4pm in Huntington.  The meeting place was announced as the fountain at Ritter Park.  When I arrived, I was astounded to see such a big crowd, actually would have been maybe hundreds of people.  Sure has gotten popular, I thought.   Didn\’t take long to find out this was also the gathering place for all high school kids going to their homecoming dance.  Talk about a mess, after walking around for maybe half an hour, I saw dozens and dozens of adults with fancy cameras standing around.  I approached a few with the question "Are you here for the photowalk?", which returned odd looks.  Just when I was about to leave, I spied some folks sitting at a table with a lady reading from a white sheet of paper.  Yes, that was the group.  With all the confusion, the photowalk only had 4 participants out of about 20 who signed up.  But we had a good time in spite of the rough start and the less than spectacular light.

I have a few interesting pictures, so I\’ll go through them and post a new one each day for the next week or so.  For this photowalk, I took the SL1 and the 5D2 but only two lenses: the 24-105L F4 and the 135mm F2.   Swapping them between the full frame and cropped body, I had a pretty good working distance from wide angle to telephoto, not to mention a fast lens for depth-of-field work.

I ran across the kind gentleman who was out walking his dog for the evening.  We exchanged a few words and he briefly filled me in about his life and aspirations to travel a bit sometime soon.  Both he and his dog had kind faces that seemed perfect for the camera and he readily agreed to a quick shot or two.  He was very interested in the photowalk pictures and said he would google it up, so hopefully I can have this posted for him to view.

 

 

Ace Time Trials

Ace Time Trials

Here\’s an earlier shot from the 2013 Time Trials held in Huntington, West Virginia.  Our area bicycle enthusiast numbers have blossomed into a substantial community, this weekend a group of area riders are attempting to make a one-hundred mile ride (aka \”a century\”) on each day of the holiday weekend.  Half of today\’s ride was reported to happen in the morning storm but the pace was still pretty good with an average speed of >19mph over the 100 mile route.

There are many ways of going forward,
but only one way of standing still.
 

Franklin D. Roosevelt