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.

Camera Club

Camera Club

Our local camera group is still doing fine and growing into the 2nd year of activity.  Recently a small group visited The Wilds in Ohio.  In this photo, Barry examines one of the member prints being passed around for discussion.

 

People Powered Huntington

People Powered Huntington

Darryl works at one of the local bike shops, met him when I needed a few things.  Very helpful and energetic and so I started following his bike rides through the online apps Strava and Instagram.  Then figured out an unexpected link: he’s actually a cousin from my Grandfather’s family and I knew his grandparents.  It’s a very small world at time.

 

 

 

 

Finding the trail

Finding the trail

Sometimes you just have to go by instinct in order to find the shortcut.  I told David, yes it looks like this is the way I believe, up that hill.  Before the hiking trails, when I was a teenager, we tried our luck with map and compass to navigate over this ridge, we thought we had really done something big.  Now, seems pretty simple.  This cutout, we think, had once been an old logging road or perhaps a road to haul the iron ore.  On top of this ridge, there is an area that the bicycle folks call the Whoops because, well, you go up and down small hills that make you want to say "whoop!".  That area was the source of open digs for the iron ore for the old blast furnace that was down near the lake.  Back in the furnace day, all these hills would have been bare, stripped of their oaks for furnace fuel.

 

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.

 

 

 

Greenbo trails

Greenbo trails

On a recent trail ride at Greenbo, I came across Dennis Virgin hiking in preparation for a Smokies trip he has planned, then later came across another bike club member and a group of horseback riders from Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.  The Greenbo woods used to be vacant, about 15 years ago I bought my first GPS and explored the woods all winter without seeing anyone.  It\’s nice to see the park being used and enjoyed.

 

 

Portsmouth Motorcycle Club

Portsmouth Motorcycle Club

Portsmouth, Ohio

I recently went down to Portsmouth to participate in an urban bicycle ride that Bill Kirby has organized for Thursday nights.  The city has suffered from a poor public image, as well as general poor health of the population, and this bike ride does a whole lot to change both.  Maybe towns and cities should focus on these kinds of activities.  I’ll throw in two or three other shots from the ride, later on.

 

at Pour House Coffee

at Pour House Coffee

My Saturday morning bike ride took me to Pour House Coffee, maybe our only coffee shop in my town.  It was a looping around ride, taking roads, sidewalks, and parking lots to avoid traffic.  Really an enjoyable ride that I hope to make more often.  I had weak willpower, however, and went for the espresso yogurt shake that was amazing.  I don’t think I pedaled off the calories though!

(the exif data will no doubt be blank on this one, it was an Instagram photo, edited in Snapseed and taken with the GoPro, an amazing little camera that you just have to have faith in and shoot blindly. Cropped square for Instagram, which isn’t a current requirement anymore but did look good for this composition)

 

Tim Preston, intrepid journalist

Tim Preston, intrepid journalist

Grayson, Kentucky

I was contacted by Tim Preston about doing an interview about our new camera group.  Tim is the new editor of the Grayson Journal-Times newspaper and we know each other through Facebook and our mutual activities of bike riding and pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.  We both have lost about the same weight.

I love to travel to Grayson for their fine Mexican restaurant so off I was for a lunch interview.  What a conversation it was!  I think it has been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a meeting so much.  When can you find conversations that wind around to include social aspects of North Carolina all the way to how air flight in a Black Hawk helicopter will suck the heat out of your feet.

We talked about journalism, the difficulties of the newspaper business, history, photography, and many other items.

He asked for a photograph for his publication, so I asked for a photograph for my publication.  There you go!

 

 

Athen’s Sidewalkers in color

Athen\'s Sidewalkers in color

Happy March 1!!  You have survived the gloom and the depths of the dungeon of winter.  The good weather has seemed to lie in opposition to my off days, so I’ve had some time to edit through the left over photographs of the past year.   I’m expecting wildflower season to be early this year, I can hardly wait.  That also means snake season is upon us again, which affirms that our fears often lie right at the edge of our desires.

“Don’t make the viewers do
the editing for you.”

Jeff Ball,

speaking to the new photography
group at Bellefonte Hospital and
advising to only show your very best photos.