Another anniversary month is passing for this blog, it has been 14 years now.
Here is another shot of a life size pottery piece I photographed a few years ago. Last month, I believe, we were in Lexington and picked up some clay and I had quite a wait, which is a good thing. Always happy to see small businesses thrive and that lends time to explore with the camera.
Seems that signs have become the canvas of a new breed of street artists.
…not as easy as it sounds.’
On a recent bike ride, I photographed the mural at Russell again. This mural advertised suits and overcoats for as low as $24.00. The Russell bridge was the first in the area and I suppose the automobile traffic to the merchants of Ironton Ohio provided competition to the ones in Ashland. The point of this wall sized advertisement must have been an attempt to divert some of these lost customers to Ashland, which now is about a 15 minute drive.
While out on a morning ride, I found this interesting hand-lettered sign.
We recently had out of town relatives visiting and asked us to dinner, I couldn’t resist a portrait by this nice mural. We had a great time that evening.
Here’s another shot from the weekend photo challenge at the Russell Depot park. The RU Cabin (evidently the usual name for it) is a small square two story building. It once housed men and equipment that controlled the flow of trains into the rail yards. One member of our photo group shared memories of his grandfather working in the cabin, his job was running switches on the top floor to control the train and tracks. Now all of that is done remotely from Florida and the building is a museum, though not open to the public.
This past weekend I participated in a photo challenge hosted by our new local photo group. The challenge was to produce interesting images at a very small park in our town. This area would be called a micro-park in some parts, it consists of a parking lot, the old train depot, a defunct railroad building called the RU Cabin, a small fountain, a caboose, and landscaped brick walkway with pavers engraved with railroaders names on it. In addition, someone had left out a very old rail pushcart of the sort you\’d use to move luggage around on. We had a fair amount of participation, I would call it a success. The park is interesting for the fact that you step out of your car and think there is not a photo to be found but then as you spend time, they appear all over the place. I made 2 trips there, I think you are more successful if you make a scouting trip and look through your lens and then return looking for the right light and for scenes that sort of gel within your mind. I still have two more shots in my mind, plus a number of ones that could be done as setup shots. I\’ll post a few of my images this week. The one today was posted to the photo group as a Velvia style color jpg, with this version above I have reverted to a desaturated one that I actually prefer. With modern screens, you really have no idea what your photos will look like to your viewers, the view from a Galaxy smartphone with the adaptive screen option turned on by default, for instance, gives a much different look than a calibrated monitor, in my opinion.
Waiting out a recent rainstorm at Bittersweet Coffee in Huntington, West Virginia. The place has a really nice coffee-house feel to it, relaxing.
Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti
Huntington, West Virginia
We were at Jim’s for lunch yesterday, sat at the counter. The best seat in the house. It had been awhile since I have had the cheeseburger on toast, a unique and great sandwich.
It had been a very long time, but we finally were able to go to Jim’s again. A small but vital accomplishment! We were greeted by Jimmie and sat at the counter while enjoying the fish sandwich and crinkle fries. Don’t take for granted the small stuff of life.
And it is May 1st, a special memorial day in my life.
The winter storm Jonas hits (not to be confused with the hits of the Jonas Brothers). I’m reminded of the time where a major employer transferred a bulk of their workers from our area to another part of the state. One of the biggest worries they expressed (besides having to find new barbers and dentists) happened to be the inability to find Snyder’s potato chips. For a long time, anyone visiting “home” to visit those barbers or dentists would be asked to fetch back bags and bags of the beloved chips.
I think this might be a multiple snow shovel episode storm, already did it once and covered quickly.
Well, here is a Jonas Brother’s video to keep you entertained.
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.
Reminded me of the late series Mad Men. RIP….
Here in Kentucky, our health care reforms seemed to play a large influence in our last election. People often vote against their own self interest, that’s nothing new but still is baffling. The election news informs us that counties who had the large majorities of folks on Medicaid and other benefits were the ones who voted for candidate and parties who openly supported curbing those same benefits.
I would file this shot under my collection of either signs or back doors. A brief drive to Ironton, Ohio to accompany someone on an errand yielded this grab shot. A new week dawns, some days off that gives time to look for photographs as well as trails and roads to cycle on.
Nice and cool today for a change. Made a stop at the pottery studio and found several mugs in the process of being made.