David climbing into Ironton

David climbing into Ironton

A special effects image from doodling on my phone when I had some time to pass, a double exposure of two older images:  David climbing a hill on a hiking trip on top of an image of an alley in Ironton, Ohio.  Then converted to a digital painting.

 

 

Claylick-Buffalo School at Greenbo

Claylick-Buffalo School at Greenbo

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup County, Kentucky

Here is a photo of the old schoolhouse at Greenbo during the recent snow.  I converted it to digital art with the app Prisma then to black and white with Snapseed.  Originally, the location was down by the lake in a low wet spot when I was a child.  I remember the year they moved the building, I thought that sounded impossible to carry it over the hill.

Here is a history of the park from the Kentucky Parks website.

 

 

Truckers lounge (digital painting)

Truckers lounge (digital painting)

Here is another photo from yet another road trip with Dennis and Mike.  While you were away, I had great fun looking through the past 13 or 14 years of photographs and seeing if any could be reclaimed for digital paintings.  I’m thinking that the future holds a lot of unknown processes and maybe we should just never delete photographs, even when blurry or not tack sharp.

 

 

Old Olds (digital painting)

Old Olds (digital painting)

A digital painting from an image I took on a photography road trip with Dennis and Mike a few years ago.  I remember saving this blurred photo but had no idea how to use it but the digital painting app seemed like it might be useful here.  Our trip was just a day long but most productive and great fun, a day in which you look back and treasure for the rest of your life.

 

Farmhouse (digital painting)

Farmhouse (digital painting)
While you were away, I continued to be fascinated by the digital painting app.  It brings the image to the point of non-photography and I mentioned to a friend that there is really no place to share these images.  Both photographers and painters often see them as some sort of cheating.  I have had a lot of fun with it though, so I’ll share them here.  Here is a photo from some time ago, taken out in my county.

Kids on a bike, Charleston WV

Kids on a bike, Charleston WV

When I found the app Prisma, I immediately thought of this photograph.  Mike Adkins and I were wandering the streets of Charleston WV a few years ago when I captured this scene of two kids sharing a bike.  You can see the original post right here, it was way back in 2008 and the kids are not tack sharp- you only get one shot at this type of photo you know.  Whether or not you like faux painting apps, I think we can agree that interesting shots that are ruined or not optimal by motion (or other) blur just might be useful in the future with apps or processes we have not thought up yet.  When culling images, I\’m now using different eyes before I hit the delete button.

 

 

 

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Here’s another shot with the Prisma app, not everyone’s cup of tea I know but maybe my most successful faux painting to date and I’ve tried a number of programs/apps over the years.  The story is this:  I’ve been feeling really poorly but after a checkup, a good bill of health was received.  So what do you do?  Go have  donuts and think about it.  With the fine fall weather upon us, I thought I’d just bite the bullet and see how a trail ride feels.  It was a magic cup of tea, I think it could pull anyone up and out of the doldrums. So when a good friend complained of the same thing, I agreed:  trips to the YMCA or your particular favorite type of body movement might just be the ticket.

This shot was at the old backwoods Boy Scout camping area of the local park I bike at (which is the 2nd biggest in Kentucky).  It takes on the abandoned look periodically, I’ve witnessed this a number of times and I’ve been coming here since I was a young teenager (though by foot back then).   A very good picnic table survives and I’ve purchased a tiny inexpensive backpacking stove, the plan being to bike into the back area of the park and brew up coffee during cold fall and winter mornings.  We did this a few times last year with a couple of friends and had a nice time, it always helps to have a destination and a purpose when you are aiming at exercise.

Hope your week is starting off well.  I’ll lay off the faux painting apps a bit (or maybe not, I’m a sucker for ’em).

 

Baggage

Baggage

old railroad depot
Catlettsburg, Kentucky

This town has also preserved its old railroad depot.  This shot was one of the test photos from the fisheye lens that had the flaw in the element. Exif might say 50mm but it was the 8mm Samyang fisheye with a bit of a crop in post edit.

 

 

Storm across the Ohio River

Storm across the Ohio River

I mentioned our recent drive around Ohio with the terrible rain storms.  Actually, the first storm caught us while we were near the Ohio River and we found this nice waterfront parking spot to enjoy the weather.  This is a composite cell phone image, the first shot being out the side window and focused on the water drops while the 2nd shot was out the front window and is the house on the other side of the river.

Had a nice lunch visit with friends today.

 

Eyes and forks

Eyes and forks

Welcome to July.  I thought I’d open the month with a composite image, something that I haven’t had much success with but was inspired by a couple of images found in the gallery exhibition of the Ohio Valley Camera Club.   This one somewhat depicts recent life.

But I didn’t have a complicated talent, nor was it enormous. Some
people thought I did because I wrote poems and was shy, didn’t
make eye contact, kept to myself. Nowadays they’d say
“high-functioning end of the autism spectrum,” but back
then oddity was interpreted in a kindlier fashion.

 The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor

Petunia TTV

Petunia TTV

I experimented a little today and shot this picture through the viewfinder of a 1950s box camera after building a “contraption” to fit the digital DSLR to the viewfinder of the 620 box camera.

But the point is this: the end that I discover at
last is not the end that I conceived at first. For
every solution entails new choices, and every
choice made poses new problems to which
solutions must be found, and so on and on.

Deep in his heart, the poet is always
surprised at where his poem has gone.”

Augustus: A Novel (Vintage)
by John Williams 

Postcard Sunflower in the garden, 2013

Postcard Sunflower in the garden, 2013

I\’ll close out the month with a shot from the beginning of it, this is one of the sunflowers I grew in the garden this year.  With this version, I was working for a vintage postcard look.   The garden is clear now with the exception of the jalapenos and banana peppers.  The greens are coming up pretty well now with the kale and spinach doing the best and the collard greens look to be a bit behind.    Hoping for some outdoor time next week though the job of  finishing up  the minor home repairs seems to be barking my name out every day, getting louder and louder.

 

"Gimme one more cup of that
worry-be-gone…."

Worry B Gone
(song by Guy Clark, song well by Hayes Carll,
Youtube video about it found here)

 

 

Russell Railyard with the Hipstamatic

Russell Railyard with the Hipstamatic

Russell, Kentucky

 While restoring the images from July 2010, I ran across an interesting bit of writing where I mentioned the association of the Framingham Study with the understanding of how mental and physical changes are spread between us.  The Framingham Study is often referred to in medical research as it was a long term study of an entire town, or most of it.  Read my 2010 entry here.

An interesting couple of coincidences, the news reports that a recent online photo contest was won with a photo that soon was proven to have been stolen.  Seems there is no forgiveness for such as thing, once a thief always a thief and all of that.  So, I was looking through my older shots for my site restoration project (forced upon me with the Expressions shutdown of my old images) and I ran across a nice photo made with the Hipstmatic.  So I prepped it for posting and then thought that I really need to remember where I shot it at, must have been at a museum as it was a sculpture of a large foot.  That\’s my type of subject matter, I shoot a lot of my wife\’s pottery and things found in galleries, then most often post it with at least reflection to the place it was photographed and often the artist if I noted it.  With this blog platform, I usually tag it with the Style of Derivative Art since the photo subject was the art of another person.  Well, I could not remember where this big foot came from.  My next step is to look for sequentially numbered shots that would have been taken before and after the suspect image, in the big-foot-photo it was an import from the I-phone and I had to track down the batch.  Lo and behold, it appeared the big foot photo was something I had snapped out of a magazine to show someone.  Yes I had taken the photo but no it was not my photograph.   So I think the moral of the story is that we all shoot things with our phone and take screen shots to remember things but it is certainly probable that either ourselves or those who inherit our photographic files will someday make a mistake and consider a shot to be ours when it isn\’t.  The exif data may reflect that you had shot the photo whenever the photo itself may have been copied in an art gallery or magazine.  It is difficult to recover from a proven act of art thievery, even if by accident.

 

 “Those who dance are considered insane
by those who cannot hear the music.”

George Carlin

 

 

Tomatoes with sproket hole frame

Tomatoes with sproket hole frame

I\’ve never used a sprocket hole frame before but this I-Phone filter turned out nice colors and these are probably the last sizable bunch of tomatoes from the garden.  We roasted tomatoes in the oven today by using the recipe at Smitten Kitchen with the exception of no herbs or garlic, which we\’ll most likely include next time.  I\’m a fan of roasted tomatoes on egg white sandwiches with cheddar cheese (ask for it at Panera Bread, they will have to add the roasted tomatoes for you, but they have them available).  Can\’t believe summer has ended.

"It will not always be summer; build barns."

Hesiod (supposedly)