John Prine Concert

John Prine Concert

Ashland, Kentucky

I had a bad head cold last week and fell behind not only in keeping up here but also in sorting and filing photos. As a result, everything is a mess. By the end of the week, I was feeling much better and was able to get tickets in the balcony area of the John Prine concert here in Ashland. It was a great time, I really enjoyed it. The place was nearly filled up. I’m not a long-time follower of John Prine, but last year I was in Joseph Beth Bookseller in Lexington, Kentucky when I heard this shrill voice singing over the loudspeakers. It was Iris Dement doing a duet with John Prine and it was such a strange tune with lyrics that I couldn’t believe was coming from the speakers that I bought the album over it. It still gets lots of airplay on my Itunes. Sadly, Iris wasn’t there to sing this tune on Saturday.

 

 

Joe

Joe

I intended to not post many more I-Phone photos on this page, but here’s another one. This is a shot of Joe Browning taken before the Ohio Valley Camera Club meeting. The club has been around for 60 years now and if there was a way to keep a tally, I’d say that Joe would be at the very top of the list of most creative and skilled photography. And a nice person to boot.

 

Mason Jar

Mason Jar

All shots this week are from my I-Phone 365 project.

Last weekend, I caught an episode of the PBS series called Kentucky Muse. This episode was on Mary Ann Currier, a fabulous Kentucky artist. If you have some time, Google her name and read about her. Jump to a gallery of her still life paintings. No, they are not photographs.

 

Furniture Storage

Furniture Storage

Ashland, Kentucky

I shamed Joe into saying something good about this one on Facebook, so I’ll post it here too. I’m lukewarm about it. It’s a Hipstamatic I-phone image shot with the Salvador Dali pak that was a promotion to raise money for the museum down south. There’s a lot of good photos from this pak out there but I haven’t any luck yet. Still, I’ve gotten my 0.99 cents worth of fun out of it.

 

Parrott Rifle at Woodland Cemetery

Parrott Rifle at Woodland Cemetery

Woodland Cemetery
Ironton, Ohio

Here’s a full shot of the canon that was the subject of the closeup photo from a couple days ago. The carriage is a reproduction and the tube has obviously undergone a restoration awhile back. Notice the bulbous rear area of the tube where the wrought iron was used to wrap the cast iron rifled barrel tube. This added great strength to the gun. The innovation apparently wasn’t in the design but was in the manufacturing process where the 2 parts of the barrel were fitted together when red-hot and then the tube was rotated while cold water was applied, allowing the 2 metal pieces to fuse together.

I’ve long been critical of fancy frames on a photograph, so in the spirit of eating ones own words, I’ve applied a burnt paper frame and a b/w conversion via the I-phone, although the shot was done with a DSLR. So much for experimenting to broaden one’s horizons. hahaha!

 

Halloween self portrait

Halloween self portrait

Happy Halloween!

(photo is from a trip with Mike & Dennis to Point Pleasant awhile back. The photo is derived from original art by the late Philippe Smit, which was on display at Gallery at 409 in the town)

 

Grass

Grass

This is an experiment with the ‘click and drag’ exposure method as demonstrated by an entry from Kathy Smith at our local camera club meeting awhile back. The basic process is to set a slow shutter and then drag the camera vertically during exposure.

 

Farmhouse

Farmhouse

somewhere in Greenup County
Kentucky

The sun was supposed to come out in the evening, so I took off driving across the backroads of the neighboring counties soon after lunch. This was the first time that I navigated a trip with a GPS and unknown to me, someone had set the machine to not ever suggest a U-turn. Because of that, if you missed a turn it would say ‘recalculating’ and then tell you to go straight ahead as if you were right on track.

Finally, after 5 miles of curvy roads, it would find a road that would loop you back in the direction that you came from. So a lot of wasted time but the sun never came out, so nothing was lost.

Our local camera club has a category for Enhanced Photographic Art and this image was another attempt to come up with a painterly effect.

The sun is supposed to come out tomorrow.

 

Lake Reflection

Lake Reflection

(2nd photo for today)
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup County, Kentucky

This is a somewhat confusing photo of the reflection of the hillside in the lake water. It reminded me of a Monet painting and that held my interest while I was taking a walk recently.

 

Mommy loves Kamryn and Kalen

Mommy loves Kamryn and Kalen

Huntington, West Virginia

Thanks goes to Mike Hensley for pointing out this scene along the banks of the Ohio River. Before the photowalk, Joe Browning and I had been discussing a question from someone who wanted to make an oval collage of photographs for a school class.  The most difficult step is getting a square collage of photographs that are arranged in the way that you want them and then you somehow spherize the photo, which I did with a plugin in a previous example. The above photograph was done as a test by expanding the canvas a whole lot, then filling the outside of an oval selection with black, then using the spherize filter set at 100%. The effect isn’t nearly as good but might work fine with a collage of several dozen photographs.

 

Pendleton Art Center Panorama

Pendleton Art Center Panorama

Pendleton Art Center Gallery
Ashland, Kentucky

This is a 180 degree panoramic view that was photographed with the perspective of looking in from Winchester Avenue. The Cafe and Gallery area are both open for coffee, breakfast, and lunch at which time you can often catch several artists at work in their studios. The entire Art Center is open for the First Friday Art Walk. The gallery area is slated for new paint shortly in the future.

 

Sun Shade

Sun Shade

The Wilds
Cumberland, Ohio

When this scene came into view, I thought it would make an interesting geometrical abstract photograph. The structure is a sun shade that the animals use. It’s sitting in a field of grass with another grassy field rising in the background.

If you’ve followed along, I’ve been posting some commentary and photographs from a trip that I put together largely with the help of Dave Lavender’s excellent book ‘Dave Trippin’.

(Photo presented with just a touch of the soft light blur technique to give a painterly effect)

Thanks for visiting.

 

70th Anniversary at Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti |

70th Anniversary at Jim\'s Steak & Spaghetti |

Jim\’s Steak & Spaghetti
Huntington, West Virginia

Yesterday, we visited one of our favorite restaurants and celebrated their 70th anniversary. Jim Tweel opened Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti on June 9th, 1938 and worked it constantly until his death 3 years ago on that same date. Jim was the constant door greeter at the restaurant as well as mingling with the crowd and making sure that everything was just right for you. The place was packed yesterday, serving up a limited menu with special prices and free birthday cake.

Someone had made a special birthday cake for the front counter that was decorated with cutout figures of the staff, both past and present, which I photographed for my photo album and made into an oval format.

 

At the edge of Tony’s Blueberry meadow

At the edge of Tony\'s Blueberry meadow

Boyd County, Kentucky

Over the weekend, we visited our friend Tony and took a tour of his property. If he had a few more acres, many would call it a mini-farm. It’s an interesting place to walk around and photograph as he raises raspberries, blueberries, and bees amongst a growing number of interesting structures and inventions that include a homemade irrigation system. I photographed the above scene as we walked up the grassy trail to the ridge-top blueberry patch. As we walked up the trail, the sound of the 17 year Cicadas were deafening, certainly the loudest that I’ve heard anywhere. They were swarming among the trees to each side of the trail.

 

David with the grunge look

David with the grunge look

My thanks and apologies both go to David for allowing me to use this photograph to try out grunge processing. I had been talking with Mike Adkins about this technique, specifically how it’s being applied in portraiture of young folks and music groups. Being only my 2nd try at it, the result is much stronger than what I think you’d want to use in normal grunge portraiture. I told Dave that with this photo, he could portray a soldier crawling out of a foxhole in the 1960s TV show ‘Combat’ or maybe an underground coal miner after a long night of work.

 

Kodak Tourist II TtV

Kodak Tourist II TtV

This is a Kodak Tourist II that I bought last year. The camera is about 50 years old and when it was delivered, I was surprised to find the camera was still in the original box with all the paperwork. It was as though someone had bought the outfit and put it up in a closet for 50 years, died, then it went to Goodwill. In a few weeks, I hope to run a roll of film through it. The photograph is a TtV photo shot with a Panasonic digicam through a Kodak Duaflex II and converted to black and white.