at the wonderful Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, West Virginia.
Eating outside at the what we call the fancy Taco Bell, we’ve experienced all the changing seasons many times. Usually at the same table until later in the year when the cold and the low lying evening sun makes us retreat to one of the warmer tables on the edge of the dining area. It’s a nice place to go to, even in spite of the fast food fare, usually it’s vacant and you could trick yourself in thinking that you were somewhere special, perhaps at a nice dining area hidden away where nobody has found it yet. Won’t be long until the lady is all wrapped up for winter, or maybe carted away for storage again.
One last shot from the photography group meeting, during our editing session demonstration.
This might be a repeat, it pops up as being shot one year ago this week during a great photo daytrip that I enjoyed with a couple of friends. It is one of my shots from a moving car, I could do a series. The window reflection gives a bit of confusion that I enjoy, though you might not. I have partially watched the Sally Mann movie on Amazon and I very much understood what she was saying during the segment where she was applying collodium on her glass plates. Happy accidents made images that she loved, such as when she was working out of her van and a semi truck drove past, kicking up a lot of dust that landed on the plate. Saul Leiter said he preferred a bit of confusion in his photographs, maybe a bit of grit might help too?
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
― Marthe Troly-Curtin,
Out in the evening for ice cream.
The Surly looking all industrial at the playground.
“I saw one of those at Walmart!”
neighborhood kids shouting at me
while bike riding
“You’ve attempted logic. Not
all attempts succeed.”
(from the blog of John Scalzi)
“Sometimes I feel like a ghost in this house. While
others sleep, that comfort escapes me.”
(a friend suffering with an illness)
"I\’d say to him, \’But isn\’t this a better photo?\’ and he\’d say
\’Yes, child, but this photo tells the story better.\’ For him, it
wasn\’t about the aesthetics of photography. It was about
on the recent death of legendary NY Times
fashion photographer Bill Cunningham
"Much of what is said here must be
said twice, a reminder that no one takes
an immediate interest in the pain of others."
from The Blues
by Billy Collins
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.”
from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
As a passenger to Portsmouth Ohio in search of pizza, I snapped a few shots out the window. I don’t think I’ve used many high contrast shots before, so here is the first of two that were fairly successful.
A confusion of communication left me waiting and looking at my shoes for awhile.
Being a bit artsy-fartsy with the Gopro, admiring the confusion of posters and reflections in the window of the storefront.
Ohio Valley Camera Club
Huntington, West Virginia
We had a nice meeting at the camera club Friday night. Really nice images in the show, as well as having some glassware to shoot for the program. Stephen Shore is one of my favorite photographers and I’ve owned his book Uncommon Places for many years. I was happy to see an article about him in yesterday’s Feature Shoot. You can see it here. I admire anyone who is interested in photographing the ordinary things in life, I think we see far too many waterfalls.
The week, so far, leaves one expressionless. An exceptionally easy upgrade to the new Windows seems to have revived an older computer destined for the recycle pile whereas the attempt to fix Photoshop took hours and hours. I’m not certain why human nature is to tinker around endlessly rather than just call the support line, probably a man thing. But the ship is upright again. You have to marvel at the human spirit, in the beginning you’re afraid to do much of anything but as time goes on you\’re deleting this and that without regard to the circumstances. Then after a couple days of this, it\’s certainly a surprise when everything is working and you haven’t actually a clue what you did.
We had quite a large turn out for the 2nd meeting of our photography group. It’s an informal thing, no dues or membership, just an attempt to provide some photography related activities to the local area, in addition to the OVCC in Huntington WV. I think we had 30 to 40 folks attend. Jeff gave a nice presentation on camera basics and followed with showing some of his astrophotography and landscape work.
Finally some days off, so started them off with an evening at Fat Patty’s then a stroll through the downtown arcade. We see where the record shop has found new space on the ground floor and seem to be in the midst of moving. Shooting through the window, I thought this turntable was interesting.
I think the analog world may not be dead as they say, I know I have really enjoyed an old typewriter gifted to me recently. Once again:
“….they may be lost and just applying all the usual
rules of thumb to something that is not a thumb.”
We’ve first experienced a nice snowfall and now very mild weather, I’d take the snowfall any day. If you like to hike or bike the trails, a good frozen base is much better than mud any day. So I stay home. On the elliptical this week, which I think a good preacher could devise a very persuasive sermon in comparing the elliptical to an eternal time in a not so nice place. Want to stretch a half hour and make it feel like hours on end? The elliptical is your time bending device, as you know.
On my YouTube list, in the shot, is the video about Fred Lyon- the photographer I mentioned some time ago when I was admiring his black and white work. Here is a great interview with him and to top it off, he talks about 10 of his images.
“Of course you need technique. But that’s merely
the affairs of craftsmanship. So don’t let it show
too much in your images.
It could get in the way of the content.”