at the fancy Taco Bell

at the fancy Taco Bell

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.

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

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?

 

 

Building restoration, downtown Ashland

Building restoration, downtown Ashland

"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
storytelling."

Lesley Vinson
on the recent death of legendary NY Times
fashion photographer Bill Cunningham
 
 

Joe at the OVCC camera club

Joe at the OVCC camera club

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.

 

 

Hmmmm…expressionless

Hmmmm...expressionless

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.

 

Jeff Ball at the photography group meeting

Jeff Ball at the photography group meeting

Russell, Kentucky

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.

 

at the arcade record shop

at the arcade record shop

Camayo Arcade
Ashland, Kentucky

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.”

unknown

On the elliptical

On the elliptical

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.”

Fred Lyon