Night sky photo outing

Night sky photo outing

Our new (or fairly new) local photo group spent the night photographing the stars.  Mike Adkins gave us a nice program earlier in the month and so armed with that knowledge, we found a hilltop and gave it a try. Took a lot of experimentation but I think everyone came away with some nice photographs and newfound knowledge.  Plus had a great time.  It was the best middle-of-the-night picnic I think I ever had.  The barred owls and pack of coyotes topped off the background music!

 

Deep Fried Veggies

Deep Fried Veggies

Poage Landing Days
Ashland, Kentucky

The city of Ashland was founded by the Poage family who, according to Wikipedia, migrated through the Cumberland Gap from the Shenandoah Valley in the later part of the 1700s. In the mid 1800s the city became Ashland, named for the Lexington estate of Henry Clay that lies about 100 miles to the west. Poage Landing Days is primarily a fall arts & crafts festival with heavy emphasis on live entertainment and is my favorite festival of the area.

 

Lights off at the Camera Club

Lights off at the Camera Club

Ohio Valley Camera Club
Huntington Museum of Art
Huntington, West Virginia

I attended a really nice club meeting on Thursday. The theme for January was ‘portraits’ and we had quite a number of entries. Show above is part of the critique session and the fluorescent lights had just been turned off so that we could view some of the photographs a bit better.

 

Happy New Year from Ashland, Kentucky

Happy New Year from Ashland, Kentucky

Ashland, Kentucky

This is a view of the downtown that I shot awhile back. I spent today going through the family photos for 2007 and they total about 1200. Many are sequence photographs where I would shoot a half dozen frames with a few moments to a few minutes between each one in order to build interesting slide shows & movies that show movement and action. If you haven’t ever done this, give it a try for 2008 but I have to warn you that you might become irritating to many folks! You’ll often get the evil-eye. Google’s Picasa is a great way to move through a large number of photographs where you want to just apply some global editing such as adjustments to contrast and color balance and it will even build you a slide show to export to DVD (though there are much better programs to do this).

I’m also working on a different monitor, so give me some feedback if things look strange on your PC. Previously, I worked on a monitor that matched my print output really well. As a check, I’d also view the photos that I’d post on 4x6photo on a couple of medium range LCD screens to make sure they appeared somewhat in the ball-park of what I had intended on the average monitor. Those screens aren’t available to me now, so I feel somewhat lost in the dark. It’s amazing the difference between photographs when viewed on several different monitors- very similar to looking at the same movie playing on 40 television sets at Sears. Some light, some dark, some green, etc.

Have a great year and thanks for visiting.

 

Hollywood Motel

Hollywood Motel

Hollywood Motel
Kenova, West Virginia

I’m sorting through my photos for a project and thought that I’d repost this favorite of mine from last winter. The previous version was a tight square crop but with this one, I’ve expanded the black canvas around it to a traditional 8×10 format.

Our area is making the national news for the last few days. If you’re a viewer from ‘out of town’, my home area is composed of the junction of three states and Huntington is the largest city between the three. It is also the home of Marshall University. Last night was the premier of ‘We are Marshall’, a Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey. The story is based on a tragic 1970 plane crash that killed the entire football team as they were landing at the local airport. I agree with the comments that this event is the thread that still runs through the community- everyone remembers that day vividly. The movie crew spent a good deal of time in the community during the last year and the national release should be around December 22nd.

 

Industry on Kodachrome

Industry on Kodachrome

This is another 20 year old photograph taken on Kodachrome 25 slide film. During that night of photography, we weren’t harassed or questioned until we set up the tripod in front of a too-much-glass-headquarters of a corporation. We were politely invited inside to talk to the guard’s supervisor and it wasn’t to have a cup of coffee either. When scanning this slide, I thought about that night and came to the conclusion that the difference between back then and today would be that the shot above, by itself, would most likely cause us to end up at the police station even if it isn’t against the law (technically).

 

Ironton-Russell Bridge (circa 1982)

Ironton-Russell Bridge (circa 1982)
Ironton-Russell Bridge
Russell, Kentucky

(2nd post for today). Here’s another bridge picture however I took this picture 24 years ago. The date on the slide is January 1982. When I was in school, we shot a lot of film and being under a student budget, our method of choice was to use Red Tag Photo film. For a low price, you’d get free film and low-cost development that returned you negatives and slide copies. We were told it was out of date movie film- not sure if that’s true or not.

The slide has survived pretty well with the exception of a severe color shift.

 

Huntington Alley

Huntington Alley
Huntington, West Virginia

This is a rework for a weekly contest. I went back to the original RAW file and processed it with the idea of a toned black and white. Exif data shows shutter of 1/6th sec, F4, ISO 1600, and taken at 11:05pm. Contest theme is ‘In the midnight hour’, so I guess that’s close enough!.