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.

 

 

2016 in Review, image 1

2016 in Review, image 1

I\’ll present a few collage images from 2016 that I like. 

On the top is the portrait of Tom at the OVCC, I think two of the great lenses of all times must be the Fuji 90mm F2 on a crop frame camera and the Canon 135 F2 on a full frame, both shot wide open.  Some take exception to that opinion, but I\’ve always loved a lens that has personality.  You buy a camera but the lens makes the photos for you.

 2nd Row from the left is a recent image I shot with David Roark while on a nice hike at our local state park, Greenbo Lake.  Also a Fuji image, the muted color represented the feel of the day quite well.  I love the park on a rainy or snowy day.

To the right of this is the downtown sidewalk scene in the rain, photographed with the Android phone and rendered in the painting app Prisma.  Toward the end of the year, I became addicted to that app and could have put all my images through it. 

To the next right is a Pink Lady\’s Slipper that I found on the trail at Greenbo during the late spring.  When it first started coming up, I was intrigued with what it could possibly be.  I made several bike trips on the trail, hoping to find out before the deer dined on it.  The location was high on a ridge and only a few miles away, but I still made a few extra trips to catch it just right.  

On the far right of the 2nd Row is a high contrast photo of power lines, shot from a moving car on our way for a family pizza dinner at Portsmouth Ohio.  I love to shoot from a moving car because the scenes and perspective are both unlike you can usually find. 

Bottom row left is Brian\’s leaf, something I picked up in the yard of a coworker while on a bike ride and stopping for a brief visit.  I don\’t think he saw the beauty in it, nor does he still.  But I loved it. 

2nd image on the bottom row is my fat tire bicycle on the trail at Greenbo early in 2016, an Android phone photo.  My fat tire bike took me along these trails a lot this year and if you followed my photography then you probably grew tired of bike portraits. My style of photography is to photograph what you see that might be interesting, so here you have it.

3rd on the bottom row is the sunset photograph from downtown Huntington, a Fuji jpg image.  Fuji cameras might be more difficult to operate but their jpg images can be beautiful, allowing you to use settings that provide the look of their old film images.  I\’ve never had more fun with any other camera brand.  This sunset image was one that I used as an example to my son when saying that often a bad thing can provide something good if you only look around a bit.  After dinner with a friend, his car battery was dead.  We were fortunate that some fellows offered to jump start the car for us, as they were getting into position I spied this nice sunset. 

Bottom row on the far right is a GoPro photo of Bob on a walk.  Bicycling helped improve my health this past year, however more than that it provided quite a few nice conversations and friendships along the way.

 

 

Instagram Best of 2015

Instagram Best of 2015

Happy New Year!

I post some images to Instagram, this is what a computer algorithm has selected as my most popular images with that service.  Here is hoping that 2016 treats us well.  As always, thanks so much for the support!

 

 

Bike Lean Composite

Bike Lean Composite

I ride past this old garage when I follow the local bike route and always admire the doors.  For this image, I made a very subtle composite photo, so subtle that you might miss it.  Image #1 is the bike leaning against the garage.  Image #2 is a closeup of a shirt that has bicycles on it.  Both of the images were shot and processed on the phone with the 2nd image being layered over Image #1 with a blend mode.  Something different though not entirely a success.

 

 

Self portrait composite

Self portrait composite

Here is a rough self portrait composite that I did on the I-phone, and I need to emphasize the word rough.  I recently spent a brief time viewing the Vivian Maier exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.  I intent to revisit the show and write more later but a quick summary is that it is very interesting but smaller than I had expected, both with smaller images and a smaller showing of images than I had thought.  But still well worth the trip.  The composite from above was from one of her images I\’m fond of that was sandwiched with a self portrait in a mirror, Maier shot lots of self portrait reflections that I\’ve always been fond of even before discovering her work.  If you don\’t know here story, here is a nice article at Mother Jones.

 

 

The new and the old U.S. Grant Bridge

The new and the old U.S. Grant Bridge

Top: 2009 U.S. Grant Bridge
Bottom: the old U.S. Grant Bridge taken on slide film in 1982
Portsmouth, Ohio

During last weekend\’s photo trip to Portsmouth, I was reminded of a photo outing that I took 27 years ago with Greg Wyer. We were photographing night scenes for the monthly Ohio Valley Camera Club competition and ended up taking photos of the old U.S. Grant Bridge. A few years ago the bridge was replaced with a new one so I snapped a photo for comparison. I think a night scene of the new bridge might make a good photo and I believe this time I\’d shoot at F16 to try to get some star effect to the lights.

During that 1982 photo outing, we shot churches, refineries, and office buildings from the public roadways. The refineries weren\’t a problem but at one office building, I was approached by a security guard who asked if I would come into the building and talk to his boss. I remember the exchange as being firmly business-like and I was puzzled about why they would even care. Now, I suppose the questions would be more intense and I probably would have refused to enter the building in the first place, making the \’boss\’ come outside. Times do change and so do we.

I\’ll be taking a keyboard break to recuperate for awhile, so see you in a week or two.