From an Era Long Ago

Tonights post is a couple of photos from a Steam and Gas Engine show that I attend every Year.  The show is called the National Pike Steam, Gas, and Horse Association and they put on one of the largest working show in the United States.  You can actually watch these neat old pieces of equipment running and moving dirt.

Wynns Steam Hubber

Waiting

Tonight post is a single image of a group of boats that I found just sitting there waiting to be taken out for a ride.  I often look for patterns or repeating shapes to photograph.  This image has a repeating pattern that takes you into the photo.  I chose to present this image in black and white as I felt that color was distracting to the overall mood of the photo.

Tied Up

That Amazing Machine Called the Bicycle

Tonights post is about that amazing machine called the bicycle.  Not only is the bicycle a great means of transportation, recreation, relaxation, and fun, it is a great subject for photography.  In the city there are plenty of opportunities to photograph bicycles that are conveniently placed just about anywhere there is a parking meter or pole for the owner to lock their bike.  When the sun is out they make excellent shadows on the ground.  How many of you have looked at the ground for the shadows a bicycle makes?  Next time you see a bicycle chained to a pole stop and take a look at the shadow that the bike cast.

Hope you enjoy.

Bike 1 shadow 2 Shadow 3

 

Shadow 1

Black and White or Color? That is the Question

For tonights post I thought I would propose a question.  It’s a simple question, but I think it really could spark a great conversation.

“Black & White or Color?”

Simple enough question but what’s the right answer?  Personally I lean towards black and white when looking at photographs, and as I stated in a previous post I have always been intrigued by black and white photography.  As a photographer you need to think about this question constantly.  So how do you make the decision?  I will often post process the image both ways, place them on the screen side-by-side and see which one gives me the emotion that I saw when I took the photo.  I also find that I will eventually use both versions depending on the situation.

I’m very interested in your thoughts on this subject.  What is your process when making this decision?  How do you make your photos black and white?  Do you use digital and convert or are you still a die hard and shoot B&W film?  And finally which version of this tree do you like best?

Tree Black and White Tree Color

Something Amazing in West Virginia

With the slightly warmer temperatures today I started thinking about a place that I haven’t visited in several years.  Located in the Monongahela National Forest is the ever beautiful Dolly Sods Wilderness.  Covering over 17,000 acres and with elevations reaching over 4,700 feet.  This is one of my favorite places to visit in the summer and a great lace to photograph some amazing sceneries.  If you have never visited the area I highly recommend taking a trip.  Nearby attractions such as Seneca Rocks and and Smoke Hole Caverns make the trip even more rewarding.

Hope you enjoy and I’ll let you know when I’m planning to journey to this amazing place again.

Dolly Sods

Gettysburg, one of my favorite places…

Wow I was just noticing that I haven’t posted since July.  Wow how the time flies.  Well I guess a small update is in order, since the last posting I have received a promotion at work which has taken all of my fun time away.  Isn’t it funny how that happens?  We work so that we can do the things that we want to do but then work gets in the way of all the things that we want to do.  What a vicious cycle….

Well I did manage to get out one day and took a ride to one of my favorite places to visit,  Gettysburg, Pa.  I have spent many days wandering around the battlefield and always manage to see something new or different.  This trip was no exception.  I managed to come across a statue of a solider hiding behind a rock near the bottom of Little Round Top.  Now the exciting thing about this is that I have been driving past this spot for years now and I have never seen this statue before.  It goes to show you that sometimes we miss the obvious when looking for the extraordinary.  And sometimes the obvious turns out to be the extraordinary.

Well I hope you enjoy the photos and I’ll try to post a little more frequently.

This is the view that a Union Soldier would have seen from atop Little Round Top during the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

One of my favorite statues in Gettysburg is this one of General Warren which is found on Little Round Top

This is the hidden treasure I was referring to in the beginning of this post.  I like the shadows in the black and white version of this photograph.