A Swift River

For tonights post I am showing you a photograph that I took last summer in the middle of the day in bright sunlight.  By stacking Neutral Density filters on top of one another I was able to get the exposure down to 35sec at f22 with 100 ISO.  This is a digital photo and I found with longer exposures and more filters I was getting a strange red cast to the photographs.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have ever experimented with this type of filter stacking before.

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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

A Walk Through the Strip District….

From time to time I like to take a walk, with my camera, through a part of Pittsburgh, Pa called the Strip District.  Now, to say this area is dynamic would be an understatement.  This place changes by the second, and you never know what your going to find.  The photo opportunities never cease to amaze me.  I make this walk several times a year and always find something new and interesting to photograph.

If you have the opportunity to visit the “Strip”, or if your city has something similar, I highly recommend taking that walk with your camera in hand and look for the unexpected.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Familiar but Different….

From time to time we revisit a familiar place and yet somehow it seem different than the way you remembered.  Recently I had a few hours to spare, which by the way never occurs, and I took a ride Ohiopyle State Park.  I have visited and photographed the water fall know as Cucumber Falls many times before and quite often I just go for a walk and don’t take any photos at all.

As photographers we are often faced with this dilemma of seeing the same subject over and over agin.  Often this causes me to not want to take a photo of this particular subject.  The question arises, “How do you make the Familiar Different?”, well my answer to the question is a very simple one.  Simply choose a  lens that you wouldn’t typically use and only photograph your subject with that single lens.  I will offer a suggestion here though, I would pick a lens that really doesn’t fit the subject.  In my case, at the ever so familiar Cucumber Falls, I chose to use a fisheye lens.

I guess that I’m trying to make myself see a familiar subject in a slightly different way.

Let me know what you think of the photographs.

It’s been a while…

Well it’s been a while since I had a photo assignment.  So I think it’s time I start that back up again.  Sometimes making yourself an assignment can get the creativity flowing and get you out and about to do a little photography.

 

So that being said today the assignment will be:

 

“Fun in the Sun”

Check back later to see what I was able to some up with.

 

Abandon Coal Mine in HDR

Some of you may have noticed that I have a fascination with abandon buildings and houses.  Now I am adding industrial sites to the mix as well.  The shots in this post were taken at the Nemacolin mine in Nemacolin, Pa.  Nemacolin mine was in operation from 1917 through 1985-6 when it was closed for good.  In 1919 Nemacolin mine was considered to be the largest coal mine in the country.  The town, built by the coal company, had a theater, tennis courts, amusement hall, and a swimming pool. They also had their own hospital and elementary school, both of which have gone by the way side.  It was said that the town was considered to be the model mining town in the country and the mine was considered to be the model mine for the entire world to look towards.  To give you an idea of how advanced the town was, in 1917 the town had its own sewage treatment plant.

On a personal note, two of my family members worked in this mine.  My grandfather worked in this mine his entire coal mining career.  I was not aware of this until after visiting the mine and taking the photographs.  I was talking with my mother and had mentioned that I was at that mine taking photos. She got really excited and told me the story of how she would go with my grandfather on Saturday mornings to pick up his pay check.  They lived across the river, in Messmore, and would drive to the Nemacolin ferry and cross over to the mine to pick up his check.  She also told me of the stories that my grandfather would tell about walking out of the shaft when there would be a problem in the mine.  Apparently if there was a problem or the electricity would go out the miners would have to walk a set of steps from the bottom of the mine up the entrance shaft.  The other member of my family that worked there was my father.  He worked there a short period of time until transferring to the Buckeye mine in Carmichaels Pa.  She also told me that the miners were able to travel underground between the two mines, which are approximately 2-3 miles apart.

For the photographers reading this the are all HDR photos processed using HDR Efex Pro.

I hope that everyone enjoys the photos and the short history lesson about this mine.  Feel free to leave comments and ask questions.

As the Lightning Strikes…

Recently on my way home I was watching an approaching storm.  The more I watched the storm the more I became interested in photographing the lightning.  I thought for a bit and then remembered a great place where I could get on the top of a hill and get a good view of the storm.  In all the years I have been taking photos this is the first real attempt at lightning and I was pretty surprised at the results.  I know after this experience I will be watching for more opportunities to photograph lightning in the future.  I hope you enjoy these three photos.