Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Last Rays...

I've been pretty busy lately, and haven't been making enough time for photography.  I don't have "the blahs" or anything.  Just busy.  And tired.  Anyway, life seems to be headed back towards a level of normalcy, so that's good.

Anyway, late Saturday afternoon, I decided to run out someplace to see what I could see.  I was headed west on I-270, debating myself between Choteau Island and Columbia Bottom, when I came up on Rt. 3 and made a snap decision to divert to West Alton and the Audubon Center at Riverlands.  I found a few nice photo ops, most of which are still awaiting processing.  This was a pano from my iPhone.  Tweaked and uploaded (to facebook) from the field.

This is looking across Alton Slough...  You can see the towers of the Alton Bridge on the right horizon...  This spot is just about 1 mile South East of the image posted yesterday (which was taken ~20 hours after this one!).

Monday, August 06, 2018

Dublin #1

Another in the new series of tweaking my son's photos.   I asked him a while back if he'd mind me doing some tweaking of his images, and posting them here.  He didn't seem too averse, so here we go.  My goal is to do minor changes, keeping with the original intent (at least my interpretation of the original intent).

See the 1st installment here.   

Here's #2 (tweaked version):

Taken on his trip to Dublin, Ireland as part of the pre-fall semester class he's taking as an incoming freshman.  Posted on his Instagram account 07/29/2018.

Here's the original:

 Still trying to keep it subtle, if not quite as simple as last time.  Main adjustment was rotating to straight, a very slight perspective adjustment, and minor levels adjustment.  Some burn & dodge for local lighting.  And a very slight "Simplify" to take out some harshness.  A crop to clean up from the rotate / perspective.  And crank the saturation down to offset the slight increase from the other changes.  I tried a B&W version, but didn't like it as much.

So, what do you think?

Again:  photo credit:  Matthew Lawhead.  modified / posted with permission.


So...  yesterday (Sunday), my wife was invited to a Wedding Shower for the son of a friend.  I dropped her off, with a schedule to pick her up in ~2 hrs.  What to do what to do...

Despite the mid-afternoon light, and the August heat, I decided to run out to West Alton.  I figured I'd have about an hour to wander and take some photos.  My main "target " was an area of stumps in pond, like here.  But I really liked this area of slack water.  This is the Mississippi River, but off the main channel, creating an area of slack water where debris has a tendency to collect. 

See below for the  layout:

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Slack Water

West Alton, Missouri, Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area. Looking up the Mississippi River, across an area of slack water along the southwest.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

The Bridge to the Future

So, my 18y/o son got a smart-phone (LG 30?) earlier this summer, and been taking a lot of photos with it.  A lot of really good photos (IMHO).  Anyway, I asked him a while back if he'd mind me doing some tweaking of his images, and posting them here.  He didn't seem too averse, so here we go.  My goal is to do minor changes, keeping with the original intent (at least my interpretation of the original intent).

I hope to make this an occasional series.

First up:  "A Bridge to the Future":


This was taken during a visit to one of the big accounting firms in Pittsburgh, as part of the pre-fall semester class he's taking as an incoming freshman.

Here's the original:

I didn't do much, as you can see.  slight perspective adjustment, crop out some distracting area at top right, levels, and color balance.

So, what do you think?

Again:  photo credit:  Matthew Lawhead.  modified / posted with permission.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Acus Gu

Messing around with dof on my iPhone, this is the sound board at our church.  Acus Gu is, of course, Acoustic Guitar.  Roland in the electric Piano...  Bass Gu on the right edge is me....  as is Bass Guitar,

like this:

Thant's my 1968 Guild Jetstar bass, with the oh-so-cool bisonic pickup.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam

So...  Three weeks ago, I got a new smart-phone.  New phone, new number, clean slate.  For a variety of reasons, I have been a little slow to switch all my activities over. So, after 21 days, what does my (incoming) call log look like?

10 inbound calls;  9 are spam, and 1 is my wife.

Yep, 90% of the calls I have received have been spam.  It took about 10 days before the first one, so I'm averaging 1/day.

Now, by policy, I don't answer calls from unknown numbers.  Leave a message, I'll call you right back.  None of those 9 calls left a message.  Several of those seem to be from spoofed numbers (same area code / exchange, different last-4).

Really ticks me off, but I guess it's just the way of the world these days.

Anyway, here's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf:

Friday, July 13, 2018

May your trails be crooked...

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." 
-  Edward Abbey

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I downloaded a book to my digital device(s) today, "The Nature Fix" by Florence Williams.  Looks interesting, I'll let you know.  The quote above was on page 1, and I rather liked it. 

I've taken countless "trail" images through the years, here's a few, gabbed semi randomly.



Thursday, July 12, 2018


So, last week sometime, my wife mentioned that a (mutual) friend had been out the previous weekend looking at Sunflower fields.  At Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.  Well, I was mildly interested in Sunflowers, but Columbia Bottom got my attention. Regular readers should recognize the location, it is a regular spot for me.    And when last weekend rolled around, we made the short trek over.  

Funny, somehow my wife didn't realize where Columbia Bottom was!!  She's never been over with me, and apparently never paid a lot of attention when I 've talked about it (no comment!).

Well, now she knows, and we have a fun outing.  Here's some images:

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And while we were at Columbia Bottom CA, I had to take some non-sunflower photos  I'm starting a TAG for the blog for this location, call it CBCA.  I'll try and update tags on older images,

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Looking Down

Out for a walk this evening, on one of the many "Rails To Trains" paths in our area. This is from a stream crossing, looking down. 1.6 sec exposure, trying to get a smooth feel. But there wasn't a lot of water to smooth out...

Anyway, I still think it is interesting, hope you do too!

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Below is a long view of the path, and the bridge:

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Paul Goddard

Today (6/23/2018) would have been Paul Goddard's 73rd birthday.

Paul Goddard (of course!) was the bass player for The Atlanta Rhythm Section.  A founding member of the band, he played with them from the 70's through the 80's, including all of their hits.  Goddard was one of the first bass players I really noticed, especially on the title track from 1975's Dog Days.  Which I can't find on Youtube!  He remains one of my favorites, probably tops on my Underappreciated bass palyers list.

I saw ARS a few times in the 70's with Paul Goddard.

 His solo on "Another man's Woman" from the 1979 live album was once rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 5 best bass solos in rock.  It runs close to 3 minutes, and is all kinds of awesome.  Check it out:

Paul Goddard died in 2014.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

Paul McCartney (or, Sir Paul, I suppose) is 76 today!

I really shouldn't have to tell anybody who Paul McCartney is, but here goes:

Paul McCartney was the bass player for a little band called the Beatles, that changed the face of music during the 1960's.  He wrote most of their songs (along with some cat named Lennon) and sang on a large percentage.  After the Beatles, he went on to a frightfully successful second career, with the band Wings and as a solo artist.  And he's done collaborations with folk like Micheal Jackson, Johnny Cash, Brian Wilson,  and more.  And he's still touring (as recently as december 2017).

There are quite a few videos out there that feature Paul's isolated bass.  Worth checking out!

 Seriously, if you don't know Macca, you don't know pop/rock music.

Personally:  I've never seen McCartney live, but he's solidly represented in my music collection.  I have over 300 songs from his Beatles, Wings and solo career.

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hummingbird Don't Fly Away, Fly Away....


One of my friends at work decided to put up a hummingbird feeder, just outside the window we share.  Frankly I figured we'd never see anything.  We're in a pretty developed area, not especially near anything I'd expect to normally draw hummingbirds.  And for 4-5 weeks, there was no evidence of anything.

And then last Wednesday, boom!  We have hummingbirds!  And every (work)day since.  They were probably here over the weekend, but no one was here.  Pretty cool.  My friend went out and bought a networked camera, complete with phone ap.  So here's a snapshot of one of our guests:

And from the same camera, a video:
Hummingbirds are always fun!

So. I was discussing the whole thing with my wife, and she proceeded to pick up a hummingbird feeder at a yard sale where she was helping.  And less than 24 hrs later, at least 1 hummingbird has found it.

Anyway, all fun.
And the title, of course is from the Seals and Crofts song, which peaked at #20 in 1973.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Under the bridge

Just a little something, playing with an image taken this weekend.  Taken from the trails that meander around the Chain of Rocks Bridge...  That's the bridge, of course.    From Choteau Island.

This one is also posted at 365project,

 Here;s the Straight Out Of Camera version, click for larger version.:

Friday, June 08, 2018

What We're Going To Do Right Here Is Go Back..... Way Back... Back Into Time

"What we're gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.
When the only people that existed were troglodytes...
Cave men, cave women, Neanderthal, troglodytes. 
Let's take the average cave man at home, listening to his stereo.
Sometimes he'd get up, try to do his thing.
He'd begin to move, something like this,
Troglodyte (Cave Man) - Jimmy Castor Bunch 

Number 6 on the Billboard Chart in 1972 (#4 on the R&B Chart)

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But that's not what I came here to talk about...
I was looking at the Blogger page and see that I've been doing this little gig since August of 2004.  Coming up on 14 years.  There's been no fame, and certainly not any fortune, but it has been a mostly fun experience.  Looking at the stats page, I see a bit over 190,000 "pageviews all time history", but the associated graph only goes back to May 2010.  That would be an average of about 65 page views a day.  Which is pathetic until compared with 13.6 page views per day last month.  Ah well, it keeps me out of trouble...  kind of.
 Sadly, I used my ISP for image hosting for the first 4 years or so, so the early years have no posts.  And for some reason (probably because there were no images) I started deleting posts a while back, so the fist couple of months are gone.  Anyway, thought I'd post a few "throwbacks" to what I was posting in June of previous years.  But then most of the early posts didn't have anything meaningful, except broken photo links.

June 8 2011 did include a "Music Birthdays" post.  You can check that one out here.  And a "This Day In Music" discussing the Top 40 for 6/8/1968.  Again, see it here.

June 8, 2012 included a music post, about Pat Benatar....

In June 2014 (June 10th) I posted a rant on public transportation that is still interesting (to me at least).

Anyway, there's not really a "so what?" here, just a little diversion.  An intersting diversion, I hope.