Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lost In My Mind... Saturday Photos 02/24/2018

So, I planned to do a photo excursion Saturday afternoon.  It was grey, but dry all morning and into the afternoon.  Right up until the time I was looking to head out (2-3pm), when the rains moved in.

I almost aborted, but decided to push on.  I headed out to Choteau Island, and managed to come up with a few images I'm happy with.  The one above seems to have been particularly well received,   After 24 hours at my 365project, this has received a Popular tag and the rarer Trending.  And is now my #2 "Top Rated" photo in my 3 years at the site.  (behind, coincidentally, another photo of the same bridge).

Here's the others from yesterday:

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Tonight * * * Walk The Moon

So, yesterday was my son's birthday, and he wanted to go see a concert with a couple of his friends.  After some negotiating, we agreed, even though it was a school night.  Part of the negotiation was that I drive, since they're not very familiar with that part of town, and we didn't know what the weather would be like, and, and, and. 

I did check out some of their songs, and happened to cacth them on the Tonight Show, so I figured they weren't too evil wicked mean and nasty.  Couldn't the actual performance on line, but this is the song they played.

So, it was off to The Pageant to see the band "Walk The Moon". 

And, of course, I did manage a couple of iPhone shots afterwards, waiting for the boys to get through the Merchandise line.

Verdict:  They boys gave the show highest marks.  Enthusiastic highest marks.

I'm glad they had a good time, and I like the photo I took.  And while I'm a little disappointed I wasn't invited, I certainly understand.  And it brings back memories of  the couple of times when my dad dropped me off at venues to see a show.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Between the lines of age...

Just a little something at a barn down the street a bit....    Thanks to Neil Young for the title, from the song Words.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekend Photos - 2/17/2018

I've been trying to take some time for photography at least once per weekend...  real live "photo outings".  Last weekend, I woke up to snow, and decided to stay pretty local.  Most of these were taken around the Mont Rd intersection of the Glen Carbon Heritage and the Goshen Bike Trails...

Click on title for larger version at 365project.

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It was a nice outing, just over about an hour, covering probably less than 2 miles of wandering... 

Happy Ansel Adams' Birthday!!

Ansel Adams was born on this day (2/20) in 1902.  Adams was, of course, a rock star in the world of photography, famous for his black and white landscape photography. 

Ansel Adams was a significant inspiration when I was learning photography.  I'd like to say influence, but that would give myself too much credit I think. I remember studying the images in his books in my high school library, and seeing his exhibit at the Smithsonian back in the early 80's. 

It has been over 30 years since he died, but his photographs live on.

So, what are YOUR favorite Ansel Adams photos?

My top 3 are:
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And a pretty obscure one:

Monday, February 19, 2018

How cool it THAT?

Some of you may know that I “did” microstock photography in the past.  For a few years, and a few years ago.  I was never especially serious about it, but it was an interesting experience.  And I made a little money for a few years.  Emphasis on little.    But I still have a couple of accounts open, and get an occasional check.

One of my most fun sales ended up as the cover shot for an engineering book.   Of course it is out of print now, but still pretty cool.

Anyway, as of today, I have a new favorite.  My company (employer, not really MY company!) has recently completed an expansion of our offices, and the final step has been hanging artwork. Which happened today.  And lo and behold, one of my images now adorns a wall!  A nice little surprise...    I suspect this is as close to famous as I'll get: a legend in my own mind...

So here it is:
Pretty cool at 40" tall and 24" wide.  Hanging in the break room.  Pardon my pride, but you have to admit, it's cool.  And, if you feel the need to buy the photo, try here:  Shutterstock.

Friday, February 02, 2018

I Just Wanna Be Popular - January 2018

Most of you know that I post regularly to  Or if you didn't, you do now!  Check out my "project"!

Anyway, they have a function that selects photos for their "Popular" page.  Of course, the actual algorithm to define what's popular is secret, but it is still cool when one of my images makes the cut.

So, looking back at January 2018, what did I do that was popular?  I posted 35 images to my three albums in January, and had 3 make the popular page.  Here' they are, in chronological order:

posted 01/02/2018

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It is interesting that all three of these were taken with my DSLR (Nikon D3200) rather than my compact digital (Nikon P340) or my iPhone...  Maybe the best camera ISN'T the one you have with you?

Anyway, I especially like the 1st two.  Click through to 365project to see my explanations..

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

52 Week Challeneg Week 4 - Quiet Moment

Following yesterday's (late) post of week 3, here's my entry for week 4 of the 52 week challeng.  Week 4's theme was
    Creative: Quiet Moment

Here's my entry:

As I noted on the entry:  Busy week, didn't get any photos taken... And busy Saturday. But late in the day, I manged to find some time to get away from it all, and find a quiet spot.

I enjoyed this spot, it took a little wandering t find...

Remember, you can find all my entries to the 52 week challenge here.

Next week's theme:  Wildcard: Photographer's Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how… it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.

Monday, January 29, 2018

52 Week Challenge, Week 3 - In And Out

OK, I'm behind.  At least behind here.

As previously noted, I'm doing a 52 week challenge over at 365project.  I posted (here) for weeks 1 and 2, but forgot week 3.  So today I'll do week 3, and tomorrow week 4.  And I'll beg for forgiveness.

Meanwhile, you can see all my entries here.

The theme for week 3 was Technical: Full Manual.  Not really a good theme for me, I didn't have any sort of automatic capabilities for the first 25-30 years of photography.  While these days  I tend to shoot automatic most of the time (usually aperture mode), I do pay attention to shutter speed / aperture.  And I frequently use funtions like exposure compensation to over-ride the automatic.

That said, I did this one fully on auto:

I wanted lots of depth of field....  and auto exposure would tend to be too dark, overcompensating for all that white snow.  Anyway, there you have it.  Shot full manual (on my compact digital).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lonely Is (As Lonely Does)

"Where do lonely people go

You're asking me, you'd think I know
They sadly start rebuilding walls
And quickly, quietly withdraw

But you, what of you?
What do you propose to do?
Live in the past, recall what was
And lonely is as lonely does

And when I'd lost the human race
I ran home and ran in place
And when my race was finally run
The loneliness had just begun

But you, what of you?
What do you propose to do?
Live in the past, recall what was
And lonely is as lonely does

Well, living in the past is rough
Living here today's enough
The future's much too far away
And lonely's with us every day

When happy's just a state of mind
That you were forced to leave behind
And when your world has crumbled fast
And solitude is left at last

But you, what of you?
What do you propose to do?
Live in the past, recall what was
And lonely is as lonely does
Lonely is as lonely does

But you, what of you?
Lonely is as lonely does
And you, what of you?
Lonely is as lonely does"

The dB's - Lonely Is As Lonely Does  - from the album "Like This"

Also posted to my 365project site

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Saturday Drive

I labeled this Quilt Shops and Photo Ops (QSPO), but it is really only 1/2 that.  I guess the point is that it was an opportuntiy for the wife and I to do an excursion, hitting the road.  No quilt shops this time, but photo ops....  It all evens out in the end.

So, it was a nice Saturday afternoon, warm after a really cold spell, and my wife wondered if there would be eagles olong the Mississippi River.  So we went and looked.  Drove up the Great River Road, past Pere Marquette, explored a little up there, and drove back.  We didn't see any eagles this time, but had enjoyed the company and the scenery.  It was after 3 before we left, so we were up there for the late day sun (set).  And I managed some shots that I'm happy with.  So here you go:  Click through on titles to see larger versions at 365project

  Time Between Times.  along Great River Road, a bit north of Alton
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Sunset.  From one of the overlooks on the Secenic Drive above Pere Marquette Lodge
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Least Light / Last Light, along Great River Road, a bit north of Alton
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Music Birthdays - January 23

January 23, 1953 - Robin Zander was born!  He would, of course, go on to be the lead singer of Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Cheap Trick.  I saw Cheap Trick July 12, 1978, at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown PA.  They were opening for Blue Oyster Cult, but more than held their own.  This was shortly after they released "Heaven Tonight" and about 10 weeks after the recording of what would be "At Budokan" which made them stars (when released in the US, in early 1979)...

January 23, 1944, Johnny Winter was born!  Blues guitarist extraordinaire, and older brother of Edgar Winter.  Johnny Winter died  in 2014 at the age of 70.  I never had the chance to see him live, but he is solidly represented in my music collection.

Which shall I listen to tonight?   Or both?  Now that would be an odd playlist!

Sunday, January 14, 2018


St. Louis Arch, icy Mississippi River, northbound Barge....   From 33 floors up.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

So, my son had a college interview in downtown St. Louis today.  We dropped him off on the 33rd floor of some tall building, and wandered around for a little.  We ended up at the Old Courthouse, which was pretty close.  We've lived in St. Louis area for 28 years, and I'd never been inside.   

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Pretty cool place, and I managed a few photos that make me happy.  The best (IMHO) is of the rotundra, from the 2nd floor.  Check out full version at 365project.

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Below is a panorama shot taken with my iPhone of the restored courtrooms.  Again, check out full size version at 365:

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And, of course, I had to squeeze in the obligatory b-and-w "artsy" shot:

Anyway, it was a very cool visit, but short.  We need to check it out for real sometime soon.

Any Colour You Like

My entry for week 2 of the 52-week challenge. Theme is:

Composition: Colour Harmony
Get out your colour wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colours? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colours."

I was struck by the randomness of this... Sometimes the colors mesh, sometimes they clash... all the while in triangular sets...  I really like one of the comments on my post at 365project:  "This says something about the illusion of choice."

Title from the Pink Floyd song: