Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42033 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvination" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite images from those days.

 A real oldie, originally shot back in summer of 1981.  

Taken in October 2004 at Spokane River Park, not too far south of Spokane WA.  Maybe 0.5 miles downstream from here.  I used to get to Spokane every year for a business conference.  I could usually mangae a couple hours at some point during the week for an excursion.  I'm sure I posted this one a couple of times, hoping to get recognized.  This one's still out there at BP, even though it didn't get any formal recognition...

This is a particular favorite of mine, but never received any recognition at BP.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Saw The Light...

A little bit of randomness, and some In camera" effects.  This lighted cross sits in a front yard I pass on my daily commute. I decided to take a snap as I passed this evening, not too long after sunset.  Only post-processing is a crop and levels.

I kind of like it...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

365project - Week 3 (ish)

Well, as of yesterday, I'm 19 days into my challenge:  One picture a day for 365 days.  I didn't start on the 1st, so I'm out of sync with the calendar.  Deal with it....

I haven't been posting all my images here, so I thought I'd do a weekly rundown.  So here's last week, click on the titles to see the post.









I'm rather pleased with these, overall.  I feel like I'm ALMOST getting into a groove.
If you want to see more, click through on the image.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lone Tree


It's been a few days (5, actually) since I last posted new material here, sorry about that.  But I've posted a few over at Happenstance, and daily at 365project.  This is a little something I snapped on a lunchtime excursion yesterday.  Out in the farmland a bit further east of St. Louis.  Not a very pretty day, but this wouldn't be the same if it was bright and sunny.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42026 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvination" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite images from those days.


 A real oldie, originally shot back in summer of 1981.  


This is (or was) Duke Homestead, in Durham, NC.  Taken in my college days when I did some work for the university newspaper.  I had been sent to shoot a tobacco spitting contest.  Funny, no photos remain from that.  Meanwhile, I posted this to BP several times, in a couple of versions.  Hoping it would get noticed, but it never did. I'm probably seeing it through "father's eyes"...   I still love the tones on this, though the composition could've probably been improved.  This is from my old Canon TX SLR, way before digital.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Love Gets You Twisted

Close up of barbed wire, with an intertwined vine.  Just a little something I noticed during yesterday's visit to Schon Park.  The post title is a semi-random reference to the Graham Parker song, from the Squeezing Out Sparks album.



Larger version here:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

365project - Week 2 (ish)

Well, I've made it 12 days into my challenge:  One picture a day for 365 days.  I didn't start on the 1st, so I'm out of sync with the calendar.  Deal with it....

I haven't been posting all my images here, so I thought I'd do a weekly rundown.  So here's last week, click on the titles to see the post.








So, I don't hate all of these, and rather like a few.  And it is a challenging time of year.  But, I've gotta get my compact-digital replaced.  Four of these 7 are iPhone images, and 2 are my DSLR (the other is a borrowed Prosumer).  If you want to guess which is which, click through on the image for the specifics.

January 1965 In Music

Regular readers know that, for the past year or so, I've been posting about music happenings from 40 years previous (for the math challenged, last year focused on 1974, by month).

Well, I've decided to expand the effort, see how it goes.  So, looking at 50 years ago, here's the first installment of 1965 in music.  Now, I was in nursery school / kindergarden in 1965, so my personal memories are a bit vague.  BUT, my music interest (and collection) does reach that far back.



Starting with notable albums released in January 1965:
And topping the charts in January 1965:
I don't own any of the albums noted above, but I do have the Zombies' hits.  Amd I do have all of the #1 singles. 

Do Geese See God?

Made a short photo excursion to Schon Park this morning, think I managed a few workable images.  We;ll start with this one, a trio of geese leaving.  I think they were offended at my approach.I'm not a big goose fan, but I rather like how this one turned out, with each goose's wings in a different position...

The title is a just a silly palindrome, which happens to appear in the Weird Al Yankovic song Bob, which happened to be on the iPod on my drive home.  And that's how these things happen...

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42019 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvination" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite images from those days.

originally shot in early 2005, but posted to BP in December of that year:
 

Details of my Daughter's French Horn.   I'm still pretty proud of this image, certainlt qualifies as a favorite.  Plus it won a second place at BP
 
This was taken with my Nikon D-70 DSLR.  Wonderful camera, I still miss it...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Herewith: Heart Hits

So, over the weekend I was pondering what to pick up with the iTunes card I received at Christmas.  One option would be to add some of the later songs from the band "Heart".  I have most of their 70's stuff, but only a couple of their 80's (and later) songs.

So, I spent some time with the internet, made a list, and then a playlist of Heart's Top 40 hits.Now I can live with it for a little bit, and decide which songs I want.  The list is on Spotify, check it out!


  • Crazy On You - 1976  #35
  • Magic Man - 1976   # 9
  • Barracuda - 1977   #11
  • Heartless - 1978   #24
  • Straight On - 1978   #15
  • Dog And Butterfly - 1979   #34
  • Even It Up - 1980   #33
  • Tell It Like It Is - 1980   # 8
  • This Man Is Mine - 1982   #33
  • What About Love - 1985   #10
  • Never - 1985   # 4
  • These Dreams - 1986   # 1
  • Nothin' At All - 1986   #10
  • Alone - 1987   # 1
  • Who Will You Run To - 1987   # 7
  • There's The Girl - 1987   #12
  • All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - 1990   # 2
  • I Didn't Want To Need You - 1990   #23
  • Standed - 1990   #13
  • Will you Be There (In The Morning) - 1993   #39

8/365 - The Samuel Chamberlain Band - I'm A Scientist


Regulars know that I've done a couple of "mock" album covers in the past.  And that I recently started a "photo-a-day" project.  Well, today the two have combined, as I found an album-cover-challenge on the site.  This version has you use a random wikipedia site for the Group Name, and a random quite for the Album Title.

In this case, Wikipedia gave me "Samuel Chamberlain", I added "The" and "Band"..   And The Quotations Page gave me "...I'm A Scientist'"...  The photo is an abstract, taken through my frosted car windo this morning.  With a helthy dose of effects.

So, what kind of music would this be?  My first thought was something Jazz-Fusion.  But maybe play off the Scientist angle (She Blinded Me With Science?)...  Or go the "prog" route (The Revealing Science Of God?)...?

Monday, January 12, 2015

7/365 - Headed Up

Today's entry for my 365project.  Lunchtime at Pleasant Ridge Park:
 

I was feeling like I had taken a similar photo while back, but in spring/summertime, when it wasn't bare.  But I didn't see anything in a quick can of my archives.  Maybe I just MEANT to...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

6/365 - January Rain

Low 30's and rain, a rather gross Sunday.  Weather report says it'll turn to freezing rain at some point.   I took a few shots in the back yard, looking for something for my 365project.  The one above is the one I decided on.  But it was a close decision between that one and this one:


I like the bokeh in both...  The top one has a bit more color, and you can perceive the rain...But I rather like the more abstract nature of the lower one....  So did I make the right call?  or wrong?  Lesser of two evils?  Or Dumb and Dumber?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

5/365 - Slice Of Life #40,014

Today's post for my 365project is over at Happenstance...

Pet Peeve #42,014 - iPod Genius

Generally speaking, I like Apple's Genius Mixes function.  Except for when I hate it.  There are a few hugely irritating thing sit does.  Besides the occasional really bad fits.  For example:


  • When creating a genius playlist, it changes the seed song.  Even when the song is playing.  Most often, it will substitute a live version of the same song, but every once in a while it will select some other song by  the same artist.  Drives me crazy
  • Related:  Genius frequently selects "non-normal" versions of songs.  Most frequently live versions, but also those "toss in" CD extras; rehearsal versions, demo versions, etc...  
  • When starting a playlist with a Jazz song, the genius frequently drops a couple of Christmas song.  Really?  I pretty much quite using genius on Jazz.

Friday, January 09, 2015

4/365 - Selfie.....

 
I'm not real big on self portraits.  Or, for that matter, any photos of myself.  But I made an exception this morning, getting ready to drive to work.  Figured it would be a good addition for my 365project.
 
Comparatively balmy this morning, I think it was 15 degrees, with the wind chill above 0 degrees.  Warm enough for my son to go to school, after 2 days of cancelled classes.  (Grumble....  back in my day we'd never have school cancelled just because of a little cold....  and Get Off My Lawn!).  Anyway, here's "me", rocking my winter garb.  The hat was a Christmas gift from my younger daughter (2013), The scarf from my son (2014).  Thanks kids!
 
Still working the iPhone. 

Edge Of Winter, Part 2


A companion to yesterday's post over at Happenstance.  Both images taken on last Monday's  lunchtime walk at St. Ellen Mine Park.   I played around with "painterly" effects on this one, and I'm rather happy with the result.  Rather quite happy...

I sure do likes trees reflected in water.  


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Thursday, January 08, 2015

3/365 - Early Morning, Winter Day


Today's post for 365project.  3 down, 362 to go!

Happy Birthday Elvis!

That's right, folks.  Today (1/8/15) is Elvis' Presley's 80th birthday.  Or would be his 80th birthday, if he were alive.  Elvis, of course, is King.  the first huge rock star, and a cultural icon of 20th century America.

 
No matter which era of Elvis you prefer, or even if you (somehow) don't prefer Elvis, you can't deny his impact. 

I don't have to tell y'all what's been on the iPod today....

Throwback Thursday #42012 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvination" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite images from those days.

Here's another one from September 2002:
 
 
 
Taken at the same time/place as last week's image.  A quick stop on the way to the Jacksonville ariport, after a business trip.   This is notable as my first "recognized" photo at BP, winning a "Finalist" badge.  If I Recall Correctly.....

Still with the humble Kodak DC210.   Many of my photos from this camera ended up with some significant use of effects.  As an early generation digital, it just didn't have much sharpness. 


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Another One Bites The Dust...


a sad day.... My trusty compact digital died today, after 4.8 years of faithful service (and quite a bit of abuse).  I've gone through a lot of cameras over the past 40 years or so, but it still makes me sad when one gives out...

I'm a big believer in the adage: "The best camera is the one you have with you", and I love having a knock-about that fits in a pocket or briefcase. Oh well, fortunately it is not my only choice for taking photos.  And I had already started researching for a replacement.
I also posted this one on my projec365 site...

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

1/365


I decided (today) to try a "Project 365", post a picture a day for a year.  It will be interesting to see how it goes!  This is my first post, a quick snap out my office window, with my iPhone.

Not sure if I'll post every photo here, but probably just periodic updates.  Any wagers on how long I'll last?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Various One (circa 1981)

This shouldn't surprise anyone who knows me:  in my youth, I used to make "mix" tapes,  Starting back in my pre-teen days, recording songs off the radio on a handheld cassette deck.  Kinda like this:

Those tapes were life-savers trips to visit relatives, my lifeline through the mono earpieces.  It's a habit I still have, and longtime readers of this blog will have seen several playlists published here.  ANYWAY:  I was cleaning the basement over the weekend, and found one of the mix tapes from my college days.  Based on the tunes, it is around 1981.  Labeled "Various One", the tunes are:

Side A
Don't Ever Say Goodbye - Rick Derringer / Baltimore - Randy Newman / Seagull - Bad Company / Sitting Here In Limbo - Jimmy Cliff / Toulouse Street - Doobie Brothers / Autumn - Edgar Winter Group / Pinball - Brian Protheroe / Time Table - Genesis / 1967 - Tom Robinson / Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward / Lovebird - John Entwistle / I Feel Good Today - The dB's

Side B
I Never Dreamed - Lynyrd Skynyrd / Wish I Had Not Said That - J.J. Cale / Tenderness On The Block - Warren Zevon / It's Different for Girls - Joe Jackson / All Mixed Up - The Cars / Casa Dega - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers / Snowblind Friend / Steppenwolf / Early In The Morning - Harry Nilsson / I Laughed - The Hank Band / The Porpoise Song - The Monkees / Dream Weaver - Gary Wright / Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) - ABBA / Right Between the Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash

Predictably, I have recreated the playlist on my iPod.  But I also made a version on Spotify, with all but 4 of the songs.  Check it out if you're a Spotify type person:

The Birds


It has been many years since I've seen the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds.  Probably not Hitchcock's best, but certainly up there.  And I am still reminded of it when I see these large gatherings of our flying "friends"...

Larger (900x600) version here:

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Affected, #1667


Playing around with a photo from last year (12/26/14).  Experimenting with a watercolor effect using a tutorial found in youtube.  Probably not the best image to have used, but I like the process...  And I learned a bit about PSE, even though I've been using it for years.

I'll have to play some more with this process...

900x600 pixel version here:

January 1975 In Music

Continuing the "tradition" started last year, here's what was happening in music in January 1975.  At least some of what was happening, from my perspective.




 Notable Albums:
  • Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan.  Ranked #16 in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time, this is an undeniable classic.  I've had this one since '75 (on vinyl), but it is the only album released in january 1975 that I currently own.
  • Modern Times - Al Stewart.  Allmusic calls this album "an exquisite pop-prog gem" and "the beginning of Stewart's classic period".  But I only own the song Carol (via the Greatest Hits CD).  It sits between the better known (by me at leat) albums Past Present and Future and Year Of The Cat.
  • Forever, Michael - Michael Jackson.  Mostly notable as MJ's last album for Motown. Allmusic notes:  "there was little here to hint that, four years hence ... Jackson  would emerge as a major star."
Notable Singles:

Only three songs topped the charts in January, 1975:
  •   Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John.  Elton's remake of the Beatles song (from 1967) topped the charts for the 1st 2 weeks of 1975 (1/4/75 and 1/11/75).  Personally, I've never been a fan of this "cover band" version, which Richie Unterberger called "far less exotic and more ordinary".  But, as always, YMMV.
  • Mandy - Barry Manilow (1/18/75).  Manilow's first chart hit, and first #1.  And my favorite  Barry Manilow song (one of only 2 on my iPod, extra credit if you can guess the other).  Oh, and it is NOT written about a dog.
  • Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters.  Another remake, from the Marvelettes' #1 hit from 1961.  Also covered by the Beatles.  This would be the last #1 for the Carpenters (excluding the Easy Listening charts where they continued strong until after Karen's death in 1983).

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Tangent - 346

Regular readers may remember a post from last August, Dabney Drive - Green.  Described as: "CD Cover. Well, mock CD cover. For a mock album by an imagined band".

Well, I did it again.  Another mock CD cover, for another mock band.  Backstory:  I used to play w/ a drummer who often taraved about "Tangent" as a band name..  I figured it needed the "the".  Seems that the name's been used, but hopefully no one will be offended.

 


So, what kind of album would this be?  I was pondering, and playing around, and made a playlist.  Based on the image as much as the name:
What'd'ya think?  Suggestions?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42005 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvination" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite images from those days.

Here's one from September 2002:
I was on a business trip to Ponte Verde, FL.  A group of us stopped at a roadside beach-front on the way to the Jacksonville airport for a quick glimpse at the ocean.  Taken with my very humble Kodak DC210 compact digital.  This was before I had my first DSLR.

This is my favorite image from that trip, but one that never garnered much attention at BP.  While some of my photos can still be found at BP (here and here), most have been purged (or at least hidden).  Including this one. C'est La Vie...

2014 - The Year In (My) Photos

Ansel Adams said "Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."

Each of the last 2 years (2012 and 2013), I've used this quote as an inspiration to pick my 12 favorites from the previous year.  So, as we step into 2015, I'm repeating the exercise.  So, looking back, how's my crop?

Well, here's 12 of my favorites, looking at this blog, and my Black and White focused Happenstance Photography.  Arranged oldest to newest.  Click on the text to go to the original post (and larger image)















Verdict??  I'd love to hear your thoughts...  But from my standpoint, it's a perhaps not a strong a crop as last year.  I actually had some trouble picking 12 though.  Maybe 2014's crop is not as deep, but is was wider...   Nothing "significant" from an Ansel Adams point of view. 

New year's resolution for 2015??  MORE PHOTOGRAPY!