Friday, April 28, 2017

A Meeting of the Mighty

I live about five hours from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, Illinois. Although I've driven through Cairo a few times, I hadn't had the chance to stop and look at the confluence in Fort Defiance Park. A few weeks ago I finally managed to get down there to see the confluence and take some photos.

The photo above is not stunning, but it is very hard to get a good photo of the confluence without being a satellite overhead. This photo is looking south, with the Mississippi flowing in form the right, and the Ohio from the left. It's a spot that can bring out the amazing power of nature.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Sky

On a recent ramble through the countryside I stopped at one of my favorite photo locations. I was rewarded with a wonderful sky begging to be photographed in infrared. So I did, and here are the results.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Long Lens

I have no illusions that the photo above is a particularly good one, not that any of mine are, but I'm posting it to show the capabilities of a very long lens. On a recent Saturday I headed out into the countryside to take photos, and I took along a lens I rarely use, a Sigma 150-500 zoom. This lens is a monster that weighs almost nine pounds and is two feet long fully extended. However, its reach is incredible.

In the photo above it looks like I am doing a dangerous thing: standing on train tracks in front of an approaching, and pretty close train.* In fact,  the crossing signals you see are a quarter of a mile away, and the train is three miles away, as is the town of Ivesdale, whose grain elevator and water tower you can see on the right. The farthest grain elevator, peeking out from behind the Ivesdale elevator, is almost seven miles away. A long lens like the Sigma 150-500 has incredible reach, the ability to see things in the distance, but it also compresses the scene. The compression results in everything in the photo looking both close together and close to the viewer, instead of being far away.

*People getting killed while taking photos on train tracks has been in the news lately, and doing so is very dangerous. I want to make it clear that I am very conscious of safety when taking photos. In this case I parked in a safe place, and only stood in the crossing long enough to get my photo. As I said, the train in the photo was three miles away, so I wasn't tempting fate.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Oak Grove

On a recent trip through Paducah, Kentucky, I stopped by Oak Grove Cemetery to look around. The cemetery was founded in the 1830s and has many old, elaborate graves. This view of part of the cemetery was shot on infrared and rendered in black and white.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Angel Face

On my recent stop at cemeteries in Paducah, Kentucky, I found this angel statue in Oak Grove Cemetery. I love the faces on these old cemetery statues.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Paducah Cemetery

At the beginning of April I passed through Paducah, Kentucky, and stopped at the Adjacent Maplelawn Park and Oak Grove Cemeteries on the north side of town.

This photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white

Friday, April 14, 2017

Colorado Sky, 1986

I'm posting photos this week from a trip to Colorado in 1986, when I first started taking serious photos of the sky. This one was one of my early favorites. I don't remember where it was taken, other than in the Denver area.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colorado Sky, 1986

This is another photo from a trip to Colorado in 1986. In this photo I began another long term theme in my photography, which is a lone tree isolated against the sky. This photo was taken on top of Pinecliffe Mountain, on a rock outcropping I loved to play on when I was a kid.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Colorado Sky, 1986

This week I'll be posting photos from a trip to Colorado in 1986. All are shot on film, of course, and I remember the trip for being the first time I really began to notice the sky as a photographic subject. That led to a big change in my photography.

This photo was taken in a subdivision near Golden, looking at the front range. The original was underexposed, which is bad for film, but I've tried to pull some of the detail and color out of it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

New Mexico 1985

This is a view of the sunset from Sandia Crest Mountain, just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was taken on a trip to the southwest in 1985. It was shot on film, of course, which nicely brings out the colors of the sunset.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Colorado 1985

This is another photo photo from a trip to Colorado and New Mexico in the summer of 1985. This is a shot of part of the Sunny Side Cemetery in Creede, Colorado. My grandparents were raised in Creede and I have relatives buried in this cemetery.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Mexico 1985

From a trip I took back in 1985, here is a shot of the Ship Rock, in the northwest corner of New Mexico. this was shot on film, of course, but the film and exposure information is lost to the ages. I can't even be sure what camera or lens I used, but I'm pretty sure it was my Canon AE-1 Program, with a 50mm FD lens.