Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

A Bit of Zombie Photography............

 And they just can't resist taking pictures of each other.............

I think I like the 'natural' sepia tone of P3200.  What do you think?

The Zombies are on Their Way

Honestly, Last Years Zombies were a lot more interesting.  Through the wonders of forgetting what film was still left in a camera,  I have more images from Last Year that I developed last week.  And a film test for Kodak P3200 B&W film.  So let's get this Party Started:

A Very Special Face in the Crowd......

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

View From Uncle Bud's: Mt Massive and Mt Elbert

A Photomerge of three images taken from Uncle Bud's Hut.  Mt Massive is the broad peak in the center; Mt Elbert is the peak to the left; both are Famous Colorado Fourteeners near Leadville.

Below: the uncropped merge:

I believe in full disclosure when I've altered and image significantly.  The panorama was hand-held not using a tripod.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Retreat at Uncle Bud's Hut

Uncle Bud's Hut is one of the 10th Mountain Division Huts.  Read about their history here.  Not really fair to call this a "HUT".

The Retreat was sponsored by:  Live By Living......

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Guanella Pass....Mt Bierstadt

One of the more accessible's a real zoo up there in the early weekend mornings:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guanella Pass Colors......

Guanella Pass is one of those places I need to returned to not only every year, but every season:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Busy Day in the Darkroom.........

I spent Sunday afternoon in the darkroom, developing images from the 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl......I'll be posting them for Halloween (although Donald may post some sooner on Longs Peak Journal).  So you'll have to wait.........

In the interim, we will takes a final look at the High Country, which is now snowed in (even a couple of ski resorts have opened).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturdays On-line: The Minotla Autocord

Here is a camera that I had not heard of, the Minolta Autocord, a 1950's-60's TLR described her by one of our Blogger Friends Agust Olafsson.

Lots of nice photos of the camera on Camera-wiki, but not reproduced here because they are under copyright.  So I'll just post a self-protrait from last year featuring my (inherited from father-in-law) Rollei TLR:

I'll have to look into this. As a Minolta Collector I may need to acquire an Autocord.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Denver in the Dark.......Up on the Roof

Here we end our Denver in the Dark Presentation.  We'll take a break and restart on Sunday........

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Denver in the Dark.....Final "Harvest"

Our last Cropped Image Comparison......

Here we go very vertical.  Which version draws you in more?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Denver in the Dark.....Cropped Again

Some people crop in the camera.  I obvious do most of my cropping after the fact.    One way you capture it all and sort it out later; the other way you are more selective at the start, but you could also miss some interesting detail that you didn't see initially.

Often there are legitimate reasons for printing it either way...........

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Denver in the Dark Workshop.......On My Soap Box!

For the rest of this week posting 'Denver in the Dark' workshop photos.  We actually experienced quite a bit of security guard harassment.  Now really, if I were a terrorist would I come out at night, with a gang of people,  set up a tripod, and take my time composing the images?

Certainly Not! I'd get one of those new (almost more camera than smart phone) gadgets and take all the photos I wanted during regular daylight hours.  Besides which it is not illegal to stand on the sidewalk and take photos.  So take that idiots at an un-named bank in downtown Denver.  Because by the time you came out I was already done (and so was the rest of the class).

And never mind that you are already in Google Street View......It's the tallest building in Denver, prominent in any skyline view you may have seen, like these.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Wicket Dam and Lock 34 on the Ohio River.......

Wicket Dams were installed along the Ohio River from 1879-1929, to maintain a navigable channel year round.  Previously the Ohio River might be only 1-2 feet deep in places by the end of the summer.  More on Wicket Dams here.

Control House for the Wicket Dam and Lock #34 at Chilo, Ohio.  Above view from the Control Room; Below The Lock #34 Control House.  The scale on the building indicated the highest water crest of the Ohio during the 1937 Flood (first two floors totally submerged).

The last Wicket Dams on the Ohio remained in operation through the 1970's.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ripley, Ohio: The Real Underground Railroad.....

A major crossing point on the Underground Railroad.  Little known fact:  during the Civil War, slaves in states such as Kentucky, that stayed in the Union, were not Freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.  Kentucky Hills across the Ohio River.......

The Underground Railroad Museum was placed in Cincinnati, but Ripley was the main crossing area.  Cincinnati was very pro-slavery and not a good place for escapees.  The Story "BELOVED" was based upon actual events in the life of Margaret Garner, that occurred in Cincinnati when officials tried to return her to slavery in 1856. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Not Nuclear........

In the 'fall out' from Three Mile Island (bad pun intended), our planned Nuclear Power plant along the Ohio River was canned.  But the cooling tower was already built, so they use it for the Coal fired-plant......

 Zimmer Power Plant at Moscow, Ohio (Yes that's the real name of the town).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What's in a Name?

Read the sign and decide "what's in a name?"

His real name was Ulysses Hiriam and he was a Jr.: U.H. Grant Jr.........West Point incorrectly recorded his mother's maiden name, Simpson, as his middle name.  When he tried to have it corrected, the Army told him that his name was officially 'changed'.

Irony of History:  U.S. Grant served as a junior officer under Robert E. Lee during the Mexican American War (1846-47).