This is another from the Chicago trip. Me taking a shot on the shore of the lake, which really was the high curb of this road. I can’t imagine what this would be like in the winter–well actually I can and I am fairly sure I won’t return to validate my imagination. I enjoyed walking around the city and hope to go back. In the summer. I do remember back in 1970 or so, my room mate Fang and I drove from South Dakota to Chicago in his MG Midget. Ah…youth. We left SD at 5 in the afternoon and got to the city about 5 the next morning. Tired. I am not sure but I think we pretty much turned around and drove home.
Kelsey has decided that the fashion world needs her comments and I think she’s right. In any event, she’s got a website all ready to go on paper and tomorrow…well tomorrow I am going to turn her loose on the world. This is the shot I think she’s going to use as her “signature.” Wish her luck…I’m guessing she’ll have lots more traffic than me. Which would be something greater than three.
I haven’t added anything to “Things I Notice” in months. Sad. I finally finished an update today–the process actually took me a couple of days. I went through the thirty thousand or so photos from this year so far and picked out some I liked more than others. I probably won’t like them tomorrow but for today…well, they’re okay. There really isn’t even a theme so I must be even deeper in a rut than I thought. Wow. Self diagnosis. There may be repeats in the group. So you get to enjoy them more than once. Both, of you. One of my programs is putting the copyright date in wrong but…don’t know which one. Sigh.
This is another one of those “Should I Have Taken The Shot?” The waves were very cool and keeping my camera dry was a real challenge. I had to keep one eye looking out for those rogue waves that were going to try to soak all of me, including the camera. I wasn’t completely successful but the camera is tough and I took care to dry and clean later. The light was a little brutal and I was still experimenting with ISO1600 so there is some “noise” that I don’t like. Shot at ISO1600, 300mm, f/14. 1/2500. Looking at these shots in the bright sunlight, I will reserve the ISO1600 for street shooting and not just be so blindly focused (har, har) on trying to stay on one solution. I am trying the non-standard crop again. Although the original framing was pretty okay, the panoramic crop sort of accentuates the contrast of wave-to-person. The cliff is Dana Point.
I have no idea why I am so fascinated by trains, probably some deep seated thingie too scary to discover. Nonetheless, I am off again. I took the Amtrak Regional from Alexandria to Newport News. The train was jammed. I spent most of my time in a booth in the cafe car talking with the conductor. This shot was actually taken at a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station. I caught the VRE to Alexandria and then the Regional to Newport News. I do love the train. This shot was taken at ISO1600, 28mm, f/3.5, 1/50. And then a simple conversion to B&W. A great day!
I haven’t really been too active with the camera so while cleaning up some files, I found this from last winter. Reminds me of things to come. This was taken in the “wilds” of Virginia out close to Middleburg. Light snow on the ground and that sort of crunchy feeling you get in the air when the temp is below freezing but not quite at the numbing level. I messed with the cropping a little to get the panoramic effect. It was actually set at ISO400, 50mm, f/16 at 1/200. I think the time was noonish. One of those postcard moments that we tend to take for granted.
And, I guess while I am doing non-standard crops, I’ll add this sunset I took one night. Interesting light and cloud formations. I didn’t really do anything to this except lighten the “fill” just a little. And the crop, of course. The blown out sun is the price I paid for the ability to see the details of the trees. I took this at ISO1600, 300mm, f/5.6, and 1/2500.