2013 In Review by WordPress

I am a pretty clueless guy so I did not know really how many photos I uploaded and shared, nor how many visitors and views I had. I checked to see what was working and to challenge myself on the things that were not. After viewing my annual report I am amazed that so many people dropped by my place and commented on my stuff. It humbles me I am very thankful for you all.

I want to Thank WordPress, and their dedication to bloggers of all shapes, sizes and flavors, for the vehicle with which I have shared a sliver of my world with quite a few folks. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared this 2013 annual report for my blog. Thanks again and here is to a wonder-filled 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Two Sides of Lincoln

After going to the farmers market The Bride and I went to visit a wonderful little hole-in-the-wall burger joint called Lahas. It has been in business since 1934  and we love just  the place! It is in an adjoining county to ours but the burgers are worth the drive. They have crinkle fries as well. Crinkle fries rule!  If you are ever in LaRue County Kentucky you need to check it out.

While I was there I took several photos of the above mentioned statues. Since I could not come up with a better title, I went with what it is: There are two statues in the town of Hodgenville, Ky representing two side of Abraham Lincoln. They are on the square and face one another on opposite sides of the square. Here are two very different takes of these statues. One is in HDR and the other is a traditional shot.

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I used my Canon Powershot SX10is in these captures.

A Trans Am In Three Flavors of HDR

I have a love for old cars and was stoked to find this old Pontiac. I am pretty sure it is a Trans Am of the mid-to late Seventies vintage. What I am sure if it is Cool even in its less than pristine condition. I saw this and thought it would be a great HDR subject. I took the photos to merge with my PowerShot SX10is. The very last picture, taken for comparison of original subject to HDR, I took with my Olympus SP-350. So here is a Trans Am in Three Flavors of HDR.

Bold and bright, a glimpse of a new tomorrow maybe?
Bold and bright, a glimpse of a new tomorrow maybe?
Still shining even in B&W even though its time has past.
Still shining even in B&W even though its time has past.
Yesterday, today and the future all wrapped up in one.
Yesterday, today and the future all wrapped up in one.
What it is: One cool old car!
What it is: One cool old car!

Cruisin’ Time Again

With the dog days of Summer upon us it can only mean one thing: It’s Cruisin’ Time! I have an affection for old cars and trucks so I am looking forward to the varies Cruises coming up here soon. In that spirit I started looking at some of my past shots. I am trying to get better at composing a photo when there is a crowd around. So I figured looking back was a way of planning ahead and being forward leaning. I found the photo below (A HDR merge I did several months back) I took when there was no one around and like it but the question I had was a simple one: How can I replicate this when cars are parked side by side AND people are in the mix. The answer is simple as well:I have no idea!

Well till the next time enjoy this really cool old car!

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Small Town Honor

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The original photos, to those shown above, I took in a small town a few county or two from our place.  The above photos show the Spirit of small town America and their way of  showing Honor. In just a few short years it will celebrate its 200th year as an incorporated city!

There is a back story as well to the display pictured here but that is for another post. Have a Happy and Safe Fourth and Happy Birth Day USA!