Early Autumn By The Lake



My Downsized Recent Photo Project

The last several days have found me hastily finishing up a project for my work. I work in the fundraising arm of a Joint Commission-accredited nonprofit hospice organization. I volunteered to give some of my pictures/ photo-art as part of an auction at an upcoming fundraiser. I started out wanting to have the pieces made into metal photos and canvas photos but with The Bride getting laid off and her starting nursing school full-time, well I had to downsize my goals. I talked to the lady in charge of the event, my manager’s boss, and told her what I was up to: I would use frames, ink and photo-paper from our thrift shop, with my stuff, as a part of the auction. She was very supportive, and as always very positive, in my change of plans due to the changes in our life. Some times you just have to downsize your plans yet still give none the less. So here are the photos I used in this project.

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A Couple Of Hand Held HDR Photos

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I had spent the hour I had to kill taking some pics. Since I do not own a good, or even a half-way decent tri-pod I did these hand. With that said any ideas on a good-to-great-very-mobile-lightwieght-full-size-tri-pod?As I wait for replies to this question, here are a couple of hand-held HDR photos.

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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!


Small Town Honor



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!

Time Passed Me By


If this old wooden bridge could talk I am betting it would bemoan the feeling that it is past its usefully prime.  I can sense it would lament that fact and say  “Time passed me by”.  Yet I would argue with this fine old bridge and say it is still very useful.

For one I would point out that it is a reminder of a simpler time, when things were not hurried and rushed. Next I would attest to the fact it was fortunate that the builders built it well, as it has stood the test of time. It is, I must reminded it, a place where other have left their mark, not as vandals, but as people needing to make their mark in time for future reference. And finally I would confirm that it brings joy to many of us who have had the pleasure of its very presence.

Below is my tribute to this very cool and wonderfully bridge, rendered in HDR, from photos I took with my Powershot SX10is.

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An Old Fire Truck In HDR

The Bride and I were on our way back from the big city when she spotted this old fire truck. What caught her eye was the vines that were trying to claim this fine old vehicle. We doubled back and I took several shots of this old truck. As I was standing there I thought it would make a great HDR merge. I did not have a tripod so I free-handed this using the grid on my view screen. I like it but you know one is loves or hates their own stuff so let me know what you think.

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Sunset On Our Place In HDR

I took the set of three pictures needed to do a HDR merge with my Vivitar 8300s at sundown last night. I did not have my tripod handy, which is a necessity for great results on a HDR photo, so I used a barbed wire fence post top instead. Though not a perfectly aligned merge I am pretty happy with the results none the less. So here is a sunset on our place in HDR!

Merged from a set of pictures taken with my Vivitar 8300s.
Merged from a set of pictures taken with my Vivitar 8300s.