Vacation 2018 - Part 5

Well, this should be the last posting of my photographs from our vacation this past summer to Myrtle Beach South Carolina. On our last full day we walked the beach again in the morning before it got hot out and before the crowds arrived. Again I was drawn to the colorful umbrellas and the clouds provided a great backdrop as well. Below are a few photographs that I made.

Thanks for viewing my photographs. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.

— Dave —

Vacation 2018 - Part 4

My wife and I are not really beach people and we sort of got bored with Myrtle Beach so we ventured to see other parts of South Carolina. On my last blog posting, I shared our adventures on the ocean to see dolphins in the wild and a shrimp boat. The following day we ventured down to Charleston, Carolina.

Charleston was a short two hour drive south from Myrtle Beach. We really did not have much of an agenda other than to check out the city. The city is rich in history and I know we could have easily spent more than one day exploring the city but we only spent one day in the city. The homes were beautiful and well kept. We browsed the Charleston City Market, walked a good part of the city checking out the homes and ended our adventures with a carriage ride through the city. If you want to take a carriage ride of the city, I would highly recommend the Palmetto Carriage Works. They were very professional and the driver was very knowledgeable about the city and the history.

After the carriage ride we started our journey back north towards Myrtle Beach, but before doing so we made a side trip to see a light house, because how do you go to the coast without seeing any lighthouses and who does not like to see one.

Below are some photos from our adventures around Charleston, South Carolina.

Thanks for viewing part four of my photographs from our 2018 vacation to South Carolina. I think I have enough photographs for one more 2018 vacation blog posting. Stay tuned.

— Dave —

Vacation 2018 - Part 3

My wife has always wanted to go see some dolphins out in the wild, so while on vacation in South Carolina we decided to take a two hour dolphin adventure cruise out in the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of seeing some dolphins. The boat ride out to the ocean was not too bad and we even crossed the interacoastal water system (honestly we didn’t even know that this existed). Once we hit the ocean the calmness quickly turned into a turbulent boat ride. It was very rough on our way out to see the dolphins.

Pelican - We seen these on our way out to the dolphins. I am not much of a bird photographer, but on occasion I feel the urge to try.

Pelican - We seen these on our way out to the dolphins. I am not much of a bird photographer, but on occasion I feel the urge to try.

The boat pulled up behind a shrimp boat that had its nets deployed and that is when we saw the dolphins following the boat. I should clarify by we, I got my sea legs for a bit to get up and look out the door of the boat to see them and capture them with my camera. I then showed them to Jessica because she was not doing too good with the rocking and rolling of the boat.

A couple of dolphins following the nets of the shrimp boat.

A couple of dolphins following the nets of the shrimp boat.

After we saw the shrimping operation the boat headed back to the dock. The ride back was a lot calmer and the crew even showed the passengers various sea creatures that could get caught in the shrimp nets.

Shrimp boat we had pulled behind to observe the dolphins.

Shrimp boat we had pulled behind to observe the dolphins.

Front of the same shrimp boat as we began our journey back to the dock.

Front of the same shrimp boat as we began our journey back to the dock.

On our journey back to the dock we seen a wreck of a shrimp boat that was grounded due to loss of steering. There were several attempts to free the boat, but it was decided to leave the boat grounded where it lay. We passed the wreck on the way out to the dolphins, but I liked the view of the grounded boat more on the way back.

Grounded shrimp boat that was left as is.

Grounded shrimp boat that was left as is.

Thanks for reading my blog and viewing my photographs.

— Dave —

Photo Adventures 2018 - Part 5

I am finally getting around to writing my next blog of my last photo adventures. After the August photo adventures with James and “The Boy”, James and I discussed about getting together again in the Fall and including Dave D. James and Dave D. found a slot in their schedule that worked for all of us and we got together at the end of October. We planned the date in hopes of getting to see some Fall colors in the Greater Cleveland area, but due to a warm Fall the trees were rather green and had not changed very much. We still managed to venture around to make some photographs. Below are some of the images I made over the day and a half we were together.

It was a fun day and a half hanging out with a couple of good friends and I can’t wait to do it again. Thanks for viewing my photographs.

— Dave —

Thanksgiving 2018

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Be sure to take a moment today to stop and reflect on what Thanksgiving is all about and what you are truly thankful for. Most times we pray to God to fill a need in our lives, but we neglect to reflect on or pray for what we are thankful for.

I am thankful for my wife for being by my side, my family and friends, a good job that I enjoy very much, a home for my wife and I, my talents and most importantly I am thankful for the day I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.

So what are you thankful for today?

So my blog post for today would not be complete without some photographs that utilize one of the talents I am thankful for. Below are some photographs I made on Saturday, November 3rd in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I ended up using my Canon 17-40 mm f/4L, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8L and my Tamrom 90 mm f/2.8 macro lenes.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving day and don’t overdo it on the turkey!

— Dave —

Vacation 2018 - Part 2

Welcome to Thursday, one step closer to the weekend. Although most social platforms consider Thursday to be throwback day to post images or what not from past events, my blog entry for today is not a throwback blog, but rather another posting from our vacation this past summer to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

While my wife are not beach people, each day of our vacation we seen the lifeguards up and down the beach at the beginning of their shift set out beach chairs and umbrellas and put them away at the end of each day. For first few days of our stay, I was too lazy to go down and make some photographs before the chairs became occupied with beach goers until about a third of our way into our vacation.

Prior to going down to the beach it was sunny and bright, but by the time I hit the beach with my camera the sky had become cloudy. I was not happy with most of the results since the colors of the umbrellas were sort of flat and blah, but I did manage make a few photographs on my first attempt roaming the beach. Below are a sampling of the photographs I created.

Thanks for viewing my non-throwback Thursday post for this post hump day post. Please feel free to leave comments or questions below. Thanks!

— Dave —

Throwback Thursday

Roughly about a month after our first trip to the Packard Automotive Plant in February 2012, we made a second trip to explore more of the vast complex. On March 2012 trip we focused on exploring the buildings south of East Grand Boulevard. Again on this second trip we had good weather and we had good lighting as well. I pretty much photographed all day taking a series of three shots, one at correct exposure, one over exposed by one stop and one underexposed b one stop to allow for the flexibility to process them as HDR images. Also noteworthy is I made these images with an entry level Canon XSi DSLR camera and the 10-20 mm f/4.4 kit lens. Below are some of the photographs I made.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my latest throwback Thursday post of our second trip to the Packard Automotive Plant located in Detroit, Michigan. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Thanks,

— Dave —

Vacation 2018 - Part 1

This year my wife and I went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the end of July for our vacation and to celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. We stayed at the Sea Glass Tower right in the heart of Myrtle Beach and right on the ocean for one week. It was a hot and steamy week with some sort of rain every day we were there.

One of the places we visited was the Brookgreen Gardens. More information about the gardens can be found here. We were unsure of what to expect on our visit to the gardens, but we ended up visiting a total of two times since there was so much to see, plus the admission was good for one week. If you decide to go, be sure to take the free guided tour of the sculpture gardens. The sculpture garden tour is so worth your time to learn about the sculptures and the property. Below are some of the photographs I made on our visits.

Thanks for viewing my photographs. Please feel free to leave any comments below.

— Dave —

Throwback Thursday

Back in February of 2012, James, Dave, Monroe and I decided to take a photographic adventure to the ruins of the famous Packard Automotive Plant located in Detroit, Michigan. The plant has been open to the elements, scrapers, homeless people, movies, parties and urban explorers for a number of years. It has since been bought by a business man who pledges redevelop it over the next several years and is now guarded so if you try to get inside to take a look around you risk being caught.

When we went to the plant, we thought that we would only be able to photograph the outside of the building. Quickly did we learn, the building was wide open and you could venture inside. Needless to say we ventured inside and we explored the building for the good part of a Saturday and we had unseasonably warm day for February which made it very nice.

Below are a number of photos that I made our adventures to the Packard Automotive Plant. Please note that this was my first time doing and high dynamic photography (HDR) and some of the photos are a bit over processed, which is a common occurrence for those just starting with HDR.

Thanks for viewing my photographs. Please feel free to comment below.

— Dave —

Photo Adventures 2018 - Part 4

Well the second day of the photo adventures with James, "The Boy" and I started out at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and ended in downtown Akron.  We dogged a few rain drops, but still managed to make some photographs.  Here are a few of my photographs I made.

Boardwalk leading down to Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Boardwalk leading down to Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Brandywine Falls located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Brandywine Falls located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Brandywine Falls located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Brandywine Falls located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Water pouring over Lock 2 of the Ohio and Erie Canal in downtown Akron, Ohio.

Water pouring over Lock 2 of the Ohio and Erie Canal in downtown Akron, Ohio.

The second day of our photo adventures went by rather quick as James and "The Boy" had to continue on their journeys to their next stop of their adventures.  We quickly concluded that we needed to schedule another day of adventures in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this fall once the leaves turn to make some more photos.

Thanks for viewing and feel free to leave comments below.

Thanks,

--Dave--

Photo Adventures 2018 - Part 3

After the photo adventures with James and I at the beginning of June we talked about getting together yet again before the unofficial end of summer to explore more of Cleveland.  We made that happen last weekend.  James and "The Boy", his son David, came to Ohio to spend about a day (afternoon and a morning) exploring some areas between Akron and Cleveland.  Below are some of the photos I made, after dodging some rain and tough lighting conditions, on our Friday afternoon adventures.

Cleveland skyline from Edgewater Park.

Cleveland skyline from Edgewater Park.

Cleveland skyline from Edgwater Park.

Cleveland skyline from Edgwater Park.

Cleveland skyline from Edgewater Park.

Cleveland skyline from Edgewater Park.

Great Republic freighter heading up the Cuyahoga River.  Note we just happened to be at the right place at the right time to make photos of the freighter going up river.

Great Republic freighter heading up the Cuyahoga River.  Note we just happened to be at the right place at the right time to make photos of the freighter going up river.

Great Republic freighter passing under the Detroit Superior Bridge on its way up river.

Great Republic freighter passing under the Detroit Superior Bridge on its way up river.

Great Republic freighter heading around a bend in the Cuyahoga River.  This is looking under the Detroit Superior Bridge and looking through supports of the Center Street Bridge.

Great Republic freighter heading around a bend in the Cuyahoga River.  This is looking under the Detroit Superior Bridge and looking through supports of the Center Street Bridge.

Key Bank Tower though the supports of the Center Street Bridge.

Key Bank Tower though the supports of the Center Street Bridge.

Yea, I am an electrical engineer and couldn't resist.  Double circuit tangent transmission structure.

Yea, I am an electrical engineer and couldn't resist.  Double circuit tangent transmission structure.

Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.  The foreground is the Ohio & Erie Canal, on the right is a double circuited transmission line, the pipe on the left is an interceptor pipeline for sewage and on the far is a very active rail road bridge.

Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.  The foreground is the Ohio & Erie Canal, on the right is a double circuited transmission line, the pipe on the left is an interceptor pipeline for sewage and on the far is a very active rail road bridge.

More to come of our Saturday morning adventures around the Akron area.  Thanks for looking and feel free to leave comments below.  Also, if you are interested in a print of anything you see, please send me a note.

Thanks!

-- Dave --

Photo Adventures 2018 - Part 2

Well the second day of my adventures with James was at the old Ohio State Reformatory or the Mansfield Reformatory.  We were a part of the Cleveland Photographic Society all access tour that allowed pretty much access to all the areas within the reformatory for four hours before they opened to the public.  The place was large and it is hard to believe that it only closed down in 1990.    Also take note this is where the movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed in 1994.  Below are some of the images I made during our four hour tour.

Thanks for viewing my photographs.  Please feel free to leave comments or questions on this posting.  I am hoping to process more from our adventures inside the Mansfield Reformatory over the next few weeks.  I am pleased how the photographs turned out using my off camera flash and I am excited to try this with more photographs I make in the future.   -- Dave --

Photo Adventures 2018 - Part 1

Last year was quite busy for my wife and I with deciding to make the move back to Ohio to be closer to family.  We are amazed with how smooth it all went with starting my new job, selling our Michigan home, buying our Ohio home and getting our belongings moved to Ohio over the course of about a month (give or take).  All I can say is that we both know God had his hand on the entire process and it was all with his timing.  We had talked for a few years prior to 2017 about moving back, but it never felt right.  When the job opportunity came up in 2017 everything felt right.

It has been one year and a few days since I have started my new job.  I love my new job and I fit right in with all my co-workers.  My wife and I are also enjoying our new home and being closer to family.

With the move to Ohio we left behind some friends we have made over the years spent in Michigan.  My wife has made a trip back to Michigan to visit, but I have not gone back yet.

A few months back an opportunity was advertised by the Cleveland Photographic Society to tour the Mansfield Reformatory so I asked my friend James to come along.  He was able to make the trip and we spent the evening before hand exploring the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and the Cleveland Metroparks' Wendy Park.  Below are some photos from our adventures for your enjoyment.

Nautica Queen passing under the Norfolk Southern vertical lift bridge.

Nautica Queen passing under the Norfolk Southern vertical lift bridge.

Sam Laud passing under the Norfolk Southern vertical lift bridge as it backs out to Lake Erie.

Sam Laud passing under the Norfolk Southern vertical lift bridge as it backs out to Lake Erie.

Sam Laud backing out to Lake Erie.

Sam Laud backing out to Lake Erie.

Sam Laud turning around behind the Historic Cleveland Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on its way to Lake Erie.

Sam Laud turning around behind the Historic Cleveland Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on its way to Lake Erie.

Historic Cleveland Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.  Located within the Cleveland Metroparks' Wendy Park.

Historic Cleveland Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.  Located within the Cleveland Metroparks' Wendy Park.

I hope you enjoyed the photographs.  I am hoping to post some photos over the coming days of our adventures inside the old Mansfield Reformatory.  Thanks for viewing and please feel free to leave any comments.  -- Dave --

Vacation 2016 Part 2

Well Part 1  covered our first two days exploring/vacationing in the U.P of Michigan.  On day three we ventured out towards Gladstone and Escanaba.

Our first stop was in Gladstone where we took in the harbor before heading over towards Escanaba where we saw our third lighthouse of our vacation.

Sand Point Light, Escanaba, MI

Sand Point Light, Escanaba, MI

Next we ventured out into the country side to see what was around.  We followed a number of signs for a store and after about 10 or so miles we found the small country store which sold decorations made by local artists.  After chatting with the store owner for a bit and making a purchase we continued our adventures though the country side of Delta County and ended up at Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam).  It was a very unique hydroelectric dam in how it was constructed using the existing rock as part of the spillway.

Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam)

Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam)

At the end of our third day (i.e. night) I found the sky to be cloudless and no wind, so I decided to try my hand again at star trails given there was little to no light pollution.  I don’t have a timer remote (hint to my wife).  So I just did one long 20 min exposure instead of stacking multiple images (multiple short exposures keeps the sensor from overheating).  The result was pretty neat.

Star Trails taken on the beach of the cottage we rented.  The north star is the star that is stationary.

Star Trails taken on the beach of the cottage we rented.  The north star is the star that is stationary.

Since I was out enjoying the stars (and waiting for the 20 min exposure to finish), I seen the Milky Way was quite visible.  So while making my star trail photograph, I did a quick Google search to see how to capture the Milky Way.  I made a few different photographs and they looked pretty good on camera, but upon further review when we got home I noticed some star movement.  Oh well, I am still happy with my first attempt.

Can't eat this Milky Way.

Can't eat this Milky Way.

After trying star photography for my second time, I was pleased with my results and I can’t wait to go out again.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog and keep an eye out for the next installment of our adventures of the U.P. of Michigan.

Regards,

David

Vacation 2016 Part 1

My wife and I take a larger vacation every other year.  Last year we went to Mississippi and the Gulf coast so this year we stayed closer to home and decided to go explore the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan.  I have only been there once, briefly, about nine years ago for a wedding and we have talked about spending some time in the U.P. so this was the year.  Also on this trip we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Let’s just say that this trip was awesome!!  Both my wife and I loved the time we spent together in the U.P. and we did not want to come home.

For our first night of our trip we stayed in St. Ignace before heading towards the cottage we rented for the week on Little Bay de Noc (near Rapid River, MI).   Here are some photos of the first few days of our adventures around the U.P.

Wawatam Lighthouse, St. Ignace, MI

Wawatam Lighthouse, St. Ignace, MI

Mackinac Bridge or some call it the "Mighty Mac" taken from a park on the northwest side of the bridge. 

Mackinac Bridge or some call it the "Mighty Mac" taken from a park on the northwest side of the bridge. 

Cut River Bridge on U.S. 2.

Cut River Bridge on U.S. 2.

Underside - Cut River Bridge

Underside - Cut River Bridge

Staircase - Seul Choix Light, MI

Staircase - Seul Choix Light, MI

Seul Choix Light, MI

Seul Choix Light, MI

Sunset - Peninsula Point Light, MI  Yea, I got a little artistic with this one.

Sunset - Peninsula Point Light, MI

Yea, I got a little artistic with this one.

I so want to share more from the first few days of our adventures in the U.P., but I don't want to flood you all at once.  For my next blog I will share some more of our adventures.  If have any comments on my photographs, please feel free to leave them below.  Also if you would like to purchase any of them, please let me know.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and view my photographs,

Thanks,

David

First Exhibition of 2016

I try to do a couple of photography exhibitions a year.  I missed one call for entry that I did last year around this time because I did not receive any information about it, oh well.  I did manage to get a couple of photographs printed, matted and framed for the Lawrence Street Gallery's Exposures 2016 Exhibition.  I have submitted photographs to this exhibition for the last few years and each time I have has at least one accepted.  This year I submitted two photographs and both were accepted.

The first is a monochrome print of the inside of an old rotary phone.  I took this while working on my rotary telephone project.  I made this photograph with my Canon 6D.  The lens I used was my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8.  The settings were ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/5.6.  The photograph was processed using Photoshop CC and converted to monochrome using NIK’s Silver Efex.

Rotary Phone

Rotary Phone

The second is a color print of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I took this while my wife and I were on vacation last year in Pennsylvania.  I made this photograph with my Canon 6D.  The lens I used was my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L.  The settings were ISO 400, f/6.3, 58mm.  The photograph is a three exposure HDR processed using Photoshop CC and NIK’s HDR Efex.

Pittsburgh at Night

Pittsburgh at Night

If you are out in the Ferndale, Michigan area stop by and see the exhibition at the Lawrence Street Gallery.  It runs now through April 29, 2016.

If you have any questions about my images or just want to leave a comment, please feel free to do so below.

Thanks,

David

Attack of Momma Bunny

(Disclaimer: No real bunnies, horses, dinosaurs, little green army men, cats, dogs, ant, spiders, snowmen or peeps were harmed in the making of this story)

Olaf and his horse friends were excited that the snow was melting, spring has come and it was Easter morning.

Their celebration was interrupted when two small yellow bunnies arrived at their celebration.  Olaf and his friends quickly became curious and started to check them out.

Then a few more came and Olaf became scared.  He sent one of the horses to get the police.

The police arrived and tried to remove the yellow bunnies with no success, so they left to get the army.

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After the police left more yellow bunnies arrived and started leaving colored stones all around.

The army arrived and began to fight the yellow bunnies and one yellow bunny lost its head.

Momma Bunny heard of the fallen yellow bunny and quickly arrived on the scene.

The army quickly realized they were no match for Momma Bunny and left to get reinforcements.

T-Rex quickly arrived on the scene and made quick work of another yellow bunny.  

Momma Bunny did not could not watch anymore and engaged T-Rex

T-Rex quickly pulled over Momma Bunny and took off one of her ears.

Momma Bunny kept up her fight despite loosing an ear.

 T-Rex eventually won and Momma Bunny lost her head.

After Momma Bunny’s fall, Olaf and his friends returned to celebrate.  They noticed the colored rocks remained.  They quickly realized that the color rocks were actaully Easter candy and that the yellow bunnies and Momma Bunny had come to tell them about Easter.

The End.

Cast:

Olaf – as himself

Olaf – as himself

Horses – as themselves

Horses – as themselves

Green Army Men – as themselves

Green Army Men – as themselves

Police – as themselves

Police – as themselves

T-Rex - as himself

T-Rex - as himself

Peeps – Yellow Bunnies

Peeps – Yellow Bunnies

Parsnip Pete – Momma Bunny

Parsnip Pete – Momma Bunny

Stuffed Dog - extra

Stuffed Dog - extra

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

Thanks,

Dave

 

My Love for Monochrome (Black & White) Photographs

Some people feel that we live in a color world and all photographs should be printed in color, well I beg to differ.  I love a good monochrome (black & white) prints.  I am not sure why that is, but maybe it has to do with when I started into photography I used to develop my own B&W film and print my own photographs in our home darkroom or it has to do with the mood/feeling a good B&W photograph conveys.  A lot of times when I am out making photographs, I already have an idea in my head at the time I push the shutter button on how I want to process the photograph whether be it in color or in B&W.

To me, a good B&W photograph has a good range of tones from whites all the way through to blacks.  With today’s cameras most photographers shoot in color and the file format they choose (i.e. camera RAW or JPEG) and make their B&W photographs in post-production.  This is very convenient because there used to be a time when some would carry two cameras around, one would have a roll of color film loaded in it and the other would have B&W film in order to be able to capture the scene in B&W.  Granted you could print your color negative on B&W paper in the darkroom.  I tried it a few times and I never really like the results so I kept with keeping B&W film in my camera most of the time.

So getting back to making a B&W photograph.  I shoot all my photographs in camera RAW so I can get the most data possible from the camera and I make all the decisions on how the photograph will be processed.

The first steps I take in making my B&W photograph is I do my initial processing in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).  In ACR, I first enable the lens profile correction which removes distortion in the photograph cause by the lens.  Next I set the white balance of the photograph.  This is an essential step with the post processing of any photograph.  Then I tweak the exposure, highlights, shadows, etc.  Before leaving ACR and going into Photoshop I do some light sharpening and if needed noise reduction.

After ACR I take the photograph into Photoshop to turn my photograph into B&W.  Yes you can turn your photograph into a B&W image in ACR by desaturating it, but I don’t do this because I feel the B&W photographs look blah.  Once in Photoshop I retouch the images before going any further.  For instance I might remove dust spots that might be in the sky or clean up other items in the photograph that might take away from the final image.  After I am satisfied with the retouching, I convert the image for smart filters (which allows me to adjust the filter after it is applied in the next step).  After that is done, I apply Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 filter to the image which gives me the tools to make the B&W photograph as I want.  Granted there are other ways to make a B&W photograph in Photoshop, but I love the results with Nik’s filter.

Once I apply the filter, I spend a few minutes deciding which preset I want to start with.  Then from there I make tweaks to the filter to get the photograph to the way I want it.  Note Nik’s filter has some presets that mimic some of the classic B&W films that people used to use.

After I am done with my adjustments in the Nik filter I click ok which then applies the B&W filter to my image.  Note that the filter is a layer within Photoshop so if I don’t like the final result I can go back into the filter (note you have to apply this as a smart filter at the onset to be able to go back into it at this point) and make more adjustments or I can delete the filter layer and start over.

Once I am satisfied with the final result, I crop and sharpen the image for final output whether it be for internet use or for printing.  One thing to note, is you should save your working file before you crop the image so you always have the master file in you desire a different size later on.  Then after you crop, the image be sure to save the image as separate file and don’t save over your master file.  Otherwise if you need a different output size in the future you will have to start over from scratch.

Below are some of my favorite B&W images that I have made over the last few years.

This is the outside of the Packard Plant in Detroit, MI.  I made this image in February of 2012.  This was when I was just starting out experimenting with HDR photography and I took the color HDR photograph to make it B&W.  I will save my thoughts about HDR photography for another blog.

This is the outside of the Packard Plant in Detroit, MI.  I made this image in February of 2012.  This was when I was just starting out experimenting with HDR photography and I took the color HDR photograph to make it B&W.  I will save my thoughts about HDR photography for another blog.

This is a tree I photographed in Michigan’s Lake Erie Metro Parks in March 2012.  When I took this photograph, I knew that I was going to make it into a B&W photograph.

This is a tree I photographed in Michigan’s Lake Erie Metro Parks in March 2012.  When I took this photograph, I knew that I was going to make it into a B&W photograph.

This is the Trumbull County Courthouse located in Ohio.  I made this photograph in September 2015 after we attended a wedding at the gazebo outside of the courthouse.  This caught my eye with the way the trees framed the statue and when I pushed the shutter I already was thinking of making this into a B&W photograph.

This is the Trumbull County Courthouse located in Ohio.  I made this photograph in September 2015 after we attended a wedding at the gazebo outside of the courthouse.  This caught my eye with the way the trees framed the statue and when I pushed the shutter I already was thinking of making this into a B&W photograph.

This last image was taken under a bridge in a park in downtown Pittsburgh, PA in September 2015 at night.  My wife and I visited Pittsburgh for a couple of days last year and we explored the state park in downtown at night when I spotted some neat reflections in the pools that I just had to photograph.  Again with this image I was already thinking how I was going to process it as a B&W photograph when I pushed the shutter button on my camera.

This last image was taken under a bridge in a park in downtown Pittsburgh, PA in September 2015 at night.  My wife and I visited Pittsburgh for a couple of days last year and we explored the state park in downtown at night when I spotted some neat reflections in the pools that I just had to photograph.  Again with this image I was already thinking how I was going to process it as a B&W photograph when I pushed the shutter button on my camera.

So in conclusion even though we live in a color world, I feel that B&W photography still has a place today and I love a well-made B&W photograph.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please feel free to leave comments below.

Thanks,

David

The Last Days of Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Growing up I remember going to Cleveland Municipal Stadium or as some call it the lady by the lake on a few occasions to see Cleveland Indians baseball games.  I remember how vast the stadium was and the annoying pillars that were located throughout the stadium that would block the view of parts of the field for the spectators.  I also recall getting a full size baseball bat (which I still have) on bat day at a baseball game and getting an autograph from the Indian’s Cory Snyder.  Although I went to a few baseball games at the stadium, I never went to a Cleveland Brown’s football game.

The stadium lasted for 65 years on the lake before it met the wrecking ball in 1996.  I never thought it would be demolished given how long it stood by the lake, but it was probably time.  The Cleveland Indians played their last game there in 1993 and had moved into Jacob’s Field (yes I will always call it by this name) and the Cleveland Brown’s continued to play there until 1995 when they were moved to a certain east coast city known for their crab cakes.

After the Browns left, the City of Cleveland worked to get another NFL team and set in motion plans to replace Cleveland Municipal Stadium so the new team could take the field in the fall of 1999.  So after 65 years of standing by the lake and watching the changing skyline, the stadium would soon have a date with the wrecking ball to make way for a new stadium.

My grandfather took photographs of many projects that were going on in downtown Cleveland over the years and kept an interest in what was going on within the city.  He and my grandmother took me downtown in early October 1996 to photograph the stadium before it was torn down.

The first stop was near a parking off of Front Street in the Flats to capture Gate A of the stadium.

 

From there we moved on around the stadium to capture different sides.

Gate A

Gate A

Gate D

Gate D

Gate C

Gate C

My favorite location to photograph the stadium was on top of the Cleveland City Hall parking garage.  The Amtrak train station is in the foreground.

 

As the wrecking ball began to take swings at the stadium, my grandparents and I would make weekly trips downtown to check on the progress and to capture it on film.

These photographs were captured on Kodak Plus-X, ISO 125 B&W film.  I developed the film and printed the photographs myself in our home darkroom.  These are scans of the original negatives.  

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please feel free to leave comments or your memories of the stadium below.

Regards,

David

First Roll of 35 mm Film

I don’t recall exactly when my photographic journey began, but I recall that it started with a 110 film camera.  I think I still have it somewhere in a box with the rest of the old cameras I have collected over the years.  The first “real” camera I remember owning and using was a used Minolta 35mm SLR.  I don’t remember the exact model or what lens I had, but I remember the day I bought it.  My Dad and I went to go “look” at cameras.  I believe we went to Dodd Camera and Video on Pearl Road in Middleburgh Heights, Ohio (which is still in business today) and another older camera store down the street in Parma Heights, Ohio.  I can’t remember the name of it, but it closed sometime when I was in high school.  The day of “looking” at cameras quickly turned into a purchase.  My first 35mm camera was purchased from the camera store in Parma Heights before the Easter of 1996.

My first roll of film I ran though the camera, developed and printed myself, was Kodak, Plus-X, ISO 125, B&W film with 36 exposures.  With 36 exposures it seemed like it took forever sometimes to use an entire roll of film compared with today’s cameras where you can take 36 exposures in a blink of an eye.  With using film you had to think through the photographs with getting the exposure and composition right because you were not able to look at the photographs right away.

Looking at the negatives it appears I took this first roll of film at Easter 1996 and shortly thereafter because photographed our family at Easter and I also photographed some of my model cars and my Mom’s doll house.  Towards the end of the roll, I wanted to try some things that I read in some photography books to stop action and to have a shallow depth of field.  For both photographs, my brother Chuck helped me out.

For the first one, I wanted to stop the action of water as it was being thrown through the air.   I did not record any of the camera’s settings, but we did the photograph outside so I had enough light to use a fast shutter speed to stop the action.  The resultant photograph is water being stopped in the air as it is being thrown from a bucket.

For the second one, I wanted to play with depth of field.  Again my brother helped by holding a toy gun pointed at me.  I focused on the barrel of the toy gun and with a large aperture my brother and the background was thrown slightly out of focus while keeping barrel in focus.

Also on this first roll of film, my brother captured a young me posing for the camera.

From this point on, I became hooked on photography and continued to grow and learn.  I hope to share with you more of the early years of my photography journey in the weeks to come along with some current photographs.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please feel free to leave comments below.

Thanks,

David