Sunday, March 30, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sunset over the chemical plant

Ahh... what could be more romantic? I was standing next to a liquor store when I shot it. The employee who came out to take a smoke looked askance at me. She probably thought I was a terrorist.

The shot below is the sky I saw while driving on the Interstate. I took this grab shot on the exit ramp.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Produce Blogging #120

(I love the leaf shadows)

Because Thursday night is grocery night!

The Squirrel and the Easter Bunny

Captured by Jerry Pennington... too funny!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Another dramatic sunset...

... on Hunters Ridge. This was yesterday.

Obama in West Virginia

Photo by Brooke Brown

My friend Brooke Brown got some up-close-and-personal shots of Obama's visit to Charleston. Included is a photo showing that Annie Leibovitz shoots with her left eye like I do. It's like being left-handed... cameras are designed for righties. Your nose is always smashing into things and pushing buttons that you didn't want pushed.

Monday, March 24, 2008

A pretty dramatic sunset....

... this evening on Hunters Ridge.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Pee in a cup

It's fake pee. I suggested we go buy a Mountain Dew, but they had some sort of chemical in the lab that looked right.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Produce Blogging #119

Because Thursday night is grocery night!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

When is dusk dusky enough?

I shoot a lot of architectural photos at dusk because many buildings look much more dramatic at that time of day. As I said in this post, one doesn't do this type of shot at night, even though many people refer to them as "night shots". At night the sky is black and uninteresting. At dusk, the sky is a marvelous shade of blue, and when you balance for the greenish fluorescent and sodium lights, the sky takes on a lot of magenta and the color gets even better. I'm doing this post to point out that just because you think it's dusk, it's probably not late enough. When you think it's starting to get just right, take a meter reading on the sky and do a test shot. You'll probably see something like this first photo.

The second photo was taken about 20 minutes later when it was really getting pretty dark and the sky is truly balancing with the lighting in the building. This requires a tripod because the exposure was f8 at about 3 to 5 seconds.

The point is you really have to stand there and wait for it and do a lot of test shots. Doing a good dusk photo usually means at least an hour of standing around for me, but when it gets right, there are only a few minutes to do any variations needed.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Gee thanks...

... to whoever the slob was at the Sears Auto Center who made a mess of putting my inspection sticker on. He didn't scrape off all of the old sticker and he put the new one on very crooked. I have to look at this for a year. Great.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

He looks good on paper.

Seen at Dale Morton's Costume Studio. Oh by the way, I'm traveling so no produce tonight.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mystery #86

This is a different kind of mystery photo. Do you know who this is? She was world famous for a brief period. She was parodied on Saturday Night Live. I received a phone call from an editor at Paris Match Magazine about this photo. They would have published it, but 9-11 happened and all of a sudden nobody was interested in this woman any longer. Post your guesses in the comments!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

One camera... seven strobe heads...

Yeah, I guess sometimes it is about the equipment.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The White Tree

One of the few consolations of Winter in Appalachia is that you can see the branching shapes of certain trees that stand out against the dead brown hills.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Mark Wolfe...

... a local designer has started a blog. Check it out.

Shopping is boring...

...I have to amuse myself somehow.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Produce Blogging #118

I forgot to mention yesterday that my schedule is off this week due to travel so Produce Blogging is a day later than usual.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

First Crocuses

It got really warm over the weekend and some crocuses popped up next to my mailbox.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

All the rumors are true...

... or so it says on the sign. I read in the Gazz a while back that the ground-breaking Vandalia Lounge was going under. Apparently something is rising from the ashes, but what?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Photography Exhibit in Grafton

I ran across this on BoingBoing. If you are in or near central West Virginia, you might want to check out this exhibit of railroad photos.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Go sit in the corner

Executive time-out.

Psychiatric help....

... at the bank!