Tuesday, May 31, 2005

This other old house...

... is the house my maternal grandmother lived in.

Some of you remember this post about my other grandparents' house. This one is falling down too. We pass this house every year on the way to the cemetary where my grandmother is buried, and every year I wonder "will the house still be there"? It has looked like its ready to fall down for many years, but now look, somebody is working on it. Suckers. Put it out of its misery. It's ruining a beautiful lot.

I've been Instalanched

Glenn over at Instapundit linked to me twice over the weekend. I surely appreciate the links a lot. Now I know how Ann Althouse feels, except for the part about being a woman... and except for the part about being really, really smart. My sitemeter was spinning like a clock in a cartoon. I'm used to 5 or 6 visitors an hour... I was getting that many and more per second over the weekend totalling well over ten thousand visitors. Holy crap. Y'all come back now. This reminds me of my favorite Scrappleface article.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Photo hardware

I had a little plumbing job to do... naturally this meant multiple trips to Lowes.

If you want to do this sort of photography while shopping... as opposed to doing it while getting paid to do it... you really need to have a high tolerance for looking like a fool in public. I used to embarrass easily... not so much now.

This is a sculpture at the entrance to Trace Fork Shopping Center where the local Lowes store is located. The sculpture is by my friend Jeff Fetty.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Grave concerns on a sunny day

Each year, Mom and I go decorate graves in three cemetaries on Memorial Day weekend. When the weather is fine, it's a great experience. I took a camera this year...

This cemetary is way back on a ridge in Putnam County, near Hurricane. It helps to have 4 wheel drive to get there.

I love looking at the very old monuments.

Shooting bees is kinda scary... I can't believe I caught this one in flight. In the bright sunlight the tiny Pentax camera will muster a 1/2000sec shutter speed.

This is me doing a rubbing of a headstone. I'm doing it because we need to put a date on it so I'm going to do a "layout" and try to match the font.

Daisy in the barbed wire... this is trite. I did this exact same shot in high school at this same cemetary. I won some sort of art contest for students with it. I just re-created the shot for my own amusement.

Ladybug on granite monument.
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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Yard Work

I was working in the yard today. I put my little camera in my cargo pants pocket just in case I saw anything worth shooting. Herewith...

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An Arc of Concentric Colored Bands...

...in the sky. How strange.

Barber Shop or Museum?

The Shearcut Barbershop on Fife Street...

... is more like a museum of useless collectables. I keep telling John that he needs to start selling this crap on eBay but his computer skills are somewhat lacking. I've got hundreds of pictures of the place. I'll post more later.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Clay County Sky

Clay County... hills and sky...

When I'm out driving along the Interstate, I'm always torn when I see a potentially beautiful shot. Should I stop the car or not? If I hesitate, it's too late. I can't back up for half a mile to see if a scene might make a good photo. But I almost always hesitate. I can't just stop for every scene... I'd never get anywhere. After passing a dozen or so possibilities, I shot this one just hanging the camera out the car window.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Produce Blogging #6

Asparagus spears...

... because Thursday night is grocery night.

Foggy Morning on Hunters Ridge

Here it is... it is what it is.

Except that it's not really. I retouched out a house in the background that wasn't helping the photo.


Taking a break from the "grab shots" I've been showing done with the tiny Pentax... here's a shot from an actual job I did recently...

This is a fun studio shot of a motorcycle. We set the chopper up on an all black background and did a long time exposure while we walked around it holding a 7 foot pole wrapped with white Christmas tree lights. Interesting effect wouldn't you say? Chopper by Revelation Choppers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Leave Taking

Not much to say about this one. I shot some rhododendron leaves while walking to the Rite-Aid store.

This is cropped in from the original shot and the color is enhanced a bit in Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


I went to Tamarack today. These are Rod Queen's fingers making pottery.

If you're not from around here, Tamarack is a difficult place to describe. You can purchase any sort of traditional craft item, original artworks, great food... watch a blacksmith pound iron, a glassblower make glass, a potter throw pots. I could write a few paragraphs and not really describe the place.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bug Me

I hate to get too much into a bug theme here... I really don't like bugs that much, but this was on my car this morning. It had a wingspan of perhaps three quarters of an inch and looked really neat in the morning sunshine.

There's an old saying... "If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail." My little Pentax Optio S4i has such a good macro function, that I just keep shooting more and more close-up photos. The close-up photos look better than the regular photos with this camera. Look at that face... he looks like Zorak from Space Ghost.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

P.Diddy Pundit?

Boy, since getting that gig with the New York Times, David Brooks really is branching out...

... like P.Diddy, or Paris Hilton. But seriously, I'd never heard of this fashion brand before. I can't find it on the web, because Google can't seem to return any hits on "David Brooks" except for the NYT pundit.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

What a doll

Mr. bunny says:"Does your mother know you're wearing false eyelashes and makeup?"

Friday, May 20, 2005

I Get No Respect

Doh! Monica Orosz, of the Charleston Daily Mail, whose office is less than a mile from mine, thinks that I'm a Washington DC based photographer. That really hurts. I've only been working in this town for over 20 years. This is all regarding a job I blogged about here.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Produce Blogging #5

Because Thursday night is grocery night...

Eeewww... I shot this, and I still can't believe that's actually a close-up of cantaloupe skin. I had to look up the spelling of cantaloupe. The word looks weird, like the skin.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Fair Fairlain

Returning home from Bridgeport I stopped in Flatwoods to get gas and something to eat. I saw a beautiful old Ford Fairlain pass by me on the way up to Wendys. When I got up the hill and turned into the Wendys lot, there was the Fairlain, parked over in the corner with the setting sun off to one side, bathing the hills and car in this incredible light.

My trusty Pentax Optio was on the seat next to me... I picked it up as I rolled down the passenger window. I rolled to a stop and shot this one shot. Wow, what a scene. I couldn't have staged it better. As I rolled around to the pickup window, I saw someone inside eyeing me with a "what the hell" look on his face. I just tried to act nonchalant and kept moving. (Update: I think it's actually spelled Ford Fairlane)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

This Old House...

...is the house my Dad grew up in. My Mother and I decided to drive up to Looneyville, WV to see it on Mother's Day... really just to have an excuse to get out in the country on a pretty day.

We didn't expect it to be in good shape because we'd heard from other people that it was not. Neither of us had seen the house in many years, but we didn't really expect it to look this bad. Believe it or not, this house is still occupied. The gate was closed, and from the looks of the place neither of us thought it was a good idea to try to get any closer than the road. heavy sigh

Deer Morning

I know it's not exactly notable in the eastern U.S. to awaken to find deer in your yard...

... but still it's fun. Now that I'm carrying a pocket camera all the time, I'll stop and take a few shots.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Gold Rush

Is it the surface of the sun? ...

... it's a glass paperweight with gold leaf flakes floating in water. It's mesmerizing to watch. The Limoges chick nearby is apparently mesmerized.