Friday, May 30, 2008
Remember today is the real Memorial Day (the actual day), don't forget to thank the vets you see today. Thanks again veterans.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
With the upgrade to CS3 along with the skills I have gained since that time I am revisiting some of my older photos. I tried working this picture up a few years ago and never liked it, but being able to send it through raw (it was a jpeg) makes a big difference.
I can't wait to get back out there this year and put my new skills and equipment to the test.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Today's photograph comes from Philadelphia a few weeks ago. After the museum we went for a walk and numerous buildings caught my eye. Now for the artist non me language, I pre-visualized what they would look like before taking the photo, bet you never thought you would hear a big word like that from me. I don't know if the final image is what I was going for or not. I doubt I will find out here either, last week only three people noticed that I urinated in a wet suit. Now that in itself worried me, one that only three people noticed anything and that what they noticed was that I did it in a wet suit.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This was an afternoon demonstration by our present military called small unit tactics. The unit showed how they check for booby traps and clear homes in Iraq, all of these soldiers are active military and I salute them.
Next week a will take a break from the Army Heritage days and do an assortment of things as I work on the following weeks images and write ups. I plan to do a week on the Civil War photographer that was at the event. It is amazing what he does and it is also a good time for some photographic history since this is a photographic web site.
I would end this with telling you all to have a good holiday weekend but the way you enjoy your weekend is none of my business, so see you next week.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
As we approached these men Shane asked me what country they were from, my reply was New York. I then began to tell him a little about the history of the New York firefighting Zouaves. I informed him that they were volunteer firemen from New York city and like most firemen they were very colorful, rowdy and loved to fight. I went on to say that while they were off fighting the war in 1865 the powers to be in New York decided it would be a good time to do away with volunteers in the city. It would be easier at this time because the men would not be there to fight for their existence. Of course by the time I finished the gentleman informed me that my history was correct but that they were a different outfit. So much for my history lesson.
The original Zouaves were native North African troops serving in the French Army in the 1830s. They wore distinctive uniforms. The uniforms usually consisted of a fez and turban, very baggy pants, a vest, a short jacket that was cut away from the top with only one button or clasp at the throat and a sash. They also wore leggings. The uniforms were usually brightly colored and had much trim and/or braid and many brass buttons on them.
These soldiers fought in North Africa for French interests. Later Zouaves fought in the Crimea and Italy in the 1850s. These troops were well trained and disciplined and were famous for great feats on the battlefield, and often mischief and rowdiness off the battlefield.
Zouaves disappeared at the end of the Civil War in the US, except for veteran's groups. They continued on in the French Army until World War I when the ability to blend into the battlefield required more traditional green uniforms.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I mentioned before that it was an all day program but I didn't elaborate. The event opened at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles parachuting into the area at 9:30. The rest of the day was filled with living history, a lecture by General David Petraeus, demonstrations on Civil War artillery, WW II weapons, life in the trenches and modern small units tactics and at the end of the day there was a discussion panel with present military personnel to answer questions about Iraq.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
If you have never attended on of these events you don't know what you are missing. These men and women really love what they are doing and are very knowledgeable in the area. Quite a few carry the real weapons and not reproductions. Throughout the day in whatever it is the stay in character in what they say, how they act and what they use. These WW 2 soldiers dug fox holes and were eating lunch when I happened upon them. They were playing the part 100%, I spent enough time there to shoot them with three different lens including the Lensbaby 3G. I have had this lens for some time but have used it very little because I have had bad results. These guys just looked like they were screaming for me to use it, so I did. I was very happy with the results for the first time since I had the lens.
Now I can't take credit for all of it, I downloaded the images Sunday at work and was telling Brian that I had shot with it and thought I got some good stuff. For those of you that don't know Brian or look at his site he is a lensbaby master. He quickly said open that up in Photoshop and I did, he spent the next 15 minutes playing around with it and when he finished I said "B" I can't improve on it so I am posting it with your edits. So here it is for my first posted lensbaby shot I hope you like it, I know I do and this image and yesterdays are starting to make me feel good about myself as a picture taker.
Monday, May 19, 2008
All this week I will be posting images from this event. You will also see this place revisited more in the future. As a historian this was a great event but as a extremely patriotic person that loves military history this event was just "off the hook". We went as a family but Linda had things to do and didn't stay long. Shane and I walked around taking in the demonstrations and talks for seven hours. We both recorded the event on digital film also, him a little more than me.
I hope you enjoy the series half as much as I enjoyed shooting it. I just hope I am not putting my best up first, I really liked the way this one came out.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I didn't have a bigger lens with me and I could only get so close so I had to do allot of cropping in photoshop. I don't know if I captured what I envisioned, but it is what you get.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The GG1s were large locomotives, 79 feet 6 inches long and weighing 477,000 pounds. The GG1 was designed to run on the standard Pennsylvania Railroad catenary power of 11,000 Volts AC, 25 Hz. One flaw in the design of the GG1 became apparent in the Blizzard of 1958. This storm, which swept across the northeastern United States, began on February 16. The usually unstoppable GG1s were knocked from service when their electrical components were shorted out due to moisture.
This unit #4859 in located in the Harrisburg transportation center with an old all wood PRR caboose behind it. What a beautiful site it is, the only thing in my mind that can compare to it is the T1 locomotive.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
On April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in Fords Theatre as he attended the performance of Our American Cousin. After his assassination the people forced the closure of the theatre. The doors of the theatre reopened to the public in 1968 and since that time it has become one of the most visited sites in Washington.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Now for the photo itself, it is another I took while training a couple of weeks ago at the Harrisburg Transportation Center. Like others I thought it looked better on my laptop when I edited it, they always looked washed out on my home monitor.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Today I am going to post something a little different, a video. I have photographs prepared for the next week yet but Linda found time to get some video ready for me so here it is. This was taken by her last July in Katmai, Alaska during our family vacation. Up to now you have seen many photographs of the bears at this location, now you can see just what the bears were doing here. The entire video last one minute and 46 seconds, so please be patient and let him fish. The video footage was taken by Linda (Shane and I were busy with the DSLR's)I hope you enjoy it.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
One of the perks of going to the Harrisburg Transportation center was that we could bring our cameras along. This shot was taken inside the train station when we were leaving. The camera was hand held at 1/25 of a second using existing light with my Nikon D70. It looks like there are no trains about to go out as the place was empty at the time.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
It is Friday or in my case Monday since my week starts today, I can only hope it does not go like last Friday. Next week has no theme, just an assortment of photographs shot in the last two weeks from train stations to Philadelphia, fire department and the Bears.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
One more day from Kough's and then I have an assortment of images planned for next week and the week after. For you train buffs there will be trains shots coming in the next couple of weeks also.