TO GET THE SHOT’S

KOZARS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.

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Since my last post on the Christmas Lights that are here around my area, some of you might be wondering how I got these shot’s of the Christmas Village that is near-by where I live.

To be honest, it was not all that hard to do.  However, I did make a few mistakes and found out that I can’t do some of what I wanted.  Knowing what the Village is from yrs. of seeing it, I knew pretty much how it was set up.  You can enter the display’s and walk around as much as you want.  I thought to get some great shot’s, I would just walk down one of the lanes to the end, turn, set up the camera, compose the shot, and press the shutter.  Well, not quite.  Going to the end of the lane to set up the camera had too many other people in the way.  They don’t care what your trying to do.  So, I decided to go back out and walk all the way around the back side of the Lake.  This way I had no one bother me and no one to walk in front of the camera lens.  Worked for me!

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This is one of my 1st shot’s.  Here I wanted to capture the reflection of the lights off the lake, but try and keep the Image a bit suttle.  I also wanted the night sky to show the glow from the lights below.  I set my Nikon D7000 camera to ISO 800, using my Tripod and remote shutter release.  For night shot’s like this, you don’t want any camera shake at all.  However, when using a higher ISO speed, you get more “noise” that what you would using a slower speed, i.e. ISO 200.  The Image didn’t quite come out as clear as I had wanted, but it’s not bad.  Taking these Images got a bit chilly out there in the empty field.  The cold from the Lake started creeping into my ole’ bones.  Plus, my feet started to get cold, not to mention my hands.  The Images don’t show the cold, but it was chilly.  Temp. was about 39 degrees F.

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For this one, I just turned my Nikon to my immediate left, re-focused the lens using the same shutter & ISO speed.  My Nikon Remote Shutter works real nice for shot’s like this.  Just point the Remote at the camera and press the button, hoping you have everything set right.  Another setting that I used was the AP Mode that is located on the left side of my camera.  AP (Apature Prioty) Mode is where your camera automatically figures out what shutter opening to have for the existing light.  You can also use Manual Mode where you set the camera for what settings you think are right.  Both Modes are kinda fun.

Now, don’t get me wrong here.  I don’t know a whole lot about photography.  All I know is what I read and watch on Tut’s that explain how to do it.  I don’t have a whole lot of money to spend on photography course’s that get expensive.  I read, go out and give it a try, see what happens.  If I do good, I’ve learned something.  If I screw up, I try and find out what I did wrong, then try again.  Sometimes it can be frustrating!

Thanks for stopping by

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

LES

ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

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Around this time of the year, many of the Homes that are in my area, take on a new look with the many different colored lights that are placed in or around their homes.  Some of them are very simple.  Some are quite extravert.  It depends on what you want to do or how far you want to take the decoration.  I’d like to show you just how simple or extravert it get get.

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Takes time to do all of this.

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This one is quite extreme.  Their electric bill is going to be bad!

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Now this home is decorated simple.  Just a few lights.  Not overly done, but yet it’s noticeable.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

LES

THE LIGHTS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

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WELCOME TO KOSIERS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Not far from my home, is a once plain ole’ Diary Farm that is owned by Samuel Kosier, and his Wife.  Back about 30 yrs. ago, Sam started decorating his home and the Dairy Barn with Christmas lights.  Just adding a few strings of lights here and there to light the farm up for the Holiday Season.  Then as each year went by, he added more and more lights making it more noticeable to passers by who began to notice.  More & more lights were added over the years, and the farm started to back up traffic on the country road.  He started charging people to come in a see all the Christmas Lights that he had added.  Back then he charged $3.00 just to walk around and look.  Now, more than 30 yrs. later it has grown to this that I will show you.  He no longer has his Dairy Cows, as you would imagine!  The Image above shows the main Barn all decorated up for the Season with 3 HO Train Sets and model homes.

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Looking up to the entrance of the Farm.

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This is the Main House of the Farm.

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This is looking down towards the Lake that is in front of the Farmhouse.  The lights on the Lake keep time with special music and make a colorful display.

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The Main Barn looking across the Lake and reflection.

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More Lights & reflections in the lake. 

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Just one of the many different display’s on what used to be a pasture yrs. ago.

 

 

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In closing, this is what the one time Dairy Farm look like from a distance.  Since the Farm is located on a back country 2 lane road, I had to pull off the road, get out of my car with tripod and camera in hand and shoot this Image.  People come from all over the county to see this amazing place that has been here for as long as I can remember.  I think that each year, Sam add’s more and more, even though it might be only a little bit here and there.  The people never seem to stop enjoying what they see.  The cars line up night after night in long lines to bring the kids in all of us to see this terrific display.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this.

Les                                              

STEEL STACKS (cont.)

 

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STEEL SLAG CARS

When the mighty Bethlehem Steel Plant was in full operation years ago, these Slag Cars are the ones that ran up and down the Steel Furnace’s to collect the Slag (scrap) from the making of Steel.  There were 6 of them in all.  The operation of them was a driver was stationed on each end.  That’s what those doors on either end were for.  Slag was dumped into these cars and deposited in a scrap area nearby.  All the the steel scrap was red hot!  You can see the marks left by the heat on this car.  Now, the cars are done with their job.  Weeds now grow where heat used to be.

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As you can see, this is not my Image.  I appreciate the photographer that has this.  However, this is a old Image of what the Slag cars used to be when in operation.  The is only 1 that I could photograph.  The rest were in storage at the end of the railway.  The Steel Slag car was photographed down near the end of that big black stack in the distance.  Some of the buildings shown here are now gone, but exist in memory of those who worked so hard here.

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This is the entrance to the Steel Mill

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Old buildings that were once busy, now stand empty.

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Have a nice Christmas from the Bethlehem Steel Plant.

This is my last Post about the Steel Stacks.  I hope that you all enjoyed my Posts as much as I do making them.  I have a number of other Images, but don’t think I should get carried away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

STEEL STACKS

 

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This is what I was describing in my last post about the Steel Walkway that has been built up and around the area where the Blast Furnaces are.  You can walk down the whole thing, touch what used to be red hot, and feel what it may have been like long ago.  The Walkway extends a good 1/8th of a mile long.  Enough to cover all 5 Blast Furnaces.  To get here you have to climb a set of steel steps that take you right up close and personnel.

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This is looking up at Blast Furnace #2.

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This is the material hoist that supplied the furnace with the raw materials that made the steel. There used to be large buckets (like shown in the previous Image) that traveled up and down the furnace.  Raw material was loaded from the base and hoisted up to the top and dumped into the Furnace.  Notice the cat-walks high above me.  That area I could not get too.  Not so sure if I wanted to, because it’s way up there!  I don’t like heights that much.

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This was photographed from the ground level looking up towards the 2 of 5 Blast Furnaces.

On my next post, I’ll show you how the Slag (scrap) was hauled away from the steel making process.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

BETHLEHEM STEEL PLANT

 

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The once mighty Bethlehem Steel Plant.

From the start of this Steel Plant back in the early 1900’s this place produced and made Steel for much of the USA until it’s demise in 1996.  It made Steel for bridges, buildings, and railroads that helped our Country grow during the Industrial Years.  It employed over 30,000 steel workers that kept the plant running 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week for over 100 yrs.  These Blast Furnaces would glow red against the night sky and fill the surrounding area with the noise of Steel making.

However, failure of Top Management, to compete with the foreign steel makers such as Japan the Steel Plant here started it’s slide into failure.  High prices of Steel, corporate greed, Pensions, and workers being paid very high wages are just some of the reasons of failure.  Failure to manufacture Steel at a better price than it’s competitors, and keep the same quality saw this mighty giant of Steel close it’s doors.

Now, Bethlehem Steel is just a ghost of what it once was.  Many of the empty buildings have been torn down. The place is quiet now, except for the sound of tourists that come here to see what used to be.  No longer is heard the sound of Steel manufacture.  The Blast Furnace’s are dark and rusting away.  Empty buildings now have lot’s of dust, steel junk, and ghosts of the employees that made this place what it was.

I have been up here 2 times now, and shot quite a number of Images.  You can get “up close & personnel” with the Blast Furnace’s.  It’s something called “The Steel Walk” where a steel cat-walk was built right up next to the Furnaces where you can see all the equipment, pipes, and vents that used to glow with heat so many yrs. ago.  I’ll show you just how close I could get in later Posts.

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Just some of the left over buildings that once were filled with Steel workers.  The structure on the left was elevated railway that I will Post about later on.  There is only one problem about being here.  That is, most of the structures are all enclosed in a link fence that is just over 6 ft. high.  You can’t get closer to what you see.  This is one part they didn’t get to yet.  I will be making more Posts about this Historic area.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate it.

Les