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SOME B&W

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Located just down the street from our home is what remains of the Lock’s used during the day’s of the old Union Canal.  Walking around, I happen to see this thing on one of the Lock walls.  I have no idea what this was used for.  Why is it here?  What was the purpose of it?  I also noticed that there were 2 other ones on the opposite side just like this one.  I will try and contact the Berks County Historical Society and see if they know anything.

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These are very old Valves that were used to open & close the water flow.  The handles are long gone.

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Nature is re-claiming the old winch used to pull Canal Boats into the Lock.

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Known as a Bollard, these were used to tie up the Canal Boat while in the Lock.

Thank You

Les

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PAINTED BRIDGE

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Yesterday while out with my Crystal Ball, I happen to take more interest in the old bridge that I’ve been too many times in the past.  Since this bridge is no longer safe for traffic and has not been used in a long time, so it has become a place for some spray paint.

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I’ve seen Grafitte many times and thought that most of it is just a bunch of spray painted nonsense, but there are paintings out there such as this one that are done with the art of it in mind.

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I would have no idea!

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I had no clue what FUGAZI means, so I asked around.  Found out it was a band that played in Concert as places.  It reminded me of “Kilroy was Here” even though I’m to young to know Kilroy.  Was before my time.

Thank you.

Les

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LENSATIC COMPASS

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Do you know how to read a Compass?  Do you know how to read a Lensatic Compass?  No, well I didn’t either, but I learned about it snooping around articles on the Internet.

I did know how to read a regular compass, but the Lensatic Compass was something that I was not sure on how this would work.  Even though it looks much more fancy than a regular compass it still works pretty much the same way, but with some added features.

As most of you may know the Compass will always point to the North Magnetic Field.  In the case above, it’s telling you that it’s pointing to NW.  If this is the way you want to go, turn and follow what it tells you.

The small little knob on the front is a sighting Lens that you can look thru and it will tell you how many degrees you are off NW sighting.  The Black Scale on the left will show you how much of a slope you are on.  Everything you see will fold up nicely into a compact carry case.

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This is the real thing that I purchased from ebay.  It took me a little time to get used to reading a Compass like this, but you get the hang of it after awhile.  The inclometer on the left shows that the Compass is leaning 19 deg.  I should be 0, meaning it’s level like it should be.  What the other smaller numbers mean on the outside of the Compass, I’m not sure of yet.  Also, a Compass does not work well around electronic componets or when it’s around metal.  This is why it’s off North a bit.

I’m sorta like a “Gadget Fella” that likes to have different new things, but within reason.  I can’t afford to go out and buy expensive gadgets.  I keep it to a minimum.

Thanks for stopping by

Les

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SELECTIVE COLOR

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This is called Selective Color.  In the process of learning how to use a Crystal Ball for Photography, I learned by some trial & error, on how to color just part of the Image I have taken.  I tend to like doing this, even though their are different steps to do in Post processing.  The Image just does not come out like this.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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SHOOTING WITH A CRYSTAL BALL

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I took my camera gear “out there” today, because the weather was just great.  I had my 3″ Crystal Lens Ball with me so decided to get some practice in using it with the camera.

I had to set up my Tripod, and attach my Pentax K10d with a Rokinon 14mm 2.5 Lens.  I also needed my Remote Shutter Trigger.  Since the 14mm Rokinon does not have a zoom feature to it, I had to move the Crystal Ball at different positions, find the best position, and focus on that.  Holding a Crystal Ball that is 3″ in Diameter, focus the camera, and then press the remote shutter takes a bit of practice to do.  Before this shot was taken, I did it 5 times before this to get it right.

Now, when you shoot this, the Image in the Crystal Ball is not like you see here.  It’s inverted.  It’s up-side down, because of lens refraction.  Then I have to put the Image into Photoshop CC and just rotate the part I want up-right.  I was not good at this, so again, I had to keep on trying until I got this correct.  This was the result.

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This one was taken before I learned how to rotate just the Crystal Ball and not the whole Image.

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HISTORIC MINERSVILLE

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Greek Orthodox Church Spire in Minersville, PA.  Sometimes called an “Onion Spire.”

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Built in1920, this is the old Regar Building that was once a Dress Factory back in its day.  Now, vacant & empty, it wastes away into History.

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The old Parish School still in use today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les