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Remember, gang, that I had told you all about this NEW Thing that I’m trying to do with a Crystal Ball?  Well, here is my very first try at doing this.  I’m finding out that it’s not quite that easy to do!

So, what you have to do here is set your Crystal Ball where you want to take an Image looking thru the Ball.  I’m told that you should use a slow ISO speed, i.e. ISO200 and a large f/stop setting, i.e. f/4.0 or slower.  A Wide Angle Lens helps a lot.  You want to focus on the Ball and what it’s showing  .  .  .  not the background.  You want a “bokeh” background, so the main subject is more clear.

I placed the Ball on top of a Tripod and set it in-line with the candle that I wanted in the Image.  Took my other Tripod and set up the camera.  Using a Remote Shutter, I pressed the button and this is what came out.  Now, there is another problem.  It’s not told to me that you have to turn the Image around because the Ball makes it up-side down!  Ooops!  Didn’t know that.  So, I put it into Lightroom CC and turned it right-side up!  There is another process you can do in Photoshop CC, but it’s a awful long procedure.  16 step’s to be exact!!  No thanks!

Since this is my very first try at this, I’ve learned that using light from another source, is not too good.  It would be much better to do this outside with the ambient light.  It’s also blurry and I’m not happy with this.  It is clear for the most part but should be better.  Oh yes, I did order a clear Acrylic Stand for the Ball.  Should be here in 2 day’s.

I’m going to keep messin’ around with this.  The more I work with it, the better I’ll get.  I’m going to read about doing this more.

STOP OVER

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Entering Port Canaveral, FL.

When our ship entered Port Canaveral, FL I expected to see a Port that was filled with Cruise Ships of all kinds.  To my disbelief, there was only 1 other ship in Port.  I also expected to see lot’s of places to see and places to do some sightseeing and shopping.   There was really nothing here like that.

The Port of Call was rather empty.  The only thing to really do was go on the shore, and sit on the beach that is near-by.  We only had 4 hours to do this, so we thought why not.

The Beach was nice, but a bit windy.  The surf was heavy and water darn cold.  I elected not to go into the water.  We stayed on the beach for about 2 hrs. then headed back to the ship.  There was really not much else to see or do.  If you do go to Port Canaveral, don’t expect a whole lot.

SOMETHING NEW!

Hello out there!  Hope all my Followers are doing well these days.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering about this NEW thing that I’ve come across in Photography.  It’s photographing a subject with a Crystal Ball.  Named Refraction Photography it’s a much different way of Posting a Images.  Instead of just shooting a scene, you shoot what you see, but thru a Crystal Ball!  I’m here thinking that this could lead to all kinds of different way’s to capture something.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check this out and see what’s going on.  I went into my favorite place to order something and found what I was looking for.  I found a Crystal Ball complete with a fancy wooden stand and it’s 3.5 inches round.  It is totally clear.  Just like the real thing, but smaller.  They are not as expensive as I thought they would be.  So, I ordered one and it came in the mail 2 day’s ago.

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Ok, this is what it looks like!  Just like this, except without the clear stand.  The stand is probably nothing but an Acrylic Plastic.  Not sure yet if I want that quite yet.  I’m seeing some terrific things to do with this.  I have the camera equipment for it.  All I have to do it “get out there” and use it.  I’m excited about doing this!

However, there are a few rules that I’ve read about for this.  1.  Always wear cotton gloves, so as not to scratch the ball.  2.  Treat your Crystal Ball well, and protect it at all times.  3.  Do NOT use it for direct sunlight!  Not good!  The Sun could magnify the light and burn you if left there long enough.  4.  Keep it covered when not in use.  5.  Don’t drop it!!

I’m going to move forward on this, and see what I can come up with.  Remember, that looking at something from a different perspective changes everything.

DO YOU KNOW CORKER2?

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Do you know me?  I don’t think so.  All you see is my Images and what they are about from where I go and what I do.  Well, maybe you might be interested in what I’m like.

WHO AM I? –  I am a 70 yrs. young male that stands 6’5″ tall and weighs about 262 lbs.

AM I EASY GOING & EASY TO TALK TO? – Yes that I am.  I am a person that can easily be talked to.  I have a pretty good personality, if I must say so.  I don’t get mad real easy.  It takes a bit to push the wrong button, but if that happens all hell will break loose.

DID I SERVE IN THE MILITARY? –  Yes.  Joined the US Navy just after High School.  Served aboard the Destroyer USS Carpenter DD-825 for 2.5 yrs. stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Had a 1 yr. Tour of Vietnam from 1966 – 1967.

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WHAT DID I DO FOR A LIVING?  –  After being discharged from the US Navy, I got a job at the Polymer Corp. in Feburary of 1969.  I was just a Machine Operator for about 8 yrs. working swing shifts.  Changing from 1 shift to another every week, about did me in!  Then went to Machinist School for 4 yrs. to learn the trade. The GI Bill paid for my schooling. Spent my remaining years at Polymer as a Class A Plastic Machinist.  Retired after 30 yrs. there.  Then I worked at a fast food place named Schells Drive In for 14 yrs. as a cook.  Then I retired for good!

WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE FOODS? – There are a number of them.  Seafood is my real favorite.  Clams, oysters, fish, scallops, and Lobster.  Steak is on the menu, also.  I can eat most everything, except Liver, Okra, Spinach, Liver Pudding, and Peas.  Not too fond of that stuff.  Liver I can’t get past my nose!

WHAT DO I ENJOY DOING? – I enjoy Photography, as you can see.  I like to play a good game of Golf, when I can afford it.  Read a good book, but it has to hold my interest from the very beginning.  I enjoy going out shooting, once in a while, at a target range.  Just going “out there” with my camera to see what’s new.  Keeping my Home in good shape.  Mowing the grass and what ever else should be done.  Going to a good Concert, when I can.  Making something in my small wood shop when it’s warm enough.

DO I HAVE ANY CHILDREN? –  Yes, I have 1 Daughter named Michelle Lynn born October 8th, 1973, but my Daughter is a whole different story.  I haven’t seen her in 20 yrs.!  I am not happy about this!

WHERE HAVE I BEEN IN MY LIFE? – While serving in the Navy, I was all over the Pacific from Hawaii, to Midway, to the Philippines, to Vietnam, to Japan, to Okinowa, to Pago Pago, to Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, NZ.  I’ve seen things that most people will never see.  Allot of it is good, some horrible, and some bad.  In the US, all up and down the east coast.

Well, folks, that should give you a pretty good idea of what/who I am that writes this.  Any questions?  Just ask.

 

 

SHOOTING RANGE

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Most all of my Life, I have been a owner of Guns.  Everything from Shotguns, Rifles, and Handguns.  I have a Permit to carry a concealed weapon when-ever I choose to do so.  I am a Law abiding US Citizen that believes in the 2nd Amendment.  Being licensed to carry a concealed weapon does not mean that you can wear your weapon anywhere.  Common sense prevails here on this.  I have gone thru many hours of gun safety instruction in the US Navy.  I know what they can do.  I’ve seen what they can do.

I’ve been “snooping around” for a “free” area that you can go shoot.  I’m not too happy with joining a Gun Club, pay their dues each year, abide by their rules, have a Range Instructor present, and then have to join the NRA.  No Thanks.  So, I was told that there was a area up in St. Clair way back in the “empty area” where there is nothing but scrub, coal dirt, and clum.  I found it and the person is right.  There is nothing here but Coal dirt, and scrub.  Who owns this land, I don’t know.  I’m guessing that the Anthracite Coal Company does.

Pictured above is the place I was at.  There are tables to use, targets to shoot at, carpeting at places where you can even sit and watch.  People come here from all over the area just to practice with their weapon.  Old tires, cans full of holes, plastic bottles, shot gun shells and empty pistol cartridges are all over the place.  There is nothing fancy here.  Just a area where you can shoot till you run out of ammunition.  The 2nd Amendment is alive and quite well in the Coal Region’s.

However, there are RULES here that you don’t see.  The local people here don’t like un-safe practice!  If you are caught doing something stupid, you will be told about it by others that watch over this place.  Safety is a big factor here, even though you don’t see any signs.  Common sense is another!

There are no range posters telling you how far away your target is.  You must be the judge of that!  However, to the top of that Coal pile in the distance is about 120 yds.  To the bottom of the Coal pile is about 100 yds.  The Range tables were made by a local resident and donated to the area.  All that is asked of you, the shooter, is to Police your brass, and clean up behind you.  No beer cans or hard booze allowed, even though people that come here from outside the area, do it.  The local’s don’t like that and will tell you to leave if caught!

I enjoyed my time here.  I set up a target about 25 yds. away and shot my Ruger .40cal S&W.  It shoots quite well.  I WILL hit what I’m shooting at.  Their is no doubt about that!

HUGE MACHINES

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Hello to my Followers and Thanks for viewing.

Sunday was such a great beautiful day, so I decided to let my work around the house go by the way-side for awhile.  Grabbed my camera gear and headed up into the Coal Region Area to see what I could find.  You always can find something up here.

Just outside the Coal Mining Town of St. Clair, I found out that there was some big machinery that are used to clear ground in open pit mining.  Just what I was looking for!  It took me a bit to find this place, because when you get out on the back roads in Coal County you can very easily get lost.  Once you get out here you find that there is nothing here, but scrub, trees, and coal clum ( Clum is a word that’s used to describe shale waste & Coal dirt that has been dumped in this area for years.  There are really mountains of this stuff!)  It’s very barren.

I found this area I was told about and to my surprise there were a number of machines here just for me!  The Bulldozer above is one huge machine.  You almost can’t believe how big this is.  I stood inside the scoop and still had room over my head.  I stand 6’5″ tall and the top was at least 3 feet over me!  The Width of the scoop had to be 10 feet long or more!  Imagine what it costs to run one of these things?

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Here’s another look at this huge thing.  This machine could doze away ground by the ton.  It can make short work of a coal area.  This is why strip mining is frowned upon up here.  It does nothing but scar the Land!

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Here’s another one.  This huge coal, ground, and shale truck is called a “Yuke” in Coal Country.  Where it got that name, I have no idea.  The dump must be able to hold tons of material at one time.  It is used to haul material from a open pit mine or other site.  These trucks have massive Diesel engines that must chew up fuel by the gallon.  Would have liked to sit in the drivers seat, just to get a idea of how it feels to drive one of these, but thought it not a good idea.  Just my luck I’d get caught and face a big fine!