WEST VIRGINIA

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This past week-end Eileen & I took a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to see her Grandaughter graduate from West Virginia State University.  WVS is a huge University and is spread out over a big area in Morgantown.  Morgantown is a Collage City.  It is very “hilly” cause it’s located in the hills of WV, but very nice.  Lot’s of places to eat, drink, and shop.  The above Image is of just some of the hills of WV on our way in the rain.  That’s what we had to put up with all week-end.  Rain, Rain, and more rain.  It got to be annoying at times.  It would stop, then start raining again.  We were putting up with it.

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On Saturday there was not much to do, so Eileens Grandaughter showed us the Coopers Rock Overlook.  Here is the walk-way to the overlook with it dripping rain.

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Looking down in the valley of pretty country.  I’ve been to WV before, but in a different area.  WV is a beautiful State with all the Mountains.  Have always liked the State.

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A Image of the 2 Grandmothers with Lexie and her Sister Hannah.  Lexie is the one that Graduated Suma Cum Loud.  Eileen is on the left.  I forgot what the “rope” means that is hanging on Lexie.  I do know it’s a award for something she did good in.

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Graduation Cermoney in the WVS Collisum.  They all sang John Denvers song “Country Roads.”

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The stupid rain stopped just long enough for me to shoot this Image in her gown with Hannah.

WATERFALLS

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Trying to photograph Waterfalls to get that “Silky Effect.”  I’m close here, but not quite what I wanted.

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Taken at the old Bernheart Dam.  Weather was just not good, but no rain.  This Dam has been here for many, many years.  During the Fall it does get some great Fall Foliage with reflections.

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The Pump House at the Dam.  It’s no longer used.  Just something from the past.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

PHOTOSHOP CC

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Hello there to all my Followers.

For the past 6 months now, I’ve had the Software Photoshop CC.  In my opinion it’s a real nice photo editing software that will do so very much.  The problem I’ve been having with it is that I just don’t understand all the functions that it will do.  I have struggled with this program for a long time trying to use it the way it should be.  I have read and down-loaded many of the Tut’s that are offered via the Internet and I still have problems understanding.  The simple things I can do, but when it get’s more complicated I’m stuck.  I have tried many times to read what is told to me to do, but every time it comes out not as good as what they show me.

The Program also takes up a whole lot of memory when I use it.  I’ve found that the memory here on my Laptop is not big enough.  I seem to always get a warning that my memory here is too full and it can’t complete what I’m trying to do.  So, after much consideration I decided to get rid of it and not use it any longer.  No use using something that does not work well for me.  It’s now gone.  I will use Lightroom CC which I think is much easier to use.

About the Image above, it’s of the abandonded Day’s Inn that I’ve posted about before.  I have gotten word recently that the place caught fire and burned to the ground.  I thought this would happen.  I was told that the Engine Company’s took their good ole’ time responding and getting water on the structure.  I think that this was done because it’s not wanted in the area any longer.  I can understand that.  There were numbers of “unwanted” people living in there, so I think that the place was set on fire by arson.  I have not gotten up there yet to see what is left, but I will in the future.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

ODDS & ENDS

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While crusin’ the Internet, I happen to come across this Image of my ole’ Destroyer, the USS Carpenter DD-825, that was taken in San Francisco Bay.  I was not aboard her at this time.  Was long gone.  Here she looks pretty good, because I’ve enhanced the Image a bit.

In Her later years, she was sold to the Turkish Navy, and re-named but I don’t know what.  She lasted for some years, and then was sold for scrap.  I have many memories of this ole’ “Tin Can.”  This was my Home for 2.5 yrs.  It’s where I got my “sea legs”.  Where for the 1st time at Sea, I was so sea sick that I could not even keep a cracker in my stomach!  I found out what a “sea bat” was.  Learned what it was like to get “fired upon” over in Nam.  Scared the crap out of me!  Much more.

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Ok.  A change of subject.  For the past few weeks I have taken a good interest on doing more of B&W photography.  I’m getting better with it using my Nikon D7000 camera and the software I have to enhance my Images.  I’ve been doing some reading on what settings work when doing B&W and so far they work well.  This one was taken out on the back roads in Hamburg, PA.  I’ve read to use a ISO of 100, a f/stop setting of f/8 at 1/100 of a sec.  Not bad.  I’ll keep going.

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This shot was taken at one of my favorite places I go from time to time.  This “pond” was never here years ago.  It has formed from a depression in the Coal scrap from rain, and snow over the years.  It’s getting some Lilly Pads, and I could hear the “peepers” making their usual song.  Strange how Nature changes the landscape.

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Here is another “muddy” depression that has formed.  The “peepers” are here also.  Too darn muddy to walk down there.  Notice the Coal piles that this place is made of.

That’s it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

STREETS OF HAMBURG

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Ah, yes.  Good ole’ 3rd St. in Hamburg, PA.

3rd St. in my ole’ hometown has not changed much in the passing years.  It’s still pretty much the same as it has been when I used to ride my bicycle on these very streets.  However, there are 3 different places than before.  Where you see the Cross Key’s Insurance building, a Candy Store used to be there.  Us kids could go in there and buy penny candy.  It’s gone now.

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Located right behind the Cross Keys Insurance is this parking lot.  On this spot, long ago, was something you just don’t see anymore  .  .  . and that was a Cobbler Shop.  It was just a little wooden building where shoes were repaired.  The Owner used to keep a cardboard box next to the door that had old discarded shoe heels that us kids could use for the game of Hop Scotch.  Made of rubber, these were great for playing that game.  The Owner never minded us coming in and search threw what he had thrown away.  Now, it’s long gone, but the memory is still here.

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Again, right next to the parking lot, is this ally that I used to use as a short cut to school.  It is still the same as it was.  Has not changed.  I still can see me riding my bicycle up this ally in my minds eye.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

TRAILS

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On top of Skyline Drive that overlooks the City here, are a number of different types of Walking Trails that can be taken.  This is just one of them.  The sign before walking on the Trail said “Beware! Trail is Not For Beginners”.  “Walk At Your Own Risk!”

I’m not much of a Trail hiker at all.  Once in a while I might walk a Trail, but only if it looks easy and the Trail signs tell me what it is.  This one was not really one for me.  Even though it looks easy from the start, I don’t know what is ahead of me.  I don’t care to not know what is in store for me.  I don’t like going into something un-known.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  Besides walking a hard trail with camera gear might not be good.  I elected to turn away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOME B&W

I’ve been shooting some Images in B&W, cause I seem to have found a better interest in it.  Before this, I’ve only used B&W for subjects that I consider on the old side.  I’ve found that B&W Images can be used for much more than that.

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All that remains of the Summit Hotel.  It was cloudy and the sky was not good, but B&W brought out some of it.

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Behind the old Fire Tower.

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Nothing fancy here.  Just showing how B&W can bring out the White clouds behind my home.  This one turned out nice and clear.

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The Light here in my Computer Room.