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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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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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SOME HDR

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9th Hole at Golden Oaks Golf Club.

This Golf Course is very challenging for experienced & beginners to play.  It’s a long 18 hole course with 4 par 5 holes.  I have not played here because it’s a bit expensive to play 18 holes.  Price to play is around $70.00, but if you become a yearly member it’s much cheaper.  I can’t afford all this.  Wish I could.

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I call this “Over The Edge.”  Taken at our local water shed dam breast.

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Dam breast bridge.  Notice the froth from the water flowing over the dam.  From all the hot & humid weather we have been having, the water has a oder that smells like dead fish.

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A closer look.  For these Images, I took a spread of 3 shot’s and blended them into 1 HDR image using my Nikon D7000.  It was quite warm when I took these.  Temp. was around 96 degrees.

Thanks for viewing.

Les

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BEAUTY OF NATURE

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Just a few of the flowers that I see while walking around with the camera.

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I usually have no clue what kind of flowers these are.

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There was a large plot of these.  This is just some of them.

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This is my ole’ play area when I was much younger.  It’s the Kerney where the Coal dirt was dumped many years ago from the river dredging.  It’s changing.  Found out that the Blue Mountain Wildlife Ass. is trying to make this into more of a Wildlife Sanctuary.   Getting rid of much Coal dirt as possible.  Don’t know much else about this, yet.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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OUT THERE!

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Life here is pretty much back to normal now.  Eileen’s knee is doing much better now.  No longer do I have to stay around the house to help her in moving around.  She walks, goes up & down steps, and is doing the normal things around the house that was done before.  Her incision has healed quite well.  Soon you won’t be able to tell that she had knee surgery at all!

Now, I can go and come much as I did before.  Getting “out there” with my camera gear is back to normal.  Above is the old Union Canal Towpath in High Definition.  Using my Pentax K10d, I took 5 different shot’s.  Each one was 2 f/stops lower, then 1 normal, then 2 f/stops higher.  They were then blended together, that is always done with HD.

Now, I’m not so sure if I really need 5 different images like that.  I’m thinking that I could just use 3.  Would it be better that way or not.

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During the Summer months, the old Union Canal Lock get’s so very over-grown with trees, weeds, & alge in the water that it’s hard to tell what was once there.  The Winter is a better time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

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HISTORIC READING

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Since my Hometown of Reading, PA is a very Historic area they should have more of these placed around the City to show what once was there long ago.

There is a McDonalds Fast Food in it’s place off to the left of this Image.

Thanks for reading.

Les

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RETURN TO BETHELHEM STEEL

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I tend to enjoy going back to this very historic area just because so much has happened here from years gone bye.  Bethelhem Steel was once the largest Steel producers on the East Coast.  However, due to corporate greed over time and compitation from foreign steel producers, the place just did not keep up with the changing market.  Years ago, the once mighty steel producer, stopped it’s production never to make steel again.  Today, the place is a Historic reminder of what used to be.  The buildings that are still standing retain the color from the blast furnace’s that once roared here.  Some of the buildings have been torn down, but many still stand.

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Here looking down one of the area’s, are buildings that still remain.  On the right is what used to be Machine Shop #2 where gun barrels for battleships were turned on huge lathe’s that are no longer there.  These lathe’s were so big that the operator could sit on the carriage while turning the barrel.  Would have loved to see that.  On the left is the Blower Room that once supplied air to the Mill.  In the distance is the Crane Repair Building where huge Cranes lifted gun barrels onto waiting flat bed cars.

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A Plaque showing the ships that were made from the Steel Plant.

Thanks for reading.

Les