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

 

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

MORE SNOW GEESE

For a long time now, I’ve been thinking of what it would be like to have a “Big Lens.”  You know, one of those Lens’s that are used for photographing wild life, birds and taking long shot’s.  Ones like a 150-600mm Lens that I see much of and other people using one.

I found out that I could rent one of these Lens’s at a reasonable cost down at Perfect Image in Lancaster, PA.  After some consideration on this, I decided to do it.  The cost for renting a big Lens like the 150-600mm is $70.00 for 7 day’s.  Not bad.  $10.00 a day is more than reasonable for me.  So, I took the drive to Perfect Image in Lancaster yesterday morning to rent one of these.  It takes about 40 min. to drive there, but it’s all open highway.

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This is the Lens that I rented.  It’s a Tamron 150-600mm V1 f/5-6.3 ASF Lens.  If your thinking that it’s big, it is!  It’s a bit heavy, also.  Weight is about 4 lbs.  When I picked it up I was surprised to see just how big it is, and find out that they are not light.  This kind of Lens is used with a Tripod and a Gimble Head.  So, after doing some light paper work, I headed out with my loaned Lens to see what it will do.  I have to remember that if I drop it, scratch it, or damage it in anyway  .  . .  I just bought a $800.00 Lens!  Must be darn careful!!

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I headed up to the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge which was not too far away to try my Lens out.  I had with me a Tripod, but no Gimble Head so I just mounted the Lens on top of the Tripod without it.  Worked just fine.  This is the very first shot I took with the new Lens.  It’s nice and clear, as you see.  Some of the Snow Geese have left the area for their flight North to the Tundra in Alaska.  Their are not as many as before, but still are there.  Very soon all will be gone.

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Here they are doing what they do  . .  .  eat & rest.

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Here someone or something spooked them and they all took flight at once.  You can’t hear the roar of all the wings, but it’s a sound you don’t forget.

So far, even though, I didn’t get to use the Lens very much I love it.  I have it until next Wednesday, so I will be “out there” more in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

RETURN TO HISTORY.

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For the 1st time in a few days, we had some nice sunny weather, so I grabbed my camera gear and headed down to a favorite place in the city of Philadelphia that I like to go to.  Independence Park, the Birthplace of our Nation, has so very much to offer and see.  You can spend a whole day here going in and out of all the Historic buildings that have been preserved by the National Park Service.

This is Congress Hall.  Located in Independence Park on 6th & Market St. it served as the Seat of the US Congress from December 6th, 1790 to May 14th, 1800.  It ratified the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution in 1793.  It also oversaw the Inaugurations of our 1st President, George Washington and our 2nd President, John Adams.

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Inside Congress Hall on the 2nd Floor is where most of our Nation’s business was taken care of.  Brought back to its original look by the National Park Service, this is what it looked like in its day.  Of course, there were no electric lights at the time.  Everything was done by candle light & day light.  The carpet is not an original.  It is a reproduction of what it was.

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During my “walk about” in the Park, I came across this fella dressed in the ware of Colonial Days, playing a Mountain Dulcimer, that I have heard before.  The Mountain Dulcimer has a very soothing, interesting sound to it.  Almost sounding like a Harp, but really isn’t.  This man could play it very well.  He made it look so easy to do.  The music that came out of this instrument was so pleasant to listen to.  I watched & listened to him play for about 15 min.  Then asked him if I could take his Image.  I thanked him and moved on.

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This is just a part of Independence Park.  Here you’re looking down the open area with the Visitor Center on the right and Independence Hall in the center.  The Visitor Center is where the original Liberty Bell is located, but I didn’t go in there.  Just too many people!

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Located right next to Independence Hall is the Congress Library that is now a gift store.

I enjoyed my 2nd visit here.  There is much to see.  Lot’s of walking.  In fact, I walked around so much that my legs started getting sore & stiff.  I then returned to my car for the return drive home.

Thank you.

OLD PORT CLINTON AVE.

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This is a very old Image of Port Clinton Ave. that was taken sometime in the early 1900’s.  It shows the old Union Canal while it was still in operation.  Most of this is all gone to History, but there is still some of it that remains today.

I have taken the time to “outline” in colors what is still visible today.  In the Black is Port Clinton Ave.  It still follows the same as it did back then.  The Brown is the old Union Canal Towpath that is now a walking trail.  The Brown square around a building is now a private residence, but still exists.  The 2 Blue Dot’s are where Historic Plaques are located along side the road to show what used to be here.  The Lock #30 is gone, as well as the 2 large Barges that sit in the Canal.

All of the other buildings shown here are long gone.  The Canal is quite over grown, which I have shown Image’s of in previous Posts.  What I’ll try to do later on is go up and see if I can find the hill that this Image was taken from.  Then compare.

As always,

Thank you.

IR RED COVERED BRIDGE

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Infrared Image of the old Covered Red Bridge.

For this IR Image I used my Nikon D7000 with a Opteka R-72 screw on Filter.  Put the shutter speed on Blub using a remote trip shutter and held it open for 30 sec. on a Tripod. When you do this the Image always comes out with a heavy orange tint to it, so then using my Lightroom CC program I adjusted the color as it should be.  Now, it turns the greens white and the Towpath brown.  It’s still not exactly right, but it does not look all that bad.  One of these day’s I will get it perfect.

Thank you.

ON HALLOWED GROUND

 

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Yesterday was going to be such a beautiful day, I thought that this is the day to make a 3 hr. road trip to Historic Gettysburg.  Was glad that I did.  It was just a perfect day for this.  Clear skies & warm temperatures made for a great time to walk around with my Nikon.

Like the sign say’s, here in this area is where the Army of Virginia, approaching Gettysburg, from the top of the Image, engaged Union Forces coming from the bottom of the Image.  This was on the opening day of the fight, July 1, 1863.  The building off to the left corner of my Image was not there at the time.  It is a “comfort” stop for everyone to use.  The Fence was there at the time, but was destroyed by Confederate Forces.  It was re-built by the Gettysburg Historical Park to show what the battlefield was back then.

This area was the site of some horrendous fighting between the two forces.  Many lives were lost in this area with the fierce hand-to-had fighting, cannon fire, and musket fire that took a horrible toll on both sides.

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This is the McPherson Farm that was caught in the fight on the 1st day of the battle.  This farm was owned by Edward McPherson and built in 1837.  John Stentz was living here at the time.  The Farm House that was here burned down in 1895.  That’s why you don’t see everything that used to be here.  As the fighting progressed thru this area, the Barn was used as a Hospital for both Union & Confederate forces.  The dead & wounded soldiers littered the fields all around the barn.  The Barn received heavy damage during the fight from cannon & musket fire.  There are still holes in the stone from musket fire embedded in the barn that you can’t see from a distance.  The Monument on the upper corner of the Image is one of Gen. Buford that was in command of the Union at the time.

It’s a bit hard to stand here and try to visualize all the fighting that took place here.  It was quiet now.  No sound, except traffic moving.  Birds were chirping and this Hallowed Ground was once turned Red with the blood of Union & Confederate Forces.  Each one fighting for what they believed in.