BALL IMAGE.

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“Out There” with my Lens Ball yesterday doing some practice.  I have found a way to shoot the Ball and get a better Image than before.  Notice the Wood Posts in the foreground?  Well, what I did was place Ball on the Post where it would stay in place without rolling off.  Then set my Pentax to shoot thru the Ball using my 80-300mm Tamron Lens.  It seem’d to work better than trying to hold the Ball in one hand, and focus the camera with the other!  That did not work well for me.

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This is much better.  Taking a Image such as this is not real easy to do.  Your Lens has to focus on the Image in the Ball  . . .  not what’s around it.  Camera position, the light, and composition are just a few of what’s involved doing this.  However, there is one problem that I have with this.  The Image you have is up-side down!  I have trouble with that.  Don’t like it.  The only way to fix this, is to turn the Image.  That does not fair well either.  Then the Ball is right, but the Post is reversed!  Would look like the Ball is hanging/glued to the Post.  I’ll work on this to see what can be done.  Photoshop CC will fix this problem, but it’s a very involved process.

Thank You.

SHED IS GONE!

 

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Hello all, and welcome back.

A few years ago, I had made a Post about fixing up the shed that I have in our back yard.  I put some work into this old shed to keep in in good condition.  Here I tried to dress it up a bit to make it look more attractive.

As time went by, I noticed that on the inside the shed was slowly falling apart.  The roof was leaking, supports were rotting away, and some of the wood was just way beyond repair.  There was mildew on some of the wood because of getting wet.  It was at the point that it was getting quite bad.  So, after much consideration, we decided to tear the whole thing down and get a new one that is more modern and built by today’s standards.

It took me a few day’s to knock the whole thing down.  Allot of work to do that!  The ole’ shed was in such bad condition, that it nearly fell on me while working on it!  I was not sure just how to take apart the roof & supports, so after sawing off some key supports, I gave the frame work a mighty shove and it all fell to the ground!  It was a mess to clean up!  All that bad wood had to be loaded into a flat bed trailer and carted off to the recycle place for disposal.  Thank goodness for a Recipting Saw that helped out allot!

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This is all that remains of the ole’ shed.  To make way for the “new shed” we bought one that is a bit bigger than the old one.  That’s what the 4×4 extensions are for on the one end.  Had to fill it with Stone for support.  The other side will have the same thing done.  This may not look like allot of work, but don’t be fooled.  It was back breaking getting all that bad wood hauled away.  I’m not getting any younger!  So now, it is just about ready for the new one.

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This is the “new shed” that will arrive on the 24th of Oct.  It measures 8×12, and is quite roomy inside.  Lot’s of room to store my tools, lawn mower, etc.  Much better than before.  However, these things are not cheap!  If you want good quality workmanship, you have to pay for it.  This was built by a very reputable manufacture in our area.  I don’t want junk.  This one will last past my Lifetime!

Thank You.

SOME EARLY SIGNS OF FALL

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Thought that I’d go up to the Distilling Basin just to see how good the colors were getting at this time.  I was somewhat surprised to see that there was not much color.  Just a little bit here and there.  I think that I’m a bit too early.  Usually, this area is ablaze with color.  Reds, Green, Yellows, and Brown are here when the time is right.  Guess Mother Nature is telling me to just wait a bit.

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There is nothing here on the ground but mounds of Coal dirt from the river when it was dredged many years ago.  The bottom of your shoes get’s black from the dirt.

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Years ago, this “Pond” was never here.  It has formed over a number of years from all the rain and snow we have had in the past.  It’s not deep.  Maybe about 6 or 7 inches of water at places.  One thing I noticed is that the water is so nice and clear.  Nothing to make it dirty looking.  Since this is a Historic area, the Hamburg Society keeps watch over it.  Thank goodness for that.

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We used to call these, “Cat-o-nine” Tails.  Don’t know why, and never did.  They were fun to play with or use as a torch.  To get this Image, I had to climb down a steep embankment that was on the very edge of the marsh where they were growing.  My foot sliped, and then fell into some darn “stickers”  I was covered with them on my left side.  They were a nucience to get off!  Even got a wet foot!

These Images where taken with my Pentax K10d using my fairly new Rokinon 2.8/14mm Lens and a Monapod.  I’m not so sure if I like this Lens, quite yet.  It’s all manual to operate.  There is no Auto Focus or Zoom to it.  I guess I have to use it more and get used to it.

 

Thank You.

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.

THEN & NOW

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Hello there, my followers.  In relation to my last Post on Port Clinton Ave. I had stated that I’d go back up there and try to shoot a Image like the one above on how it looks today.  Well, I did do just that, but found that this Image would have been impossible to re-shoot.  The place where this was taken is so very over-grown with trees that their was no way to get it.  So, I did the next best thing.  The Images below are from where the Red Dot’s are placed.  It is way different than 200 yrs. ago.

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This is what the TowPath looks like today, with the old Canal off to the left and the River to the right.

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Looking into the old Lock #30.  Summer is a bad time to see what remains, because it get’s so over-grown.  Winter time is better.

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This is the modern day Image of Port Clinton Ave.  The Lock & Canal are off to the left.  The road is almost the same as it was.  Just macadam, now, and not a dirt road.

As always,

Thank you.

CLASSIC CAR

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Happen to stop by a business yesterday and could not help to notice this fully restored Cadillac.  I’m not quite sure what year this is.  Maybe a 1969 or earlier model.  It was a real beauty to see.

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I’m guessing this is a Cadillac Seville, but just don’t know.  Cars like this will never be built again, like these.  Today’s cars have too much plastic.  Cheaper to make, but will never last as long as cars from the 60’s.  I remember cars like these.  Takes me back in time to when Life was so much more simple.

Thank you, as always.

Les