RE-CLAIM THE LAND

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Yesterday was darn HOT and sticky, but I decided to take a trip back up to the Coal Mining Town of St. Clair to see if my “free shooting range” was still there.  It was there, but across the road was a different story.

The last time I was up here the Bulldozers, Yukes, Earth Movers, and Dump trucks were just starting to dig out a old “Strippie Mine” that was left over from the early 1900’s.  It has been a on-going project to re-claim the land that has been wasted for so many years.  The above Image is just one of what I was greeted with.  It’s one heck of a big hole in the ground that has been dug out to make way for a landfill.  Look down at the red truck to see how deep it was.

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A Komatsu D850 Bulldozer in action leveling out the ground.  This “dozer” is huge!

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It’s broken!  One of the “Yutes” has a broken wheel.  The tires on these huge machines can cost over $5,000.00 a piece!

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Enter the “Rock Crusher”  Again, another huge machine that crushed large rocks & shale into much smaller chunks that are then used for other applications.  It was started up while I was standing here.  It made one heck of a lot of noise!  Created a lot of dust, also.  I didn’t hang around very long!!

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This is a deep trench that was dug out to install a Water Line.  It will be a big one!

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I know, your asking “What’s this?”  I shot this Image of the Shale Layers that are all over this empty Land.  It’s just full of it.  There seem’s to be no good soil here.  Just rock & shale.  Wonder why that is?  I’m sure that a Geologist would know.

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Worn out tires!  These kind of tires for the Yukes are used till they start falling apart.

You can never tell what you might run into when the back roads in the Coal Region are explored.

Thank you.

CRYSTAL BALL

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This afternoon the weather was just as good as it has been for the past 5 day’s.  Nice, sunny, warm, and with plenty of blue sky.  It is a total welcome change from all the rain, cold, windy, and cloudy weather we have had.

Anyway, I started admiring just how Blue the sky was and thought I’d try and get my Clear Lens Ball and do some practice with it.  Had to set up my Tripod and place the camera on it and hold the Ball in the other.  Set the camera for a 10 sec. delay, so I had a bit of time to get the right position.  This was my 1st shot.  The Clear Ball is 3 in. in Diameter and a bit heavy to hold with just one hand, and keep it steady!

I took this with my Nikon Coolpix P600.  It is a great little camera that can be used for things like this.  I’m going to be playing with this more and see what else I can come up with.

Thank you.

IT WAS DARN HOT!

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I’m getting a bit better using my Lightroom CC.  With the different functions to use, I can make my Image look like true IR.  I like the cool effect on the water with the white trees.

When I shot this Image yesterday, it was very hot & humid.  Temp. was around 105 deg.  Sweat was running down my face and on to the camera.  It was a bit hard to breath.  I can take heat, but not for long periods of time.  I tend to wear out!  I’ve worked in heat most of my Life.  Employed in a Machine Shop for 30 yrs. I sorta got used to it.  Now, that I’m much older, I can’t stand it for long anymore.

Thank you.

I KEEP TRYING!

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I had stated in my last Post that I was having allot of trouble with doing IR.  I did inquire about having one of my camera’s converted over to a 720nm filter from 2 different places.  The one that is closest to me does not do this service any longer, which I was not happy about.  Nothing I could do about that.  Then I sent a e-mail to Kolorie Vision down in New Jersey and asked them how much it would cost.  They can do it, but for a mere $425.00!  Don’t think so.  Not going to spend that much money on something that will do only 1 thing.  So, I back to square 2.

Later on in snooping around, I found that I can use my Lightroom CC program to get pretty close to what I want.  Found that you can use the Mask function to change colors around.  It takes a bit of playing around to see what works and what doesn’t.  The above Image is a show of what it can do.  It took me some time to figure it out, since I’m not going to spend more money on this.  I seem to like this result.

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Here is another Image that I played around with.  Hope you like them.

Thank you.

 

MORE INFRARED

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Hello to my Readers.  Hope all of you are doing well.

For many, many times now, I have tried and tried to capture Infrared Photography and try to process it to what it should be.  I’m finding out that I just can’t seem to get it right no matter what I do with the photo editing programs that I have.

I’ve been trying to get the sky to be a bright blue, with white trees, and grass.  I can get some of it right, but the Blue sky keeps being beyond my reach.  It would look so much better that way.  I have down-loaded a number of articles on how to do this, and even have a book on IR, but all this has featured limited results.  I think that I might stop doing this for a bit until I get a camera converted over to IR at Perfect Camera in Lancaster.  I checked on doing this and found my Pentax K10d can be converted to IR.  The only problem with this is that I can’t use the Pentax for any other type of Photography, except IR.  It won’t take anything else.

Once I have this done, which will take about 2 weeks to complete, I will get what I have been striving to do for a long time.