Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept 18 Mt Auburn Cemetery I



Berlin - way to go fellow blog followers!! Milt, Elaine, Jim, Joani, Mike, Michelle, and Peyton all came through with the correct answer!!!



"Bio-Chem Couple"




When another opportunity to get some experience with my new mirrorless camera arose, I jumped at it. Jeff has a Fujifilm mirrorless and had extensive knowledge of its ability and workings. 

I snapped at everything that crossed my path. By the lake we noticed outstanding foliage colors reflecting on it. An added bonus was this couple taking it all in. We did approach them about our intention to add them into our colorful fall image.

Turns out they are both professors - he at Harvard and she from MIT! So much smarts sitting there!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

first permanent settler — and businessman — was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African-American from what is now Haiti, in 1779.

world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company, was built in 1885.

The "Historic Route 66" begins here at Grant Park on Adams Street

Lincoln Park Zoo one of only three major free zoos in the country, is one of the country's oldest zoos with an estimated annual attendance of 3.5 million.

Home to the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
 (extra credit if you know the oldest!)


Walt Disney was born here in 1901. He studied drawing at McKinley High School and the Institute of Fine Arts.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Anyone who stops learning is old, 
whether at twenty or eighty. 
Anyone who keeps learning stays young. 
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."  
                                                         ~ Henry Ford    

Murphy's Laws. . .


Rule of Accuracy:

When working toward the solution of a problem, 
it always helps if you know the answer.

Corollary: 

Provided, of course, 
that you know there is a problem.


It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, September 11, 2017

9 11 Moseley Mill



Mumbai - got many of you on this one as well! Gotta start using Google!! Correctly answered - Mike, Tony, Elaine, Peyton, and Joani.



"Moseley Mill"




Seems as if I have been spending a lot of times in mills or factories of late. Stony Brook Camera Club meets in a former mill and we were afforded the opportunity to shoot the nooks and crannies. I lucked out as only one other member showed up on the day I picked to photograph it.

We had ample time and freedom of movement for the two hours we were there.

A vast majority of the former Moseley Mill has been repurposed into offices, a salon, and even a church. There were areas where the hands of progress had not as yet reached. This was one of those places.

The sprocket thread was retired to a backroom after many decades of productivity.



Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? After Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai, I thought you deserved a gimme. . .

the New York Times, in its list of ‘44 places to visit in 2009’ ranked this city at the Number 4 spot!

largest city and capital of its country and the second largest city in the European Union,

defining clue: the most distinct aspect here is its architecture, with the Brandenburg Gate being its iconic feature – its construction was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, and was completed in the year 1791.

another architectural marvel is the Reichstag Building – its roof is made entirely of glass!

this city boasts of having the most diverse and scintillating nightlife in all of Europe. You visit the countless pubs and discotheques in the city.

also famous for its zoo which was established in 1844.


A Word to the Wise. . .

Lost time is never found again.      
        ~ Ben Franklin 


Murphy's Laws. . .

Yapp's Basic Fact:


If a thing cannot be fitted
 into something smaller than itself, 
some dope will do it!

It's Cartoon Time. . .








Monday, September 4, 2017

Kelby Shoot II Sept 4



Ho Chi Minh City - well you complained about these World-class cities being too easy. I tossed in a tough one and many of you folded! Way to go Jim, Joani, and Tony on Ho Chi Minh City. I had two (2) guesses for Paris (Notre Dame threw them off) - Peyton and Mike.



"Capital Punishment"





Not sure what I did to deserve this fate but. . .

On the third floor of the Stone Mill was a homemade electric chair! And, it was dark!! And, it was very quiet!!! You're right, another chance to try some ghosting!

There was a guy fiddling with the chair and items around it - he was the craftsman who designed and built it. So with his blessing, I got to ghosting - AFTER I made sure the plug was NOT connected to any wall outlet.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

locals love to refer to the city as the ‘city that never sleeps’.

said to have more millionaires per square mile than Manhattan, perhaps that is why, it is also called the ‘city of dreams’.

the south of the city is known for its colonial architecture - one such grand example is the Gateway – it was built in 1924. It was built to commemorate King George’s visit in 1911.

take a Harbor Cruise to visit the famous Haji Ali Dargah. Built on an islet, this Dargah is considered a sacred place both by Hindus and Muslims of the city.

hire a boat to visit the Elephanta Island that is famous for its ancient cave temple. Worth seeing here is the 19.6 ft-high statue of the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva.


relax at the Marine Drive. Also known as the ‘Queen Necklace’ for the shape the night lights form around this ocean front, Marine Drive is a popular promenade.

Better start Googling as that's the best I can do. . .

A Word to the Wise. . .


Live life to the fullest, 
and focus on the positive." 
               ~ Matt Cameron

Murphy's Laws. . .

Barr's Comment on Domestic Tranquillity:


On a beautiful day like this 
it's hard to believe anyone can be unhappy 
-- but we'll work on it.


It's Cartoon Time. . .



Monday, August 28, 2017

Kelby Shoot aug 28


San Francisco as Elaine, Joani, Jim, Milt, Peyton, Tony, Mike, and Carol knew. (Michelle is beyond wifi connections in Croatia).



"Stone Mill"




Every year, Scott Kelby, PhotoShop Guru, conducts a worldwide photo day. Thousands of locations are available to get out and shoot. I had done two in Boston so I was looking for a change. Two members from my camera club were equally interested. I noticed there was a location in Lawrence, MA at a former mill. Since the weather forecast had rain scheduled, I thought this would be just right.

Mills abound! As we drove into the meeting spot I could not help to notice the block-long mills on both sides of the street. Some had been repurposed while others sat abandoned.

Stone Mill was a seven shot HDR as the conditions out the window were less than favorable.

This image was chosen by our group leader to represent our group in Kelby's International Photo Competition. I managed to win a year-long subscription to his magazine!

P.S. I just signed up for another trip to the Lawrence Mills - hopefully we'll be outside this time.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

visit this city and its country during the dry season which is from December up to February.

Reunification Palace - this is a remarkable palace where time seemed to have stopped. 

National History Museum is home for various country history memorabilia and antiques.

War Remnants Museum is where the items left after the war are kept. Upon touring around the museum, you will feel the terror that has happened during the war. It includes photographs, armories, tanks, jets, helicopters and many more.


many other destinations like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Quan Am Pagoda, and the Dam Sen Water Park dot this city

A Word to the Wise. . .

Just because something is common sense 
doesn't mean it's common practice.      
                   ~ unknown

Murphy's Laws. . .

Clyde's Law:

If you have something to do, 
and put it off long enough, 
chances are that someone else will do it for you. . .



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, August 21, 2017

august 21 Flipper


Marrakesh! Remember, my esteemed panel of judges is looking for a city! Way to go... Mike, Carol, Tony, Joani, Peyton, Michelle, Milt, Jim, and Gulchin!



"Meet Flipper




Shoot Two at the King Richard's Faire and all is going well. Lots of photo ops around me - very colorful to say the least. This young lady could not escape my intent to shoot her. As you can see, there was no place for her to go! I had seen two men carry her to this spot earlier so she was there for the duration! 

The camera was performing up to and beyond my expectations. Off to shoot the jousting event! For the next thirty minutes I moved around the ring for a better angle. And, then it happened! My camera stopped shooting!!!

I quickly found my fellow-Fujifilm friend to help determine the issue. Not the battery as I had ample back-up. No, it was the memory cards! In my haste to use slot II as the backup, I hadn't realized slot One was only 8GB while the backup was 32! I had filled my card and was done.

I'm sure I could have figured out some way to get around the issue but I had talked myself out of continuing and was heading for home to read the manual.

Lesson learned!!


Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

the birthplace of United Nations

the second most densely populated major city in the country and the 13th most populous city in the country

city was founded on June 29, 1776,

after the WWII, the confluence of returning servicemen, massive immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the "hippie counterculture" the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement and other factors led to the "Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing the city as a center of  activism.


Hopefully, you don’t need this: three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire!


A Word to the Wise. . .

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop 
than when we soar.      
                            ~ William Wordsworth 

Murphy's Laws. . .

Stock's Observation:


You no sooner get your head above water 
than someone pulls your flippers off!


It's Cartoon Time. . .