Monday, December 5, 2016

Shoot 17 - "South Station"

I did not hear from several regulars. For some reason the blog was not sent out until Wednesday.

That did not stop Michelle, Mike, Peyton, Mariann, and Joani from coming through with Peru. Newcomer, Steve T. joined the Peruvian bandwagon!

"Commuter Line, Sort Of. . .

One of the members of my camera club and a follower of this blog - Mariann - managed to get us permission to shoot within the confines of the busy transportation center. We were even allowed to use tripods!

The only no-nos were no tripods on the platforms and no definitive shots of people.

I packed away my fisheye lens to try to have some fun. Unfortunately the odd 8mm decided to protest the shoot. It had a constant reading of f/45 - not sure where this came from! So I made the best out of a difficult situation.

The rail car has been processed through various PhotoShop and NIK plug-ins to get this look. Just don't ask me how I did it!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? (No excuse for not getting this one!)

This small country is home to two very small independent states within its borders!

Countries that border it are Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, and Switzerland.

It has many earthquakes and volcanoes due to the conflict between the Eurasian and the African tectonic plates. Two volcanoes are a constant danger to humans due to their closeness to big cities.

This country was the birthplace of the Renaissance, which was a period of great cultural achievements in poetry, painting and architecture. Famous artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo Da Vinci were part of the Renaissance.

Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati are well known car manufacturers.

The most popular sport here is football (soccer)as it has won four world cups, the last one being in 2006.

It hosted the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, but the Winter Olympics have been held here three times.

Many famous scientists and mathematicians were born and raised - Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, Alessandro Volta, and Fibonacci to name just a few. 

Very Interesting . . .


 When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.    

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

A good wife always forgives her husband 
when she's wrong.

~ Rodney Dangerfield 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shoot XVI - "Three Amigos!"

Turkey - yes, I planned to feature this country during Thanksgiving Week! Turkey Awards go out to Elaine, Mike, Mariann, Joani, Peyton, Milt, Michelle, Jim, Gulchin, and returning after a layoff, Carol!

"Three Amigos"

Each year Hingham has its traditional Arts Walk in October. My daughter, Lisa, has been an active participant in these festivities. She has been affiliated with White Magdalena in Hingham Center as they have been featuring her works of art for quite some time. 

2015 was a cold and blustery day and Lisa was greeting followers and townspeople at the back of the store. It was  especially frigid when the doors were open even for a few seconds. I managed to get her and two of her artist friends to actually pose for me. 

That would be Paige, Pam, and Lisa on the far right.

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

This country contains the second largest segment of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil.

The large biologically diverse area of Amazon here is home to the most bird species in the world, the third largest number of mammals and a very high number of species of butterflies and orchids.

It shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Bolivia.

The Inca Empire was centred around highlands of the Andes mountain range and the civilization's capital city Cusco and mountaintop citadel Machu Picchu are popular with visiting tourist to this day.

The currency is the Nuevo Sol.

The HuascarĂ¡n National Park has 27 peaks over 6000 m (19,685 ft) above sea level. The highest of these is El HuascarĂ¡n at 6768 m (22,204 ft).

Its Independence from the Spanish Empire is celebrated on the 28th and 29th of July. It is known as 'Fiestas Patrias' which means 'Patriotic Holidays' or 'National Holidays' in Spanish.

While it remains a poor country it is one of the richest in terms of natural resources. It is one of the world's top producers of gold, silver, iron, copper, lead, and zinc and also has reserves of oil and natural gas.

Very Interesting . . .


In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water.
 It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.    

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

'I've had bad luck with both my wives.?
The first one left me, and the second one didn't.

~James Holt McGavra

Monday, November 21, 2016

Shoot XV - "Waterfalls and More Waterfalls!"

Denmark as mentioned by Jim, Peyton, Michelle, Mariann, Joani, Doris, Elaine, Mike, and Milt!

"Pulpit Falls"

This was my favorite shot of all the ones I captured this waterfall weekend! And, it almost didn't happen.

It was the last waterfall on our list to shoot and it was getting late. I had walked to the end of the Pulpit Falls trail and was heading back with camera and tripod in tow. Just short of the parking lot, I stopped to speak with two other photographers. After some small talk, I picked up my gear and took one look over my left shoulder - the setting sun was doing amazing things with the foliage and the water. Obviously, I was NOT done here.

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

Geographically, it sits in two continents, Europe and Asia, although around 97% of its land area is on the Asian side.

There are eight countries that share a border with it including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia.

The highest point is Mount Ararat 5137 m (16,854 ft).

It was formed in 1923 following the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

The ancient city of Troy was located here.

The most popular sport is football (soccer), their national team came third in the 2002 World Cup Finals. Basketball and volleyball are also popular sports as well.

Very Interesting . . .

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night’s sleep.

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. . .
then we met.

~ HennyYoungman

Monday, November 14, 2016

Shoot XV - "Waterfalls and More Waterfalls!"

New Zealand! Welcome Gulchin! She has been following this blog and decided to respond with NZ. Also on the Kiwi Bandwagon were Peyton, Milt, Mariann, Michelle, Elaine, Joani, and Mike (not sure what happened to Jim this week).

"Lucifer Falls"

Another must-see waterfall is at Lucifer Falls. This was the entrance to the area leading down into the flowing water. It rained the entire time there but the rain seemed to let up enough for me to position myself to get this shot. The toughest part of the capture was trying to move a fellow photographer in a RED jacket out of the scene!

As we walked further into falls several opportunities came about for me to stop and set up my tripod.

I especially liked this view even if there is no falling water in it. The stone bridge spanning the water and the foliage framing it caught my attention and that of all of the others on this trip!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

It shares a land border with Germany and is connected to Sweden by a bridge.

LEGO was invented here. Legoland and the company headquarters are located in Billund.

Along with the Jutland Peninsula, there are 443 named islands . Over 70 of these islands are inhabited, with the largest two being Zealand and Funen.

Its Kingdom also includes the self-governing territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the north Atlantic Ocean.

International surveys and studies often rank this country as the happiest place in the world based on standards of health, welfare, and education.

As of 2013, it has 14 Nobel laureates, mainly in Literature (4) and Physiology or Medicine (5). With a relatively small population this is one of the highest numbers of Nobel laureates per capita in the world.

Home grown author and poet Hans Christian Andersen wrote notable fairytales such as "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling".

The national sport is football (soccer). The national team won the European Championships in 1992.

First acknowledged in 1219, its flag remains the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation.

Very Interesting . . .

 In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

'There's a way of transferring funds 
that is even faster than electronic banking. 
It's called marriage!
~ Sam Kinison