A Canton Surprise

Traffic Woes

Traffic Woes

I travelled to Canton, OH on Sunday with fellow photographer Debra Rozin, to visit and shoot at the Canton Classic Car Museum.  We went based on a tip that it was worth visiting and after looking at their website I have to admit that I was a bit dubious.  The website photos looked like it was small and very tight in terms of closely spaced and roped off autos, being hard to shoot.  What a surprise though!  It was tightly spaced, but the collection of automobiles, automobile related items and just plain nostalgic items of all sorts was just amazing!

The photo above of a clown sitting in a vintage auto caught my eye. It was very colorful but I converted it to black and white and removed some detail with a post processing plug-in called Topaz Simplify.  This treatment seemed to emphasize the clown’s expression, which to me seemed to represent the woes of driving in traffic.

Front End Service

Front End Service

The second photo, of a vintage Lincoln, was made more interesting by shooting it from an angle that included the mock-up of an old service station behind it.  I think it looks like a very authentic old scene.

The Time Clock

The Time Clock

The last photo of the face of an old time clock, was just a portion of a clock that workers punched in and out on at the Timken Bearing Co. in years past.  It was quite worn, showed lots of wear and tear and the cracked paint texture was added in post processing to add to it’s interest and aged look.

This museum had so much to see that it warrants more trips to Canton.  We spent several hours there and in fact when we had gone thru it once, we turned around and went back thru it in the opposite direction just to see what new things we would notice from a different perspective.  That paid off with additional photos!  Well worth the trip!

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Museum Musings

Double Vision at the Museum of Art

Double Vision at the Museum of Art

A couple of recent visits to local museums led to some further play with creative effects added to my photos.  The first photo, shot at Cleveland’s famous Museum of Art captured two visitors, one dozing, one walking, on the balcony surrounding the new atrium.  Shot with a Lensbaby, the sweet spot was split left and right by flipping and producing a mirror image.

Bendix Trophy Replica

Bendix Trophy Replica

This second photo was shot through a plexiglass case at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum.  It’s a replica of the Bendix Trophy, awarded to the winner of past transcontinental air races.  Also shot with a Lensbaby, a strong texture was added to somewhat obscure a very busy background.

 

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45 Years Ago

Browsing through some old slides (remember them?) last week I came upon a few that I had always liked and decided to scan them and see how they looked in digital format.  Despite being stored carefully the color had changed and dust and scratches had also affected them.  After some post-processing work on the computer however, I added some creative effects to them and came up with some looks that I liked.

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Cape Florida Lighthouse

This first shot, of Cape Florida Lighthouse at the tip of Key Biscayne, was under some restoration at the time.  The brick was badly flaking and they had just planted some new palm trees around the base.  The last time I saw Cape Florida Light, it had been painted white and I really missed the beautiful bare brick color that it had been during my years in Miami.

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

This photo, “Summer Breeze” was shot just a few hundred yards from the lighthouse looking south from Cape Florida State Park out into Biscayne Bay.  The sailboat is framed by pine needles and in the distance on the left can be seen some homes which were known as “Stiltsville”, a group of homes built on stilts out in the bay.  Texture and an antique look were added to this photo to hide some of the effects of age.

I entered this photo, in it’s original state, in the old Cleveland Press Photo Contest shortly after I moved to Cleveland and won $50 for a second place finish!  Both of these photos provide me with a little warmth during this snowy and cold Northeast Ohio winter!

 

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Back to Some Warmer Weather

Red Barns

Red Barns

It’s been very cold lately, warming up somewhat today, but this cold weather usually prompts me to go back to some photo shoots from warmer times of year.  These barns, just down the road from Hale Farm and Village were shot with a Lensbaby on a shoot with one of my photo buddies!  It was a nice warm late summer day and these two barns provided nice splashs of red in this rural landscape scene.

Red Barns and Hay

Red Barns and Hay

This second photo, also shot late in the summer with my same friend, was taken on a cloudy, rainy day.  As we drove down a rural road, we came upon this scene in a very light mist or drizzle.  I stopped the car along the side of the road, grabbed my camera and walked down the road toward the rolled hay in order to get the perspective that I wanted. By the time I had walked maybe 50 feet, the rain had increased and it was coming down fairly hard!  I quickly took a few shots and headed back to the car!  Fortunately my camera is sealed pretty well for precipitation and all I had to do was wipe it off with a microfiber towel I always carry with me for such occasions.

Both shots were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, and Nik and Perfect Photo Suite 8 plug-ins were used to bring out detail in the sky and add additional effects and texture.

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Art Meets Religion

A few recent photo adventures with friends led to shots of religious figures as sculpture art.  Back in December, at Cleveland’s beautiful Trinity Cathedral, we had the opportunity to photograph a rehearsal and performance of a yearly Christmas Tuba Concert.  Unusual and surprisingly beautiful music can come out of those instruments which I normally think of as only possessing the deep low tones.  We were given total access to the cathedral and orchestra itself and I wandered back behind the alter to photography some of the musicians toward the back and at the same time the large statue of Christ at the back of the alter.  I took a number of photos from different perspectives but this one, almost straight up from below, was my favorite.

Trinity Christ

Trinity Christ

Another recent adventure took a friend and I to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a wonderful day of seeing the recent completion of the museum’s renovations and a new exhibit of Indian, Southeast Asian and Far Eastern art, much of which was also religious in nature.  Shooting again with the Lensbaby, I found interesting perspectives in which to really show the capability of the Lensbaby to highlight an area of sharp focus while at the same time, surrounding that area with various amounts of blur which only suggests what is there in the background.  These two images were fun to experiment with and the nice color tones of the galleries made for some pleasant photos of these religious icons.

Cleveland Museum of Art #1

Cleveland Museum of Art #1

Cleveland Museum of Art #2

Cleveland Museum of Art #2

Though it’s not usually my practice to photography other’s art, in these cases I wanted to capture the beauty of these religious icons.

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A Creative Tool

I know that I have referred to the Lensbaby on other posts, but today I was meeting with a few photo friends who together with myself will be hanging an exhibit of our Lensbaby photography sometime next month.  The Lensbaby is a system of optics and lenses which hold the optics, most of which produce photos with a somewhat unique blur and zoom look to them.  I happen to like the optics which also have a “sweet spot” of clear focus that can be placed just about anywhere in the photo by “bending” the lens.  Here are a couple of photos, both taken at Hale Farm and Village, that I will be preparing for the exhibit.

The Oaken Bucket

The Oaken Bucket

The Oaken Bucket was found outside of the small log cabin at Hale Farm  The Gray Barn sits just off the road which separates the 2 sides of Hale Farm and Village.

The Gray Barn

The Gray Barn

 

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Photography Unposed 2013 in Review

Every year WordPress sends out a review of it’s bloggers statistics.  I always find it fascinating.  Particularly the fact that since I posted it in 2011, my post about Cowboys and Cowgirls is still the most popular and still gets hits almost everyday!  Another thing that I find amazing is the daily locations of viewers around the world!  Never in my wildest imagination a few years back would I have ever dreamed that my photo work would be spread around the world and seen daily!

If you are interested, and I hope you are, click on the link below to view the complete report.  Many of my fellow bloggers report many more followers and views, but that was never one of my objectives, I just wanted a way for some people to view my work.  That being said though, if you know of anyone who might enjoy my blog, please let them know about it and encourage them to follow it.  I enjoy the interaction and comments and would welcome additional followers!

Happy New Year to all and I’m looking forward to another year of sharing my photo work with the world!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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