This shot was taken in Goldfield NV on March 20, 2016. My first shot included another rusted car to the left but I chose to post this version instead because, as I was scrolling through my Reader on WordPress, I saw almost the exact same image from Mike of American Photo Blog. He had posted it two days ago so I don’t know if he visited Goldfield after, or before, me. It looks like it could have even been on the same day! My first impression was- of course- great minds think alike. But to get almost the exact same angle? Just amazing. And because of Mike, we visited Grafton this past weekend, which we never even knew existed. That image is here and looks nothing like his, probably because it is not the same structure, but another- just to the left of his.

Sidenote: This Goldfield shot is one of my wife’s favorites and was printed, matted, and framed and is now hanging in the hallway near our front door.



Prompts and Challenges
Grafton Ghost Town June 26, 2016 Fuji X-T1 jpg 18mm f/13 at 1/60 sec ISO 200

Grafton Ghost Town
June 25, 2016
Fuji X-T1 jpg
18mm f/13 at 1/60 sec ISO 200

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight? It was a one hour flight from Burbank Bob Hope Airport (a suburb of Los Angeles) to San Francisco. Just as we were coming in for a landing after an uneventful flight, the plane made a steep climb and the engines howled in protest. After we were safely leveled off, the pilot came on to apologize. Seems we were almost on the ground when another jet taxied in front of us. It was all he could do to avoid a collision. It was about 5 years later before I flew again. And to this day, I’d rather drive or take the train.

How many bones, if any, have you broken? I was in a fight only once in my life. In high school I made a suggestive comment to a girl who then told her boyfriend. He met up with me after school and we went at it. But I didn’t break any of his bones. Just bloodied him up a little! I dated the girl for about a year after that!

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know). Well, my first inclination was to say Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant- two of my most favorite actors. If they had prior commitments, it would have to be my wife, Lynn- who is a great storyteller and the funniest person I know, and my grandfather who’s WW II stories I’d love to hear. To round out either pair of guests, I would love to speak to Lucy Grealy, writer of Autobiography of a Face. If you have never heard of her, please read about her here.

Make a Currently List: What are you reading, (Well, just before bed each night I relax with a chapter from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.) watching, (As I’ve stated before, we do not watch tv. We do watch movies, the last one being a documentary on the musical group Pentatonix.) listening to, ( Right now, in my office, I am listening to Yanni Radio on Pandora.) eating, (I just had a cheese sandwich, followed by a spoonful of peanut butter and some iced coffee.) needing, (I can’t really say there’s anything I need.) wanting,  (I always seem to want to either be taking pictures or processing pictures, lately.) and missing right now?  (As for missing? I do miss my grandfather. There seems to be so much I want to tell him.)

Well, that’s it for now. I am avoiding Cee’s bonus question because I can’t think of any one thing I am grateful for from last week. Don’t tell my wife but I am looking forward to NOT going to visit her relatives for the 4th. Not that I don’t like her relatives. I do. I’m just grateful not to be on the road on that weekend.

So please go check out some other participants of Cee’s Share your world. And come back next week for more of her questions and more of my answers. If you have no other prior commitments, that is!


Changing Seasons – June

Prompts and Challenges
Calico Basin

Calico Basin

Six months of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons? That’s the second longest commitment I’ve ever made- the first being marriage. So, if you click on the link above, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. In that way, you will supposedly get to see the change of seasons around here. But around here there are no change of seasons. It’s just hot, more hot, and less hot. When I took this photo, we hadn’t even reached the summer solstice yet and it was already 108. Since then, still in the month of June, we have reached an official high of 115- even though the thermostat in my car read 120. Lately, the temperature has been hovering in the low 100’s. The rest of this week the forecast is for 110 today, 106 tomorrow, 107 Saturday, and 109 for Sunday. And all next week is more of the same. I can hardly wait for August, our hottest month. So, anyway, I had to cheat on the above photo. Rather than just a straight out of camera rendition of 108 degrees, I added a light leak and bleached out the image to approximate how hot it was.

It was hot!

Below is a slideshow of all the changes to date.

January through June.


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Prompts and Challenges

Lou Ruvo 1Another Cee challenge! She writes:

With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world which may not always match our reality.

How many languages do you you speak? If you count French and Spanish, I can speak only one language- and not very well at that!

What are some words that just make you smile? I can’t think of any that make me smile except for those two little words “say cheese”!

If you were the original architect of one existing building, which building would you select? See the image above? That’s the Luo Ruvo Center in Las Vegas, designed by Frank Gehry. He’s responsible for a lot of other strange and exciting buildings around the world. But if I design it, do I have to build it, too? Or do I get people to build it for me? Because I’m lousy at drywalling.

Would you rather have telepathy or telekinesis?  (Telepathy is the communication using your brain waves, telekinesis is channeling the energy onto physical objects to cause substantial, observable physical changes.) Telepathy would be boring. I mean who wants to hear what others are thinking? Would that help me understand women any better? I don’t think so. But now, telekinesis? I could get into that. Imagine sitting watching the tv and you get thirsty. Rather than ask your wife to get you a beer, you could get it yourself without even getting up. And don’t get me started on all the other great things you could do!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? This question is always the hardest because I have to be grateful. And to tell you the truth, the list is just way too long. As for what I’m looking forward too? Rain. No, we’re not going to get any as today is 115 and all next week (I looked at the Weather Channel’s website) will start at 108 and go up from there. But if I can’t look forward to rain, I’ll look forward to nighttime lows in the mid 80’s.

And Another Thing…

Cabin Door

Cabin Door

I want to thank everyone who visited and commented on my previous post Fuji RAW VS JPEG. The back and forth was exciting and fun. And it made me realize, finally, that maybe we don’t really need RAW anymore with Fuji’s great strides in image quality and in-camera processing. I say maybe because, though I plan on continuing to shoot in RAW, I will mostly be using it as a backup until the time I feel I don’t need it anymore. If that time ever comes. So, that doesn’t help with the storage question. But it’s not like I have hundreds of thousands of files right now. There are only about 5,000. (I just filled up my first terabyte external hard drive.)

But here’s something that wasn’t even mentioned in that earlier post. With the image above- and most of my other images- there is no noise, no chromatic aberration, and no additional sharpening was needed. True, it was shot in bright sun. But with my Canon (granted I only used the kit lense) I always had to adjust for those. And with the Fuji, the noise is minimal when I shoot in low light and is easy to compensate for with little or no artifacts.

So I’m one happy camper.





So, if you’ve been reading my post for any amount of time, you must know about Joe. Joe Giordano. I mention him about as often as I mention my wife. My wife got me back into photography. Joe got me to buy a Fuji X-T1. And a 23mm lens, then an 18-55mm zoom, and just lately, a 55-200 zoom. Now I have no money to go anywhere. So, Joe’s big thing (careful there) is that he now shoots mainly JPEG because of the quality of the Fuji. He feels RAW is unnecessary. Well, you be the judge. The above image is shot JPEG with minimal editing. The version below is RAW with minimal editing. The only difference is that I used the Classic Chrome film simulation in camera on the JPEG, in Lightroom on the RAW. All edits were completed in Lightroom and the two files were synced (sunc?) with the same edits. If you do not understand, I will try to explain better or have Joe jump in! Please let me know which you prefer in the comments. I have my preference and it was really no contest.



To make it a little easier to compare, please take a look at the slideshow below. As I stated, all edits are the same on both except the Classic Chrome was done in camera on the JPEG, in Lightroom on the RAW.

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Prompts and Challenges


Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park NV June 12, 2016

Fire Wave
Valley of Fire State Park
June 12, 2016

What is the most fun thing you did in school? As I remember, school itself wasn’t much fun. Unless you count trying to look up girl’s skirts in class. Now, there were a couple of extra- curricular activities that were fun. But I don’t think there are any statute of limitations so I really can’t share.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie) I grew up with dogs and always wanted one as an adult. But, as any of you who read my post might recall, we have acquired a chihuahua that I can’t stand. So the thought of a dog hardly crosses my mind now. But if I had to choose, there was a dog in the early episodes of Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone series that I would love.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself? Well, I doubt I would attend even if I was going with my wife. Fascinating people don’t fascinate me. We do have friends and a few family members who fascinate me. And I look forward to partying with them.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. Never in my life have I been as happy as I am now. And if that changed tonight, well, at least we had Paris.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Last week (weekend, to be specific) we jumped in the car at 5:30pm and drove out to Valley Of Fire State Park to find a place called Fire Wave, a natural formation in the red rocks that we had just heard about. It was exciting to be able to do that on a whim. I hope to never lose that ability. As for this coming week? We have no real plans. Just to be able to enjoy the company of one another.

Now please go visit some fascinating people 🙂 on Cee’s site.