In Retrospect: Kanosh UT

Prompts and Challenges

Kanosh UT October 3, 2015

I think I’ll stay awhile in Kanosh. In my mind it was the most perfect lighting and sky and subject matter in my short photographic journey. In fact, I believe I could post photos from Kanosh all year based on the number of shots I took in a two to three hour window.

This wooden structure might have been a ranch worker’s home, the brick building behind it perhaps used to preserve meat or canned food? I have no idea. Anyone please feel free to suggest or invent.

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Mission San Juan Capistrano
June 3, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Well, I’m glad you asked. Women seem to all be obsessed with me. It’s true! I don’t encourage such behavior. And I really don’t get the point of this obsession. I’m just a regular guy. I put my pants on one leg at a time. (Of course, those pants do tend to look better on me than on other people.) My wife doesn’t understand this obsession either, but then she is, of course, my wife!

What quirky things do people do where you are from? I’m not originally from Las Vegas but it seems to have been my home for much longer than I ever anticipated. Did you ever hear that quote, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”? Well, forget about all the backward steps that this administration is taking, I’m talking about the weather, a topic that seems to consume anyone from around here who has yet to embrace the heat. Yesterday, the high was 109 and this morning, when we awoke at 4:30 am because the dog needed to go outside, the temperature was 91. It did go down to 88 by 6:30, though, before starting its climb back up to 111 today, 115 tomorrow. Everybody talks about the weather!

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? I wish I could unlearn the false historical narrative that we were taught in school and from the movies, though I am sure all countries indoctrinate society to justify their abuse of native cultures.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life? I would love to say I miss my mother, father, and sister- and I do- but the first name that came to mind was that of my first love, whom I had lost touch with, then reconnected with some years later when I moved to Las Vegas and she lived in Los Angeles. We saw each other several times until she died quite suddenly in 2000.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? It is way too hot to get out with my camera so I’m not at all grateful that I won’t be able to get outside until autumn. Or whenever we travel out of state. But I’m alive and able to complain, so I’m happy.

Please check out Cee’s Share Your World to read more or join in!

In Retrospect: Kanosh UT

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Kanosh UT
October 3, 2015

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”

Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

So, I’m not sure about the night, but the day was certainly dark and stormy. And the scene lies not in London, but in Utah, as we drove south on the I-15 freeway back home after spending a few days visiting family. It was just before sunset as the clouds parted and the rain ceased. On the east side of the road we could see derelict barns and old wooden structures in decay from years of neglect. Lynn, my ever faithful wife, directed me to take the next exit and, knowing better than to disagree, I followed her directive. We ended up on  the main road of Kanosh, exploring. The above photo might have been taken in the neighboring town of Meadow, but we prefer to say it was taken in Kanosh.  We justify ourselves by agreeing there was no discernible demarcation between the two towns, Kanosh melding into Meadow and Meadow to Kanosh.

I took almost 200 photos that afternoon. The sky was perfect as were the decaying wooden barns and cabins and rusty vehicles that we found. We did return once but the place holds no magic without an ominous sky!

Share Your World June 12, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Torrey Pines Gliderport
San Diego CA
May 27, 2017

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine? I will be retiring at the end of this year, but until then, when I am not working I am eating, sleeping, listening to music, watching movies, or playing on the computer. Oh yeah, or out shooting!

What would you do if you won the lottery? I will probably never win because I don’t play. But my wife does. Only when it is over $200 million. She feels it is not worth it for anything less. This from someone who has never gambled in her life and doesn’t consider the lottery as gambling. And since she never seems to have cash on her to actually buy a ticket, she borrows from me and never pays it back. That’s because I tell her not to in case she wins so she’ll split the money with me. But our plans are to help the people in our family who need it, then people not in our family who need it, then keep just enough to buy a jeep so we can explore off road and set off for parts unknown. We don’t need or want for much!

What makes you laugh the most? Lynn, my wife, does. We are always laughing together. Unless we’re not. We sometimes do have arguments- which are always my fault. Even when they’re not. There is a fine art to apologizing without admitting guilt, which I think I’m finally close to mastering.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology? That I’m not modern. I can’t keep up. When I first purchased my iPhone, I had to ask a 13 year old girl to help me set it up. Now, I have to ask her younger brother, who is 7, to help me. She’s too busy thinking about boys!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn volunteered us to babysit last Saturday night. A 4 year old girl and her almost 2 year old brother. We had a ball. At the end of the evening we were all on the couch watching Toy Story 2 when the boy- whom I’d seen maybe twice in his entire life- crawled onto my ample belly and fell asleep. Guess I can’t honestly say I hate children anymore. Next week? I’m looking for another babysitting job!

Please visit Cee’s Share Your World for more answers to these probing questions. A new set of questions appear every Monday if you ever want to join in.

In Retrospect: Beatty NV

Prompts and Challenges

Beatty NV
November 28, 2015

When I first posted this image on March 24, 2017, there was a tremendous uproar of approval and everybody wanted to know how I processed it. OK, there were 61 likes and 12 comments. But to me that’s significant! An uproar! Oh, yeah, and only two people wanted to know how I processed this shot. But two out of twelve. That’s 16.67%. Not bad. Not bad at all.

So, for Helen C and Julie@frogpondfarm this explanation is for you two. You’ve probably forgotten all about this but I didn’t. It’s been bugging me for over 2 months. Anybody else who would like to read along, feel free.

OK, so this is straight out of the camera- or as we professionals call it SOOC. For some reason, it was not shot in RAW but jpeg. I know, not very professional. But cut me some slack. I didn’t say a professional what!

SOOC

Now there wasn’t much color correcting to do because the camera had set that. But I did open up the shadows and add contrast. And clouds. I added clouds. And then I cropped it to 16X9 in Lightroom because I do that with most of my shots. I just like it.

Clouds and cropped

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. And technical. I’m not sure how much to tell you before your eyes start to glaze over so, if you want any info more specifically, ask nicely in the comments and I’ll try to answer. I brought down the overall exposure and added more contrast and clarity. Then I took down the saturation almost by half and added a split tone of sort of a golden hue to the highlights and a grayish brown shadow tint:

Additional Color Correcting
and
Split Tone

Then I sharpened the image and used a bit of noise reduction, then I added a post crop vignette, and then just a bit of haze overall:

Post Crop Vignette
and
Haze

And then, I added 3 radial filters for highlights; one is over the tires and part of the building on the left, one is almost dead center in the sky just over the roof, and the last is just under the overhang at the right corner of the building.

Radial Filter Highlights

And there you have it. Hope you weren’t too bored. Helen and Julie, I’m sorry this took so long. You both probably lost interest or forgot about it a long time ago! But I made a promise so, better late than never!

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Skies To Conquer

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I was just waiting for the right time to post this image, one of my favorites shot on Memorial Day weekend last month. I was waiting for a word prompt from someone, anyone. But no one was very helpful. So, I decided, why wait?

We were at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery at March Air Force Base and right next door was the March Field Air Museum. Just unbelievable, the array of planes and helicopters, about 60 in all.

This, if I’m not mistaken, is the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

March Field Air Museum
May 27, 2017

“Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings ever to soar….”

The Air Force Song
Words and Music by Captain Robert Crawford

 

Share Your World – June 6, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

What’s your strongest sense? A constant sense of confusion follows wherever I am. Indoors or out, home, office, and all points in between. The only time I am free of such befuddlement (I love that word) is when I am asleep. Though I must admit, the dreams I remember make very little sense.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Funny, but, in my youth I had a company that sold animation artwork on the second hand market to collectors and my nickname was Doc- probably because no one thought it a good idea to call me Dopey. It does not instill any degree of trust. But I do think any of those names would suit me.

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be? I do prefer my present age, only because the real alternative would then be death. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of death. I just do not prefer it. As Benjamin Franklin has stated, “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” Or take this, from Woody Allen. “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.  [Remember:  This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.] Be careful what you wish for. Retirement is looking damn good right now on this Monday morning full of problems. But, let’s just see that list for fun: nature photographer, writer. That’s it. Both solitary professions.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Saturday I went out to Nelson NV, about the millionth time I’ve been out there, but I was alone and didn’t want to stray too far from home in 104 degree temperature. I’ve heard that the Springs Preserve here in Las Vegas has recreated a 1905 boomtown that I want to get out to next week.

Thanks, Cee, for your challenges each week!

In Retrospect: Geneva IL

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East Channel Bridge
May 14, 2012

 

The photo above is of the East Channel Bridge in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva IL. It leads to the Japanese Tea Garden, originally designed in 1910 by Japanese landscape architect Taro Otsuka as a private garden for George and Nelle Fabyan. The Garden is open to the public for strolling on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, May through mid-October. We were there in May but on a Monday when the garden was closed. I was able to get a photo of it, though.

Japanese Tea Garden
May 14, 2012

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 36- SIMPLE THINGS

Prompts and Challenges

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

Whose bright idea was it to wake up at 4 am on a weekend morning to then drive three and a half hours on one of the only days I get to sleep late? Somebody (no names, please) had the great idea to volunteer to place flags on the grave sites of veterans for Memorial Day. Now normally I would be very supportive. But the closest military cemetery was in Riverside California, as I said, three and a half hours away. We were going to leave the night before and stay at our friend’s place, which is only about a 40 minute drive from the cemetery. That way, we could get up at 7 and still be there by 8 am. But, at the last minute, that idea was dismissed. So, we awoke at 4, but were unable to leave until almost 5 (you know how women are)! And Lynn, who had been to this particular cemetery many times before, took the wrong turn twice. So we got there at 9 am. But we got there. And one of the simple pleasures was being able to spend time with family and friends who volunteered on such a beautiful morning. We have all pledged to do it again for Veterans Day. And I would suggest that others look into doing the same in their own community.

It just feels good!

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

I did not plan on making this post all about me. Those we honored sacrificed more than I can ever imagine. And we are all thankful for their service. Every day, in the smallest of ways, we are thankful! They gave their lives so that we could enjoy the liberties we have at home.

And we celebrate the memory of their lives in simple things.

Share Your World – May 29, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

The Eiffel Tower
Paris Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas NV

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen? The most famous is the Eiffel Tower. Ok, yeah, that sounds all romantic and everything but it was actually the one in Las Vegas. I also saw the Statue Of Liberty- no, not the one in Las Vegas. They do have one here, too, but the real one in New York. And I’ve seen the Grand Canyon. The real one!

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations? Right now we’re content with lots of mini-vacations. We’re gearing up for longer vacations by next year. Right now we’ve been doing lots of discovering in the southwest area. But we want to take Route 66 from here all the way to Illinois. That will possibly be our first long trip of 2018.

What is your favorite National or State Park? That would have to be Monument Valley. Of course, there’s also Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Montezuma’s Castle, Arches, Capitol Reef. And the list goes on and on…

What is your fantasy vacation? Retirement is the ultimate fantasy vacation. Hopefully it does not remain a fantasy and we get to enjoy it.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful we were able to join family and friends in placing flags at the Riverside National Cemetery for Memorial Day.  I am looking forward to an uneventful week. But as so often is the case, once spoken aloud there becomes less of a chance.

And thanks to Cee for week after week of fun!

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