Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 2

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Day 2:

Freight Car
Hidden Valley NV
May 22, 2016

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

For me, this is the quintessential film noir image. Bright highlights, and deep dark shadows with a strong light source. It was to be my submission to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the title thoroughly and this image says murder or mayhem more than flowers or fun. But that’s where you’d be wrong because the guy off camera in deep shadow was wearing a ghastly hawaiian shirt with green flowers and this was shot at an event that was described as “A FUN Night With Panasonic And Drink And Click At Our Las Vegas Event”!

 

PAULA’S BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE

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Vintage Cart
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

Paula, at Lost In Translation, has a once a month Sunday challenge where she asks you to post the same image both in black and white and in color. And I just happen to have an image I was playing around with last night.

For me, black and white needs high contrast. If you’re shooting in the middle of the day, think about converting your image to black and white. Two other considerations for me are, one; if the sky is bland, and two; if the colors within the image itself are not too exciting. Of course, most times I don’t follow my own rules. But then again, they’re my rules that I acquired from years of experience (and loads of youtube videos)!

Vintage Cart – B & W
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

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Barn and Truck
Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

 

(For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge your word does not have to start with the letter e but needs to have two e’s in the topic (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.)

Horace Walpole, the English author, is credited with coining the term “serendipity”, an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Never mind that my entire life has been lived with (in?) serendipity, or that one of my favorite wordpress blogs is Marilyn Armstrong’s Serendipity!

I explained a long, long time ago that Lynn and I usually take a weekend drive with no particular direction in mind and, most times, will discover a most serendipitous place. We call this “being spont”, short for spontaneous. Anyway, we discovered Nelson NV just before Thanksgiving around 2011. We were looking for a place to take visiting relatives for the day. And what could be better in Nevada, The Silver State, than a tour of an old gold mine? So, we knew where we were going, but not what we would find. Since that day, Nelson has become my go-to spot for photos. There’s just so much there and the owners are always adding to their recreation of a once thriving mining town. Tons of ancient, rusting vehicles as well as old metal signs, buildings, gas pumps, and more.

Serendipity!

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D

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Dirt Diggers
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

I had no idea, when I chose these photos, that they were all shot exactly 3 years ago today. These dirt machines were leveling the ground for building a new community in Henderson, just 15 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. The first machines are dirt diggers. Some people call them back hoes, I think. I just call them as I see them!

Dirt Aerator
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

The dirt aerator is really called that. Or, you can call it a tiller.

Dirt Transporter
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

I just love the way this dirt transporter is sort of peeking around the corner of that pile of rocks and dirt. As if he/she is shy. OK, OK, maybe I’ve seen too many Pixar cartoons where trucks have eyes and mouths and can talk. When I was a kid, and should have been watching cartoons (instead of now when I am an adult), we called them dump trucks.

And that’s it for my dirty photos. I have two more shots of big machines but I don’t know what they are. They must have something to do with dirt, though, because they were at the same work site. Just call them extras. My gift to you.

Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

Extra Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

Oh, by the way, did you know there are companies now that will let you drive these big machines for a fee? It’s a male’s fantasy. OK, maybe only one fantasy that we males have. But at least this one can come true. If you have enough money. Any of you women who share that fantasy can drive them, too. Money knows no sex – or something like that!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letter words that start with D

Cee’s Share Your World – September 11, 2017

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Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free. In my experience so far, no money is tax free. But to answer the question, I would take the $200,000 now. I might not be around in a year. Not that I have any plans but, you never know.

Is it more important to love or be loved? I’ve been on both sides of that question and I’ll tell you it’s a lot easier being loved. No commitment, no hurt or heartache. But why can’t it be a reciprocal endeavor? I love you, you love me.

List things that represent abundance to you. Let me go back to the question above. If you love and are loved in return, that is an abundance. Food on the table, clean water to drink and air to breathe would be an abundance. Many people make do with even less than what we might consider bare necessities.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Not what, but who! Janice of jfeyersforman photography, in a comment on my post of last Friday, September 8, titled In Retrospect: Sloan NV, said “…. it looks like you could do some interesting Film Noir type images!”  I love film noir. And that comment has inspired me to look into possibly a series of film noir type photos. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, film noir is associated with a low key, black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Lots of deep, dark shadows. I’m going to start experimenting with that look on some of my existing photos as well as some new shots. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks, Janice!

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In Retrospect: Sloan NV

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Corner of Sloan Rd and Decatur Blvd
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

There’s not much going on in Sloan NV. Less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and light years away, this rural community hosts 105 hearty souls, mostly living in run down homes and trailers. There are some rusty ruins of old cars, trucks, and buses. But the surroundings are pretty nondescript. The main – scratch that – the only industry is mining, home to a Sierra Ready Mix plant and Aggregate Industries.

There are no stop lights and no town to speak of. No movie theaters or diners or stores. Just random homes set randomly on treeless acres of dirt, and dried brush. The Ready Mix office is the newest building in town.

Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

 

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

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Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017
7:13 PM (pst)

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  I guess blue would be my most comfortable color, as you’ll usually find me wearing blue jeans. Unless you find me in bed, in which case you don’t want to find me! Anyway, for the previous 10 years I have been a good corporate team member, wearing dress slacks, rarely corduroy. But in the last two or three years I finally woke up singing “I Gotta Be Me” and started wearing my favorite jeans to work. No one ever made a comment so that’s all I wear now. The wedding we went to last month, I wore my jeans and a dark sport coat. No tie. And if I have anything to say about it, I will be buried in my jeans, too.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  For the last 3 years we have been dog sitting a Chihuahua. Anyone who has been following this blog even intermittently, should know I detest the beast. She is needy and is treated like a person. She is always underfoot and she yaps. Lynn knows that my upbringing has been no feeding the dog scraps from the table but would rather irritate me than the dog. So, if we were ever to get another dog, firstly it would be a rescue dog. And secondly, I would have to get rid of Lynn.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants. Flowers and plants are not my bailiwick (love that word) but we have a Ruellia and a Golden Dew Drop in our back yard, both of which I get great enjoyment from. Then there are pine trees and oak. At least five? OK. Weeping Willow.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there? My first attempt at astrophotography with the X-T1 and the remote app on my phone. OK, it was more like a month ago but it has really inspired me to get out and play with more nighttime shoots. Unfortunately, the heat is still prohibitive, peaking in the late afternoon and dissipating slowly until the following morning when it starts climbing all over again. The photo is not sharp, but I will get better. I hope!

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

In Retrospect: Mesquite NV

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Skies Over Mesquite NV
August 28, 2012
7:15 am

OK, I’ll admit this is not a terribly exciting photo. It was 7 am and I had been on the road since 5 am, meaning I got out of bed at 4:30. Therefore, it was pretty exciting to me. Of, course, I was still half asleep. Why did I get up at that ungodly hour? Two words: Photo Opp!

The inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival!

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 28, 2012
7:45 am

Balloons were supposed to launch that Saturday beginning at about 6:30 a.m. I was there by 7 and all I saw were birds in the air. Why? I wandered around the CasaBlanca Golf Course where about 20 balloons were in differing stages of plumpness and finally asked someone. I was told that, even though there was no breeze at ground level, up above the winds were too strong. They would wait and keep testing the wind velocity- although I have no idea how they test for that.

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 28, 2012
8:23 am

It was still exciting to be able to walk around the colorful balloons and watch them being unpacked and prepared for flight. One industrious balloon pilot (I have no idea what these guys are called) gave people a ride in his tethered balloon, going up a maximum of 10 feet off the ground. The passengers didn’t seem to mind the lack of height. They were as excited as I was.

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 28, 2012
8:24 am

The balloons never did make it off the ground that day. I waited around for a few hours until the crowd started to dissipate. Then I left and got back home around noon and took a nap. Lynn and I took a ride out there the following year but saw nothing. No one. Maybe I got the dates wrong? I never found out.

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 28, 2012
8:15 am

We read about the 4th annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival in 2015 and decided to make another attempt. But this time, we decided to go at night when the balloons would be returning from flight and there would be a procession of balloons in the night sky. Also, there was to be a balloon glow on the grounds of the CasaBlanca Resort that evening. Again, the balloons never made it off the ground. The balloon glow took place in the parking lot and, though crowded, it was not very exciting. The riding baskets were there without the balloons attached. At different times, from different baskets, someone would blast the flames from the burners into the air.

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 28, 2012
8:14 am

We have not been back since.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

Emilio’s Share My World – August 21, 2017

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Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017

OK, now, no one get excited. I am not taking over Cee’s Share Your World. In fact, I first asked her permission and she graciously agreed. Seems she’s having too much fun on her break this week to wonder what I’m actually up to. But I just miss her, I guess. I haven’t joined in SYW the last two weeks and so here’s my version for today. Cee also said I could ask anyone who wants to, to join in. So, if you want to, link in the comments below. Here we go!

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?  Just out of college, my roommate and I decided to try to furnish our apartment with a dumpster dive. We drove into Beverly Hills and, within 10 minutes, were stopped by police asking what we were up to. We were subsequently arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary. Spent the night in jail. When we reported to court to find out when our trial date would be, we were told there was no such charge as suspicion of burglary. I think those cops just wanted to scare the crap out of us – which they did. Now, all these years later, when I see a cop, I think he’s looking for me.

What have you always wanted?  Did you get it?  Be careful what you wish for. When I was 15 1/2, I got my learner’s permit. In California at that time, you could drive a motorcycle with just a learner’s. Don’t know how my parents ever agreed to that but I got my first Honda motorcycle at that tender young age. Then my second when I went away to college. One day, a car ran a stop sign and I narrowly avoided an accident. I didn’t avoid  a sudden meeting with the pavement, though and had my first knee operation when I was 22. My second knee operation happened about 3 years later when I drove into a gas station and slid out from a combination of water and oil on the ground. Since then, no more motorcycles.

What is your perfect pizza?  My perfect pizza is the one I’m eating. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pizza I didn’t like, including Domino’s or Pizza Hut when times were tough. But my tastes are a bit more upscale nowadays. We have a favorite place, Settebello’s, which is authentic Neapolitan pizza. A very thin crust. You can only put a maximum of 3 toppings on it or it will fall apart. We usually get kalamata olives on our margherita  pizza.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there. Well, last weekend we went out to Mojave National Preserve to catch the Pleiades meteor Shower. I wanted to attempt some astrophotography but realized I didn’t know my Fuji camera well enough. So all week I read up on the settings, downloaded the Fuji remote to my iPhone, got my tripod, and then went to Valley of Fire State Park (about an hour north of the strip). This is the 4th shot I took last night before dark. The white strip, in the upper left to center, is a plane coming in for a landing at McCarran Airport. The yellow in the lower right is the glow from the lights of the strip.

OK, so that wasn’t so scary, was it Cee? I hope whoever reads this enjoys it. And if they don’t, I’d definitely like to hear some constructive criticism.