North Dakota or Bust!

•September 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Storm cloud approaching on Route I70 between Columbus and Springfield, Ohio

Two days out and I am in Iowa City, Iowa. Between the afternoon rush hour traffic in Columbus, Ohio and the morning rush in Indianapolis, plus the trucks and the heavy downpours, it is almost enough to make me think about flying next time … almost. But really, once through Indianapolis, the road opened up and the cornfields got bigger and bigger. At that point it became a pleasant “cruise” up I74 through Indiana and Illinois, right to the Mississippi River and across into Iowa.

This is truly the “corn belt.” At times the cornfields started at the edge of the road and went out as far as I could see, with large grain elevators and storage bins visible in the haze on the horizon.

Unfortunately, they are difficult to photograph from a moving car on the interstate But once into Iowa I decided to get off the interstate and take the “scenic route.” What I found was mostly more cornfields. No matter which way you go, the landscape is dotted with farms with nice houses and well maintained barns and other outbuildings.


Cornfield with storage facility in the distance.

Cornfield with storage facility in the distance.

Parting Shot

•August 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I paused in my preparations for my upcoming trip west to join the Antietam Photographic Society for an early evening shoot in Greencastle, PA.

Pittsburgh Hill District

•August 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Like any big city Pittsburgh has areas that are depressed or in transition. But such areas can be the origin of great creativity.

This is believed to be the birthplace of August Wilson (1945-2005). Wilson was an African American playwright, whose work won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. Wilson’s work mostly focused on African American life in the Hill District. The site is marked by a sign next to the building.

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A block or so away, an amazing mural depicts what I’m guessing is Wilson’s life.


To My Facebook Friends and Followers

•August 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Many of my Facebook friends and followers are not seeing my posts. I can tell from the statistics that Facebook provides. If you want to follow a page on Facebook, it is more or less hit or miss as to whether you see the posts from that page.  This is because the programming in Facebook is calculated to limit how many people see a post from a page. The reason for this is that want page owners to PAY for wider distribution.

If you want to follow my Facebook page, you can set it so that my posts will appear at the top of your newsfeed whenever you log on to Facebook. It’s easy as illustrated below.

Hopefully you have “Liked” my Facebook page but if not, please do so. Then, hover your mouse over the “Liked” button and you will see a drop down menu. Click on “See First” and that’s all there is to it.

Hover your mouse over the "Liked" button and click on "See First".

Return to North Dakota

•August 23, 2015 • 1 Comment
Rolette County, North Dakota, May, 2010

Rolette County, North Dakota, May, 2010

Yes! In a little over a week, I am returning to North Dakota! It’s been five years since I was there last and I am getting excited.

I will be participating in another Tillman Crane Photography workshop photographing abandoned farms, participating in an exhibit in the Prairie Village Museum, and generally enjoying the fellowship of a great group of photographers.

Once the group activities are done, I will be striking out on my own to discover other parts of North Dakota down into South Dakota and where ever the spirit will draw me. I’m still researching where I will go. Of course, once I am there, everything could change as I find unexpected wonders.

Stay tuned for more and if you want to follow my adventures please sign up to follow this blog (Enter your email address in the box in the upper right corner of this page to receive an email whenever I post something new.) or “Like” my Facebook page.

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Pittsburgh Street Art

•August 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Milky Way from My Back Yard

•August 17, 2015 • Comments Off on The Milky Way from My Back Yard

While I was out looking for meteors, I also tries a few other more conventional shots.

Looking almost straight overhead and a little west, I could see the Northern Cross, which lies along the plane of the Milky Way. Due to the high level of light pollution I couldn’t quite make out the Milky Way but a 25 second exposure shows a hint of structure in the star fields. I used the Olympus EM5 MK=II with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at f/2.8 at ISO 1600.

Using Lightroom to darken the sky I was able to get much better definition to the Milky Way background. the new “dehaze” feature in Lightroom helped a lot.

While these results are not nearly as good as I have seen elsewhere, they were a good experiment in using the camera for this kind of image. I’m hoping to find some really dark skies when I go to North Dakota next month.

(You haven’t heard I’m going back to ND? Well, I am! And excited about it! Stay tuned!)


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