Reaching back into the past, here are some photos of a visit by the Confederate Air Force to Charleston (WV’s) Yeager Airport (CRW) in 1983. They brought a B-29 Superfortress and a B-24 Liberator, two fine warbirds.
Scanned from black and white negatives. Wish we could get these fellows back to Charleston.
Got to see Ian Anderson perform at the Clay Center in Charleston a few weeks back. Ian, the leader of the band more popularly known as Jethro Tull, has been touring in recent years under his own name. He puts on a great show, has some great new material, but also gave us a tour through the most popular Tull material of the past. And you can see that he can still play the flute on one leg!
I was a good boy and shot all these from my seat in the 14th row. D600 with 24-120/F4 Nikkor.
Photos from a tour of the Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. One of the stops on the Bourbon Trail, you get to see it all at work, from the series of open fermenters to where the liquor is distilled and kegged.
A wall of bourbon behind the counter
Series of fermenters
You can watch the mash bubbling
The bourbon is aged in the Barrel Warehouse
The whole place smells awesome
Bourbon tasting. On left is Woodford Reserve, on right is Double Oaked, which gets aged a second time in a fresh barrel.
A bottle of the Double Oaked came home with me, and I’m having a sip right now.
Smoke fired pot, photographed on a white background in my dining room
I needed to photograph some pottery, and I really didn’t want to leave the house, so I set up a dining room studio. I had a 9 foot wide roll of white seamless, and rather than cut it, I just cleared off the table, laid the roll on it, pulled up the cut end to a couple of light stands and held it in place with a couple of spring clamps from Sears.
Side view showing the background attached to a couple of light stands. Yes, we have lots of stuff in our house!
Since I only needed a wide enough space to accommodate, at most, three pieces of pottery, I could let the sides of the background flop down.
With the rest of the roll on the floor, I had a shooting space that would work for me. I used an old Vivitar 283 flash (that I bought off eBay), triggered by a Cactus V5 radio slave, fired into a Cowboy Studio 24″ softbox that (I think) I bought off Amazon.
Vivitar 283 flash with Cactus radio receiver. The Cowboy Studio softbox includes the bracket and the ball head that attaches to the boom. The bracket allows you to slide the flash in or out and up or down to accommodate various size flashes.
At an ISO of 200 and with the flash dialed way down, I was still shooting at f/11-f/13.