17
Dec
14

Art in the Street

A recent visit to Louisville, Kentucky, revealed some interesting examples of art right out in public.

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Here and there were sculptures doubling as bicycle racks.

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And an awesome piece of art by Alexander Calder! “The Red Feather,” 1975.

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17
Dec
14

Art in the street

A recent visit to Louisville, Kentucky, revealed some interesting examples of art right out in public.

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Here and there were sculptures doubling as bicycle racks.

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And an awesome piece of art by Alexander Calder! “The Red Feather,” 1975.

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01
Dec
14

Confederate Air Force 1983

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.

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Confederate Air Force

Scanned from black and white negatives. Wish we could get these fellows back to Charleston.

26
Nov
14

Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull

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!

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

I was a good boy and shot all these from my seat in the 14th row. D600 with 24-120/F4 Nikkor.

15
Nov
14

Bourbon Trail: Woodford Reserve

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.

Reception area

Reception area

A wall of bourbon behind the counter

A wall of bourbon behind the counter

Series of fermenters

Series of fermenters

You can watch the mash bubbling

You can watch the mash bubbling

The bourbon is aged in the Barrel Warehouse

The bourbon is aged in the Barrel Warehouse

The whole place smells awesome

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.

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.

16
Aug
14

dining room studio

Smoke fired pot, photographed on a white background in my dining room

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 havelots of stuff in our house!

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.

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.

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.

Pot smoke-fired with horsehair on the surface.

Pot smoke-fired with horsehair on the surface.

The results were just fine.

18
Jul
14

Shoot what you can’t help but shoot

Great advice from Gregory Heisler in this interview posted to Vimeo by Maine Media Workshops + College.

 




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