Category Archives: Photography

The art, craft and technology of capturing an image

How to Take Better Photos

This video clip is about an hour long. If you really want to improve your photographic skills, then it is worth watching.

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Birmingham Alabama

We just got back from a family reunion down near Birmingham, Alabama. While there, naturally I took a boatload of pictures. This first link is to the general ‘pretty’ pictures from the more than 680 shots.

http://mentilucent.net/AlabamaPretty/AlabamaPretty.html

This next link will be of interest to industrial archaeologists and others who enjoy heavy industry.

http://mentilucent.net/SlossMill/SlossMill.html

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Paw Paw Road Trip

We visited the Paw Paw Tunnel on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park.

I took more than 260 photos during the day. Here’s a couple of my favorites.

I like the contrast between the solid sheets of shale and the soft beauty of the flowers.

This is the obligatory east entrance photo of the tunnel.

This shows the abandoned Western Maryland Railroad bridge that is near the entrance to the Paw Paw Tunnel park. It’s in Maryland, only a couple of miles from Paw Paw, West Virginia.

You can see a few more images of local scenery in the Mentilucent Paw Paw gallery.

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NNGC part II

I just finished working up a gallery of still images and a short video from the National Narrow Gauge Convention.

You can see them on this page. There will be more to come in the near future.

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Mini Vacation for NNGC

This past weekend, my wife and I attended the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Hickory, North Carolina.

Over the next few posts, I’ll share some of the high points of this mini-vacation.

Due to our mundane working schedules, we had to leave late Wednesday afternoon and return late Saturday night. Thus the Mini Vacation title. We arrived at the Wytheville exit on Interstate 81 a bit after midnight and grabbed some naptime.

We were up and on the road by eight since I wanted to make a small side-trip to explore the highest valley in Virginia, Burkes Garden. Here’s the map if you’re inclined to explore a bit. http://g.co/maps/8j99c

On the winding blacktop road that lead into the valley, I grabbed a few shots. Here’s one:

The two-lane blacktop road that enters the valley proper splits at a small bridge next to a dam and a roadside historical marker.

The road to the left is labeled 666.

Naturally, we turned left and followed the loop all the way around the valley. By the way, this road is the only paved road in or out of the valley. A careful analysis of detailed maps show several other ways to access the valley but they are all lane-and-a-half wide washboard gravel trails and the shortest is about ten miles. I had been advised to take them only in good weather and with a ride that didn’t mind getting banged up a bit.

As we were about three-quarters of the way around the loop road, we were passed by a couple of tractor-trailer rigs that seemed incredibly huge and out-of-place. The was even more evident when we got back to the historic marker and bridge. I immediately noticed the stop sign and 666 marker sign were missing!

There were curved black tire scrub marks showing where a big rig had made the wrong turn and had to back up. In the process, they had driven clean over the stop sign and 666 road sign. I’m glad I had taken a photo only a few minutes before.

On the way out of the valley, I grabbed some more shots and here’s the last one I’ll share for today.

If you find yourself on Interstate 81  in southern Virginia and have a couple of hours to spare, I would recommend a little side trip out Interstate 77 and a few back roads.

Do you ever take side trips just for the heckuva it? Ever been to Burkes Garden?

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Incredible Diorama

The video clip on this link is of a 1/48th (O scale) diorama of a old narrow gauge logging rail road built in a swamp. If you love art in miniature, then you need to watch this short clip.

http://youtu.be/-eAijwMvMak

Geoff Nott is a master modeler and I only hope I can learn and apply a few of his techniques.

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Jefferson County Road Trip

My wife and I enjoyed a road trip up to Charles Town and Shannodale West Virginia on Saturday.

Blure Ridge Mountain View from south of Shannondale

I had the honor of meeting Dr. Stan Dickinson, who researched and created an iron furnace exhibit for the Jefferson County Museum. Some of his notes on the furnace can be found on this Shannondale.org community site.

This lovely old monument to man’s early engineering skills was the subject of a few photos I took awhile back.

Willis Nowell, Dr. Stan Dickinson and Stan Field

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Old Places

I just put together a collection of a few of my images of Old Places that I took last year. Rather than upload one at a time, they are in a gallery and here is the link.

Comments and questions are always welcome. Please keep in mind these images are all copyright, 2010 by E.C. Field.

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Spring Flowers!

Here are a few pictures I took this week.

This first one is of a dogwood hybrid that is near our town house.

This next shot is of a wild dogwood I found in a friend’s backyard.

And here’s a shot looking up the walkway in front of our town house.

Yepper! Spring has sprung!

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Swampside Photos

I took some photos while meeting some friends in the Highlands Hammock State Park and thought I would share a couple with y’all.

A lovely canopy of green and blue is perfect for an afternoon snooze!

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