I know, I have been a lazy poster. I do have to thank my own self for not even remembering I even have this blog. As I have noted in the past, job one for owning a blog is content, content, content. Without continuing content you cannot expect to get readers. Heck, my own motto in the past was, “If you cannot think of anything, start posting, it will happen”. So, I shall now try to redeem myself
Part of posting on a photography oriented site is having actual photography, or at least photography related topics, to post. My output this year has been lacking mainly because I seem to be spending most of my free time this past year on house hunts with my wife. As much as we like our house we feel like we are being forced out of it by outside, well, forces. We live on a very busy street that gets busier every year. I’m not talking car and people traffic, I’m talking lots of big trucks – industrial traffic. Nothing like the constant roar of a convoy (why to trucks like to drive together?) of tri-axles with loud exhaust rumbling past the house all night long. Although that should be enough to make one move, lets throw in the “quality” of people in the neighbor hood has also been on a decline. I swear I’m the only one who goes to work around here. Of course there is a handy dive bar across the street for all of them to hang out in and make shady deals. “Hollywood” thinks I should be accepting of people but “Hollywood” doesn’t live in my neighborhood. “Hollywood” has walls, I don’t.
I could go on and on about my housing situation but time to get back to the real reason we are here – photography. I am going to start off with a series of photos I took at the “castle” at Mount Wood overlooking Wheeling, West Virginia. You can follow this link to get some background on the castle or do some Googling on your own. It’s just one of the strange and mysterious places that seem to dot the Ohio Valley. The castle has been the subject of some of my previous posts but I like to return once in a while to see how it has changed. The graffiti is constantly evolving and I don’t think I could spot any previous work even if I tried. But when I think of color, I think of visiting the castle.
It was a rainy day on my last visit and I shot with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and my XF14mm F2.8. All handheld and using the Velvia film sim to give the colors a punch. The Fuji has been working well for me and I am at the point now where it feels odd when I pick up a regular DSLR. So, for now, the X-Pro2 is it!
The view from the castle overlooks the Ohio River valley towards Wheeling;
And here are a few photos of the graffiti covered walls: