Tag: winter

Now. where was I?

It was a nice relaxing holiday season but it’s time to get back in the groove. As I mentioned at the tail end of 2013, I was thinking of bringing this blog to an end but decided to stick it out for one more year.  So, lucky you, I’ll be around for a little longer. Actually I decided to reconfigure the…

Break time!

I know my contribution to this site has been a little lapse lately and for that I apologize. I know, I know, it’s really messing up your winter reading plans 🙂 but the photo ops have been few and farther between lately and I have been at a loss for words. Plus, it’s really been an ugly dark winter so…

Not far from the hole

Back on February 2nd, the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said spring was around the corner. Well it IS spring and it still feels like winter. Considering I don’t live too far from his “hole”, I have to say that varmint doesn’t know what he is talking (talking?) about! Other than that, I have been well and waiting for the transformation into…

Paint by numbers

I was playing around with adding textures to this photo I took in the local park and I was reminded of the “paint by numbers” I used to do when I was young. In a way I am still painting by numbers, except now they are all ones and zeros. Digital painting. Digits? Fingers? Finger painting! It all comes together eventually.

Hello my ragtime gal

I was in Wheeling the other evening and was heading out of town as night fell. The colorful neon lights of the Victoria, enhanced by the snowfall, caught my eye and I thought I would grab a quick pic. Fortunately there weren’t any vehicles parked in front of the theater, as there normally is, and I had a clear shot.…

The color of muddy

I’m not one for talking dirty but how about a little mud in your eye? There’s nothing like a good rainfall on a January day in the West Virginia hills to stir up a little mud. Of course, artistically it leaves a lot to be desired. Just a monotone brown color oozing everywhere. But I found a colorful tree to add a little…

Animal planet

The suburban wildlife just seems happy to pose for me lately. In this case I swung by the local cemetery to try out some of my manual focus lenses but I took along my telephoto zoom also, just in case. I was really there to test my ability to use my manual lenses in a speedy manner. I love my old…

Testing tires

I purchased a used Toyota Rav4 at the end of December to use as a second utility vehicle. It is perfect for my needs and I liked it a lot with one exception. The day after I bought it I drove it to the park to test out the four-wheel drive system in winter conditions. The park roads were still icy…

You got to moo(ve) it

Another rural portrait of a willing subject. I seem to be hitting the livestock jackpot lately. Shooting a black bull (cow?) against a white landscape and sky certainly presents its own set of problems. Fortunately my subject was patient while I  experimented with different exposures. I first did a normal black and white conversion after doing some contrast adjustments and dodging the…