Friday, August 26, 2016

Kiddie Roller Coaster

We were in City Park in Pueblo today. One of the things there is a kiddie carnival. I think they originally were installed in the 1930's. Among the rides is a mini steam train, a mini roller coaster, and several others. 
I think I rode all of the rides in 1976. 
It is a memorable experience anyway. Memorable enough I've remembered it for 40 years at any rate. OMG, that makes me...
Let's stop thinking about that right now. I think I'd better focus on the good memories from when I was much younger.
Here are the images of the roller coaster I captured. The images are straight from the camera, and in GIMP I desaturated each using the luminosity channel. Otherwise they are untouched.

Now on to my creating black and whites out of the other images. I also got some of the CFI ruins that are left from down in Bessemer. Might be posting some of those soon too.

Until next time have a great day and try to enjoy your life some.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

24 August

After I got Susan to her billiards match I walked over to this field behind the bar. I've been noticing it for many weeks but hadn't done any images there. Either the weather wasn't cooperating, or I didn't have a camera with me. Still, I kept noticing it. Last night I was able to actually capture a few images of what I was seeing. These, I think, are some of the best out of the 20+ photos.
Until you're out in the middle of the field you never notice those dirt pathways that I managed to capture in the first two pictures. I love how they led my eye into the rest of the scene.
I would have liked to stay out there a bit longer so I could capture more of the deeper sunset colors but I had to go inside and start keeping score.

Happily I noticed this bee feeding as I'm wandering about. I'm not sure what the wildflowers are. They sure are pretty though.

There are a lot of Brown Eyed Susan's out in the field. And they grow tall. Here's one of the many.

I hope you enjoyed the images. Have a great day, and enjoy your life to the fullest.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Old cars

This morning I captured a few frames. I wanted to see how the Canon would do on the moon. So, I did a test just after I got to work. Here are the results and I'm pretty pleased. I'm looking forward to doing some night shots.

These cars are across the parking lot from where I work. They're sitting outside of a shop, the guy who owns them is very slowly restoring them. I've been looking at them for a long time and finally decided to capture a few images.
My favorites are the bottom three.
And doing this shoot has given me some ideas for future shoots.

Have a great day and try to enjoy your life a bit.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


It's important to take some time out and smell flowers. So I did earlier today. And I photographed them.

I did notice some of the trees are starting to change color. Hopefully I'll soon have some nice fall images with you.
Have and a great day and try to enjoy your life a bit.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

North Cheyenne Canyon

Susan's brother is in town visiting and we decided to take him up to North Cheyenne Canyon Park on Friday. He hadn't been there before so now there's a shared memory for all three of us.
It is my absolute favorite place to do some photography. I was also wanting to get a little more familiar with my new Canon. I think I did all of these with the 18-55mm lens since I wanted to go wide angle as much as possible. For several of them I was also using my ND filter set and I was doing a lot of shutter length bracketing. The ones making the cut aren't necessarily those with the longest exposures.
The first one is the top of Helen Hunt Falls. I don't believe I ever shot it this way before where I made the foot bridge central to the composition. I like it.

Both of these were shot from the foot bridge in the previous image.

We went to a picnic area further downstream which is where I shot all four of these. The stream shots I bracketed extensively and you're seeing what I think was the best. Those blue flowers are growing in several places on the stream bank. They look lovely.

I hope you have a great day today and enjoy life a bit.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mineral Palace Park

We were in Pueblo, CO yesterday to pick up Susan's brother. He took the bus from Kansas for a visit. Since we were in the town early we stopped by Mineral Palace Park which is on the north end of town. It's been a long time since I was there last which used to be quite often since I used to live in Pueblo. Normally I don't get down that way these days so I had to capture a few frames.
There's a man made lake in the park that's shaped in kind of a figure eight. I knew about the ducks, and the squirrels. They've been there forever. The fish, however, are new. I'm not sure who put them in the pond but they were a nice addition.
Included in these images are some of the first long exposures I've done with the Canon. It performed admirably, and should be a joy to use when I head up Seven Bridges trail at least once more this year. I'm also planning on a Cripple Creek shoot when fall colors starts happening.

One of the main reasons I'm doing the photography these days is that I can decompress a bit. As an aside, I also post images on Viewbug, here on the blog, Twitter, and on Facebook. I really do hope many enjoy.
On Viewbug I enter into various photo competitions. In those competitions I'm not expecting to win. Quite often there's 50k submissions and usually only two images can win so the odds are really slim. Still, competing a bit helps drive me to doing a bit better photography than I would otherwise.
Thank you for checking out my blog. Hope you have an enjoyable day today.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pikes Peak

I finally got an SLR. It's a Canon Rebel T5, and I also got two zoom lenses with it. Here are some of my first results.

I had been using a Fuji S8600. It worked pretty well to further my hobby. The hyperfocal zoom did pretty decent, however I'd been wanting something that's a bit more.
My first impressions are the Canon has much better color depth than the Fuji. That probably has to do mostly with the much larger sensor. The Fuji's sensor is about the size of your pinky nail and the Canon's is larger than your thumbnail.
The capture rate is much faster on the Canon too so you can capture more images faster. The jpeg compression rate is higher on the Canon too which results in smaller image files. Average files sizes from the Fuji is about 7 mb, and from the Canon they're about 4 mb. They transfer faster than the ones from the Fuji.
Happily all of the same filters work on both cameras.
Have a great day and try to enjoy your life a bit.