“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” — Abraham Lincoln
Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week. It helps keep me going. Enjoy my blog post!
I would like to get more people to view and like my Facebook page. Over the next two weeks, I will be asking people to criticize my photography, good and bad, and I would ask them to note the photo of mine they like the best. I will put the names together and one person will receive an 8 x 10 print of that photo mailed to them. Good luck!
Sunday 11/15/2020: Posted photo—Bryce Canyon.
Settings: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, ISO 200, f/11, 1/200, 29 mm.
My family loves to travel. We like to get in the car and then drive to a National Park or two or more while visiting family and friends throughout the country. During one of the trips we stopped at, camped at, and hike in Bryce Canyon National Park. It was a rainy day and the dirt at Bryce is like clay. It took weeks, if not months, to get all the clay out of my hiking boots.
“Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown.” ― Google
This photo is of a tree on the Rim Trail at the end of the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. The Navajo Loop Trail is a popular trail that makes a short 1- to 2-hour loop from the rim at Sunset Point down to the floor of Bryce Canyon. The trail visits favorite hoodoo formations such as Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Thor’s Hammer.
Monday 11/16/2020: Posted photo—Cashews.
Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/13, 135 mm
Cashews are a kidney-shaped seed sourced from the cashew tree — a tropical tree native to Brazil but now cultivated in various warm climates across the world. Although commonly referred to as tree nuts, and nutritionally comparable to them, cashews are really seeds.
Today I needed a photo, so I saw our container of cashews and took this shot. Note: if your have been reading my blogs, you notice that the reason why I took this photo is common. I need a shot and took one of objects in, or around, my house. We have a container of cashews in our house since I put cashews in my trail mix.
Tuesday 11/17/2020: Posted photo—Strange things are a Foot.
Settings: FLIR i5, ISO N/A, f/N/A, 1/30, 7 mm.
What am I going to take a photo of today? I have not taken a photo in a while using my IR camera. Why do I have an IR camera you may be asking? I have an IR camera because I do inspections of power plants and heat surveys for friends and family for insulation in their homes. The camera is also a great stud finder if you are working in a house and need to find a stud.
I like taking photos with this camera. If I put my hand on a pile of paper, I can lift 5 or 6 sheets and still see the heat profile of my hand. I have walked on the floor and could look back to see my footprints. I also use it to look at our wood stove to see how far the heat is traveling up the stack. Just a note that the thermometers that attach to the stack of a wood stove are accurate. The temperature on the thermometer and the temperature on my IR camera were the same when I did this test. Today I just wanted to take a photo of my foot and then came up with the cleaver caption for this photo.
Wednesday 11/18/2020: Posted photo—Can you Hear Me Now.
Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/800 s, 135 mm
Communication towers, or cell phone towers, are part of our landscape. When they first went up, they were noticed by many people. Now they are just part of the landscape and not too many people notice them. This tower is one that I see every day on my way to work.
In our area there are many hills, so these communication towers are multiplying. There are some cell phone companies that have better service than others. That must be true in most parts of the country and the world.
Thursday 11/19/2020: Posted photo—Academy Hill.
Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/400 s, 28 mm
Westminster Village–Academy Hill Historic District encompasses the historic first town center of Westminster, Massachusetts, as well as its later early-19th century commercial core. Centered at the junction Main and South Streets with Academy Hill Road, it contains fine examples of Colonial, Federal, and Greek Revival architecture, including the 1839 town hall. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
I take a photo at academy hill occasionally, since is shows the quaintness of a New England town. I love photographing the gazebo and the colonial house on the hill. I have taken photos of Wachusett Mountain on the hill from near the colonial house. This is the location that the town crest of Wachusett Mountain was taken.
Friday 11/20/2020: Post photo— Silhouette at Sunset.
Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/125 s, 47 mm
Every sunset is different. Today I was going to a location to take my photo of the day and saw the sunset through the trees. I just loved the silhouette of the tress, took some shots, and hoped that some of them were useable. I did like the way this one came out. Hope you do also.
I never did make it to my planed location.
Saturday 11/21/2020: Post photo—The Sun Going Down.
Settings: FinePix XP70, ISO 100, f/8, 1/750 s, 16 mm
From the summit of Wachusett Mountain. The sun was going in and out of clouds banks when I arrived at the summit. I took this photo and started to hike back down to my car. The auto road is not open, but the ski area just opened. Still too many people on the summit. Cannot wait until it gets colder. Fewer people will be on the summit.
There are a few bushwhacking trails on the mountain that I will try out soon. I will keep you posted.
Common statement at the end of my blog: That is all for this week. Hope you enjoyed my thoughts and constructive criticism is always wanted. I do not take criticism personally, just an opportunity to better my photography and writing skills.
For those in the United States, have a safe and restful Thanksgiving Day.