Archive for April 2012

Backlit Glory   Leave a comment

Bright early morning light hit this morning-glory and created a beautiful blue glow.  I had to lie on my stomach with my camera and tripod about 6″ off the ground to capture it from underneath and behind.


Posted April 28, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Photographer Arrested, Photo Deleted   Leave a comment

No, not one of my photos.  A photo that an activist named Clark Stoeckley took in Penn Station in NYC.

His photo subject?  MTA officers, in public view (and carrying semi-automatic weapons), which got Stoeckley detained and arrested.

The charge?  “Because you’re a dick,” according to the arresting officer.  Oh yeah, his cell phone was eventually returned sans photographs —  the only real crime that occurred in the whole encounter.

Now I can’t say for certain, but I’m guessing that if being “a dick” is truly an offense for which a person can be arrested, then a good percentage of the U.S. population should be behind bars right now.  I do know for certain that a law enforcement officer summarily deleting a photograph is both a crime and a violation of the photographer’s constitutional rights.

I’m not a fan of in-your-face photography, but I absolutely hate it that in the United States a citizen can be arrested for being “a dick” and then have his or her first and fourth amendment rights violated so blatantly.

Posted April 27, 2012 by ~ Bruce in America in Decline, Signs of the Times, Street

City Dogwood   Leave a comment

Sneezing like crazy, but the dogwood photos are there for the taking.  From this morning in Lancaster City.

Posted April 21, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia PA   4 comments

My wife asked me what I wanted to do this past Sunday, my 55th birthday.  I chose (somewhat bizarrely according to my next door neighbor and friend, Tom) to visit one of the photography spots that has long been on my must-see list, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  ESP operated from 1829 to 1971, and is now a Philly tourist attraction.  A national historic landmark, ESP was “home” to such notables as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.  Founded on the Quaker principles that any man could see the errors of his ways with enough solitude, reflection, and penitence, Eastern State Penitentiary apparently had a hard time convincing its residents as evidenced by the number of escape attempts through the decades.  This included a twelve-man escape through a somehow undiscovered 97 foot long tunnel in 1945.

The photography opportunities at ESP are wonderful, but are best obtained with the benefit of a tripod and long exposures due to the low lighting in the cells and hallways.  Every photo below was taken with a tripod, some exposures pushing 30 seconds.  Many of the images are three photos (0 EV, +2 EV, -2 EV) merged together with Photomatix HDR software.  That is one of the reasons that I ended up with 208 photos in approximately 5 hours (and that’s after erasing poor exposures on site).  I highly recommend Eastern State Penitentiary for any photographer or history buff.  I’ll be going back since I only covered about half of the grounds during our visit.

All photos: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA (my photographer’s agreement requires me to say that!)

Posted April 16, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Architecture, Travel Photography, Uncategorized

Lilies   Leave a comment

St. John’s Church on Chestnut Street has several pots of beautiful lilies outside and near the sidewalk.  The dark red brick is a nice backdrop, and I was fortunate to pass by when the lighting was very soft and indirect.

Posted April 15, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Photos Rediscovered   Leave a comment

Ever since I switched over to using a new computer and new software I had a feeling that some older photos were missing.  I was right, and I found several a few days ago on an old external hard drive.  These are a couple photos from Pine Ridge Reservation and Badlands National Park.  I worked on them in Lightroom 4 to give them new life.

(Above) Pine Ridge (Lakota Sioux) Reservation, South Dakota.

(Above) Sulphur Hills, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Posted April 12, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Landscapes

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Photoshop Elements Action: Instant ColorBar   1 comment

Earlier today I found a free photoshop elements action called Instant Color Bar.  Truth be told, I’m not exactly sure what to do with it — but I love how it allows you to isolate the various colors in an image.  If nothing else it could be used to help select appropriate colors for matting and framing.  Or maybe to identify similarly colored images for display grouping.  But really, it just looks cool.

Many thanks to Rita for sharing this action for free, and for her great blog The CoffeeShop Blog.  Drop by and check out her site if you have a chance.

Here are some examples that I cranked out in less than half an hour:

Posted April 8, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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