Recently attended an excellent wedding in Parkersburg, WVA, where the brown Ohio River rolls under bridges marked so the tow boats can be sure their loads won’t scrape. Parkersburg was deserted over the weekend, but there was lots to see if you roamed the streets.
Montpelier, VT, above; below, Green Point, Brooklyn, NY; all the rest, East Montpelier, VT. All taken with a Fuji X-E1, except the whitewater photos. The X-E1 is small retro-looking camera with an electronic viewfinder and a relatively large sensor (APS-C), that is now on sale all over the place because the X-E2 is out. Doesn’t quite fit in your pocket, but smaller than a DSLR and with a sensor as big as most entry-level DSLRs. X-E1 review here. If you wonder why green is a big deal around here, look at the shades of brown in the April post below.
They don’t look worried, but Vermont Olympic nordic skiers (l to r) Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen (both cross-country), and Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee (both biathlon) held a press conference today to express their concerns about how global climate change is affecting the world and their sport. Just back from six months of competition in Europe, including the Sochi Olympics, they told of lack of snow in traditionally snowy areas and races held primarily on artificial snow and even trucked-in ice chips. A thread of the press conference — held at the Morse Farm in East Montpelier in conjunction with the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the National Wildlife Federation — was that Vermont, small as it is, can lead the way in alternate energy use as it does in winter sports. Four of the 14 members on the U.S. Olympic cross country team were from Vermont and, counting snowboarding, cross-country, biathlon and alpine skiing, there were nearly 20 Vermonters on the U.S. team, from a state with a population of 626,000. Click here for local news story.
In late January I was in the Austrian Alps for the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Championships in the Pillerseetal region, near Kitzbuhel. The landscape is spectacular and so were a lot of the masters skiers. A masters skier is anyone over 30, and the five-year age brackets continued right up to and including the 85-90 age group. In total more than 1,000 skiers from 30 countries. Largest contingent, the Russians: more than 200 skiers. The largest age group is generally those between 60 and 64, who have the time to attend and the energy to keep racing into their 60s. Scroll down, and click here for more, including Mozart duckies, racing and Salzburg. Don’t forget to click here for more!
Over the past year or so I had the opportunity to produce portraits for several Vermont organizations. The coverage ranged from photographing Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene for the Vermont Community Foundation to annual report photos for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., the organization that helps Vermont students pull together the finances for higher education, and Vermont Information Technology Leaders, an organization working to bring electronic medical records systems to health care providers. I really enjoyed meeting all the people I photographed and although I hate to overwhelm the blog with multiple images in one post, here is a selection of some of the photos. If you like these, pass it on through the media bar below or any other way. And if you know anyone who needs portrait work, don’t hesitate to recommend me. Thanks!
Vermont Community Foundation, Berlin
Vermont Community Foundation, St. Johnsbury
Vermont Community Foundation, Cuttingsville
Part one of the year-end image clearance. Like it on the social media bar below, if you like. And you can do the same for any of the earlier posts. Thanks!
It’s no secret that newer iPhones take decent pictures. The best part is that a smart phone is a camera you have with you most of the time. It’s a trick to keep the lens clean and clear though. A case helps avoid scratches and a piece of plastic electrical tape can keep the pocket lint off the lens, as long as you keep the sticky part of the tape off the lens and as long as you don’t lose the tape in your pocket, which you will.
A more complete gallery of black and white images from my trip down the Susquehanna River is finally up on the site: Link to it here.
All of these are from my roughly 440-mile trek down the Susquehanna on foot and by canoe from its origin in Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY, a couple of blocks from the Baseball Hall of Fame, to its end in the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, MD. I grew up next to the river, in central Pennsylvania, and I knew what was out there — in it, on it, and along its banks. I originally printed all these in a traditional darkroom, but this time I had the 35-mm Kodak Tri-X negatives scanned by Neil Dixon at Yankee Imaging in Waterbury, VT. I did the digital darkroom work in PhotoShop. There are about 60 photos in the gallery, so it will take about five minutes to see them all, but I hope you will find it worth the time. You can click through them or they will run as a five-minute slide show on their own. The next step will be to finally get them collected in a book.
This page, from top: Amish boaters, McKee’s Half Falls, PA; wader, Columbia, PA; jockey, Tioga Park race track, NY; man sitting in the shade on a sweltering day near Port Deposit, MD. Don’t forget to link to the gallery here, and please feel free to Facebook the link or pass it around otherwise to anybody.