Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Latest Light Painting


Two weeks ago our Road Runner Photography Tours Meetup Group spent the afternoon and more importantly the evening at Carrie Furnace in Rankin, PA.   We had 15 photographers clicking away on everything from some standard light painting like the train car above to my friend Jeff spinning woolies.   I always find it amazing how light can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.   The giant thermos on rails above in my opinion is a boring shot during the day, but throw in some light painting of the foreground and a 2 minute exposure of the moving clouds and you get something much more than ordinary.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Gas Deck


High above the ground at this old iron furnace is the gas purification deck.  I’m no expert on the steel making process, but it is my understanding the gases that resulted from the process of making iron were captured and reused in other areas of what was once the Homestead Works. Today Carrie Furnace is what remains, a small part of what was once a vast steel mill on the Monongahela River.  Last Saturday I took a group from RoadRunner Photography Tours Meetup to this really cool site.  We are currently making plans for a return trip next spring!    

I’m just starting to process the images and am really looking forward to working on the ones that were made after dark! 

The image above was made with Topaz Black and White Effects with a little of the original color mixed in.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Closed for the Season

Last weekend we wrapped up our photography tour in Cape May, NJ.  Every time I visit Cape May I find more to like about this little town on the shore.  This year my tour partner Denise Silva and I arrived a day early to do some scouting and that included exploring the little coastal towns along the South Jersey shore.  Each town seems to have a unique personality.  Considering that these towns are so close to each other it is quite surprising they are so different from each other.  I really enjoyed working with the different levels  of photographic talent, some of our more experienced participants were a great source of inspiration and it was great to help our beginners improve over the weekend. 

My only disappointment was not being able to find an open shop for Ice Cream.

We will be going back to Cape May next October.  We would  love to have you join us in the great location!