Sunday, October 27, 2013

Project 365 - October 19, 2013

Gold Coast Railway Museum

The Level IV Photographers took a field trip to the Gold Coast Railway Museum.  I would have carpooled with someone, but since I needed to be somewhere with my family at 7 pm, I figured I better drive by myself.  So I situated myself with my phone plugged in, with Google Maps navigating the way, my Beatles tunes blaring and a bottle of water for the road.  Good thing for that bottle of water.  It was so hot and humid at the musuem, I went through two bottles and poured another over my head to keep cool!
The museum has been there since right after World War II.  Originally there were dirigibles in a huge hanger there -- six of them -- that would fly over the ocean seeking U-boats.  It makes you think . . . it wasn't all that long ago when that war took place.  True, it was before I was born, but only 10 years before I was born. Not really ancient history.

But then it was turned into a museum of rail cars.  There were streamlined cars from the 1940s and a fancy schmancy one that was used by many of our presidents, including Truman when he held up the newspaper that announced that Dewey won!!  There were cabooses and military hospital cars.  And, you could walk into most of them.

I was most intrigued by the remnants of buildings against the color of the sky.  I have another series of black and whites images but I am saving them for a potential exhibition.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Photo of the Day - October 13, 2013 - Part II

After Class . . .

Instead of jumping into my car and rushing home . . . I still had about a half an hour to myself . . . so I wandered down toward the water and a very small park, I believe we call them pocket parks.  I had always intended to stop here to shoot but was always heading somewhere. 

This was not the ideal time of day to shoot because the sun was in the wrong place.  Yes, the photographer is always seeking the source of light.  But these are images that I made so I am sharing them.

Photo of the Day - October 13, 2013

Another Beginning

On Saturday I started another photography class.  It has been quite a long time since I have been in class, but I felt like I needed a refresher and some inspiration.  Of course the first class was not photography, instead it was a three hour lesson in Photoshop.  Still, it was inspiring to be around other photographers and see their different levels of expertise and confidence.  I was quiet and listened a lot.  We spent three hours working on a photo, and we all worked on the same photo.  I did learn new techniques with layers.  The trick is to think in 3D.

I am posting both the before and after images here for your comments!