Pine Island…

December 26th, 2015

Quite a few photos uploaded, and some really interesting stuff. This photo is of a grove of pine trees near my home, it was very interesting how the fog and sun conspired to make an extremely interesting scene. Probably one of my favorite shots from this year. Some others of note can be found here!

Fall harvest…

December 26th, 2015

I love taking photos of fall, it’s probably my favorite time of year. Since I grew up in an agricultural area, combines and harvesting always grab my interest. Here’s some of my better captures this fall of combines combined with late evening sun…or early morning.


Steam Lightning strikes twice…

July 6th, 2015

Luckily, the North Carolina Transportation Museum is the location that the 611 has maintenance performed until they set up shop at its home in Virginia, so we got to see 611 twice in a month! It spent Fathers day at Spencer, then headed back north on the first of July to be ready for the 4th of July activities. Here it is travelling between Spencer, NC and Roanoke, it used the old Virginian route out of Hurt VA to get to Roanoke. Click on this gallery to see all the photos, and the video is here.

N&W #611 Rides again!

May 21st, 2015

The 65 year old Norfolk & Western J-class 4-8-4 steam locomotive has not run on the rails since December, 1994. However, after a massive rebuild at the shops in Spencer, NC, the #611 hit the mainline again on May 15th for a shakedown. The weather was cold and rainy, but the day turned out great as the smoke flew! Click on this gallery to see all the photos, and the video is here.

More updates…

May 3rd, 2015

New updates again, this photo is one I’ve wanted to take for a little while, usually I’d never catch it at the right time of day to catch the trees silhouetted against the sunset, but managed to catch it a month back or so. Other new updates can be found here!

Busy work, but lazy posting…

April 27th, 2015

I’ve been to quite a few places at the start of this year, a trip to the UK and then one to Dallas, but not posting much. Been doing some changes that I think will make the site a lot better, and have been doing a ton of work with updates. First off, have done a bunch of work in the transportation area with new updates, and consolidating some of the stuff that really wasn’t that good. Also have done improvements with photos sizes as well as the photos themselves.

Here’s a great example, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Northern locomotive 5632 in Red Oak, Iowa in 1940. Photo sizes are larger, cleaner, and you don’t have to click on the image to get it full size. I’ve also posted a ton of updates that have been waiting around. More changes coming soon!

Airshows…

December 17th, 2014

I have attended several airshows recently that I’ve started trying to hit up every year. While both are not real large, they usually do have a nice mix of acts that travel the Southeast. One is the Winston-Salem Airshow, the other is Warriors & Warbirds, or Warbirds over Monroe, in Monroe, NC (just outside of Charlotte). The Warbirds focuses mostly on vintage aircraft, while Winston-Salem can have about anything (although active duty military aircraft don’t currently participate). If you get a chance, these are certainly two airshows where you can see the action pretty well, doesn’t cost too much, and they put on a great display.

One of the really cool aircraft at Winston Salem was the only civilian owned & operated British Sea Harrier in the world. I’ve seen these aircraft doing active duty airshow demonstrations many years ago, so it was really neat to get to see one again. They put on a good show, and while this one didn’t do quite as much as the active duty Harriers did, it was a great display.

So here are the photos from both events (1 page).

Timewarp…

November 17th, 2014

…yes, been posting a lot on Facebook, and not updating the front page of the site. We will compress a few months into a single post to get everything up to speed!

Virginia International: Went to see the Tudor Sportscar series there along with the Maserati Trofeo. Very good weekend, lots of great photos from up at the formerly-known-as-Oak-Tree-Corner Corner. Well, it’s still known as “Oak Tree”, but there is no oak tree there. It fell down in 2013. At any rate, the action was good, and got a lot of very cool photos. The Maseratis (left) put on a good show, they look good and have a great sound! The Continental Tires race went down to the last lap, again, a lot of great racing.

So next we headed to the Petite Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Never been to that track before, looked around and found some great spots for shooting. The race finished in the dark which allowed me to do some experimentation and get some excellent twilight & nighttime photos! Some great racing and nice weather made for a pretty good weekend.

So all the photos from both events are now loaded, you can see them here (4 pages).

Castles!

August 19th, 2014

…just got back from a trip to the UK to visit relatives, and was able to get some sight-seeing in as well! Went to a few places I had been in the past, but some of them so long ago that I had owned a film camera at the time and wanted to get some new photos using my Nikon 7100. The results were spectacular, what I would give to have had a camera like this many moons ago! At any rate, you can click on this link here to see the latest photos. This photo here is of Framlingham castle, built in the 1100s and the stonework completed in the 1200s.

Blinded by the light…

July 14th, 2014

2014-06-10_4096…I love summer thunderstorms. That’s probably my most favorite part of summer…has been since I was a kid. I always look forward to a nice thunderstorm at dusk to go out and do some photography. So here’s a great shot of an oncoming thunderstorm on the western horizon.

Night photography of thunderstorms is really all about finding the right storm. You need to find one that has very frequent lightning strikes, as if you tackle one that is very infrequent, you’re going to get frustrated. This storm was a superb example, this is only one of about 50 shots I got. Not all of them were good, but this one was nice. As well, make sure you have a tripod, and keep your ISO 400 or lower. Above all…be safe! When the storm starts getting close, do not hang around for that aptly named “last” shot…

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