The moon is super!

July 14th, 2014

2014-07-13_4713 So many of you may have went out to look at the moon on Saturday, it was certainly nice! For those of you who would like to inspect it up close like an Apollo astronaut, here’s a chance!

Taken through 400mm lens, F 5.6, ISO 200, EX 1/1000. I had tried it earlier with a higher ISO and it was too grainy, this was just right!

Night train…

June 2nd, 2014

…This last weekend was the ‘Streamliners at Spencer’ event at North Carolina Transportation Museum at Spencer, NC. Twenty-five diesels and one steam locomotive showed up for the event, and it was certainly a good one for photography. The N&W 611 streamlined steam locomotive was the steam star, it is being refurbished for operation in the next year at Spencer. Locomotives came from all over the country to be there, most of them running a few were not.

Got some great photos, to check them out click here…there are 3 pages (the small numbers at the lower right of the screen). Also, there are two panoramic photos here.

Northbrook Tractors…

May 26th, 2014

…Northbrook Antique Tractor Pullers held a meet this weekend and invited me along, was a very nice afternoon that wasn’t really too hot. The pulls are held off Highway 10, just a few miles east of the NC 10/18 intersection, on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Got some great photos, to check them out click here…there are 1 and a half pages (the small numbers at the lower right of the screen).

May 26th, 2014

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Vintage Railroading…

May 8th, 2014

…I recently was able to obtain some old photographs from the area where I grew up in Missouri. With a lot of help from my friend Archie Hayden, I was able to make sure I documented the locations and what the photos were about so you can enjoy them with plenty of information. I love this photo of a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy locomotive pouring on the coal on it’s 65 mile trip south to St Louis, in 1948. You really get the impression of the power and chaos of a steam locomotive. To see the new photos, click here…there are 3 pages (the small numbers at the lower right of the screen).

Airshows…

April 17th, 2014

…one of the things I didn’t update last year was some visits to some great airshows…the Winston Salem Airshow, and the Warbirds over Monroe. Both are very good, and both have some nice flying displays. So to see the full bunch of photos from the shows, click here, and then you can continue through the pages (numbers on the lower right-hand portion of the screen). There is a page and a half of new photos.

As well, created a new video with exerpts from all the airshows, set to Alan Parson’s Re-Jigue. Enjoy!

Getting Steamed…

April 9th, 2014

The Norfolk Southern Railroad is continuing their steam excursions this year, and one of the first ones was from Bristol, TN, to Radford, VA this last weekend. The trip was fun, the weather very nice (if a little cold) and the Southern 2-8-0 #630 was running well. You can see the best photos in this album.

I want to give a shout out to the Wytheville Municiple Police department (Wytheville, VA). They were very supportive of responsible railfans, interested and helpful. They were very polite and assisted those who were in town to view the locomotive. If you stop in Wytheville as a railfan, make sure you thank one of the men in blue!

As well, here is the video from the event…

Moonshot…

March 11th, 2014

…while this airliner is a little shy of actually hitting the moon, the camera helps it get there. Of course, only a few days before this (March 3rd), it was 45 years since Apollo 9 made its mark on the space program. Apollo 9 was the test for the lunar module to pave the way for the lunar landing of Apollo 11.

Updates to the Transportation area…

March 9th, 2014

…for those of you who may not be aware, the ‘Transportation’ area is where I post not only photos that I’ve taken, but photos that I’ve collected over the years of vintage transportation…cars, planes, railroad, etc. So I’ve been doing some updates to some of the older scans that were not very big and not very clear. The new photos are much larger, and have been cleaned up and fixed to provide as much detail as possible.

Shown is a St. Louis and Hannibal locomotive, probably in the early 1900s to 1920. Note that I did NOT take this photo, I’m really not that old…

No news is not good news…

March 6th, 2014

…because you all may think I’ve fallen off the planet. I have been doing updates from my Facebook page, but need to keep them both going or else find a way to update FB and Castle Graphics with one post. If any of you all know how to do that, ping me! At any rate, you can see my many updates on FB here. But I’ll also get some updates here, and try to do a bit better this year.

Also got a new camera, a Nikon 7100. Very pleased with it thus far. My Nikon 3100 has taken over 20,000 photos without any maintenance or problems whatsoever, so if you ask me for my camera opinions…I think you’ll know the answer! It has also been dropped fairly heavily at least twice…so there you go.

The photo above was taken in January, I heard a massive noise outside and when I went out, four Blackhawks and a C130 were overhead, refueling. I drove up to the top of the hill, hoping to get a photo of them as they headed out to the west. Unfortunately didn’t catch them all refueling, but got the 4 Blackhawks heading north as dusk fell. Pretty cool shot, I thought!

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