Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pictures In My Wallet

I carry these two photos in my wallet.  They're my grandmother (she raised me) and my grandfather (he died when I was about 4).  The photo of my grandfather was taken by a street photographer in Charleston, WV.  I'm guessing both photos were taken in the 1930's.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Stainless Moon

This a limb on the stainless steel tree sculpture, "Graft", by Roxy Paine.  It's on display in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Gals

A couple of shots of my gals from this weekend.

Probably nobody cares or notices, but my new camera nails the focus.  Whatever you put the chosen focus point over, it's in focus.  It's probably hard to see with these smaller pictures, but when you view the originals at 100% it's awesome.  My previous camera couldn't achieve this critical of focus with such ease, if at all.

In the top photo I put the focus point over my daughters left eye.  It's amazingly sharp.  In the bottom photo the focus point was over Kim's right eye.  It's also extra sharp.  These were taken hand held with the Canon 15-85 mm image stabilized lens.  I've used that lens on my 30D without nearly the same results.  The combo of the Canon 60D and that lens is super.

Don't get me wrong, I've taken a bunch of good photos with my 30D, it just seemed that I had to work hard to get it to perform.  Oh well, blah blah blah, double blah.  I like my new camera.


A couple of my favorites from today.  Chinatown in D.C. is nothing like Chinatown in NYC, but it's still pretty interesting.  The woman coming out of the store had just come from a square dance competition.  She was a nice lady.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Vienna, VA

A couple shots from our hotel room balcony just outside Washington, DC.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I've been watching a blog called Street Level.  Check it out.  I like it , so I think I'm going to try and get some shots like that with stuff from around here (Saint Albans, Nitro, Charleston, etc.)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Robins In The Winter

I was walking around town this morning when I came up on a whole herd of robins.  They must've been too full of those red berries to do much flyin'.  This one was about ten feet off the ground.   It turned it's head a little when it heard the shutter on my camera.    I wish now that I would've tried to get a better angle since it didn't seem to concerned about me.


Got a new camera yesterday and was itching to try it out this morning.  I had to go to the store for some milk so I took my new toy and took a couple shots while I was out.  This is a building in Saint Albans.  I've said that if I ever win the lottery we're gonna buy it and make it into our house.  That would be cool.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Spotted this beauty on the way to the post office.  3 shot panorama.  Click picture for a better view.


The snow's gone for now.