Winter's Last Hurrah?

Waterman Farm

It always snows in Columbus in March... at least it seems that way, and I seem to have the opportunity to say it every year... and not being very witty or creative, I always do say it... and I'm glad it does because it gives me a last chance (or many last chances some years) to continue to make winter photos.

I like making winter photos, maybe because I like shooting in black and white, and snow provides some bright white to use when looking for contrast. Snow also provides very interesting textures when the light is right, as it is on bright mornings, such as this morning. I find scenes of snow and long shadows irresistible for photography.

I made this photo at Ohio State University's Waterman Farm, a few blocks from where we live, and my favorite place in this area. As you can tell by looking at my Flickr feed, I walk down there very often, and I usually bring along my Fuji X-E1.

This morning I brought along my 35mm and 60mm lenses. I made this photo with the 35mm and shot it using manual exposure set to 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 800.

Shale Hollow Preserve

A couple weeks ago Andi and I went on a field trip to Shale Hollow Preserve, one of many parks administered by the city of Delaware, Ohio. The trip was sponsored by the local Wild Birds Unlimited store, and our good friend, Mike, led the trip. As usual, he did a great job.

I had never been to, or even heard of, Shale Hollow, and it was a nice surprise. It's along the south side of the Olentangy River and consequently has a bit of geographic relief (i.e. hills). One thing that this part of Ohio has a dearth of is hills. Having grown up in Western Oregon and Southern California, I appreciate hills (and mountains), so it's always nice to find more that are accessible.

We spent a nice morning walking the trail (as far as I know, there is only one... about a mile in length) and photographing along the creek. I found the concretions especially interesting.

Here are a couple of my photographs from Shale Hollow. I have several more in my Flickr stream, and you can also see them, for the next week or so, on this site's POTD page.

Update: I don't know how I could have forgotten to include this, especially on a website (mostly) dedicated to photography, but I did... The day before this trip I had received my new Fujinon XF18mm f/2 lens. I shot both of the photos shown here with the new lens attached to my beloved Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera. As I usually do, I shot in black and white (with yellow filter) JPEG mode.

And one more thing... dogs are allowed on the trail at Shale Hollow. We haven't yet taken our trio, but doing so is on our agenda.

Shale Hollow Preserve 1 (Explored)

Shale Hollow Preserve 6

Christmas Photo Walk

A week or two before Christmas (I don't remember exactly when), Andi and I went on a photo walk at Easton Towne Centre in Columbus, Ohio. The walk was sponsored by Midwest Photo Exchange (MPEX), a very good local photography store. Usually photography isn't allowed at Easton, and, from what I've heard, this is regularly enforced, so when I heard about the walk, I thought it would be fun to go along and do some street photography.

It was a very cold evening, but we still had a lot of fun. For the most part we stayed together, but eventually some of us (Andi) became separated. We all met up, though, afterwards for dinner at one of the restaurants at Easton. It was a great way to warm up again and get to know better some of our new photography friends.

We went on another of MPEX's photo walks yesterday, which reminded me about the Easton walk, so I thought I should write about Easton first. I plan to post about yesterday's walk in a couple weeks.

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My Home Town

According to my parents, and they should know, and I do trust them, I was born in Portland, Oregon. Several people have corroborated this story, so I believe it. Though I don't visit there often, I do enjoy my visits. Andi and I were briefly in Portland in December while we were making one of our fairly frequent journeys between Seattle and Eugene. While waiting for the light-rail train from downtown Portland to the airport, I had a few minutes to do some street photography at Pioneer Courthouse Square. There was a lot going on, and I had fun shooting.

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Amtrak Cascades

Last month Andi and I visited our parents in the Pacific Northwest. My parents live in a suburb of Seattle, WA, and Andi's parents live in Eugene, OR. They're close enough together that visiting them in a single trip makes sense, but they're far enough apart that getting from one to the other takes a significant amount of time. For this trip, for the second time, instead of driving the whole way, we rode the train, Amtrak's Cascades.

Riding the train between Seattle (actually Tukwila, WA, in our case) and Portland, OR, is comfortable, convenient, and fun. The route is mostly scenic and at times spectacular. I especially like the wetlands south of Puget Sound and would love to spend some time there to do landscape and nature photography.

Here are some of my photos on the southbound part of our ride.

Amtrak Station, Tukwila, Washington

Someplace in Washington

Another Amtrak station in Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Union Station, Portland, Oregon

Union Station, Portland, Oregon

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