Summer is here, looking for chill in Petaluma

Camera Totin’ Tuesday folks are looking to get out of the Sacramento heat. Petaluma is located south west of Sacramento, and less than 2 hours away. The day we visited the weather did not disappoint.

Founded in 1858 Petaluma makes an effort to maintain a mid-19th century charm. Located on the Petaluma River and close to the Bay area, Petaluma provided locally grown food to San Francisco and Oakland starting during the Gold Rush. Today, it can serve as a jumping off spot in Sonoma County. Close to the coast of Point Reyes, 30 minutes outside of the Bay Area, and near Napa and there is plenty to photograph is this town.

The Petaluma River provided easy access to transport goods to the coast. Today, it serves as a focal point for the town’s center.

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Bridge over the Petaluma River

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Decaying pier no longer supports train tracks.

The Free Public Library building is filled with such classic details. This library built in 1904 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie is one of over 1600 library buildings constructed in the United States between 1886-1919. The town had to come up with money for books, salaries, and maintenance. Born poor, Carnegie was denied use of a public library because he couldn’t afford the $2.00 library card. He proclaimed “Free Public Library” on the front of this building to show that all could make use of the facility. Carnegie understood that access to information improves a person’s ability to better oneself.

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Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Philanthropist  Andrew Carnegie gave away 90% of his wealth.”The man who dies rich dies in disgrace,” Carnegie said. In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves,” he wrote.

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The buildings are impressive. I photographed this one in Eureka, California. Many serve another purpose now such as museums, and community centers. As a retired librarian, I hope that these buildings continue to serve the public need for information.

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Eureka Springs Carnegie Library
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The McNears were part of Petaluma history

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Brick wall with window capture my attention
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Time out for a tune!
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Small town main street today
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Green Tower Clock
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Display Window of a music store

Lunch was enjoyed at The New Yorker Pizza & Restaurant.  I’m always on the lookout for “New York Pizza”. Though this time I enjoyed the meatball hero. Afterward we wondered into the Shutterbug Camera Store. Money was safely tucked away. This time.

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Faded sign on side of building
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Spider makes a home
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One of many Victorian Era houses
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Arch and picket fence detail draws me in
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Always looking for signs. So polite!
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Bee sure is enjoying a drink
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Bee has moved on. What is this flower called? Be Gone!
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Soft purple frilly flower. Do you know the name?
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Love the lighting on this pretty coral rose. I do know the general name.
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He loves me. He loves me not? He loves me!

There are many churches in Petaluma. Taking a walking tour we came across a church on nearly every block.

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Stain Glass found in St. Vincent de Paul Church
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Abstract lines
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A friendly, portable tripod

We ended our walk around town. Taking in the architecture, nature, and friendly spirit of my photo buddies. Good bye Petaluma. May be back again.

 

Photography and the Frame of Mind

Another example of how photography reflects my state of mind. A couple of weeks ago  I had a lot going on, and I set time aside to get out and shoot.  This is a good thing. The problem arose when I returned home and reviewed my images.

My Camera Totin’ Tuesday group planned an indoor shoot because the temperature was rising. So off to the California  State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento we headed.

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First mirror we encounter. Time for a group photo!

Cool in more ways than one, but challenging for photography. The scene is dark.

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Many RR enthusiasts volunteer at the museum

The locamotives are black, and the lighting is diverse. Some areas have fluorescent light, some areas tungsten. There are cool use of mirrors throughout the museum.

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Elegantly appointed interior, for some.

When I got home and reviewed the images, I was disappointed in my work. So I  set it aside. Well I may have pouted also. Remember, I said that much has been on my mind lately.

My grandson lives with us since he was 17. When he moved out of his mother’s house I made sure that he would graduate, and with this sense of accomplishment I hoped he would pick up some habits to help transition into the adult world. He did graduate so we succeeded in the first part. He succeeded in getting a job as a courtesy clerk at a supermarket. No problems there. This is part-time, and we  provide transportation and his on-time performance has our help. At this time I feel like our safety net is not helping this transition. There doesn’t seem to be an end game in place.

When he is home I hardly know that he is here. He basically lives in his room, and only comes out the grab something to eat. He is addicted to online gaming, and media. Luckily, I don’t share his bathroom, but my cats do. I don’t venture into his room unless I want to retrieve some camera equipment. The site is not pretty. I read in the Sacramento Bee that kids are remaining in their parent’s home for longer period so I know that I am not alone with this troubling issue.

Ok, he is a boy, he is 19 and our values differ. But, and this a big but, the level of cooperation is zero. Attitude could not be more disrespectful, especially to his grandfather. And that is what needs to change. Talking hasn’t worked. I am almost convinced that by living here he will not grow up. This weighs heavy on both myself and my husband. There is a lot of stress in the house. I would like a bit of freedom to plan out-of-town adventures with my husband. Luckily, I get out to capture images with my friends.

Back to the Railroad Museum. Last night I looked at my files, key worded in Lightroom, and made some adjustments. Usually, I find that if I am happy with a couple of shots then I call the shoot a success.  Found myself selecting many photos as favorites for my collection set! Yes. Here are some results from my Sacramento Railroad Museum challenge. Up the ISO and take care of noise in Lightroom.  WB is adjusted in Lightroom.  Use of Flash is sometimes difficult due to size of subject, and color of subject. So sometimes I focused on smaller subject and details.

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I like the way the pattern seems to continue on and on.
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I managed to take this one without a Flash.

For the next photo, I used a flash and focused on the eyes. For more information about Rosie the Riveter, click on the link beneath the photo.

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Rosie the Riveter

This image was shot without a flash since it was too far for flash to make a difference.

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Rosie the Riveter
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You can feel the motion of the train in some of the cars.
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This train had quite a kitchen!

A shout out to my New York roots.

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Quite the dining car! No paper plates and plastic sporks here.
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The old contrasting the future
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The small contrasting the large
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Will this be the look of the future? Not very elegant, in my opinion.
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A face-off
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I see a face smiling at me
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I always look for textures for future photo edits using my new Topaz Texture Effects plug-in

Mirrors and more mirrors lead to the next few images. No flash here.

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Lines and triangles reflected

Changing ISO creates another capture. Used Lightroom for noise suppression in photo.

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Got caught up with all the possible looks.
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Crazy mirror photo continues
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Final mirror image at the Railroad Museum

All photography done without benefit of a tripod. Talking to a docent I found out that there is an event set up just for photography called, “Trains and Tripods”. I will be on the lookout for this event when it comes around again.

Note to self. Review photos again after some time has past. And not after a go round with a family member.

 

Effie Yeaw

This nature center always produces different images each time I go. In April I met my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group for a look at nature in the late spring.

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This eensy weensy Spider met me at the pond
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Don’t know what flower will appear.
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Caterpillars two-by-two
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Jackrabbits two-by-two peeking
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Another one scampers away
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A field of wildflowers
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Wild Turkey strutting
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Not much help in case there is a fire. No sign of hydrant nearby.
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Finally located the fire hydrant.
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Looking over Effie Yeaw to keep nature safe
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Butterfly stops for a drink
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Hawk peers out from nest

I’m glad I live close to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Almost time to go again. This time I will get a head start with the heat, and go for a sunrise shoot.