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.

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.

 

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Street Photography in Old Sacramento

Observing people and capturing photographs that tell a story provided the inspiration for my shoot in Old Sacramento.  When I moved to Sacramento in 1980 this area was being revitalized as a tourist destination. Each year my 4th grade class field trip to the California Railroad Museum and California History Museum enhanced the California History curriculum. I travel back in time with my grandchildren’s class and I share history with friends and family.  There is a good mix of historical and modern fun. A one room school house, Wells Fargo Bank, and a statue of a Pony Express rider Candy Haven, a place to get a free samples and grab some fun photos. Kite City moved to a larger space and now sells interesting toys as well, and I usually get parking validation after buying kitchen gadgets at a William Sonoma boutique. A store with only socks, a place with magic tricks, tee shirts, souvenirs, antiques, can keep me entertained. Horse drawn carriages and wooden sidewalks add to the ambiance. This is all set next to the Sacramento River where the Tower Bridge rises to let river traffic through. Another bridge pivots when traffic want to pass.

Street entertainers, families out for a stroll with their dogs, train conductors, and people dressed in period clothing makes this a perfect place to people watch. Today this is my photographic interest. On this sunny, but cool Sunday I walked around trying out my new Nikon 18-200mm lens.  I had the most fun speaking to entertainers, and people with their dogs. I spoted some people lost in activity, and I tried to imagine their story.

Checking out Engine 21

Checking out Engine 21

I've been working on the railroad

I’ve been working on the railroad

Helping Others

Helping Others

Eyes for you!

Eyes for you!

Take a bite.

Take a bite

Red Hat Society Lady

Red Hat Society Lady

Tie Straightening

Tie Straightening

Figuring it out

Figuring it out

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Meet Trawler. His home is on a boat.

Trawler and his proud owner

Trawler and his proud owner

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Sheriff watching over Old Sac

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Young entertainer and his dog take a break

Writing intensely

Writing intensely

Christopher's Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Christopher’s Musical Marionettes entertains crowds

Ballerina captures girls imagination

Ballerina captures girl’s imagination

This dog is loved

This dog is loved

Halloween in Old Sacramento

Wandering through a touristy part of town

Halloween is here.

Fun all  about!