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.


First mirror we encounter. Time for a group photo!

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


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.


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.


I like the way the pattern seems to continue on and on.


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.


Rosie the Riveter


You can feel the motion of the train in some of the cars.


This train had quite a kitchen!

A shout out to my New York roots.


Quite the dining car! No paper plates and plastic sporks here.


The old contrasting the future


The small contrasting the large


Will this be the look of the future? Not very elegant, in my opinion.


A face-off


I see a face smiling at me


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.


Lines and triangles reflected

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


Got caught up with all the possible looks.


Crazy mirror photo continues


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.


First Look at Photographs Misleading

I enjoy my days out shooting with my friends. But before I can even upload my images many images are posted online. Then I upload my pictures, and I am a bit disappointed in my work. I close up the computer and take care of all kinds of other things.

A interesting thing happens when I next see the pictures. I weed out the usual photos taken by others, and I like what I have captured. This may be a confidence thing or more likely my images have to grow on me.


Lake Solano Park


Lake Solano Reflected


Spider and his web


Butterfly Captured


Land movement creates cliff


Sedimentary Rock Zone


Metal Work


Shadow Play


Connections Secure


Lines and Angles


X Marks the Spot

I played around using Topaz Texture Affects on this image. Not sure which I like better.


X Marks the Spot


What is this cacti saying about love?


Came upon this natural sculpture in Napa


Bridge over Napa River

Fun, friends and photography. Now I enjoy sharing my images. Have a great weekend!


Photographing the Sutter Buttes

Another week and Camera Totin’ Tuesdays is off to the Sutter Buttes. Starting in Woodland I am impressed with the water-wise landscape in my friend Karen’s front yard.


Low water and low maintenance landscape. In a couple of weeks Poppies will bloom.

Our first stop was Mary’s Chapel. Created in the 1850’s the cemetery is about 2 miles north of Yolo in Woodland.  The chapel was build in 1857. It is called Mary’s Chapel because after a fire destroyed the church, Mary Cross Pockman asked the community to rebuild.This local cemetery is still used by the community.


Mary’s Chapel


Mary’s Crapper built May 1912


Cemetery at the Mary’s  Chapel


Mustard field blooms at the foot of the Buttes


Bees are buzzing


Yellow Mustard all around


Orchard blossoms create look of snow


Orchard with pink blossoms


Pink Blossoms Frame the Buttes in the background

Looking at these hills I see a sleeping person.


The Sutter Buttes are green after the drought.

This cow was a distance away, but I caught her turning her head and looking my way. Maybe she likes my “Julia” voice.


Cows enjoying the green fields on the Sutter Buttes

Blurry background achieved with small depth of field.


Wildflower stands out.


Our travel around the Buttes passed this farm with some unusual animals.


What is this llama thinking?


Goat was looking for a hand-out.


Leisurely ride around the Buttes

We arrived at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and mosquitoes greeted us in heavy swarms. All these photographs were taken exclusively from the automobile with windows closed.


Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

I have been working with Adobe Lightroom cc for the past 3 months and after watching more tutorials I am developing my images in a new way. Tweaking highlights, shadows, white and black tones, saturation and luminance.


Seascape at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area


Reflection at Gray Lodge Wildlife Center


Sunset at the Sutter Buttes


Silos in the Sunset


Farmhouse on the Hill


Sunset through the orchard


Sun goes down

Another great day enjoying my surroundings in Northern California and sharing it with friends.











Capay Valley Welcomes Photographers

Day started with a down pour, and so we postponed the start of our Tuesday photoshoot. Rained seemed to let up. Thought that if it stopped our photos would benefit from good saturation of color, and puddle reflections. Anne and I started off. We thought that the rain was right since we didn’t have Greg along.

Karen lives in Woodland, and she joins our Tuesday group. She is our guide to the Capay Valley. Our first stop is Esparto.

I can tell that there is a feeling of community in this town.


Art students create mural for town


Esparto shows its pride


Tree bark feels like paper


Veteran’s Memorial in Esparto behind Road Trip


Gas Station Repurposed

The rain ended. Headed into the Capay Valley. This agricultural area located north of Woodland is known for the annual Almond Festival in February. This tradition started in 1915. Small and mid sized farms dot the road. Organic and farm fresh sign greet you.


Newly planted green field surround farm house


Fertile land meets the hills


Giant  Grain Silos

Rain left and the sun tried to make an appearance. Bright green complemented the cloudy sky.


Love the clouds


The sun hits for a moment and the grass sparkles


Cache Creek

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation governs the newly developed Cache Creek Casino Resort. Started in 1985 and called Cache Creek Indian Bingo. This is the largest employer in the area.


Enjoyed the view from the Cache Creek Golf Course



Tree in Winter

Heading home from this short outing. There is still more to explore in the Capay Valley. Things will look different in a couple of weeks when trees will be blossoming. I’ll be back.

Karen warned us that we would see something odd around the bend. Didn’t expect to see a  Helicopter Bus. This is the best photo I could get, but I needed to capture this. I wonder what is the story behind this vehicle. Looks like the propellor was placed on top of this bus. But why?


What? Seeing is believing!


My puddle picture


Clouds and a Great Tree on this rural road


The sun sets on an orchard

My photo journey for Tuesday is done. My friends and I are working on a new name for our group. To be decided next week. I had a great day!