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.

 

It’s Good To Be a Local Tourist!

Announcing the name of my photography group, Camera Totin’ Tuesdays. Spent much of the day with my favorite people laughing over the many names, and acronyms possible. Settled on this one. Going out every Tuesday with this group opens up my horizons. For the past 35 years I lived in Sacramento.  Exploring the surrounding areas demonstrates the richness of the area photographically. My friend Karen shares local history, and always prefaces her remarks with, “You must have been here already.” Surprisingly, no. I must have been very busy with work and kids, or just not curious enough to get in the car for a ride around Northern California by myself. Remedy, get a camera and surround yourself with good friends.

This particular Tuesday we headed to Auburn. My friends wanted to try their hand at smoothing out rapids as the river flows over rocks. They brought along ND filters to achieve this affect. Destination: Lake Clementine. The lake did not impress, but in all honesty we got there late and didn’t complete the hike. I used a circular polarizer (since I didn’t have a ND filter) for some of the shots and slowed down my shutter speed to try and achieve smooth, flowing water.

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North Fork of the American River

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Smooth water rocky shoreline

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Graffiti along the river

 

Actually for this goal we should have started earlier to avoid the bright sunshine. The Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California, is amazing. It is the 5th highest bridge in the United States.

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Foresthill Bridge

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Foresthill Bridge

In 1898 the classic design of the  Auburn Court House  replaced the prior building destroyed by fire. I usually have trouble finding the right angle to photograph buildings.

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Auburn County Courthouse

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Replica of the Auburn Courthouse reflected

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Exhibit at the Placer County Museum

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Placer County Museum

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Auburn Hook and Ladder No. 2 since 1852

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Advertisement found on a brick wall in Auburn

I processed this photograph using Topaz Texture Effects. It fits historic Auburn, don’t you think?

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Advertisement on a brick wall in Auburn.

 

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Interesting door

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Love all the textures

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Just passing through Auburn

Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this unusual find. In my neighborhood I saw a similar vehicle just before “Burning Man”. Wonder what this one is used for.

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Strange vehicle spotted while looking for a sunset.

We went searching for a place to watch and photograph the sunset. Passed this private ranch. My friend Anne told Karen and me to ring the bell and ask permission to park in the driveway. Sure thing. The owner and his two Portuguese Water Dogs greeted us and allowed us to park just in time.

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Sunset with lens flare

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Found this beautiful site to catch a sunset

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Auburn Sunset

Another great day out with my friends and my Nikon D7100.