Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sheets


This is a version of a picture I put in a gallery Hocking Hills Spring 2006 which is a group of pictures taken that year. Mark Zurek, Jim Hartley Smith, b. schlake and myself all met early one morning for a photo shoot. Mark and I got there early and lost but soon found old man's cave and walked around it for about a hour. You can learn a lot about a man by looking him in the eye when talking with them. Was a great trip, this capture was later in the morning just walking along one of the many trails in Hocking Hills Ohio.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Last Season Concert


The Band had it's last performance last night in the gym. This is Ty's last year in the band since he will be graduating and heading off the college next year. Max started in the Clermont Northeastern Marching band, The Rockets this season. This picture was during the game as we waited for the halftime show. Ivan on trumpet.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

1892 - 2008


They tore the old church down on River Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. It had no longer been used for about 20 years. A once vibrant place to worship, get married, baptisms, and family functions that use to go on in this once grand old church. Was sad to see it go, I think they saved the bells and of course the stained glass. Time marches on.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Spotted on Anderson Ferry



Early one morning this past week or so, early morning fog. We waited while a few cars loaded and the barge to pass by in the dense early fog. Marvin was talking to the Pilot and he noticed I was taking a picture, Marvin stops in where I work and is a nice fellow. So is the pilot, he is kind of new, always fun to ride the ferry, except in the rain.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Strickland Asks Court To Restore Ohio Grocery Tax


Our benevolent Governor now wants us to pay tax on the food we buy at the grocery store. He is not happy enough with the fact we are one of the highest taxed states in the Union. Now he feels the need to raise our taxes further. People can not afford to go out to eat, where we are taxed, now he wants to do it to us at our own dinner table. He and the others just do not get it, when you raise taxes it gives you only a short income infusion till people start to move to other places where it is job friendly and cheaper to live.

He is showing he is no better than the last slug we had as Governor. He and the rest who got voted in do to the incompetence of the State of Ohio government are showing change is not always a good thing. Our Secretary of State does not seem to care about 200,000 registered voters who's names do not match SS numbers or drivers license information, hell just let anyone vote. Vote twice, three times might as well who cares. We would not want to be sure who you are and keep the state from having a honest election. We would not want to disfranchise anyone, we even let the dead folks vote.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stairway to Heaven v2


I got up and off to work early to see if I could get a better shot of the full moon and the grain silos on the Ohio River. The area right below where b. schlake and myself work.

I was fighting early morning twilight with a low lying fog that was slowly lifting. The moon was soon swallowed by the fog. Shot was taken hand held with 18-200vr lens. I wish I had taken my tripod since it was darker light than it was last year. But I got lucky and got a guy walking up the stairs. Got a few pictures of him before he walked on.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Things you have learned.


I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.... A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and 4 yr old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together every night at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.


The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor." So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl!


When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.


The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.


I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life.." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Time of Year


It is getting to be that time of year for laying on the dock and waiting for the leaves to fall onto Powell Crosley Lake, and I can get my leaf fix. I have enjoyed doing it the last few years, fun and relaxing. I often get odd looks from some people but then I am use to that, worth it for the sake of art.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

CNE Home Coming 2008


Max went to his first Home Coming dance at Clermont Northeastern High School last night. He seemed to have a good time and his mother was happy to see him go to a dance.
Ty drove him to the dance after Sam and Max all had dinner at Chipotle. After the dance he came home and enjoyed the evening with his friends and brother. He and Ty seem to be growing up so quickly, makes me reflect more everyday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Beer Booth


One of my favorite places to stop when I go to the festivals. Makes the crowds more tolerable. This young lady was not busy so I thought I would take a second and capture the moment. The Inland Seafood Fest is not always the biggest festival in the area but always fun if you have the time to go. The food is good and the location this year was nice with good views.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Life Before Color


Melissa Howard a dear friend and great photographer does nice B&W art. She saw this one in color and encouraged me to try B&W, so here it is Abner Hollow Cabin in B&W. I hope to travel there this week end for some floating leaf pictures, it is getting to be that season of the year.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Showing


The guy was fun to photograph, I will share a few more later, still editing old folders, so much stuff that I like still needs resizing and a PS touch ups. I will have much to look over this winter when the snow is blowing.

That is when this place is cold, Lakeside in late winter is brutal. I have been there for short periods and the Lake winds can be strong and icy. Min's Grand Father ( Al ) Albert Kelso, and he lovely wife Mary Kelso ( Sowash ) who lived in Lakeside and Later Island View took many pictures of the lake front where ice coated the shoreline. Al Kelso was a good photographer, I have much of his work. More time to scan and touch up, time I do not have right now. Time to get off here for the evening.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pumpkin Run 2008


You can see some very fine vintage cars from all of the way back to the Teens. From early days to 70s cars and trucks of every make and model you can think of ... it was there. Some pictures later to follow, tired and did not want to take them off the flash card tonight.

We worked the Ham & Cheese and Chicken sandwich booth at the Pumpkin Run to get some money for the band and year end dinner. The band always needs money, seem the way of school bands. Min put in some long hours both Saturday and Sunday, her main support for the band. It was very busy this year because of the nice weather. We were selling out of food since it was about 3 times the average for the show. Odd for such a poor economy, or is it as bad as some say. This one taken a couple years ago there.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Don't Take My Picture


It is what he always says to me when I see him at a food festival. Then he kind of poses and smiles, he is a Cincinnati Icon. The Emperor of Ribs is what I first knew him as, but he also cooks lots of Cajun food. This was taken a couple years ago at the Inland Sea Food Festival. It was held that year at Newport on the Levy.

I was digging though Archives of pictures looking for a old one and ran across thi capture. I had about 20 of him I took that night, the light seemed right on this one, I liked his eye contact with a paying customer. One thing I like about street photography, you most often meet some very nice people.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sunset Waves


The high wind made for some nice pictures of waves crashing to the dock at Lakeside Ohio. This was during our July summer vacation, we stayed a week with our third son Sam. It was not that breezy at the cottage but the shallow lake depth and winds stir up quickly on Lake Erie.

Needless to say, you go down the path for something and then find not what I had expected. When I went down to the dock for a few sunset pictures, I found it closed but ended up with some great waves pictures. Put the camera on CH and set my focus and tried to time the waves. Got lucky on a few, was not what I had planned to do. But just like in life you have to learn to adjust.