Category Archives: Ruins

Pre-Work

I would hazard to guess that these buses are among the most photographed subjects in Boone County (adjusted for teenage-girl-selfie-inflation).

Right up there with the Kate Shelley High Bridge, the High Trestle Trail Bridge, the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad, and Ledges State Park.

I have a plan for photographing them, this photo is the result of a scouting trip.


Abandoned Buses

You’ll be seeing these buses again.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONLY SLT-A65V
LENS: DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 70mm (105mm – 35mm)
APERTURE: f/7.1
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 12-27-2015 14:23
LATITUDE: 42.00823°
LONGITUDE: -93.89162
ALTITUDE: 319.2 me3ters above Sea Level

Kobe

A picture of something broken down and old. From my Aunt Linda’s farm.




As you all know E’s here to rule… No wait that isn’t right.

As you all know, I love rusted out old stuff. I will need to photograph this farm more thoroughly at some point.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm (35mm equivalency – 90mm)
ISO: 500
APERTURE: f/4
EXPOSURE: 1/100
DATE: 11/20/15 – 14:44
NO GPS DATA

2013 Christmas Calendar

This is a look back at the photos from the calendar I gave as Christmas gifts in 2012. You’ll see many of the same images from the flower calendar. I have no doubts.



Front Cover


January


February


March


April


May


June


July


August


September


October


November


December

I’ve never done what one would call market research, but I did make a change to the 2015 calendar and then made a change back in the 2016 calendar. That is this. The 2015 calendar has big numbers for the dates. I found this to be aesthetically pleasing. However, some feedback I got was that this made it more difficult to write on the calendar. Therefore, I changed back to small numbers for the 2016 calendar.

I’ve also been asked why I don’t include birthdays or “different holidays” any longer. The reason for that is because of the diverse audience that the Photography 139 Calendar now reaches, I don’t know how many of those people need to know the date my nephew Brandon’s birthday (December 4). However, I could probably add International Talk Like A Pirate Day back to the calendar.

I’ve already stated that I’m going to go back to diversifying the subject matter of the 2017 calendar. I have this glorious plan of taking each photo for the 2017 calendar during the corresponding month of 2016. This means that my plan of going back to my plan of lining up certain subjects with certain months will probably go to the wayside. Sorry anybody that was getting jacked up for a frog in February of 2017. I’ll try to get a frog somewhere else… like April.

Any way, please leave any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas in the comments section. I might not act on them, but you don’t know until you try.

Caustic

Time to share another image from my Aunt Linda’s farm:




I do need to return there and photograph the place when I have much more time.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm (35mm equivalency – 90mm)
APERTURE: f/4.5
EXPOSURE: 1/125
DATE: 11/20/15 – 14:43
NO GPS DATA

But Even a Fool Will Tell You

On my recent trip to Manhattan I spent some time at my Aunt Linda’s farm. There are many fascinating things deteriorating in her yard. Of course, this is the kind of thing I love to photograph.

Below is one such thing.


Abandoned Welder

There are at least a few more images from this trip coming your way.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 10mm (35mm equivalency – 15mm)
APERTURE: f/4.5
EXPOSURE: 1/80
DATE: 11/20/2016 – 14:53
NO GPS DATA

PHOTOSHOP

I did some stuff.

Arizona Day 4

Jesse and I woke up in Coolidge, Arizona and made our way to a local diner for breakfast. This place was certainly McCain Country.

We sat at the breakfast counter and listened to a couple locals complain about the governor for “being nice” to Obama. They agreed that the governor was not going to be re-elected and what made her near criminal offense even more difficult to fathom – “And she’s even a Republican!”

As I sat down at the breakfast counter I noticed that staring back at us was an NRA poster. Next to the NRA poster was a poster of John Wayne in front of an American flag with the line:

“Tell me again, why the hell do I have to dial “1” for English.”

Although I wasn’t going to order a side dish of prejudice with a sprinkling of racism with my breakfast, I got it any way.

Next to the poster of John Wayne was a poster for a fundraiser that was related to Easter. The fundraiser was a raffle. The winner of the raffle won a Glock 9mm.

I guess that makes sense, if you recall John 23:

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again, packing heat, perhaps a Glock 9mm.”

There was also some terrible artwork for sale in this joint.


Arizona Day 4
I don’t know what is more confusing. The lighthouse, the clock or the reference to the comic stylings of Larry the Cable Guy.

Arizona Day 4
Tag’s Cafe

Arizona Day 4
Tag’s Cafe

Arizona Day 4
Tag’s Cafe

Arizona Day 4
The owners of this establishment did not like me taking pictures of their building.

Arizona Day 4
It is probably for the best that this game has been lost to the ages. It would be just one more game that I would dominate.

Arizona Day 4
Did you get a picture of a cactus?

Arizona Day 4
Did you get a black and white picture of a cactus? Okay, nobody asked that question.

Arizona Day 4
Cliche picture of a guy next to a tall cactus.

Arizona Day 4
Hohokam ruins.

Arizona Day 4
Jesse getting his learn on.

Arizona Day 4
The Big House, not the one in Ann Arbor.

Arizona Day 4
More mud ruins.

Arizona Day 4
More ruins.

Arizona Day 4
Jesse all tuckered out from a big day of looking at Hohokam ruins.

It should be noted that despite having a culture that runs contrary to my value system, Tag’s Cafe was easily the best meal I had my entire time in Arizona. Sorry Del Taco.

Saturday Night

On Saturday Night I met Jeff and Yin in Des Moines for Supper. Although I was horribly sleepy when I got home on Saturday night two things reinvigorated me.

I took a brief 30 minute nap.
I watched the Paul Rhoads press conference. It was very refreshing to see a coach that actually showed passion and a desire to be at Iowa State. Time will only tell if he will be successful, but I already feel that he is the right man for the job.

When I got down to Jeff and Yin’s place I was introduced to a couple of pretty fascinating things.

The first was Baxter.


The Daniel Household

The Daniel Household

The second was the 1935 Chevy that Jeff is going to restore.


The Daniel Household

The Daniel Household

We had a good dinner at Raccoon River Brewery. I tried their root beer. It wasn’t bad, but it was no Red Monkey.