Monday, September 15, 2014

WWII Veterans of New Ipswich

The New Ipswich Historical Society has a great collection of photographs
I'm in the process of uploading the the WWII veteran photo from Hazel Cotzin's collection to the Historic New Ipswich  Flickr Site

They are affixed to pages, so I have cropped them into individual shots. I encourage folks to sign up for a flickr account so they can add comments so we can learn more about these photos.



This is link to the Flickr page, sometimes it doesn't load properly. Yahoo is not Google.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Historic New Ipswich On Flickr

I have created a Flickr Group called Historic New Ipswich
I intend to upload as many historical photos as I can. However I'm hoping to get some local folks to contribute some photos and other media. They have been uploaded photos to Facebook but Facebook is a flawed way to share photo. I discuss this in nauseating detail in a post in the group.

Anyone can view the photos but only "members" can add content. Flickr is owned by Yahoo and recently they are requiring folks to sign in with a Yahoo email account. What a bonehead move, they obviously did not learn from Google+. Flickr has warts but it is real photo site. Facebook is ..... Facebook..

Still it is not bad having a Yahoo email. You can use it to capture spam, adopt an alter ego, open an account for your cat.

Sign up and let me know your username so I can send you an invite.

Barrett House getting a new paint job


These are the photos I had on hand to upload to the group. Hover over the right side of the photo to see the entire group or click on photo to see a larger version.



Speaking of cats


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The week of September 7th, 2014

I make an attempt to take at least one photo a day. I do this mostly to ensure that I have a camera with me at all times. I didn't have a camera when I saw a moose staring at me on Taylor Road. A missed opportunity!

Most of the photos that are posted on the blog span  months, years and decades, but this post only has ones taken from September 7-13, 2014. I expect to do this on a weekly basis.

We encountered this great spider web during our morning walk. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the auto-focus captured the web and not the background. Taken at Damsite 35 in New Ipswich, NH

A slight mist on the water at the flood control dam 35 in Smithville (New Ipswich)

Gravestones at Smithville Cemetery
The September morning light is wonderful for taking photos

Someone had placed these crab apples on a granite fence post. Interesting color contrast.

This was my birthday week and friends treated us to a nice lunch at Mt Fuji in Peterborough, NH

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A time out to discuss Net Neutrality

This is a complex issue and John Oliver does an excellent job of explaining why you should care.
My blogs and website might get relegated to the "slow lane" and it is criminal what Comcrap did to Netflix. Watch, Laugh and Comment to the FCC, time is getting short.

Odiorne Point Apple Tree (in infrared)

In July of 2014 we took a trip to Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH.
I took my old Olympus E-PL1 which I had converted to take infrared photos.
On every visit to the park, I always make the effort to visit a wonderfully shaped apple tree.

I liked the way it came out in infrared and have uploaded this shot to 500px which is a wonderful site for photographs. Click on the link to view in full resolution.

I had the camera converted by LifePixel. The process involves replacing the existing filter with one that is equivalent to a Hoya R72 Filter/Kodak Wratten 89b Filter/720nm Filter.

The difference is that the image can be viewed on the LCD screen or with a EVF. Exposure times and lens settings are normal. Use of those external filters would require long exposure times and the use of a tripod.

This shot was taken at 1/1000 sec at f/4.0

Photograph By the sea by John Poltrack on 500px


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was hot and humid. miserable weather. Later in the day torrential rains and a Tornado warning.

Today is cool and dry and is behaving more as I expect of September. I've reached into the archives to share a photo from our Cape Escape 2013.

1/125 f/5,5
32mm

Nauset Light Beach - July 21, 2013
4:49 AM
Morning Geometry

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gnarled Tree

Photograph Gnarled by John Poltrack on 500px


What is the optimal file size for a digital photo for uploading to a web page? Most of the time I scale photos to 2048 pixels on the longest side, in that way Google will store them without charge, larger files will affect a storage quota which is a generous 15GB, exceed that and there is a slight fee.

I do upload some photos at full resolution to 500px, a site which features excellent photography. They have provided a way for photographers to offer their work for sale. I've tried other venues for display but I think they do the best job of making the photos look great on the screen.

This is one of my photos on 500px, a wonderful gnarled tree at Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH. This is an HDR shot of three exposures, 2 stops apart.

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