Rising Park / Mount Pleasant
When I was a kid I loved the park... maybe except the time
my aunt took me there on the handle bar and flopped.. busting my nose.
We had a park teacher who came with lots of games and crafts.. Fun, fun in the sun.
On Fridays they would bring a projector to the park and show a movie with cartoons.
Our moms would make popcorn and we would take Kool Aid or pop.. Friday night movie at Utica park.
Lots of coed games, bounce in and bounce out.. Croquet (which I played with my own kids).
My wife bought a nice set but I forget how to play. I thought about taking it to Rising Park and seeing if I could trick some kids into playing.. but haven't figured out how to do it yet.
When I was a junior in high school a super cute park teacher came (they were college kids) and I think all the guys in the park had a thing for her.. I was sure no exception.
She had a steady boyfriend ... poor guy, must have drove him bonkers (even though we never had a chance)
She is one of the super cute girls who was funny and had a good heart. A girl I still have fond memories of after all these years.
Summers at the park vanished when I got out of school and kids started to get married.. and yet in the fall some of us returned to play touch football.
When I got my own kids I visited the park a few times. They had hand rings where you swung from one to another. My little girl (must have been 5 or 6) put her arms around my neck and we swung through the jungle.
As life moved on, (married and very happy) I became a hermit. Never went further than the mail box. I was content. My life revolved around one girl.
The day I lost my wife, I stopped at the East Main Speedway to gas up to go to Columbus to take care of the bill. A girl came out and give the pup lots of pets. I really became attached to three of them. Seeing them made me feel everything was gonna be OK, but I couldn't keep driving around the block buying gas.. Now there is only one of them left... Well .. I think our last Pumpkin graduates this year. I hoped we would become pals and Puppy could be her first patient for vet visits.. Oh well.
Living alone outside of town, I never saw another human unless I went in town and bought stuff in stores.
For a few seconds I got to talk to the person at the register.. do you want your milk in a bag.. No, that was pretty well it, so I thought about the park.. PuppyDog got lots of pets and I took hundreds of photos of strangers.
In 3 years I learned the names of 3 girls who asked my name, so I asked theirs. Other than that some of em added me to their facebook pages after they downloaded pics I took of em.
This year 2013, 4 of em said they are getting married in the fall.
Last year they let people on Mt. P. during the fireworks. If you come around sunset, know how to put a regular digital camera on fill flash.. with the sun setting behind you, have someone move in close.. 4' or 5' and take multiple pics. Don't do the one arm photos.. ask someone to take your pics of you IF you do not come with friends. When the fireworks start.. the same but use slow flash sync.. with the fireworks behind you your face will be seen and the sparkly lights. My example on facebook is HERE Press next when it comes up and see what you will get if you do not use flash
Be careful.. kind of looks to me like the face of the cliff is crumbling .. don't wanna play Humpty Dumpty.
I had great plans of building a web site about the park, but the well made plans of mice n men ...
I am not going to keep the site after it expires but I kept some of the photos on line. Others on FB posted pictures of their families n friends.. me being alone, I went to the park on a daily photo safari and it was pictures I captured in the park, that I had to share
I suppose I got my start in photography before most of you were born. While in basic training in Fort Jackson.. they had a darkroom to entertain the boys.
Through the years I must have spent thousands of dollars.. making a few bucks but spending 20 times more. It was great fun. It is still inside of me, just don't have a lot of people to share it with.
In my photo taking adventures, I took multiple shots and deleted all of em but the one I liked best. I posted them to face book when I came home at night.. BUT they were only a fraction of the photos I took. When ever I saw someone taking photos of their pals or families, I asked em if they all wanted to be in the shot and I would take it for them.. so there are hundreds more photos I took on someone else's cameras, that I never saw. It made my day to think someone might share those photos. A couple times while surfing facebook I have seen some of my pictures being used in people's profile pics :)
A last thought about the park, I used to see bricks with people's names in them and trees with markers having people's names. I guess they are memorials. I don't know what the park allows but I thought it would be nice if people went together and put a bench out there around the gazebo for one special little person.
I love photography, this year I spent close to $3000 on camera equipment. Almost daily I read something or practice something, just for my own self.
My purpose in going to the park was to share a tid bit of photography with strangers, paste the pics I took where they could download em and get pets for my Puppy. Going to stores people come up to me and tell me I took their photos at the park :)
When I went to the park to take pics the thought of charging did not exist. Most everyone has the ability to take great pics if they just put a little thought into it. In the last couple years a couple of people have been nice to me on FB.. they make a little money doing senior portraits, weddings n stuff. If you are not from our area and are coming you can peek at some of their photos Courtney n Joey. They also know the Hocking Hills pretty well. If they are not wrestling alligators you can check em out.
When I take photos, I want them to be pictures that people will actually look at after they are taken... and that of course are photos of people or their pets.
I always use flash in outdoor pics.. even if the sun is super bright, but my favorite shots were at sunset.
If you are there when the sky is really colorful and with someone. Don't try the one arm shot, ask someone and they will pop a couple shots for you.
If the photo was taken with out fill in flash, the sunset would have been nice, but the girls would have been silhouettes :(
Using fill in flash, moving closer or further away, you will get the right balance between the sunset and faces.. yeah, make em put the glasses up if they have em.
The fill in flash brings out detailed eyes and shinny faces. This photo magic is a technique I love :)
SOME OF MY PHOTO ALBUMS
If I took your Photo at Hocking Hills I will paste it -> HERE <- feel free to copy any pics
Hocking Hills pics https://picasaweb.google.com/107589503706723408294/OldManSCave
The Jeep that got away :( https://picasaweb.google.com/112377667351513313867/JeepEnthusiastFairfieldCountyOhio
That's all folks .. below just videos of my goofy Puppy
The longest video I made was an experiment with a regular digital camera.. PuppyDog playing in the park on a snowy day.
A goofy video I made on Christmas Eve 2010 when just me n the Pup were on Mt. P.
Just a BD video I put together from clips my wife took of our Puppy.. nothing to do with the park... just for those who wanna share a BD video with people who also love pups.
If you have a face book account: A 15 second clip of the Puppy having one of her goofy attacks, click on the pic then click again when it opens.
Just a few seconds .. my failed attempt to get a clip of the Pup riding in a sled .
These are two kids I met at the park. I put this music slide show together from still pics. Three of the pics are ones I took of em or pasted together. They sing n play and they are getting married in the fall of 2013.. Two kids that were nice to me n the Puppy n their song.
When I give up risingpark.com I will have some of this information on a free blog. The good thing about them is they can exist, long after you don't :) PuppyDogPark. http://puppydogpark.blogspot.com/