Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Gift of Art

Finding pics I have taken

If this info does not do the job, give me the info of when I took the pic, what it looks like and an email where I can send it to you.

Some images uploaded to social media are reduced in resolution but still make good 8x10s or 11x14s
The best resolution I know of are the pics I upload to Google blogs

I placed a few of my favorite shots in an enlargement album if anyone wants to copy them HERE  . If you love Mt Pleasant too or think a photo would be a nice gift for someone you can copy and have a pic printed. 
I got lucky and captured a beautiful pic of a guy n his girlfriend and he asked if he could get it. I noticed the flash gave the girl red eye and Kookie (my dog) left slobber on the guy's shirt. I did an easy fix on it first.

I have had 5 printed into 20x24 metal prints and one printed into an acrylic block. I was going to leave it at the park. I wish I used a different pic, it turned out so great.
If you have a desk to place it on, soooo nice :)

On social media you will post lots of great pics for a while and later they will be replaced not to be viewed again.
Every once in a while splurge and have a great one printed .

I had some badges made for friends I made on Mt. P.  (people who loved my pup) but thought I might buy a badge making machine and then I could place photos of those I took pics of here... instead of my Pup 😋

Thoughts about photos.

Talking to a guy who came from the shop to pick up my Jeep he was telling about his event and the amount $$$ they charged him for photos... yikes
Of course I charge nothing, this is my hobby and only time I come in contact with people... n get pics for my pup.

Thinking what is the difference in the pics I take and others?
I guess the answer is why is a Dandelion a weed and not a flower. I guess because dandelions r free 😏

In the days of film, most people took very few pics unless it was a special event. Now the flood of photos devaluates their worth.
Kind of like being where the streets are made of gold... If it was everywhere, it would have no value.
How many photos will you take in your life time. How many will remain on your device. You will post em in social media for a day and they will vanish from the world for most.

What is art?
a) It can be anything .. no matter what it looks like, people will buy it just because who created it. It can sell for hundreds, millions but if you took it any place where no one knew who made it, they would not give $10 for it .. it would be piled in a closet. 
You can see such things on the Antiques art show. People taking stuff to see if it is worth anything.
Art has nothing to do with the piece it's self but the status of who made it.

b) Art can be things we find beauty in .. images that stir emotions in us .. 

c) Art can be images of things we love.. people, places, animals ..

Looking on Amazon, people sell their photos or paintings for a few dollars to a couple hundred thousand dollars.

Nostalgia .. Watching a TV program, (American restoration) people pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to have things with emotional connections .. restored.

Something about old or a emotional connection that brings great value to stuff :)

In 2010 I took up photography again. Mount Pleasant in Lancaster Ohio was where my photo safari captured the most images.
It was kind of like going to a movie but for a few minutes being able to interact with the players. It is a happy place of friends, families, pups and beautiful scenery... a place to get pets for your pup :)

Belonging to a could local FB groups, some of my photos are liked a lot. Of those who moved away from our turf, lots of them seem to really appreciate them ..
When I take pics of people I encourage them to copy them. Social media imagines are not great for enlargement, they are reduced in resolution.
Placed in their folders they will dissolve in a sea of pics.

Famous art.. prints
Once a piece of art becomes worth selling, they will make hundreds.. thousands of copies and sell the copies.

I have seen art exhibits being held at hotels... art you can buy for little or a great deal of money. Lots of that art may be of places you know nothing about. 

Selecting a place or thing you love to become your wall art work.
If you will put a good bit of money in the project, you would want it to be sharp and permanent 

If dust can land on it, the paint/ink can be scratched. 
* If it is printed on glass, it could break.  * Canvas, there are little lines ... * Metal ? * Vinyl ? Some of the media is super thin and would buckle if it were not mounted on a stiff backing.

How to create a durable master piece ... hmmmm I don't know how to do that.
Expensive prints 

From what I have looked at you can have enlargements made from $15 to about $150

If you have those who love our home turf, consider a gift of art.
If it will be a large print, you will need the original full resolution image.

Other than pics from Mt. P. lots of people like photos of the schools they went to.
What ever people love, a wall pic is a great idea I think.
A way to support your own home turf too :)

Type Enlargement

ChromaLuxe panels  infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheeting

Metal Prints do not need frames or matting 

All Metal Prints are not created Equal:

 The   InkDoodle.  Very thin metal, horrible ink to print application

My favorite  Metal Mouth Prints




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Outdoor Photography

Of all the stuff taught in schools never used, it would seem there would be a photography course.. seeing endless photos of blurred faces, poor color saturation, blurred faces .. ugh

School Event pics under the Gazebo 

Under a gazebo or any shelter that has a roof but open so light comes through

Overcast .. pics wont be too bad .. but

If it is bright out when people are under a roof, the light behind em can ruin your pics
Any time the light behind people is brighter than the light falling on their face they are back lit.

1  At Rising Park
I see Soooo many pics of couples taken here in bright sun and their features are obscured.
All dressed up an event that only takes place a few times in their lives.
All their friends n family rave how beautiful.. yeah because they are loved.

2  At Rising Park
Ah ha some one knew about the magic of fill in flash.
I don't know about new phone camera flash units but most are not powerful as a dedicated digital camera flash.
Fill in means it will flash every time regardless of how light or dark it is.
The closer to people the greater effect the flash will have so you might need to go for a waist up shot to move in close.
Afternoon the sun is toward the tennis court.
Glasses can cause a reflection but having people with glasses to shift their head around a bit changes the angle the flash hits and you will get some good shots with out a reflection

3  I don't know where these guys are, just a point about light
The kids in front are well lit, the roof is not putting their faces in the shade. In back the eyes can not be seen.. poor color saturation and detail

4  Don't know where this pic was taken but
Overcast and the kids came out from under the roof where the faces are well exposed.

Check the weather map
If you want to stand on top of Mt P with the city behind you, the best time is before 10 so you are not back lit or use fill in light

If the sun is not shinning through.. cloudy, you can get good pics on Mt P with Lancaster in the background

If you want to stand on Mt P with Lancaster in the background
*  Before 10 AM you are good
*  Midday the sun will cause harsh shadows, turn your back to the sun and have the photographer get close and use fill in flash

*  IF it is a bit warm out, the climb will make you a bit red and likely perspire. Walk up about an hour before and have a handkerchief to blot.

*  After noon back of peoples head toward the fairground, photograph on top with them, move in and use flash

*  After noon people facing the fairground, photographer with a powerful telephoto down on the fairgrounds shooting people on top.

*  Standing under trees, overcast is ok but if the sun is filtering through the trees there will be cobweb shadows on those you are taking pics of. Move em to solid shade.
When you take pics of groups in spotty shade some faces will be hard to see.

Maybe the photography club could create a short course of outdoor photography n students could do a short trip.
(Day selected by checking the weather forecast)


Gazebo pics

How pics have I seen of people getting pics under the gazebo where their faces are hidden in the shadow.

The lights on your camera phones are not very powerful so you have to be close. Go after the waist to the top of the head.
The light will bring out their eyes and give the face good color saturation

Just try it on a sunny day, put some pals under the gazebo while they r n the shade, move in close and take one pic with and one pic with out fill n flash .. digital camera or phone  

Almost any day of the year you can walk up n find couples, friends n families looking over our turf.
You can decrease the contrast a bit n make the sky orange but you must use flash
The effect that flash will have depends on distance. Move in and frame em from the waist up. Make sure the sun is peeking behind them.. they don't cover it. Move in and out a bit taking a couple shots. Pick the best n delete the rest :)  

Here I compared flash n no flash with these guys. When the light is brighter behind someone their face becomes kind of a silhouette.

These two pics were taken seconds apart. Flash makes the difference between muddy shots or great color saturation and sparkling eyes.
Think waist to the top of the head shot. You can adjust the effect of the flash by moving closer or further away.. with a new digital camera you can use your flash compensation.

Dealing with glare, sunglasses take em off, regular glasses have your person keep looking at the camera but moving their head up, down, right, left slightly n one of the pics should have no glare. 

You can get super nice shots from Mt P.

At fair time or after dark with the city lights, you can get great people pics, but you have to use your phone light or camera flash to make the magic work ...


They painted numbers on the post, this spot is at post 32.
Standing at this location is a rock a little higher then the rest.
Having your people just on the other side of the rail you will have a downward view ... great shot

If it is overcast, tilt the camera down to avoid the sky and use flash

Remove hats.. hoods n if it is a bit windy place any long hair persons so their hair is not flying in the faces of their pals.

Get em to remove any sun glasses, if they have regular glasses have em move their heads n slightly different directions while looking at the camera
.. and USE FLASH

Some like to walk out toward the edge but just let em duck under the rail so they are just on the other side. Some of em r like chipmunks sitting on the edge.. keep em close to the rail.

Standing on my favorite spot it was afternoon n I turned their faces from the sun. Because the light behind them was brighter than the light falling on their faces their faces would have been in a bit of a shadow.
Having them move close I turned the flash all the way up n produced great color saturation n made their eyes sparkle.

Your phones use LEDs (I guess) so it is a constant light. The closer any light flash/led is the greater the effect.
Light causes your eyes to close down a bit. If you are using a phone camera.. I guess it is not a flash.. so
But if you use a flash, it will do it's job before you have a chance to squint.

Glasses/reflective surfaces are a bit of a problem but you can get pretty good shots any way.

When people wear sun glasses ask em to put them on top of their head.
When you are at the park there will be other visitors near. Instead of trying to get a selfie with your pals, just ask someone to take.. 3 shots... one will be the best one :)
So close a cool place to get pets for my Pup n pics on my photo safari's. As soon as I get home I share my photos on facebook.
Sony a65, 600mm Tamon and tripod (Oct 9, 2018)

There are dozens of Rising Park websites and facebook groups just like mine. My Google Map with a few of my favorites.

A few Others ... click on their photo links

Rising Park on Google Maps

Rising Park offical facebook page

Mt Pleasant in Rising Park

Rising Park Paper Mill

Rising Park ...

etc.. hundreds of sites just like mine and thousands upon thousands of photos just like mine on social media.
Such a great place to photograph n get pets for your pups :)

Sunrise over Mt Pleasant

Lancaster, Ohio

Photographers travel around the world and plan months ahead of time to capture special images that only happen at that place and that particular time.
Some times after great planning and expense the weather ruins it.
Seeing some of the great pics of FB pals, I am guessing they might be into capturing a sunrise coming up directly behind Mt. Pleasant.
*  What is the weather forcast for that morning
*  Where is a place with no obsticals in the view.
*  If taking a video, what cars or people will be passing in front of the camera.
*  One of our best spots are in the fairground parking lot by broad street (the county fair going on in that period) will it have cars and campers still there?

3rd attempt
2021 I got my wish no clouds but the sun flare wiped out detail. Next year maybe ...
Doing time lapse and video, I did capture geese flying over, that will be a good clip to add.
I capture a great full moon that night.

My first two attempts were over by the fence (marked 1). Taking time lapse and video people walking in front and cars driving around added unwanted content.

Time lapse, you can pshop the stills but it is a lot of work.
I am guessing setting a tripod on the race track (yellow 2) on the inside rail so joggers would not get in the capture would work out.

There are some poles and electric lines in the view from position 2, so check that out before u get up early .. that day

There are a couple weeks in the spring to capture the sun coming up directly behind Mt. P. 

Also there is an app called photopills that some of you might know how to use but I don't have an internet camera so I use the desktop version
You might have an accurate prediction of the days and places to setup.

In October the sunrise will follow this path.

An Intervalometer (for time lapse) can be bought for less than $50. Some cameras have them built in.

Places to set up a tripod where people n cars won't get in the view on the track inside next to the white rail.

There are sooooo many beautiful photos of sunsets but I have not seen any such sunrise images of the sun coming up behind Mt. P.
Maybe you live in a place where you can see the sunrise, you could hone your skills then if you get froggy take a shot of capturing a sunrise from the fairgrounds.

FB group for others who love Mt. Pleasant

Live Video

Promoting business in Fairfield County
Chamber of Commerce 
Lancaster Festival
Visit Fairfield County

I assume these are organizations to promote businesses in our community.
I have seen live web cams on beaches, in hotels, in museums and in different locations in cities.
I am not sure how many people those Mt Pleasant lights bring to our community but have thought about placing a live webcam on top of them. One pointed toward Mt. Pleasant and the other pointed to the west.
When ever things get 'normal' it would show events going on at the fair grounds and would capture sunsets.
I would guess a local provider would donate the free streaming service.
Businesses downtown could put up their own cams.

On facebook we have an events section. Here could be a live webcam events page where people could see events going on in real time.
Football games, graduations, karaoke night, church services, parades.. this facebook events page would show people what is going on.
Earthcam is one example 
The expense of a webcam and internet service to a business owner would be nothing.. best advertisement in the world.

If you know any business owners, ask em what they think about the idea.
Now with the virus stuff going on people could get an idea what is going on in public places with the mask issue n such.

Here is one in Troy Ohio

They have them in zoos where you can pick a particular camera to see chosen critters.

Wineries, Rock Mill how many places can you think could use a cam to bring visitors?
The cost to each business.. the camera and internet connection .

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Moon over Mount Pleasant

 A question for your science or astronomy teacher

In the last years I have tried to photograph Mount Pleasant through out the seasons.

I have captured some great sunsets from the top and not so good photos of the sun rising behind Mount Pleasant

I saw a snap shot someone took of the moon over Mount Pleasant while driving down Broad Street.

There must be several days a year when you can stand in the fairgrounds parking lot (by Broad Street) and view the moon passing over the top of Mount Pleasant

Standing here

Fairgrounds parking lot

39.725986495904706, -82.60309285477342

Looking 'east' to

39.7250788081665, -82.5950354988868

Mount Pleasant

The object is capturing the moon coming up directly behind Mount Pleasant from the place you are standing. In the fairground parking lot this only takes place a couple times a year.
Three tries, once it did not come out, the second time big dark clouds came over just as it was rising and this time (2021) I thought perfect but it was so bright the camera flare .. ugh.

I can capture great sunsets.. but I think to get a sunrise the sky must have a thin layer of clouds over it.. maybe try next year 😉

Another location might be on the hill at Forest Rose if you could get in there after dark

I am guessing there is  software or a chart that predicts such things

I would like to stand in the parking lot and capture the moon moving over top of the mountain

Is there any days of the year when the moon takes that path and if so what time  would the moon  be visible in that path

the tripod would be by Broad Street or at Forest Rose.

Just pretend like you were planning to photograph the moon moving over Mt P, what day and time would you set up your tripod?
Not ready to read


Photo pills Moon

There are so many beautiful things to photograph outside the earth and there are things on earth that are to be photographed.

Things on earth to be photographed with the moon in the background (Mount Pleasant in Rising Park)

Load Google Earth,-82.59859387,257.05829813a,999.7007584d,35y,359.99999999h,0t,0r/data=CigiJgokCXVPyqH82kNAEYdbdONF2UNAGU9313LOpVTAIYEgkTsAp1TA 

* Click on 2D

You need to know the height of this thing 
*  When it loads move the cursor over Mount Pleasant until you see the highest number there (bottom right) 333
* Drag the little man to Broad Street and move the map around

You need to find a place to view the thing to be photographed with out any obstructions. (Fairgrounds parking lot by Broad Street)
* Drag the little man over to Broad Street to get the street view.
* Move the map around to look toward Mount Pleasant.
Note from the parking lot there is nothing to obstruct the view of Mt Pleasant

*  On Photopills press on an area near Broad Street and the red pin will move there.

You need to know the elevation of the place the tripod will set
*  Move the cursor over near Broad Street and keep track of the elevation (lower right) 255

Icons bright = on, dim = off

* Click on planner
* At the top swipe to see them then reset all icons to make them dim -

 Only the red pin is visible on the map

* Click on the load button at the bottom 
[Search address]

*  Type Rising Park
*  When you see one In Lancaster Ohio, poke it

Bottom of the screen
* Click Load

* Begin to type rising park and when you see the one in Lancaster Ohio, poke it.


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High School Groups

When kids graduate some join social media groups for their class. As years go on they become fewer and others will join.
The Alumni group consolidates all classes.

Reasons why some do not join :
Being joined to other groups and being spammed with so much stuff..
The trick here is to join a group, turn off all notifications and unfollow it. That way you can look when ever and chime in if you want. In Facebook, the search utility is very useful.

Some people do not know about the existence of such groups.
In life people like to look back on things and wonder what happened to those they connected with.
Who ever is involved in an alumni group, might post in the group classes of xxxx.

Other than social media groups they could organize it a bit.

I goof off with domains and websites. As I type this you can register a domain for less than $20 a year.

Good domain names are hard to get because people already register them.

I saw someone has hats and shirts .. things that identify them as being a member of that school. I thought of things for a different group and thought badges would not cost that much .

When I thought about our school.. now different schools a pic of the school would not work, but we all identify with the Gales Mascot and I figured the background is iconic to those on our turf.

The reason to create some kind of organization.. the domain could be passed on for generations.
This is just my over night concept of a badge, you have bunches of talented pups.

When you buy a lot of badges with the same graphics they cost less.
If you wanted individual badges, you would need a badge making machine. Instead of the pic in the middle it could be your favorite pic.
Keeping the outer info but your pic. The outer ring would have your web address. Should be short and easy to remember.

When you went to events, I figure more people would notice your badge than a tattoo and the web address would link to your association.

The alumni big pow wow. I just thought the eclipse of 2024 might be a reason to plan a return to our home turf from the wayward grads who have scattered all over the place.

I do not know what they call these facebook "frames" or how to make them, just added one in 2020. 
Instead of 2020 you might create one .. some thing like
LHS Alumni join us
Your group name. (for your fb account)

I ordered my badges from Amazon... took a looooooong time.

Even if you don't come from the eclipse (that might be taken by the clouds) setting a date to come back home.. 

Popular domain names can cost $$$ I looked at, only $5000 ... ugh Kind of long too.
You can register a shorter one for less than $20 a year and keep it as long as you keep it each year.

Shirts, patches, badges... hmmm
Shirts hats n clothes a bit more $$$ 
I looked at patches and they do not have great detail and cost as much as badges... more. Have to be glued or sewed to clothes.

Badges give sharp detail and can be pinned to any hat, shirt or coat you happen to be wearing.

All people won't agree on the design.. hmmm who could imagine that 😉
If they were gone to order them, there is a price for so many badges. Everyone would not need to have the same design.. just a number who wanted the same design.
Kind of like watching the fans at an Ohio State football game.. a bunch of different hats, shirts with a common thread saying, we are here, we are together we are from...

With a badge making machine you could all have individual pics but keeping the thread... we are LHS Gales..
Didn't take time to do these examples but...

Could be a couple of long time friends who went to high school together.

Could be a senior pic or one in a cap n gown
The thing that tied you all together.. saying we are LHS Gales is the outer ring, with that identification and the domain name that would allow anyone find your group with a few button clicks on their phone.

The picture could be in a letter jacket, band, what ever they were into in school.

Some still go to ball games, maybe the fair. In any event where you might cross LHS grads.. the badge would be there to see.

To make your own badges, the machine is one thing but you would need to size them before cutting em out and some who were froggy enough to stamp them out.

The association would kind of like "friends of the park" not managed by any single person but like a frat house/sorority where students even after leaving, remains connected to it. I figure there were some lawyers who r LHS grads to ask. No $$$ cost involved :)

The domain would be registered to that alumni group.
Playing on the internet for years, the way I set up my pages:
I buy the domain, then direct traffic to blog pages like this one that are FREE.

The alumni staff would decide the content of those pages  (your "school newspaper" )
No doubt, I have made grammar or spelling mistakes here. On your pages you would have your proof readers.

After you establish a location for your organization, you can have it placed on Google Maps.

One of my maps HERE <> one of my webs HERE

What good are maps... it helps people find you and if you post interesting photos, it will attract bunches of visitors to your web page.
(Last month the map got 18 visitors to the website and 19 people asked directions how to get there).

The goal...  Kind of a home coming for those scattered about through the years with friends n families.
To collect and share memories we are fond of ... What reason would others have .. hmmm 


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RP Book

My first thoughts here and below some responses.

Creating a Rising Park Photography book.
I thought the photography club might kick this ball around.

There are endless books on photography but this one would hone on settings and methods of taking pics of iconic places on our own turf.

Looking at pics people post, thinking oh they might have done this or that.. but if you tell em.. well.

I see they have exhibitions here and there but just wonder if you placed them in host location .. where the public would see them.
Restaurants, the library ... rotate them every so often with your info on them.

I saw a giant Mt. Pic at Meijer in Lancaster. If someone in your book creation group had the gov things, you might be able to display them in the grocery stores.. places where the public could buy them.

Statue of Liberty, The Eiffel Tower, The Bridges of Madison County .. how many thousand copies of these pics are sold. By selling a bunch the cost could be cut down...
The places on our turf are iconic to us, when we post them so many people love em.

You cold create a yearly calendar of events n places through out the season.

As for what the book would contain on photography .. not just photos but step by step how to create them.
How to organize a team to produce the book .. Those willing to contribute to it... hmmm

What do you think might be included ?
The material for the book could also be rendered into a youtube video .. and a web site. 


The cost of publishing
Any instruction information can be published to web pages.
Better color, endless video and photos  ... FREE

Banks, businesses organizations give calendars for Christmas presents. Those with contacts.. those who could figure the cost, could reach out to these places and inquire if they might have an interest.
Creating a sample on your printers ... showing them what it would look like.
Not only the 'regular calendar' but marked with the events that take place in Fairfield County during the year.
There are other groups like the chamber of commerce and visitfairfield county .. that promote business and visits. They might be interested in such a calendar ?

Joining any thing hmmm.
I do things when I feel ok. Sometimes I don't see anyone for days and when I take pics, I do not talk to anyone for more than a few minutes.
n I don't go anywhere and leave my pup at home.. she is a slobber monster too.

In a class alumni group, I see so many my age and much younger vanishing. I don't plan far ahead in the future. (for my age I am not in bad shape.)

It is not about the cost, I have and will spend $$$ on photography related stuff as long as I am still froggy.

If there are anyone who likes the idea and would create a group for the purpose of promoting photography and publishing tricks n their photos, I will donate the cost of a dedicated domain for a couple years.
Some one who has energy and manage the site... pass it on if it develops.
They can add others to manage the domain.

I use Google domains and tie them into Google blogs (FREE) . At this time it is less than $20 a year .

Having your organization published on Google maps and lots of great pics.
Google sends me reports on the number of times my photos are viewed... today
I hope to find a group to take on my domain in the future. I am no great writer... but to continue to promote Mount Pleasant and photography.
It is FREE to have groups, businesses published on Google.

Things the publication might include... seeing so many prom pictures where the couple could hardly be seen... a special time that only happens then and they go through all the trouble n expense...

Out at the park the other day I asked these pumpkins to let me create an example. No flash, then flash and methods of avoiding reflections.

A couple people in the book group could team up, get a couple to pose for them and create a page on the topic of taking pics under the gazebo, under shelters where the subjects are backlit.

A page = a blog page.

So many special events take place at this gazebo, I thought there might be a sign to one side.. Photo tips with a link to your examples.

The idea of such a discussion group is people sharing their ideas, others thinking that won't work because ... then examining the potential .

If someone creates a facebook group exploring the publication of promoting your pics and promoting Mount Pleasant that would tickle me.

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