Monday, July 30, 2012

Back from vacation

I took the family  up to visit friends in Holland, Michigan this past weekend.  I'm just starting to sort through all of the pictures now, but am really happy with a lot of them.  If you have never been to the shores of Lake Michigan, it is truly a wonderful place.  More pictures on the way.  Here's just a sample.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, in Tuscora Park

Located in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Tuscora Park is a true hidden gem.  Owned and operated by the city of New Philadelphia, the park offers something for most everyone.  Especially families with kids.  The park has carnival rides that run all summer long and rides are only 75 cents.  And at the center of it all is the carousel.  Built in 1928 and running at the park since 1941, the ride is a true classic.  So tonight my goal was to get some time exposures.  And I decided to get a little dramatic on a couple and add family members that were under orders not to move until I told them.  They did good.

This one was kind of a test.  I did a several second exposure and while the shutter was open, I manually fired my flash.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tiptoe around Zoar Garden...and lake.

This morning Molly and I were out and about running errands and I was glad I stopped back home to get the camera.  Normally I only have time to take pictures down in Zoar in the evening after work.  Luckily the lighting was great this morning and was able to take pictures when the sun was coming up.  Nice for a change.  And after some rain and drought relief, the colors in the garden were great.  We also stopped over to Zoar Lake and was really happy with my latest attempt at HDR.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Remembering the well diggers

Each year at Fort Laurens in Bolivar, a weekend is set aside to remember the early Americans that set out from Fort Pitt to the Ohio country to construct a new fort and establish a western foothold. These people, along with other Americans at the time, were the well diggers. They were the ones fighting and dying to establish the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted today. The well of freedom. They were the ones that that dug and fortified the hole. Now, I'm not the one that came up with the reference of "the well". During the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider that rests on the site, the colonel of the Brigade of the American Revolution said it. And it is true. As Americans, we drink from that every single day. We didn't build it. And each year, these dedicated living historians meet at this site to ensure that the memories of those known and unknown are remembered and respected as they should be. Below are some of the images I took over the weekends event.

The full set of images from the weekend can be viewed here:
Saturday 7/14/2012
Sunday 7/15/2012