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I remembered this scene from my first visit to the 9/11 trail in Chestnut Branch Park a few days before. The lighting was flat and I was dressed for bicycle riding so I waited until Saturday when the noon light filtered through the trees and…

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I was dressed for the occasion (hiking boots and jeans) so I climbed over a log and worked my way down to the edge of this small stream. I hunkered down on my haunches for a low angle that put me into the scene. I found the perspective I wanted and took my shot. I like to shoot with the camera turned to the portrait orientation for variety.

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Then I turned to camera back to landscape, framed the scene the way I wanted and took my second shot. Neither shot has been cropped at all. You’re seeing exactly what I saw through my viewfinder that day.

I was using my 35mm AF lens on my Nikon N8008s. I like this lens. It gives me a wide, but not too wide, perspective that I’ve come to appreciate. The camera/lens combination is a good walking around kit — one lens, one camera and no fuss. I did have a medium yellow filter on the lens.

I was excited when I saw the first scans. These images came out better than I hoped. When I look at them I’m drawn into another world, the small stream in the woods.

Each view has a strong point and I like them both. I consider them keepers.

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We have two parks in our township, the Ceres Nature Preserve and Chestnut Branch Park. I’ve published quite a few photos from my visits to Ceres. I’ve been to many of my granddaughters soccer games held on the fields in the front of Chestnut Branch Park, but this is the first time I explored the back of Chestnut Branch Park.

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I slipped away from the soccer games on Saturday to explore and take a few photos. This is the 9/11 memorial. It’s in a sheltered grove of trees behind the athletic fields. This monument is a piece of a “…twisted I-beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center is a reminder of the tragedies that unfolded September 11, 2001” (quoted from the plaque at the memorial). I knew it was in the park but hadn’t seen it before.

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There’s a 9/11 trail through the woods behind the memorial. Here’s a directional sign where the trail branches. It’s a large, meandering loop that winds through the forest and is quite nice. I took this photo on Wednesday, the day I discovered this hidden treasure.

I walked the entire trail on Saturday. I spotted the fungi on the old log and stopped to get a close up. I didn’t have my macro equipment with me but my 35mm lens can focus nice and close.

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Here’s another close up. This one was an experiment to see what I could do handheld with my 35mm lens.

The second photo in this series was taken with my 28mm screw mount lens under very different (flat) lighting conditions. Saturday’s shots were all taken on a bright sunny day around 1:00 PM in the afternoon when the lighting was very high contrast.

Be sure to visit Lisa’s Chaos for more Macro Monday photos. Thank you Lisa. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share.

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I flipped a virtual coin today. Do I post nature images from this week or dip way down into my archives? The coin came up archives and a change of pace. The time was 1966, the place Saigon.

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I like the simplicity and composition of this image. Two people walking toward each other, long shadows (probably late afternoon) and the woman wearing the traditional Vietnamese ao dai.

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The pretty young lady in the corner of this image may have thought I was taking her picture. She’s a bit out of focus so I think capturing her smile was a happy accident that gives some life to this otherwise ordinary photo.

The second shot was a conversion from a color transparency, an old and faded one. I think the first shot was on B&W film.

Drop on by The Monochrome Weekend, especially if you are a monochrome maniac. There’s lots links to some great monochrome photography. And some of the monochrome maniacs still use film like I do.

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I was digging around in my archives looking for interesting reflections and found some Saigon street scenes that fit the bill. Some of the reflections are subtle, but they are all there.

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Okay, this one is obviously not a downtown street scene. 1966 was a long time ago and impossible to remember details. I’m reasonably sure this “rural” shot was taken from one of the outposts or gates around the Tan Son Nhut airbase where I was stationed. This image and all the others in this series were converted from old faded color slides. This one was a real bear.

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Hey look, a Buick – Pontiac dealer in downtown Saigon. Who would have thought?

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I think this street was one of the main drags with lots of bars. The name? No way can I remember details like that. You can spot the GIs a mile away can’t you.

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A 58 Chevy with whitewall tires. I always liked that year for Chevies. The 59s were butt ugly. And yes there are reflections in this shot, you need to look carefully.

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This is one of my favorite street shots. I used it once before to illustrate a tutorial on how to convert a color image to B&W using Picture Window Pro. This conversion looks like it was shot with B&W film.

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I Wonder Why?

I wonder why

raindrops wander on the glass.

I wonder why

I marvel at the sky.

I wonder why

I sigh and cry.

I wonder why

I laugh and play.

I wonder why

I wonder

and wander through

my toybox mind.

What will I play with today?

I wonder.

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I have some new macros that should be good ones. The roll of color transparency film is sitting on my desk waiting for me to take it to the post office and mail it off to the lab for processing. Meanwhile, let’s see what I found in my archives…

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Ah. one of my all time favorite flowers — a beautiful rose that’s just opening — when the flowers are fresh and young and the critters haven’t gotten to them yet.

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Here’s another shot of the same rosebud. I changed the angle by about 90 degrees. I gave this less exposure so the colors are more intense and the background is much darker.

I don’t remember when I took these photos. I think it was 6, maybe 7 years ago. Both shots are from the same roll of color transparency film. I used my F3 with my usual 75-150 zoom and 2 element closeup lens and of course my tripod.

Be sure to visit Lisa’s Chaos for more Macro Monday photos. Thank you Lisa. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share.

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I raided my archives again. This time we set the way-back machine for 1971 — the location was Clark Park in Phila.

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This image of the three ladies on the park bench begged to be B&W so I converted it from an old color transparency. I wonder what had their attention that day? I can’t remember.

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This shot (and the rest of the images) was taken during one of the fairs they had in the park. Two thirsty kids taking a break in the excitement.

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This image has always been one of my favorites from that day (or maybe it was more than one day?)  in the park. I suppose it’s the exuberance of youth.

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Speaking of exuberance, these two were really hamming it up for the photographer. We all had fun that day.

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Yep, they had a merry-go-round (carousel) set up in the park for the kids (and their moms). The little girl does look serious here.

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Here’s a shot of a friend. I like the expression on Sal’s face and the mood of this shot.

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I don’t know what to say about this photo except that I like it a lot.

These images (with the exception of the first) were all shot on B&W film with my Pentax Spotmatic. Some of the negs are a bit dirty and I didn’t have the time or inclination to do more than a cursory cleanup.

Candids reveal a lot about our humanity — our subjects and ours. I miss those long ago days in the Park, wandering about with my camera. Maybe one of these days I’ll take a trip back to the city with my camera when they’re having a fair in the Park.

Drop on by The Monochrome Weekend, especially if you are a monochrome maniac. There’s lots links to some great monochrome photography. And some of the monochrome maniacs still use film like I do.

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