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Monster Trees

On the grounds of the Henry Clay estate (Ashland) in Lexington, many trees are hundreds of years old.  This first one has suffered from damage, but still is living.  It almost looks like a monster glaring down.  I think the second one looks like an elephant.  They should have a circus come to town and have it here.

Canon T-90, Kodak Portra 400

Canon T-90, Kodak Portra 400

Canon T-90, Kodak Portra 400

Canon T-90, Kodak Portra 400

Small Town American Holiday

A short series featuring central Kentucky small towns celebrating Independence Day.

Scott County, KY  (Bronica ETRS, Kodak Portra 400)

Scott County, KY (Bronica ETRS, Kodak Portra 400)

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky (Nikon F4s, Kodak Portra 400)

Nicholasville, KY

Nicholasville, KY (Nikon F4s, Kodak Portra 400)

Nicholasville, Kentucky. (Nikon F4s, Kodak Portra 400)

Nicholasville, Kentucky. (Nikon F4s, Kodak Portra 400)



Shooting From Your Backside

I took a recent trip to Irvine, Kentucky.  I have pictures here in my posts of that trip (and more to come).  There was an interesting mural on the wall of a local business that told the story of Estill County.


County Mural, Irvine, KY  (Canon AE-1, Kodak Portra 400)

It’s a tourist photo I know, but I had to get it out of my system.  However, a rule I learned a long time ago has netted me great results:  when you’re drawn to a subject, turn around and look at what is behind you (and above you, and at your feet).  That’s where you might find the real photo.


Kudzu Railroad, Irvine, KY  (Canon AE-1, Kodak Portra 400)

There was this unbelievable layer of kudzu all over the hillside, broken up only by the railroad track.   You can even see that kudzu would have strangled it as well if it weren’t for the regular freight trains that cut through screaming, “Hah, not today!  You’re not fast enough!”

Kudzu is a real problem in the southeastern US.  I have seen it countless times, but it never ceases to make me pause whenever I come across it.  It’s a lot like seeing mountain-top mining.  They rape the mountain by lopping its top off, then leave it to die.  You feel powerless looking at the landscape that is forever scarred by man’s violence.

With kudzu, you’re watching nature strangle the land.  And what’s prophetic, is it was man that brought about the land’s destruction.  Kudzu was brought to America to control erosion, but instead it smothers the land.  It’s violence in slow motion.

Birdhouse and Barn

BirdhouseAt Camp Nelson, KY.   This was overexposed because I thought I was shooting ISO 100 film.  It was 400 ISO in it.  No problem, it’s Kodak Portra 400.  This film can be rated from 100 to 1600 and still pull useable images.  This was a little grainy, so I made use of it by desaturating it.  Plus, it was late winter with hardly any color anyway.

(Zeiss-Ikon Contessa folding 35mm on Kodak Portra 400)

Photoshop TricksCrane Solar Stadium- Bus Stop Top

Shot most of a roll of Portra 400 at the wrong ISO in my Zeiss-Ikon Contessa. It’s very forgiving, but there was a lot of grain. I decided to try some Photoshop effects to make these more interesting.

The tree, a subject of many my photos at Camp Nelson, was Photoshopped with the “Edges” filter.   The grain was even accented more with this filter – nice!

The crane is behind Baptist Health. Not much to it-I used threshold to get the dark structure all black. I then made a selection of all the white, deleted it, and revealed the original sunset sky on the layer below.

The stadium shot is a simple solarization. I used to do this in the darkroom with B&W. It’s a nice, time-tested effect.

The other stadium shot is a combination of several layers. The top layer is an inverse used in “subtract” mode. The next layer is a threshold also in subtract mode. The opacity is adjusted to taste.