Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fraternal Order of Orioles Kanawha Lounge

Buchannon, West Virginia

From a road trip in 2005, shot with the 7x17 inch Korona Panoramic View. Be sure to click on the picture to see a bigger version. I love the buildings here—the adjacent smaller one is an American Legion hall—but it's the portrayal of noontime light on a hot August day that really appeals to me.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

UPS Delivery

Woodbury, Connecticut

Had to make a trip to the post office the other day despite the snow, and noticed trucks from the various package delivery services out sharing the roads as well.

Once Again...

Woodbury, Connecticut, 7:09 AM, 2/27/10

Another pretty dusting of snow. I can't recall a year when we've had so many little snowfalls of a couple inches with almost no major storms. Of course that's just a narrow band of territory here in west-central Connecticut. Apparently New York City got nearly twenty inches over the past 24 hours, and there's more snow to the north of us as well.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At Work

Amelia County, Virginia

Photographer Harald Leban, from Austria, photographing in rural Virginia in 2006.

Trip to the Dump

Woodbury, Connecticut

Some things can't be put off, and a trip to the, Transfer Station...can be one of them.

As always, if you click on any of the pictures you'll see a much more legible larger version. Just hit your browser's back button to return.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Bridgewater, Connecticut

An interior, of sorts really on a screened porch.


Woodbury, Connecticut. 12:50 PM, 2/23/10

Still Coming Down

Woodbury, Connecticut

Blog Note: or rather, Web Site Note. My web host informs me that they've had an accident with the building's fire suppression system out in Utah and many of their servers, including the one handling my site, are in trouble. If you have difficulty accessing, that's the reason. They are doing everything they can to restore all service but they don't know how long it's going to take.


Woodbury, Connecticut. 7:34 AM, 2/23/10

Barometer Reflections

Bridgewater, Connecticut

Friday, February 19, 2010

Windowsill, I

Bridgewater, Connecticut

There can be something eerie about a house where a very old person lives. As the resident becomes less and less active, things in the house seem almost to fossilize, fixed in positions established years, even decades, earlier.

No Parking

Torrington, Connecticut

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Street Scene

Torrington, Connecticut

When discussing, or teaching, view camera technique, I frequently point out that a big camera can still be used to capture certain types of action. The main way to do this is by "trapping." The approach is to find a viewpoint on a subject that seems to be about 90% of the way on to being a picture. So set up the camera and see if the other 10% comes along. This can take a long time, but often results in pictures that strike me as more interesting than anything I might set up on purpose. The hard part is deciding when to give up and pack the gear if the last tenth just isn't coming along.

It's not something restricted to big cameras though. Often when working with a small digital capture hand camera I'll see that same 90% of a picture and immediately after, find the other 10% rolling into it. This time the whole process takes place in a few seconds, but the results can be as rewarding.


Woodbury, Connecticut, 2/17/10

This is what you see as you walk out the door of the Woodbury library on a winter morning. The white-painted brick wall belongs to one of the town hall complex buildings (the Shove building, let's not go there), which share a fairly large piece of real estate with the police department and the recently built senior citizen center.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ama in the Snow

Bridgewater, Connecticut

Ama is the homecare aide who takes care of my 93 year old mother-in-law 24/7. She asked me to take a picture of her in the snow—SNOW—to send to her two children who are going to school back in Ghana. I'm more than happy to oblige and hope we can send links to them to find it here. We'll send ink-on-paper prints by snail.

Car Gloves

Woodbury, Connecticut

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Almost Three PM, Still Snowing

Woodbury, Connecticut

Woodbury, Connecticut

It Continues

Woodbury, Connecticut, 11:50 AM

The snow stopped not long after seven and I scraped off the driveway at about eight. Then it began to snow again. At noon it looks as though we'll end up with a fair accumulation as light snow squalls swirl across the New York border to our west, on the weather radar.

Here We Go Again

Woodbury, Connecticut, 8:00 AM

Another light snowfall overnight. Still a bit drifting about but once again we seem to have missed the main part of the storms.

Evening Ride, II

Woodbury, Connecticut

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Torrington, Connecticut


Torrington, Connecticut

Commercial signs add something to what happens in a picture, even when they're so far in the background as to almost not be noticed.

The WPII Blog is back from sabbatical for a few posts, because of a gallery opening.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


44Torrington, Connecticut

It used to be a D'Angelos sandwich shop, and had been here for many years.

Cold Winter Overcast

Woodbury, Connecticut

On the way back from the post office, 11:30 this morning.

Tae Kwon Do

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Faded colors on a dark winter day. This light always seems more interesting to me than clear sunshine.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Under the Fire Escape

Turners Falls, Massachusetts

No Parking During Winter

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Signs often fascinate me, and this is a nice one because it's so place-specific. A warning to avoid ice falling from a building's roof isn't something you run into down south, or out on the West Coast.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow, 4:34 PM

Woodbury, Connecticut

Just flurries all day, a light dusting really, but quite pretty. They say more to come, but doesn't look like much of a storm this time, either.

Snow, V (WILSON'S)

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Greenfield was the nearest big town (perhaps it would be better to say biggest town near) Northfield School, where my wife spent four years in the late sixties. When I got home from some shooting up here, ahead of a snow storm, I mentioned that it didn't look as though it probably had changed a lot in the intervening decades. Once the pictures were downloaded into the computer, she took a look at this and said, "Yup, that's the main drag all right."

Snow, Current Conditions

Woodbury, Connecticut

The past several snowstorms that have hit hard down in the southeastern states have mostly passed us by in southern New England. But this one promises to come in a little stronger. Here's the view out the back door just a few minutes ago.