The Small Scale Mentoring activity at King’s Gap State Park
Early Saturday morning at 8:00 HCC members and lead photographers showed up at King’s Gap State Park for a mentoring program. The program focused on camera functions, exposure and visualization. Program and fieldtrip program members Randal Lathrop was the trip leader. He, as well as Joe Farrell, Dennis Lindell and Chip Cain worked with members that photographed with Nikon cameras. Woody and Annette Garthwaite helped members that used Canon cameras and Andrew Hoff worked with the other brands of cameras. The half day program was attended by 17 members. We are looking at repeating the program this spring.
Steamtown/Concrete City Trip Recap
On Saturday September 22 the HCC went to Steamtown National Historic Park in Scranton to photograph. It was an early morning departure so we could arrive when the gates opened at 9:00 at Steamtown. We were greeted in the first 30 minutes with the departure of the main steam locomotive leaving the locomotive shed under power and taking a full spin on the train turntable for photographs. The rest of the morning went quickly as members spread out to photograph the trains under power, re-enactors, close-ups, railway cars, rusting railway cars and any other subject that struck the members creative nerves. After lunch we continued to shoot until 3:30. Some members left for Concrete City at that time, while the bulk of the members left at 4:30. Concrete City was an interesting place; unfortunately by then the weather had conspired with a low deck of cloud cover and rain. Ten members went on this trip.
One item of note was the discovery of the Ashley “Huber Blue Coal” coal breaker plant close by. We will be contacting the Ashley preservation society to get us in to photograph the demise of the plant.
We anticipate returning this spring to Nanticoke/Ashley area. Plan on Saturday March 9th or 16th on a fieldtrip at sunrise to Concrete City to catch the morning light, the coal breaker at mid-morning, a lunch break, then returning to the coal breaker in the afternoon and finishing in the late afternoon for sunset photography at Concrete City.
The Harrisburg Camera Club took a photography fieldtrip to the Altoona area to visit and photograph at the Altoona Railroaders Museum, Chimney Rocks overlook and the world famous Horseshoe Curve on Saturday September 24th. This was the first trip the HCC had undertaken to the Altoona area. Six HCC members went and they were Randal Lathrop, Tom Mulder, Jim Crowley, Dennis Lindell, Andrew Hoff and new member John Zhong.
We met and left from Carlisle and arrived two hours later at 10 AM when the Altoona Railroaders Museum opened. We then split up to photograph the rolling stock that surrounded the courtyard and the turntable. The site is currently undergoing new construction to protect the railroad equipment. There was a rare GGI locomotive in a need of restoration and a very small locomotive at opposite ends of the turntable that were photographic gems. We also photographed old passenger cars, a caboose that was open and other rolling stock in various degrees of repair as well as old wooden carts. Much of the stock was old and in need of repair, which was great to photograph. As with the other two pervious fieldtrips, several of the members photographed in HDR. After a while the sun broke through and we photographed for two hours, ate a hearty lunch at The Dream Family Restaurant in Hollidaysburg where Randal had made reservations.
From there it was a quick drive to Chimney Rocks. Chimney Rocks is a rock outcrop with a 180 degree view of Hollidaysburg and the surrounding valley. We made the 1/4 mile uphill hike to the viewing area and photographed for about two hours. We photographed with long lenses and also practiced some fill-flash with nearby plants under blue skies. From there we went back to nearby Altoona to photograph the trains travelling on the world famous Horseshoe Curve.
We photographed the numerous moving trains from behind a fence about thirty yards from the tracks. To our delight, many of the train engineers waving to us as we took their picture. We left at around 5:00 for the two hour drive back to Carlisle.
Galleries from the field trip:
The Harrisburg Camera Club took a photography fieldtrip to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg PA on Saturday September 10th. We have never visited the museum before, but I’m sure we will return. Nine HCC members went and they were Randal Lathrop, Bob Glasscock, Karen LeCuyer, George Rhyne, Charlie Hubbard, Nancy Japak, Andrew Hoff and new members, Cynthia and daughter Sarah Taft.
When we arrived we were given a 45 minute tour of the museum by museum director Dale Woodward. We then split up to photograph the rolling stock under sometimes overcast then later sunny skies, then back to overcast skies. The train stock was coupled to each other in tight rows due to the small size of the site, but that didn’t present a problem with the members that were spread across the site. Some members also photographed the interior of an adjoining old warehouse and its shell. There were large and small locomotives, passenger cars, both old and new and other rolling stock including old SEPTA commuter cars. Much of the stock was old and in need of repair, which was great to photograph. We photographed from 10:45 to Noon, took a lunch break at a family run sub shop in Hamburg. We returned at 1:00 and photographed until 4:00. Many of the members did their HDR work their while others concentrated on details and machinery. There were some elevation changes that made it easier to photograph the yard stock and those that signed the waiver could climb up on some of the cars.
We had a great time making images and hope to return in two years.
The Harrisburg Camera Club took a photography fieldtrip to the J.W. Cooper H.S. under the recommendation of Matthew Christopher Murray to photograph the old school as it is rehabbed back to its original appearance. This was the first trip the HCC had undertaken to the school. Thirteen HCC members went and they were Randal Lathrop, Bob Glasscock, Tom Mulder, Jim Crowley, George Rhyne, Karen Kaiser, Jesus Martinez, Bob Grant, Sarah Schulkins, Karen LeCuyer, Steve Bootay, Dennis Lindell and Andrew Hoff.
We met and left from Camp Hill and arrived before Noon at the school. Kent Steinmetz, the owner of the building proudly gave the members a 45 minute walking tour of the large building. Mr. Steinmetz is currently initiating ongoing repair and restoration of the school in an effort to save the historic structure. Each member $20 shooting fee helps finance the project. Some members decided to eat lunch before getting down to hard-core photography and Mr. Steinmetz volunteered to lead them up to the park so they could eat at the Shenandoah Heritage Days Festival.
As with the other fieldtrips, several of the members found the school a great place to photograph in HDR. We photographed among the dust and debris in stairwells, the gym, the swimming pool and locker rooms, class rooms, hallways and bathrooms. The two tier auditorium got special attention. We spread out throughout the school concentrating on details, shadows and graphics.
Everyone had a great time and I’m sure we will return to this location in the near future.
Andy and I left from Giant in Camp Hill for the Cherry Blossom festival, hoping for somewhat decent weather during the day. I was looking forward to trying out a brand-new Tamron 18-270mm Di-II VC lens. In case anyone is wondering, Tamron has rebates on their lens through the end of April. The lens I bought has a $150 rebate which helps immensely.
We arrived in D.C. and headed over to the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial around 9am. The weather was overcast with a few broken clouds. The crowds were light, mustly because of the weather. After shooting a few customary shots of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, Andy and I decided to head over to the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.
We stopped along the way at various locations taking pictures of monuments and cherry blossoms. I was hoping to get a nice picture of the Lincoln Memorial from the WW II Memorial with the reflecting pool in the foreground. It was not to be – the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial is being renovated and probably will be for the remainder of this year. Continue reading→ Remembering the Cherry Blossom Festival by Randal Lathrop
On Sunday November 14th in Harrisburg
A large group of Harrisburg Camera Club members and prospective members gathered on the corner of 2nd and Locust Streets at 1:00. The goal was to capture the afternoon light and shadows that were cast upon the buildings and streets of Harrisburg. The weather and the skies cooperated with warm temperatures and clean, deep blue skies. The exceptional conditions warranted trips to the rooftops of the parking garages. The gathering of 22 photographers, led by trip leader and instructor Andrew Hoff, filed down to the first garage with Woody and Annette Garthwaite hustling to catch up with the group. Our first destination was the roof of the Penn National Ins. Co. garage. Andy emphasized the use of light and shadow to build depth into the image, compressing distance with long lenses to make a more dynamic picture and working to create a coherent image from the jumble of rooftops and windows. After an hour we departed to the roof of the Walnut Street Parking Garage for a different view over the city. Emphasis was placed on underexposing the image to correctly expose the bright areas and letting the dark areas black. This gives the strong contrast need for a dynamic image. Andy also made a point of having tripods help make better images.
After another hour, the group that was spread across the roof was gather back together and headed for the River Street Parking Garage. The sky was now starting to cloud up and the strong shafts of light faded away. The river shimmered to silver opening up opportunities to photograph backlight bikes and walkers along Riverfront Park for those whom had long lenses. We spent less time at the River St garage to get into position to photograph at sunset from the Market St. garage across from the Harrisburg Hospital.
A common theme with every garage rooftop was the various flocks of pigeons that flow across the city. At each garage attempts were made to capture the packs of pigeons that flew off, around or over the tallest buildings. The birds were not the most cooperative subjects. At the last rooftop Andy emphasized the use of manipulating the color controls in the camera to bring out more reds in the late light or resetting the camera white balance to warm the image. We stayed past sunset hoping that the popcorn clouds would turn pink and lavender, but it just didn’t happen. Thanks to all that came for the enlightening experience.
All photos provided by Tom Mulder