Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Little Rock Infrared

I had some spare time one day, so I decided to take the new infrared camera out for another spin. It was a bright and sunny day, which was perfect conditions for infrared photography. I drove through downtown Little Rock and made a few stops at some of the city landmarks. The first stop was the State Capitol:

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And then a stop at the iconic Little Rock Central High School:

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Then back on over to the Union Station:

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Old State House

The old Little Rock Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park:

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The Junction Bridge over the Arkansas River:

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And one last shot, taken across the river in North Little Rock, because no phototrip in central Arkansas would be complete without a shot of The Old Mill:

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Infrared BW

For my birthday I got a new camera - well technically it's not new, I guess. It's a used camera that has been converted to shoot in infrared black and white. Back in the olden days when I used to shoot film, I used to love shooting infrared black and white film. But it was notoriously tricky to use, and there were very few places that processed it back then (and nowadays there isn't anywhere in the state that does). I've been wanting to get an infrared converted digital camera for years, so I'm thrilled to be able to get out and take lots of pictures with it.

I got a used Olympus OM-D conversion, mostly as a way to use my old Olympus lenses from a few years back when I used to shoot with an Olympus camera. The first place I tried the camera out was the covered bridge located just outside of Little Rock. I took a few pictures but was perplexed that there was a weird smudge in most of the photos. Was I doing something wrong? Was there a problem with the camera? Nope! Turns out that I didn't bother to clean the old lens, which had been collecting dust for a few years...

We've Got You Covered

The next day I headed back out (after cleaning the lens), and got this shot from along a trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park:

Pinnacle

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

4th of July

After last year's 4th of July fireworks show was cancelled, it was nice to be able to be able to head downtown to watch the show this year. Jonah was excited because he got to stay up late and go see the show (Elliott, at 10 months old, was deemed too young still to attend. Sorry, kiddo). So we headed down to Riverfront Park in North Little Rock, which really wasn't all that crowded. Most people were still keeping their distance from each other. And the view of the fireworks show wasn't too shabby either....

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

New Post, Old Photos

I haven't had a chance to really get out and take any new pictures lately, but have been able to go back and re-work some older pictures that have been languishing in lonely Lightroom folders. I've gone back and converted a few pictures into Black and White, and a few actually turned out looking somewhat interesting. So in order to have something new to post, here are a bunch of older pictures!

Here are a few taken in and around Little Rock. This is the view looking west along Capitol Avenue, from the top of a building along Main Street.

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Both of these were taken on the same foggy night...

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And no pictures of Little Rock would be complete without including the iconic Central High. Getting the entire building to show in the reflecting pool required the use of a fisheye lens.

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The view from Emerald Park in North Little Rock sometimes includes these massive waterfalls (about 200 feet tall) after heavy tains.

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And a few shots from Hot Springs:

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Bathhouse Row at night::

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Inside the beautiful chapel at Garven Gardens:

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And here are a few other pictures taken around the state. This old barn is one of my favorite structures in the historic Boxley Valley, along the Buffalo National River:

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And another view of Boxley, on a morning when a thick fog shrouded the entire valley.

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A rain-swollen Clark Creek, as it exits Lost Valley and flows towards the Buffalo River:

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And of course the popular Triple Falls, running well after some heavy rains the night before:

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Thick fog along the road heading to the top of Mount Nebo:

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Laddebucket Falls, in the Ozark National Forest:

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Magnolia Falls, in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness of the Ozark National Forest:

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And the always beautiful Blanchard Springs, in the Ozark National Forest:

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And a few from along Cedar Creek, at Petit Jean Mountain:

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The view through the trees at Louisiana Purchase State Park, between Helena and Brinkley:

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This old house, near the town of Shirley, has unfortunately been torn down since this picture was taken:

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An abandoned cotton gin, in the Delta of eastern Arkansas:

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Heavy rain falling on the rusty pumps of an abandoned gas station, in Stuttgart:

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The front of an abandoned store, in the small community of Hagarville:

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Faded wooden boards on the front of the old Masonic Lodge, in the small community of Bluffton:

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Nearby was this abandoned home, which was sitting in the front yard of a new home currently under construction. I'm guessing the old house has since been torn down...

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Vines covering the back of an abandoned building in Clarendon. The building here was constructed in 1904:

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And another abandoned building in Clarendon, where the back wall had just recently collapsed.

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These shots were taken within the old Phillips County Jail, which was built between 1935 and 1937. It was abandoned in 1973:

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Just down the road is Helena-West Helena, which has a plethora of photogenic old buildings. One of these was the Centennial Baptist Church, which was built in 1905 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, the building has since been significantly damaged by a storm and its future seems unknown.

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In another part of Helena was this old and abandoned structure. I'm not sure what it was once used for - a factory or a warehouse maybe? But there was life there - a tree had defiantly grown amidst the discarded concrete.

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And another part of the same abandoned and lonely building:

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And then a few pictures from some travels out of state, back in those olden days when there wasn't a pandemic preventing people from moving around. Here's one of some busy freeway traffic heading towards downtown Dallas:

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The scenic Hodgson Water Mill in southern Missouri:

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In the Mississippi Delta sits the town of Rodney, which was once nearly selected to be the state capiol of Mississippi but is now almost a ghost town. The Rodney Baptist Church was built in 1850 and is abandoned now. The church will sometimes be inundated by flood waters from the nearby Mississippi River.

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Nearby are the Windsor Ruins, which consist of 23 columns that are the only remians of massive mansion that once stood here from between 1861 and 1890. After surviving the Civil War, the home would end up burning after a careless houseguest dropped a cigarette.

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That shot was taken during a road trip to New Orleans, so here's a view of Jackson Square at sunrise. Even at this early hour, the view was crowded with people who had definitely been out partying the entire night before.

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And another view of New Orleans at sunrise, from the other side of the Mississippi River:

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And lastly, a few pictures from our trip last year to Oregon. We were there in the winter, just before Covid started to shut things down. One of my favorite places to visit is the amazingly scenic Columbia River Gorge, which has these amazing views.

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And one of the highlights of any trip to Portland is a visit to Multnomah Falls, one of the most amazing waterfalls in the US.

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When we were in Oregon we also drove out to the Pacific Coast, and stopped at this section of beach. The rocks there had been made smooth and rounded by the waves.

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And finally one last shot, from the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Washington state. This place was on my photography bucket-list, and it did not disapoint.

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