Friday, April 30
Trace Your Family Tree on archives.com. They are offering a 7 day free-trial of their website.
Websites and on-line searches have made tracing your family tree a lot easier. As a history buff, it is interesting to find out additional information about my ancestors and to try to find that missing link that proves that we came over on the Mayflower, or that I'm really related to Robert E. Lee or George Washington.
I haven't found THAT link yet.. but the software sure helps make the searching easier.
Wednesday, April 28
Zenfolio - premier showcase for your images which is like a professional version of Flickr. I've been checking it out and
They are offering a 14 day Zenfolio Free Trial subscription that provides access to all the Premium features including uploading full size photos, printing and selling.
Hope you'll check it out and try out the free trial offer.
Tuesday, April 27
The capitol dome is visible to the left up the hill, originally uploaded by Gene Bowker.
Of course, when the trains arrive you'll see it lit up as the trains run at 10pm and 2am
Monday, April 26
Charleston after the war was a haunted place... and many still believe it is!
Read about Fort Sumter- Flashpoint of the Civil War which is located in Charleston Harbor.
Original Caption: St. Michael's Church, Charleston, S.C
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: NWDNS-111-B-97
From:: Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, (Record Group 111)
Photographer: Brady, Mathew, 1823 (ca.) - 1896
Coverage Dates: ca. 1860 - ca. 1865
American Civil War, 1861-1865
Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
Persistent URL: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=524516
Friday, April 23
Thursday, April 22
Wednesday, April 21
"The Tetons - Snake River," Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming., originally uploaded by The U.S. National Archives.
Tuesday, April 20
I'm always looking for something new that can help photographers. PosterBrain.com is something that I can see a use for. A lot of times, I look at posters and think that I'd rather have one of my train shots or a Black and White photo that I took as a poster.
PosterBrain.com allows you to choose a photo and have it made into a great quality poster.. and even get it delivered the next day. I'm not sure I need the next-day delivery.. but the concept is great. Check them out.
Friday, April 16
"Rock formation with women, dark background, 'The Rock of Ages, Big Room,' Carlsbad Caverns National Park," New Mexico. (vertical orientation), originally uploaded by The U.S. National Archives.
Series: Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 - 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 – 1942
The Ansel Adams national parks series is probably my favorite work of his outside fo the extended work he did in Yosemite over the years. I especially love his Carlsbad Caverns series.
Adams is a big reason that I enjoy shooting black and white landscapes. I was really happy when I got to see the Adams exhibit recently here in Columbia. Seeing the prints brought his work even more to life than it was from the photos reproduced in books I had seen.
Next week you can visit Carlsbad Caverns or any other national park for free. http://bit.ly/NPSWEEK
Thursday, April 15
Monday, April 12
April 12th is Confederate Memorial Day and also the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor which happened 149 years ago today.
The day is given to remember the sacrafice of the soldiers who died in the war. It's NOT about the causes, or the "justification" for the war. The individual solider was just doing his duty as he felt it.
The memorial at Rivers Edge State Historic Site is a tribute to the dead of the "lost cause"
Thursday, April 8
Beautiful morning in March.. nice clouds behind the building and the flags stretched out by the wind.
All around the fountain in the center? Traffic barriers and cones...
At the time I was sure they were going to "square" the circles as the city had just spent a ton of money to change the traffic lights and put in No Right Turn on Red signs.
Well.. guess what.. the cones and barricades are now gone as the traffic system was a flop and caused more headaches than it ever solved.
Guess I'll have to go back up there to get a new photo without the cones in it.
Wednesday, April 7
Operation Lifesaver has teamed up with Amtrak and the Class One US railroads to promote “Common Sense” around railroad tracks. As their new website http://www.commonsenseuseit.com/ states,
“The Common Sense public safety campaign is designed to remind each and every one of us to use this often overlooked and underrated human faculty, especially around railroad tracks.
Each year, too many people are hurt or killed by not exercising caution around railroad tracks, and this joint effort between CSX, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern, Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver is our attempt to promote common sense and to save lives.”
Using “Common Sense” and acting safely around the tracks, hopefully deaths such as Mr. Williams can be avoided.
Operation Lifesaver (http://www.oli.org/) has working to instruct the public about railroad safety since 1972 when it was began in Idaho. Sponsored by the Railway Supply Institute, Amtrak, and the Association of American Railroad; Operation Lifesaver is now active in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Visit their website to arrange for a presenter to talk to your group or to volunteer to help teach safety to others.
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Can it open doors to other writing positions. Yes.
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