2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Atlantic League All-Star Game

Well, there’s egg on my face! My apologies for not posting some of these images sooner.  I had every intention of putting up some photos from the Atlantic League All-Star game held at Sovereign Bank Stadium (home of the York Revolution), but somehow never got back to posting them.  Without further ado, enjoy some photos from the All-Star game!

After introductions, the teams are lined up along the first and third baselines for the National Anthem.

Historic planes fly overhead. They reminded me of Snoopy and the Red Baron!

York Revolution's Corey Thurman's first pitch (strike 1!)

First pitch for the Freedom Division

The York Revolution's mascot Downtown playing with beach balls in the stands

The Racing President's heading to the start. Did Teddy Win? What do you think?

Freedom Division wins! (sorry for the spoiler!)

Let Teddy Win!

Before sharing with you the Atlantic League All-Star game held at the home of the York Revolution at Sovereign Bank Stadium, I thought I’d share with you some images I had published on the Let Teddy Win! blog.  For those not in the know,  the Montreal Expos (baseball) moved to Washington D.C. in 2005, then as an extension of the Dollar Derby from their initial stadium, the team began the President’s Race in 2006.  Four of our most well-known Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt – began racing around Nationals Park.  To date, Teddy (our 26th President) has never won a race.  Ever.

Because of this, a movement was born – Let Teddy Win!  A blog that follows the adventures of POTUS 26 and chronicles all the many ways Teddy has been kept from crossing the finish line first. So, when the President’s took a ride up I-95 to support the Atlantic League at their All-Star game in York, I knew I had to document it.  Once photographed, I contacted the dedicated people at the Let Teddy Win blog and offered photographic evidence of the hard-working Presidents.  He accepted and today, you can find my take on the President’s Race and photographs of the race.  Check it out!  And learn about and join in the movement to Let Teddy Win!

Let Teddy Win! ~ Nationals racing presidents at All-Star Game

DSLR Workshop

Several weeks ago, I received an email from Living Social with a deal from DSLR Workshops by Okello Dunkley.  I was interested because I had seen his workshops advertised on Facebook and had been intrigued.  I reviewed the deal, saw I knew exactly where the hotel the classes were offered at (which for someone who tends to get lost, this was a major bonus!), and decided to go for it.

This past Sunday I headed to Philly to take advantage of my Living Social deal.  I signed up for his Take Your Camera Off Program Mode! Part I because I wanted to check out some features to the camera that was bugging me and wanted to make sure I was using it to the best of my ability.  I was a little nervous about it because I hoped it was worth both the four hour both ways car ride and the cost.

I will say, I really do think it was worth it.  Okello was very personable and holy moly did he know his stuff!  There were so many different camera brand owners and yet he knew exactly every brand and where to find all the controls on each one.  He had multiple cameras with him, so he could show both while teaching.  He answered questions as they came up and he cut some off before they were even asked.  I was also impressed with his memory!  To start the class off he had each participant give their name, camera, what they like to photograph, and what they wanted to get out of the class.  Throughout the class, he remembered people’s names and their cameras when questions came up (there were approximately 50 people).  I struggle with names until I get to know a person, so I was really impressed with his ability to remember who was there and what they were using.

After taking this class, I believe taking part 2 will go on my agenda.  I believe Okello has great teaching ability, loves what he does, and it shows in his class.  If you’re interested in learning more about your camera, taking a class is a great way to do it.  Reading books (including the manual) is wonderful, but there’s just something about a live person who can answer questions right then and there.  Check out Okello and his DSLR Workshops for yourself.

Photos as History

I have always believed that photographs are history.  After attending a History of Photography presentation, I didn’t realize fully how far back photography can trace its roots.  My impression of photographic history extended back to the 1700s, but wow.  I was a bit off in that.  Aristotle was talking photography.  And that was a bit further back than the 1700s!

What does this all mean?  No, I’m not going to go through a history of photography, though maybe I will at some point.  What I’m getting at is that photography captures history.  It shares with the world, the way things were.  We use them to learn about the past, to learn about what our ancestor’s lived through, to learn about how we got to where we are.  It truly is remarkable how we can see realistically what it was like to live 100 or 200 years ago.

The very first photograph as we know photography today was produced in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a French scientist.  This photograph took 8 hours to take (imagine having to stand around for that photo!):

View from the Window at Le Gras

What is to believed to be the very first photograph of a human being was taken in 1838 in Paris by Louis Jacques-Mande Daguerre (yes, that Daguerre!).  This image took 15-20 minutes to capture.  What’s truly the interesting part of this image is it was taken of a very busy street, the Boulevard du Temple, but because the exposure was so long, all the traffic on the street blurred and no one carriage or cart can be seen.  The reason the gentleman can be seen is because he stood in one place long enough to be imprinted on the image.  No one knows who is is, but it is thought he is the very first human being ever to be photographed.

First human photographed on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris

Photography has come a long way since it’s inception.  Today, it is used to remember people, places, events.  We use it to chronicle our lives, the lives of our family, children, pets, friends.  Every way you look at it, we use photography to remember our history.  It allows us a glimpse into the past, a glimpse into how we used to live and how far we have come.

But, photographs as history also allow us to see the big picture.  We can see images from around the world.  Images from the Civil War, images from Presidential swearing ins, coronations around the world, abdications, natural disasters, and any number of historical events are photographed and sent around the world via wire services.  American history and world history are at our finger tips like never before.  What we see as current events today, becomes the history of tomorrow.

Over the last several months, I started following MSNBC’s Photo Blog.  Images from all over the world are posted with accompanying descriptions.  The world’s history is told every day as news stories in photographs.  Human history captured and presented in an easy to understand format with pictures.   I do not propose that there are not other news blogs that give the same type of information – photographs with news – but this is the one I use.  If you believe that photos are necessary to understand the past, I highly recommend the MSNBC’s Photo Blog.  You will be among the first to see history in the making.

Ferris Wheel at PIFA Street Fair

So, you may remember I enjoy photographing Ferris Wheels (you can check it out here.)  One of the reasons I was so excited to hit up the PIFA Street Fair was the Ferris Wheel on Broad Street.  A. I thought it neat that they would set up a Ferris Wheel on Broad Street and wanted to see what that would look like and B. I like taking photographs of Ferris Wheels.  Not sure why, but ever since the York Fair last year (2010) I’ve enjoyed seeing what I can do with them.

So, I took a couple images of the Ferris Wheel during the day (which you can see in my last post), but I was really waiting til the sun went down and the lights on the Ferris Wheel would shine.  That’s when photographing a Ferris Wheel to me is the funnest.  All the colors and how they change.  So much fun!  Here are a few of the photos I took Saturday night.  To me, they just exude fun.  Happy Friday!

Ahhh...pretty Ferris Wheel. The colors on this one remind me of Cotton Candy. How can you not like it?

A little more purple and blue in this one. Still had that cotton candy feel to it. And what goes better at a street fair than cotton candy?

I like this one because of how the colors are so distinct. So often they blur together, but here you can see yellow, dark pink, light pink, and a hint of blue.

Sometimes Ferris Wheels are all one color. I really like this blue color. It's just so pretty.

Green and blue are such a great color combination. Love them together on the Ferris Wheel!

This reminds me of a crayon box. All the colors just kinda mished together, but all pretty in their own right.

The Patriotic Ferris Wheel. Very aptly colored for a Philadelphia Ferris Wheel.