Thursday, June 17, 2021

Chasing the American Duchess

So I woke up early this morning and checked on the American Duchess. She was coming down the river, but she was at the Gallipolis Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, so I had time to eat a small breakfast before I went out looking for her before I had to report for work.

The question was whether to get pictures from the West Virginia side, where the sun would be at my back, or on the Ohio side, where there were lots more shooting spots but where I'd be shooting into the sun. I chose Ohio because there was more room for error. I went up from Huntington as far at Crown City -- about 20 miles -- turned around, went back down river, went back up river and saw the boat a mile or so below Crown City. So it was down to the boat ramp at Athalia, Ohio. There I found fellow boat photographer Jeff Cumptan.

The American Duchess was moving at a pretty good pace. At one point it looked like the Duchess was hugging the Ohio shore and, actually, pointing right at us.

But she crossed over toward the middle of the channel.

I caught this image of spray coming off her paddle wheel.

From there it was down to old Lock and Dam 27 -- a muddy spot thanks to a recent rise in the river that had not gone all the way back down to normal pool. The water was just high enough to cover the old lock wall. As the boat passed, I figured I would put the camera close to ground level to see how an image would look.

And as I left to head back toward work, I saw this: A man, a Jeep, a fishing pole and a riverboat. America!

My original plan was to eat a good dinner my family and go down and catch the boat as it left Huntington, but by the time I was through with these pictures, it has already left and was almost to Catlettsburg. There will be other boats. Maybe I can catch them.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Sunday, May 30, 2021

M/V Miss Jackie Brown

Upbound between Long Bottom Bend and the Belleville Locks and Dam.

Once we left this spot, I tried showing my youngest where an old-time grocery store once stook at Long Bottom Bend, but it looked like that part of the landscape may have been torn away to relocate Ohio 124. I could be wrong, though.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

M/V Patriot at Catlettsburg

 I went to Catlettsburg yesterday evening to get a picture of one boat and came away with pictures of several. Here's one -- the M/V Patriot of Enterprise Marine Services.

Here's the boat in color, if you prefer them that way:

More to come as I process my usual haul of photos.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

M/V Charles T. Jones

There was enough time before I went to work this morning to catch Amherst Madison's M/V Charles T. Jones as it passed Huntington shortly after daybreak. There was enough rain to form droplets on my lens, so when I wasn't shooting I needed to keep my camera under my jacket.

 This looks OK in color, but I wanted to try it in black and white. As far as pictures go, I've been in a monochrome mood the past couple of evenings.

I like the color scheme on this boat and its Amherst sister, the M/V Amherst. Even that, they look good in black and white, too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Crew change for the M/V Glenn A. Hendon


Of course I didn't have my good camera with me when I caught Hines-Furlong's M/V Glenn A. Hendon doing a crew change at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington, West Virginia (America's Best Community, you know).

All I had was my phone, so I made do.

Take a look at the boat in this one for a lesson on why you should not tilt your camera while shooting a panoramic.

The van seen here has "Glenn A. Hendon" on the rear. A guy getting off the boat told me the van is assigned to the boat for crew changes.

One guy said he'd been on the river for 60 of the past 61 days. He did one hitch on a different boat, came home and was called out to this one. I asked if his wife cried or cheered when he was told he had to go out again. "Both," he said.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

A quiet morning down by the Ohio River

The day was overcast, with enough light for photography but not so much as to cause shadows.

Toward the end of the visit, the M/V Capt. Tommy Parris came by.

Other than that, there wasn't much activity on the river in my area yesterday. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Osage in Huntington

 After a long Friday at work, I went down to the river to decompress before going home. The Coast Guard buoy tender Osage was about to tie up at Harris Riverfront Park for the night. All I had was my phone, so I got off a few pics.

Maybe someday I'll be like that guy I follow on Facebook who showed a photo of his new iPhone and said, I bought a camera and a phone came with it. ...

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Green is coming

 Before the end of this month, the hills in the Ohio Valley will have turned from their winter brown to their spring and summer green.


Full disclosure: I Photoshopped out a couple of leafless branches that were in the corner of the image. They added nothing but distraction.