Saturday, August 13, 2022

American Queen, 2 of 2

 Here are a few more of the American Queen's passing through this area two days ago before everyone's mind moves on ...

Friday, August 12, 2022

American Queen, 1 of ? posts

 Passing Ashland KY yesterday evening after leaving Huntington WV.

And here it is a few miles downriver as seen from Russell KY with Ironton OH in the background.

More photos to come. I've been fighting COVID-19, power outages at home (really convenient when you have to work from home) and my regular job.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

One more Nedra K photo

Gasoline is expensive, and I've spent a few days with a granddaughter, so not much boat chasing lately. So here's another beauty shot of the Nedra K I got a few days ago.

The Ohio bank behind the boat's stern was kind of distracting, so I just cropped it out.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Aubrey K and the Nedra K

 The river has reeled in another Ross.

My youngest grandchild won't be 3 for another six weeks or so. A couple of weeks ago, she and her mommy were crossing the West 17th Street bridge when Aubrey noticed boats in the river. She kept asking about them, which meant her daddy and I had to give up part of a Sunday afternoon to take her to the river to look for boats. Oh, the burdens I bear. Today we got to see several, and a couple blew their air horns for her. She had a good time watching boats and throwing rocks in the river, so we will probably have to go back.

And my thanks to Jeff Cumptan of Ohio & Kanawha River Photography for talking the pilot of the Nedra K to come close to shore and do a couple of 360s for us. He needed some closeups for a favor he was doing to the person the boat is named for, and his request helped my Aubrey have an ever better time down by the river.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Four Marathon boats at Catlettsburg

 So am I spending too much time with black and white? I don't think so.

With my first real camera in 1976, the first few rolls of film I shot were black and white. I went to color a few months later. In early 1977, I shot my first roll of color slide film, and that hooked me on color.

But we all tend to regress to our early days sooner or later. I am no exception. I'm even thinking about buying a decent film camera and learning to develop black and white film. I can always scan the negatives to have prints made.

Black and white also gives a more timeless look to some photos. When I went aboard the Belle of Louisville when it was in drydock in November 2020, I edited some images in square format to make them look like a photo from the 1950s.

So, am I spending too much time with black and white?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

M/V Sally Lapeyre

 I knew this boat looked good in color, but she also looks mighty fine in black and white.

Seen this morning in the rain at Catlettsburg.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

M/V Cincinnati

I knew before I walked to this spot to get this shot that the angle of the bright morning light would make for difficulty in getting a good image.

After playing with it, maybe it's not so bad, but it could use a little more work. The bright light allowed the sensor to pick up some details that might not have been so obvious otherwise. The texture of the water is interesting in some places. The photo is OK. Not great, but OK.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Life finds a way (as always)

 I don't know the name of this plant or anything about it other than it's all over the river's edge here in the Greenup pool.

My lack of botanical knowledge holds me back in describing what I see at the river's edge. The question is how much time and effort I want to put into correcting that deficiency.

UPDATE: So I got to thinking about maybe how this is an invasive species a professor at Northern Kentucky University told me about in 2004 when I was working on article for the Huntington newspaper. From what I've found online, this could be something called purple loosestrife, which grows in wet soil and under water, which explains why it's all over the river banks and shorelines here. There were larger plants nearby. They had started to flower, which allowed me to match photos with what I found on the web.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

M/V AEP Mariner, 7/16/22 (again)

 This time entering the locks at the Gallipolis Locks and Dam.