Saturday, November 20, 2021

Catching the last few rays of sunlight

 The Glenn A. Hendon upbound passing Glenwood, W.Va.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Olmsted's wickets

From the Waterways Journal, some maintenance work being done at the relatively new Olmsted Locks and Dam.

When I visited the then-construction site back in 2018, they said the wickets would be replaced every 10 years on a rotating basis. I wondered how long it would be before they started, and now we know.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Those last few minutes before sunset ...

 ... can light up a boat real good.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

M/V Robinson

 From back in September ...

Sunday, October 10, 2021

When the light it right ...

 ... you have to take the shot.

The M/V Kentucky was looking pretty good this evening an hour or so before the sun went down.

Friday, October 8, 2021

M/V Findlay

 When I saw this boat last night, I was thinking about how I attended its christening ceremony six years ago.

Time flies, doesn't it?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

M/V Tri State, Part 3

 Here is the photo from Part 1 of this trilogy:

How would it look if it had been edited differently? First, here's the same photo in black and white.

Now here's what one of my pieces of editing software calls "Glamour Glow":

Finally, if I take HDR (high dynamic range) too far:

Or maybe you like this sort of image. If so, that's cool, too.

The HDR photo showed  a big bunch of black spots on the image, which means I need to get out the sensor cleaning kit and get that gunk off my sensor.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

M/V Tri State, Part 2


So here's the back story of the photo of the M/V Tri-State that I took and posted this morning.

For a variety of reasons, I had to drive my wife to her job. I had a little while before I had to be somewhere, so I went to Virginia Point Park in Kenova, West Virginia, at the mouth of the Big Sandy to see if there were any boats in camera range. I knew the Martinsville was moving around that area, but I figured it would be out of range for a good photo by the time I got there, and it was.

But I did see a small Marathon boat approaching from upriver, and it didn't look like the MAP Runner, so it had to be the Tri-State. I had seen the Tri-State up close back in the winter. It was moving lightboat close to shore where I was standing. The guy steering the boat saw me, so he slowed down and moved the pilothouse up and down for my photographic pleasure before moving on, for which I was grateful then and still am.

Since that time, I've wanted to get a closeup of the Tri State, but it just hasn't worked out. The Tri-State is the first retractable pilothouse boat built by Superior Marine across the river near South Point, Ohio, so it's been a bit frustrating to not be able to get a good shot of a boat that doesn't leave the area.

Anyway, this morning — cloudy, cool and gray — I saw the Tri State coming toward me pushing one loaded barge. From the angle it was taking, it looked like it might go up the Big Sandy near me, so I went down to the shore. Sure enough, it did.

I got off lots of photos and narrowed them down to a few.

First, as the boat came near to me, I had to be aware of the background. Across the river was a residential area of South Point, and the cluster of houses didn't necessarily make a good background for a good boat photo. So I waited until the boat started its turn into the Big Sandy, and I got these with cleaner backdrops.

Next, I got some as it passed close to me but still toward the other side of the river, as the pilot may have been paying attention to a pleasure boat that was in the river near the boat ramp on my side.

One thing about the Tri State I have noticed has been its relatively large prop wash when it's pushing hard. At least, it looks large to me. Now I need to dig up some technical info on it.

And that's about it.

UP NEXT: Same shot, four ways to edit.

M/V Tri State close up, Part 1

 I happened to be at Virginia Point Park when I was blessed to get some photos of the harbor boat Tri State (right; no hyphen).

When the pilot turned from the Ohio River into the Big Sandy, I assume he saw me with a camera and slowed down so I could get some beauty shots. Which reminds me, there is a glamor glow filter on some software I have that has worked with another Marathon boat. Anyway, my thanks to the pilot who allowed me to get my first closeups of this boat in months.

I have a lot more to say about the Tri State. That will probably be tonight at the earliest after I have processed about a dozen more images (give or take a couple) .