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.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

M/V O. Nelson Jones at Huntington

 I'm not a perfectionist, but this photo disappointed me. It could have been better, but it wasn't. I tried it in color and black and white.

Not bad, but not what I was hoping for. It happens. From what I hear, it's why the real pro photographers don't turn loose of everything they shoot, because in any instance where you shoot a large number of pictures, some will turn out to be duds. A photojournalist told me he would shoot an entire roll of film in hopes of getting one or two good photos.

This time of year, with spring sunlight but bare trees, makes getting a good boat picture more difficult because of the background. In about four weeks we will have green hills, and that will help immensely. Add to that how I had a couple of camera adjustments wrong, and ... it could have been better.

When I see the boat again next month, I will try again.

Friday, March 19, 2021

M/V John Vaughn

I got my internet back late last week. With everything going on with taking care of storm damage (an effort that will take several weekends), I've fallen behind here.

Anyone interested in a towboat picture? Let's go old school and do it in black and white.

I hope to have more soon. We shall see.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

I'll see you in April

 To the loyal readers of this blog (both of you):

The power at my house was out from Feb. 11 to Feb. 26 because of the back-to-back ice storms followed a couple of days later by a nice snowfall. My home internet service is still out, and my provider refuses to give an estimate on when service might be restored.

I hope it's before the first of April. I hope to talk to you before then.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

A boat in a storm

Photo taken Feb. 12, 2021, a bit more than 24 hours after the power went out at my house thanks to an ice storm. It's still out.

First of several I got that morning. I will process and post others when I get longer access to electricity and the internet.

FWIW, this is Kirby's M/V City of Natchez passing Huntington, W.Va.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

More photos of the M/V Elizabeth Ann

 Passing Huntington WV the evening of Feb. 6, 2021.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

M/V Elizabeth Ann

 Approaching downtown Huntington WV ...

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

M/V Samuel J

Florida Marine Transporters.

As seen from Huntington, W.Va. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A winter evening along the Ohio

 At Lock and Dam 27 ...

... so quiet.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Gray smoke on a gray day

 I don't know how or why the guy running the M/V Mae Etta Hines revved his engines and blew this smoke ...

... but it made an interesting picture.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

M/V Mae Etta Hines, the sequel

 As yesterday's post on the M/V Mae Etta Hines was going live, my youngest and I were getting photos of the boat on its return trip down the Ohio.

It helped make a blah weekend better.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

M/V Mae Etta Hines

As noted previously, the Mae Etta Hines was in the area Friday. I was able to grab a few photos before I had to start my day job. Here are a few.

I caught the boat on the Ohio side between Crown City and Miller right at sunrise there. I chose the Ohio side because I knew there would be no available shooing spots on the West Virginia side. All else being equal, I would have preferred to be in West Virginia so the sun could be at my back. Shooting into the sun is rarely fun. Thus the play between light and shadow in these first images. I processed three similar photos in three different ways for the different looks.

With the sun up, the boat approached the bend below Crown City,

This one was cropped from a cell phone image. The original didn't have good resolution, so don't look for detail by zooming in. It does provide a decent view of the boat in its natural habitat, however.

I thought I would try the sunrise image in black and white. It didn't work that well, but at least I tried.

As always, constructive feedback is welcome.

-- Jim Ross