Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Three more of the M/V Ohio Valley

 Maybe one more to come after this.

Monday, September 26, 2022

M/V Ohio Valley: One photo, several versions

River photography would be simpler if I were to just take a picture and post it online. But I can't. If it's around solar noon on a cloudless day, I need to adjust some settings so the contrast between light and shadow is more lifelike. Then I see how it looks if I make a few editing changes. Such was what happened when I started working on photos of the Marathon Petroleum towboat Ohio Valley yesterday.

When the guy steering the boat started doing a 360, I set my camera on continuous shooting so I was more likely to get the boat straight on from front and rear. And I had to get the perfect three-quarters angles from front and rear. All in all, in a few minute I shot more than 200 images. Tonight I pared that down to about 16 to 18, depending on how you count them. If I take 10 minutes to look at each image to ensure I get it right, that's a lot of editing time.

So here is one image, front three-quarters from the port side.

First, the basic image after I made slight adjustments to the bright parts and the shadows, and then took the resolution down so I could upload it to Blogger.

Lately I've been in a black-and-white mood, so here's how it would look that way.

And I had to zoom in on the front of the boat because a guy was standing outside the pilothouse door. In this one, if you zoom in you won't be able to see much, but the original has more detail.

So anywhat, that's how I do things. I probably won't spend so much time on each image these next few days as I work on them, but it's the process I go through.

And now that I've uploaded these, there are a couple of other adjustments going through my head. Not tonight, though.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

M/V Ohio Valley (again)

 Feast or famine, they say.

I'm still figuring out how to process a lot of images I got yesterday during a trip to the sternwheel regatta at Pomeroy, Ohio. Today on a hunch I go down to Catlettsburg KY and see the M/V Ohio Valley heading downstream lightboat. I get to a decent shooting position and the captain or pilot slows down and does two 360-degree rotations so I can get some nice shots. Here is one.

In a few nights I should have a few others ready to post, and some from the regatta trip, too. Please be patient.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

More of that electric car fuel

 The M/V Paula Ruble of Crounse Corp. pushes coal down the Ohio River past Pomeroy, Ohio.

Friday, September 16, 2022

LST-325 at Ashland KY

 I had to finish with my job and eat supper first, but I made it down there. Lucky for me, there were two boats coming from downriver at different speeds, so I was able to get each towboat with the LST-325 in different places.

First, with the M/V Ohio Valley of Marathon Petroleum.

Then with the M/V West Virginia of Amherst Madison.

I got some others, but these were the best, I think.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

M/V Gene Neal

Every now and then I look at photos I made weeks before to see if they age well. I wasn't excited about this one when I took it and processed it originally, but now I like it better.

One thing about the Gene Neal is that it reminds me of the former Ashland Oil boat Tri-State, which has been sold and now operates down south as the Temple Huckabee (last I heard). In 1980, I rode the Tri-State from Vienna WV to South Point OH and back over to Kenova WV.