September 22, 2012
Pets, Strange and Pointless
Ansel Adams, camera, Graflex, iPhone, iPhone camera, Mamiya, medium-format camera, Speed Graphic, spider web
I’m constantly astonished at the photos that can be taken with an iPhone. Here’s a spiderweb I saw this morning, taken from 15 feet away:
As one who used to lug the old Speed Graphic, Graflex, Mamiya and other bulky large- and medium-format cameras around, I appreciate what the little iPhone camera can do! And no film processing!!!
Here’s another iPhone photo of that spiderweb, which is above the hedge separating our yard from the one next door. It was taken from five feet:
Ansel Adams was once asked, “What’s the most useful camera accessory?” He replied, “Your feet.”
September 9, 2012
Family Fun, Interesting Places
iPhone, iPhone camera, Maryland, Ocean City, Patty Page, photography, storm, storm photo
My wife, Patty, is a talented photographer. She took this photo from the balcony of the condo where she, my daughter and granddaughters were staying in Ocean City, Maryland, the last week of August.
Patty just corrected me; I thought that she took this photo with her Nikon DSLR, but she took it with her iPhone. Even more impressive.
The photo shows a storm coming from the south; the colors just knock me out. Double click to view the image full-size and see if you don’t agree!
August 21, 2012
Food, Interesting Places
Alfredo's Pizza Café, Beatles, Cooper's Seafood House, Electric City, Elvis, Hillary Clinton, iPhone, iPhone camera, Joe Biden, Lackawanna and Western Railroad yard, Office tours, Pennsylvania, Poor Richard's Pub, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, railroad yard, Scranton, Scranton paper company, Scranton photos, Steamtown Mall, The Office, www.Shorpy.com
Just heard from my son-in-law, Greg, that next season (season nine) will be the last for The Office. Too bad, but it had a long run and was always entertaining.
Greg and I visited Scranton, Pennsylvania, home to the fictional show, a couple of times and took the Office Tours of some of the locations where the show either filmed or mentioned frequently. The other Office fans on the tours were always a great bunch and we had a lot of laughs with them.
Scranton lays claim to being the Electric City and the electricity there was certainly splendid.
Poor Richard’s Pub, often mentioned on the show, is actually in a bowling alley across the parking lot from Alfredo’s Pizza Café, where I had what may well be the best pizzas of my life.
Scranton is an interesting city even without the Office connection. It has lots of trains; the Steamtown Mall downtown is adjacent to the old Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad yard that goes back many decades and still has steam locomotives moving about. It smells very odd; coal fumes, I guess.
Thanks to the good folks at http://www.Shorpy.com, we can see a view from just about the same position taken in 1900. Doesn’t look all that different, does it? That long, sloping walkway is still in place, leading now to a railroad museum, I believe:
Scranton is also in coal-mining country, though I’m a little too claustrophobic to want to tour a coal mine.
Poor Richard’s is more my style:
There’s a street-corner sign claiming to be the site of the birth of doo-wop but I didn’t have time to explore the site or the claim. The town’s newspaper building has great old-fashioned elevators and there’s a 1930’s-era radio broadcast studio there that’s most interesting.
Greg and I had lunch both visits at Cooper’s Seafood House as part of the tours. That’s one of the tour buses in the photo below. Cooper’s as seen on the show is a Hollywood recreation, but they did a good job of it; it’s a fun and funky place and the food is excellent. You may not think a beet salad would be something special, but at Cooper’s it was. The bathrooms are even themed: Elvis for the ladies and The Beatles for the gents. Click on my photo below to enlarge it and you’ll see the pirate above the entrance and the octopus on the deck above that! Wonderful place and very near where Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton’s dad were born.
If you plan to visit Scranton, the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, as the name implies, is the old train station repurposed and a very pleasant place to stay.
I didn’t take the two hotel photos; they’re from the hotel’s website, and the old black-and-white railyard photo is from the Shorpy.com collection of glass-plate and other historic imagery. All the other photos were taken with my trusty iPhone.
I hope to visit Scranton again. There’s a lot to see and do.