Long Exposure Autumn Landscapes at Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

Here are a few long exposure shots from a recent hike Allison and I went on through parts of Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania. I would normally try a neutral density filter on the front of the lens to get the slow shutter speed needed to blur water movement, but in the case of these low-light, early evening shots, a low ISO and an aperture of around f8 were all that were needed. I am certainly glad (a least after the fact, not necessarily during) that I suffered through carrying the tripod- it really made all the difference. In the case of the blurred water, without that added stability, the shots themselves would be more or less impossible. Click an image to see a high resolution version on my flikr page.


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Fall Foliage and Flowers

Here are 29 photos of early fall foliage and flowers from a recent late-afternoon hike at Frick Park, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For this series I decided to edit with a softer, saturated, and almost “matte finish” look, which I think compliments the subject matter and gives the images an almost dreamlike quality. Click on a specific photo to link back to my Flikr page in order to see shooting information as well as a higher resolution version.


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I’m Now on Flikr and Instagram!

Not a huge update, but I wanted to let everyone know that I started up a flikr page as the new host for all my images. I am really enjoying the service as it is easy to embed images back to my main site as well as share on other social media pages. Please check out my albums and favorite a few photos if you have a flikr account. Here are some recent photographs from a visit to the Oakland area of Pittsburgh:

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Not as exciting, but still worthy of note, is that I also put together a profile on Instagram. I really have no intention of posting photos that weren’t taken on my DSLR and edited, so this service is not as valuable to me as flikr. There are workarounds that make uploading images from PC a possibility, rather than strictly using the app, but they are somewhat limiting. Maybe I’ll warm up to Instagram with more use. The plus side is that there are a lot of people on there and it is really easy to interact with followers.

I have a huge back catalog of images that I’ll be going through and will be adding them to my Flikr site as I see fit. As it stands now, I could easily add a new photo every day well into next year. I am also on Facebook. Once I hit the 5000 friend cap, I might consider starting up a proper dedicated page for my music and photography. Until then, feel free to add me on my normal facebook profile.

Making Album Art: Wilderness Tales EP

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Wilderness Tales, The Long Hunt’s five track debut album- released February 17, 2017- has been out for nearly four months to the day. As such, this post is one of those “been meaning to for a while, but never got around to it” types. Reactions to the cover art, featuring the disembodied head of a three-eyed deer, have ranged from “cool” to “creepy”, “mysterious” to “unsettling”. Is there a story behind the artwork? How was it made, what does it mean? Answers to these questions can be found below.


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The deer head sculpture itself started its life as a ball of wadded-up newspaper, gifted to our house by the ever generous postman. It was probably the penny-saver coupon book, now that I think about it. Masking tape helped give the ball a little form, and a shortened paper-towel roll gave shape to the nose and the neck. After I had…

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May Update

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Here are a few quick updates for the band as we close out the first week of the month of May. Probably the most obvious one is that the site got a new look with the triple-eye banner and tree background. Our bandcamp site got a similarly themed facelift as well. No real reason for the change in appearance, I guess I just thought it was time for something new.

Another change to the site includes the addition of a dedicated video page. Currently we have four videos up, one of our live in-studio recording of the song “ground of Being” and three recorded at last month’s show with The Skull, Horehound, and Monolith Wielder at Cattivo in Pittsburgh, PA. The three live gig videos were graciously done by the great Jeremy Schindorff and crew of Toledo, Ohio’s NWO Metal Militia and That Local metal Show. Definitely check these…

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Frick Park, April

Here are a few pictures taken on April 26 in Frick Park and the surrounding area, including Duck Hollow Trail along the Monongahela River, near Pittsburgh. We starting walking a little after 6:00 and didn’t get back until 8:30, after the sun had set.

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Blue Jay in a tree on Nine Mile Run

The Sun was pretty low by the time we got down to the river at Duck Hollow, with the receding light making it difficult to get sharp shots with the zoom lens and no tripod.

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Man wading into the Monongahela
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There were quite a few of these hanging from the telephone wires along the river
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Parked coke cars on the tracks along the Monongahela
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The cameraman getting a taste of his own medicine, compliments of Allison

By the time we walked back towards the car, the sun had completely set. We had run into deer along the path before, so I was holding out for a shot or two. We did come across two younger deer, but it was so dark at that point, clear shots were basically impossible. Maybe next time.

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Managed to sneak up on this young buck, but it was way too dark to get a good shot on the zoom lens shooting handheld. Pretty sure I’m focused on the branch in front of his face too. Oh well.

Here’s a gallery of all the shots in this post. Click on an image for larger resolution plus shooting info.

Artificial Consciousness Machines @ Federal Frenzy

Here are a few select images I took of the band Artificial Consciousness Machines who played this years Federal Frenzy in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. I would describe their sound as Jazz-fusion with an experimental and oftentimes even progressive tinge. The vocals were of course great, but I was also pleased and pleasantly surprised with the large percentage of strictly instrumental music they had on offer. For a brand-new band of about a month in the making, they sounded well rehearsed and put on a great show. The music is particularly fun to listen to and engaging. Definitely an asset to the Youngstown music scene!

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Last but not least, here are a few landscape, close-up, and animal images from over the weekend as well. If there is anything the internet needs, its more cat pictures.