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Beauty exists everywhere, all around us,
all the time and in every thing.

Beauty is like a key, that unlocks a feeling.

As a photographer, the goal is to see it,
to capture it, to preserve it,
and hopefully convey it to others.

(This was inspired by stefangrosjean's entry:
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is Over!

As many of you are already aware, I was there Saturday (second to the last day), so effectively I opened and Closed Ren Faire. I took 440 pictures on Saturday, certainly the most pictures I've ever taken in one day. I really enjoy taking pictures of people and I don't often get a chance to do so.

A few of them came out pretty well. I've posted some and hope to post more as time and inspiration permit.

Fairy Gossip by TheMightyQuinn Renfaire Fairie 9-21-12 2 by TheMightyQuinn Telling the Story by TheMightyQuinn Fairy In-Stance by TheMightyQuinn

Renfaire Fairie 9-21-12 1 by TheMightyQuinn Waiting for a Customer by TheMightyQuinn Working the Crowd by TheMightyQuinn

Selling Flowers at Renfaire by TheMightyQuinn The Blue and Gold Knight by TheMightyQuinn Presiding over the Event by TheMightyQuinn

All of my Ren Faire photos can be found here:…
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Well, I finally had a chance to try out my new camera at Ren Faire! I'm pretty happy with the results. I like the auto-iso feature. I'm pretty happy with my 40-150 lens. I still have a lot of learning to do...

Ren Faire Folder
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Well, I've had my new camera for about a month, now. I'm starting to get used to it. I decided that since the OM lens adapter wasn't forthcoming any time soon I'd get the 40-150 mm (80-300 mm in 35mm film parlance) lens instead (only a few dollars more). I find, though, that I take most of my pictures with the 12-50 mm. I'm enjoying the wide-angle,

I still have a few things to learn - I couldn't get the flash to work at a restaurant on Saturday evening - it's included with the camera and fits on the hot shoe - back to the manual...

Anyway, you'll see more shots from the new camera - as well as an increasing number of shots from my iPhone. The beauty of the iPhone is that I always have it with me...
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After eight years shooting with an Olympus C-750UZ (which is essentially a high-end point-and-shoot) I have taken the plunge and ordered a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless SLR!

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited.

I inherited an OM-2 from my father with a reasonable complement of lenses. I have given the OM-2 to my son, but intend to share the lenses with him, as the OM-D has an adapter (which I also ordered) which should allow me to use the OM-2 lenses (with the usual caveats as a result of the different sensor/film size).

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F. Taylor Ostrander Jr. by TheMightyQuinn

My father passed away on November 10th. He was 101!

I will miss him. He inspired me to become a photographer.
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See her TWiT Photo interview on YouTube: Jingna Zhang Interview

See her deviantART page: :iconzemotion:
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Father and Son
Photographs by F. Taylor Ostrander and Frank Ostrander

At the Cornwall, NY Town Hall - Sponsored by the Cornwall Recreation Department

The first part of this exhibit consists of six black and white photographs by F. Taylor Ostrander taken in the late 1930s with an early Exakta SLR camera and printed by him. The senior Mr. Ostrander is now 100 years old living in a nursing home in Williamstown, MA. The remaining photographs are by Frank Ostrander, taken (mostly with a digital camera) between 1982 and 2008 and printed using various commercial services.

Here's a direct link to my photos: Gallery
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Happy New Year to all my friends on deviantART and elsewhere!!!
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Hi Everyone,

Well, I've been trying diligently to infuse myself with Christmas Spirit in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. I Listened to Patric Stewart's A CHristmas Carol in its entirety and sang Christmas Carols at the Cornwall-on-Hudson Tree Lighting, but I'm afraid that it just isn't working. This evening the only emotion I was feeling was anger. All it took was a parking ticket because I punched the number in wrong this morning (I was off by one digit). At least my anger has so far only been directed at inanimate objects...
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Dear Republicans.


Yours Truly,
Frank Ostrander
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
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I was raised on Rock-n-Roll (I started listening in 1957 when I was four!), though my parents' involvement was accidental. They let me have a radio when I was sick and tuned it to the classical station, but I wasn't one to leave things alone so I started tuning other stations. I listened to WINS when it was a rock station, then WMCA (the Good Guys), then WABC (Cousin Brucie, etc.) - all from New York. I knew every popular song on the radio when the Beatles appeared on the scene, and remember vividly just how much I liked them. I was into all the progressive rock bands of the late 1960s/ early 1970s (WOR-FM when it was a rock station and later WNEW-FM and WPLJ). I did sound for bands all through the 1970s and into the 1980s (including a band called Blue Angel whose singer became famous shortly thereafter!). I was a huge fan of Punk and New Wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s (KROQ, Pasadena CA and WPIX, NY). I got hooked on Reggae in 1972 (after hearing The Harder They Come soundtrack) and continue to enjoy it to this day. Alternative rock was my thing all through the 1980s and 1990s (back to KROQ, and later WDST, Woodstock, NY). XTC and Squeeze were my fav's. I got into a band called The Orb in the early 1990s which was really my introduction to electronica, but because the record industry in the US refused to acknowledge its existence I had to wait for internet radio to get really into it. Trip-Hop, Chillout, Ambient, etc. This is where the rest of the world has gone, but America didn't follow. Too bad. It's our loss. A little bit of this genre sneaks on to television (Zero 7 on Sex in the City and Massive Attack on House, etc.).

I listen to music incessantly - it drives other people nuts!

A few good internet radio stations are:

Monkey Radio
DJ Dusty's Afternoon Nap
Radio Paradise
181.FM Chillout…
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I can remember having a brownie camera when I was ten. In 1966, when I was 13, my family spent a summer in Europe (my father had worked there for nine years after WWII and met my mother there). He gave me an old Exakta camera ( similar to… ), which I instantly fell in love with. It used 120 film, and was almost like having a large-format camera. I took quite a few pictures (lots of European trains), which I still have. The Exakta camera eventually needed repair, and proved difficult to fix, so my father gave me a little Zeiss Icon Contina 35mm camera (… ), which only had a viewfinder and manual everything. I had already been spoiled by the Exakta, but I took many hundreds of pictures with the Zeiss Icon. Some of them I've posted on DA ( [link] series and [link] ). I really need a good scanner and/or a good negative scanner.

When I was in High School, my father (with help from my brother and me) restored an old (ca 1920s) darkroom off or our garage, and I spent many hours in it, mostly trying to perfect the process of printmaking. I was never very good at it, and have a handful of yellowed, curled-up prints to show for my efforts.

This post was inspired by :iconlasa-patera:
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Here's a collection of color slides from all around the US - taken between 1939 and 1943. They were taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.


They really bring that period in US history to life. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
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Yesterday I saw an outstanding photograph accompanying a New York Times article.

The subject is not a cheery one - quite the contrary. It is the funeral service for the activists killed in the recent turmoil in the Middle East. And yet, there is much beauty in this photograph. There is an overriding sense of peace and dignity. The creative use of lens and framing make this an interesting photograph. The mourners appear to radiate out from the center. I hope you find this photograph as inspiring as I have.

Photo Credit: Ibrahim Usta/Associated Press; Article from New York Times

I hope I have given adequate credit to the photographer and source.
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I find that I am a little envious of photographers who can be their own subject. What a blessing to not have to go searching far and wide for an inspiring subject! A morning standing in front of my own camera* a month or so ago, with no prior planning, only natural light, no props, and dubious results taught me a lesson. People on DA who take lush photographs of themselves are really talented and work really hard to achieve these results. This realization leaves me triply envious!

I must accept the fact that I am very much the casual amateur photographer. I never plan an outing, unless you count going to Ren Faire (one of my favorite haunts). I do try to keep my camera about me at all times. I shoot mostly landscapes and objects, with a little wildlife thrown in if it happens to avail itself. I enjoy photographing people, but only on a candid (or at-least semi-candid) basis. I've been tempted to expand my exploits in the realm of portraiture.

That's all for now...

*(I decided to document my long hair before I cut it. I had let it grow for five years and it was down to my waist in a long pony tail. It's been reduced to much a shorter one, and donated to
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Here's a recording of a Northbound CSX train at Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY made on Saturday, July 19th, 2008. I made the recording from my backyard, which overlooks the railroad tracks and the Hudson River:

Northbound Train.mp3

There's been a link to this in my scraps for some time. At the suggestion of :iconholzernes-herz: I'm posting it here.
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Stolen from :iconjdawg9806:

who stole it from :iconthe-car-gallery:

who stole it from :iconwastemanagementdude:

who stole it from...

Do you drive the speed limit?
Most of the time I exceed it, but not enough to get caught.

Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yes, and a few warnings.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven?
Probably not much over 100 mph.

Do you listen to music in your car?
music or public radio.

Would you rather be the driver or the passenger?
usually driver, unless I'm tired.

Do your passengers like to be backseat drivers?
Especially my wife.

Whats the longest distance you’ve ever driven in one day?
I try to limit my driving to six hours in a given day, but I've done more. Don't know how many miles, though. Probably about 400.

Where was the first place you drove when you got your license?
My favorite back roads. Someone in a VW tried to play chicken with me! I chickened out immediately.

Did you have any restrictions on where you can drive?

What kind of car do you drive?
Saturn Vue.

What was your first car?
1953 VW Sedan (We drove it around our property, but I never registered it - too bad, it was a nice car.)

How many cars have you owned?
Too many to count. Here are some:
-2 Simca 1000s (and a third one for parts)…
-Austin Healy 100-4 (never drove it, but my friend got it going and I rode in it once)
-1954 Chevy 3/4-ton truck (AKA: The Mighty Quinn) with a Grumman-Olsen aluminum van body - I kept it for 17 years! I think I replaced everything on it at least once.
-1966 Chevy Biscayne with 250-6 and three-speed on the column - great crusing car!
-1967 Buick Special Wagon 300 V8 and a three-speed on the column. Got many miles out of this one.
-1963 GMC full-size School Bus - drove it to Cali...
-1957 Olds 88-Super - drove it back to NY (Sadly it rusts to this day in my friend's front yard.)
- 1970 Volvo 164 (Nice car, but lots of trouble - engine finally blew)
-1970 Plymouth Duster with 318 V8 and three on the floor and a noisy differential.
- Various 1974 Volvos (2x 144, 1x 145) all four-speed.
- 1987 Chevy S-10 4WD Pickup with 2.8L V6 and 5-speed on the floor. Bought new, drove for 140K miles - sold to friend who put another 100K miles on it and sold it in Mexico for $2500 with 240K miles - go figure.
- 1996 Jeep Cherokee with 4Cyl 2WD and 5-speed on the floor - not very reliable - traded it in at 80K miles.
- 2003 Saturn Vue with 4Cyl front wheel drive and 5-speed on the floor. 155K miles and counting - going strong, most parts original, replaced a lot of wheel bearings though.

Did you pass your learner’s permit test the first time?

Are you nervous about driving over bridges/tunnels?
a little. I often try to imagine the feeling of having a bridge collapse under me as I cross.

Do you have a lot of junk in your car?
Garbage and other things, tools, equipment, wire, etc. seem to accumulate.

Is your car clean?
it gets washed once or twice a year, whether it needs it or not...

Do you sing while driving?

Ever driven around without going anywhere?
We called it cruising for burgers:

Cruising for burgers
In daddy's new car

My phony freedom card
Brings to me
- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Ever followed someone while driving just to see where they were going?
Probably, when I was in High School.

Do you use cruise control?
Sometimes, but I don't like it.

Do you blast your music?
My friends used to know I was coming because they could hear the music (no subwoofers) before they could hear my truck. Now I still blast the music, but I wear hearing protector ear plugs.

Ever run a red light?
Once I ran a red light because I was distracted by the police car on the side of the road. When I realized what I had done I pulled over and waited for him to gome over and give me the ticket...

Ever been chased by the cops?
Once I thought they might be after me and I took a detour.

Ever been in an accident?
two major, a couple of minor

Ever have a flat tire?
a few times. And twice I had wheels come loose on me. Makes a sound that reminds me of the gears on a streetcar.

Ever had something else happen to your car?
-In one of my Simca 1000s the steering wheel mount broke while I was driving and it fell in my lap. It was still connected at the other end through a rubber U-Joint. So I handed it to my friend in the passenger seat and said "Here, you drive..." - True story. My friend recently recounted it to me on Facebook.
-In my 1967 Chevy Nova and the lower A-Frame broke (literally into two pieces) as I was backing out of a parking space.
-Once, in my 54 Chevy Truck while parked, my friend got in and pushed on the brake - it went right to the floor. A brake line had burst - but miraculously didn't do it while I was driving. He must have had a heavier foot than me.

Does your car have a sunroof?

Is your transmission automatic or stick-shift?
I've only owned one car with an automatic - a 1957 Oldsmobile 88 Super.

Does your car get good gas mileage?
It does pretty well. 25-29 MPG

Ever run out of gas?
Oh Yes! Once I ran out on the NYS Thruway and coasted half a mile to the gas station. Other times I wasn't so lucky.

Ever run over an animal with your car?
At least one rabbit, probably a squirrel or two, a racoon, and once a bird got jammed in my grille - broke the grille.

What year is your car?

Most passengers you’ve ever had in your car?
probably quite a few.

Places you usually drive your car?
to work

Ever get your car stuck somewhere?
many times

Ever back your car into something/someone back theirs into yours?
I backed my truck into a parked car once.

Ever get a parking ticket?

Ever driven without a license?
Once, when I was 15. An old truck that had gotten stuck. I was the smallest person so they had me drive while everyone else pushed.

Ever race your car?
not professionally

Have a good driver’s ed teacher?
i guess

Ever had your windshield wipers stop working?
yes - on the NYS Thruway in a downpour at 70MPH with trucks all around - not fun.

Ever lock your keys in your car?

Anyone ever throw up in your car?
I have three children - now teenagers - what do you think...

Ever lose your keys?
maybe once

Ever have a dead battery?
many times

Ever hit a mailbox or run in a ditch
I don't think so.

Ever leave your lights on?
too many times

Do you have a car payment?
Not right now

Ever drive drunk?

Ever come close to getting in an accident but didn't?
What do you think?

Do you like driving?
I liked it more when I was younger. Now I take the train whenever I can.

Do you like your car?

Feel free to steal!
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