Seeing Red

Ghosts of Highway 51

Ghosts of Highway 51

Yesterday was true to Wisconsin winter weather. Snow flurries, rain, freezing rain, high winds, biting cold and blowing snow, drifts and slushy roads. All within a five hour period. Once a month we make a trip north to Wautoma, a very well appointed town with great shopping. They happen to have a grocery store with a meat market that marinates, smokes, seasons, and packages their own sausages, brats, tenderloins, and chicken breasts. There are at least two dozen varieties each of brats and chicken breasts always in stock. These weren’t anorexic chickens, the breasts average a pound each. Well worth the drive once a month.

You're So Transparent

You’re So Transparent

Hubby is addicted to a smart phone ap named Ingress. It requires locating and destroying enemy portals. The portals are accepted into the system through a submission process including a photo of the portal, such as a public building or historical landmark and GPS location from its players.

Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

I asked if many players have been picked up as potential terrorists. For low levels like my “Grumpy”, it may take up to twenty minutes to take out and secure an area for himself.  “A few have been detained while the government tried to unravel the complications of the game.”   I reminded him ,”If aliens were among us, he and other Ingress players might be uploading information needed for the worldwide takeover by the Zombie Apocalypse”.

A River Run 'Neath It

A River Runs ‘Neath It

Any hoo –  the two hour afternoon drive for groceries. with a few Ingress stops at three additional small towns along the route, ended five hours later. I captured three vastly different sets of photographs for the blog while following the man around, capturing enemy portals on his phone. I asked my techno-leader which pics I should run first and he chose, Seeing Red. I should have known, red is his favorite color.

Oy, Feed and Imp

Oy, Feed and Imp

All photos in this seriers were shot during conditions of high winds and blowing snow on a 3200 ISO setting. Samsung WB150F pocket camera on manual settings. Post processing, OnOne Photo Suite (a very old edition). I had the high ISO setting cranked for an earlier shoot of the moon and Venus and forgot to reset it. I like the way it retained the grainy, atmospheric conditions of the day.

Other cameras I use are an old Olympus E550 which is a terrific little flower-power camera. It’s the one I also hand to Grumpy when I need a back-up shooter. My main gun is a Oly E510 that is beginning to feel sticky. I think, like my laptops, the end is approaching for my old field machine. I’m well antiquated, not well appointed. Also just starting to believe my own talent might be in my eye and not the cost of the equipment.

I’d love to hear from others that are on the same journey.


5 thoughts on “Seeing Red

  1. Hi Charly

    Great photos, incredibly atmospheric. I hope it’s warmer there, we’ve just had a run of 40C+ days here, insanely hot.

    Definitely your talent is in you not the equipment, I am firmly convinced that photography is about the photographer, not the gear.

    ‘Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.’ Yousuf Karsh.

    But, I’m also an occasional gear nerd, so on that track, if you ever look for another Olympus, check out the OM-D EM-5 or EM-1. I have an EM-5 and with the weather-sealed 12-50 (equivalent to 24-100 in old speak), it is an absolutely superb, micro 4/3 camera, so much smaller than SLRs – smaller sensor but great quality. I think you would love it.

    I just posted a stack of images taken on my Olympus recently, Goomburra NP walk – @

    All the best


    1. Still bitter cold, although we had a couple of days it didn’t feel like we were freezing outside. Long term forecast predicts at least another two weeks of this. We did manage to avoid the heavy snows and ice storms, they all fell a couple of hundred miles south of us and over towards the east coast. It’s great to see another Oly photographer. Seems everyone migrates to the other two and misses the quality of Oly (maybe it’s the lack of lens choices?). I like the size of the new camera although I haven’t actually handled one yet.

    1. Thanks Jim, especially for taking time to travel through the earlier posts. I’m still in the newbie stage at blogging, hopefully will get better in the coming months. I appreciate your compliment, it will certainly give me reason to keep going in the new year. See you again in the future. 🙂

      1. You may be a newbie to blogging but your photos suggest you are not a newbie when it comes to taking photos. Look forward to seeing your future posts. 🙂

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