Tuesday, October 13, 2015

image testing

Image Date: 1977
Facing: Northeast
Description: Building on Sullivan Main Street
Image Source: 5AH2894 site form


The Sand Creek Lateral was constructed by the
Northern Colorado Irrigation Company as part of its
High Line Canal irrigation system created on the plains
northeast of Denver in 1879-1883. The fifteen-mile
lateral, a component of the largest canal system
completed in Colorado, stimulated settlement and
agricultural development of the area. The creation of
the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in 1942 brought the
northern part of the Sand Creek Lateral within its
boundaries. The lateral carried waste generated by the
Arsenal's South Plants' chemical and incendiary
weapons production between 1942 and 1956. The
lateral also provided irrigation for asparagus crops
raised by prisoners of war during World War II. During
the 1950s, these same irrigated lands were leased by
farmers for cattle grazing and for the production of
wheat and barley. In the 1960s, the lateral was used
to irrigate fields of experimental wheat rust spores and
to transport contaminated water. While the portion of
the ditch on the Arsenal no longer carries water, the
waterway still retains many original features which
represent late nineteenth and early twentieth century
irrigation technology in Colorado. This project recorded
the bifurcation point of the Sand Creek Lateral from the
High Line Canal and the 5.8 miles of the lateral within
the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Text from: High Line Canal, Sand Creek Lateral HAER No. CO-43-A
Historians: Thomas H. Simmons and R. Laurie Simmons, Front
Range Research Associates, Inc., Denver, Colorado,
August 1998.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Comeback Kid

After a long hiatus I'm back. Completed my grad school coursework and can now refocus my energies on photography and archaeology once again. 

On the photography end of things, I have recently fell in love with the nikon e-series lenses. Made in the 70's and 80's for a cheap li e of aperture priority only cameras, their quality compared to today's offerings from nikon is amazing. Both in terms of quality of workmanship (metal parts) and sharpness, theses lenses offer a great option for the budget minded photographer at around $50 a pop because nikon made so many of them. I have found myself leaving my expensive AF lenses at home and venturing out more and more often with my 50mm 1.8 and my new (to me) 28mm 2.8. Both take amazing photos, and coupled with the d7000's ability to handle non-CPU lenses, I can finally stop guessing at exposure. 

On the archaeology end, I am finally back working in the field for real once again for an environmental services firm named SWCA. Our current main project is a wind farm near Rawlins WY being built to supply power to Nevada. I'm just coming off of an almost month long session in this gorgeous area. 

These developments have given me the energy to re-devote myself to this blog in the hopes of pushing myself forward photographically. I hope everyone will enjoy what I'm doing, and feel free to drop a line if you have any questions or suggestions!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Here are some of my pics from my trip to CA a few weeks ago. I went to attend an immersive on digital photography for archaeology at the Center For Digital Archaeology (CODA) (http://www.codifi.info/) and do some work on my thesis. I had a great time during the immersive and afterwards the instructor Michael and his Wife were kind enough to let me stay with them while Michael and I worked on my thesis stuff. During this time I got to do more photography than I have been able to in almost a year and here are a few samples. More to come!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Aerial Photography

So I recently figured out how to make photos taken out of the shitty plastic windows on a standard commuter jet somewhat passable.  This was great because following an experience several years ago I had all but given up.  However, upon returning from LA a week or two ago (its tough to remember with the end of the quarter happening at the same time) I discovered some adjustments in camera RAW that remove a good majority of the haziness.

Setting out this morning, I resolved to try Aerial photos again.  Throughout the 2-3 hour flight to Oakland I shot whenever something caught my eye out the window.  its a shame that the flight path didn't go over southern Utah, but I think I got some decent stuff.  One thing I was proud of was that I was able to photograph features that I could either recognize or later geo-refference (coordinates next to each photo's name/description.  if you copy/paste into Google maps you will see the photographed feature)

Denver    39.742359,-105.004807

Golden, CO   39.756903,-105.222988

Dillon, CO  39.630191,-106.044016

Other places, mostly in California but I have no idea where.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

First real attempt at a night exposure

So I've been wanting to do real night exposures for awhile now, but my camera has always hampered me as it can only do 30 sec exposures maximum before going to bulb.  The problem was that to get exposures that werent too dark I would have toopen my apeture all the way and/or jack the ISO values, both of which created a fair ammount of grain, something that as a sharpness junkie I am firmly against.  So, since I actually was not in school for this week I went and blew the cash on a cable release which would allow me to do longer exposures and actually went out to do some photos.  "Hey" I said, "maybe I'll even do a blog post."

This ended up being either a 13 or a 20 min exposure at F8 with ISO set at 200.  The higher f-stop and low ISO value again designed to minimize grain, but the guy at the camera store said 400 would really be okay.  I may try this agian at 400, besides, I wanted to get some stars in there.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Editing competition 1

The paintball forum that I am on is having a little editing contest in the photography sub-forum:  http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/photography/142396-editing-competition-1-a.html

Here is my submission for the first go-around: