Dawn from my office

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I have posted many sunrise photographs from my home, all of them captured from my porch or patio attempting to include something different in the foreground with an impressive sunrise. I’ve never posted a sunrise photo from within the house. Until this morning. And actually, to be technical, this is the dawn—that time before the sun rises.

See you on the highway.

Brent

Early morning fog on Zoar Road

Cold air over warmer ground usually produces fog and photo opportunities. Having recently downloading Instagram on my cell phone, I thought I’d start playing with it. This is one of the first images. Click on the photo to visit my account.

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See you on the highway.

Brent

ABCD: A Blogger’s Centerline Day

I learned of this, today. It’s not too late for other bloggers to jump in, but there are rules.

This is the first annual ABCD, A Blogger’s Centerline Day, where all bloggers are invited to photograph themselves and a centerline. I assume that means a road or highway centerline. Gary France, of USA Tour on a Harley Davidson, conceived this project, and he posted the rules of engagement for participants. (Also posted below.)

So, I headed out with two cameras to grab a photo and participate in this online event. I was not looking for a photo op that would cause hearts to stop beating or people to swoon. I just wanted to participate. So, I stood on the centerline with my Canon PowerShot Pro 1 on a mini tripod atop a guard rail post, and used the remote control to capture a few frames.

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I have some favorite roads for quick, stress-releasing rides. One of them is Ohio SR 350 between US 22 and the town of Lebanon. In the middle of this section of highway, a sign appears, “Semi trucks and camper trailers prohibited.” That’s because the road becomes very curvy with hairpin turns as it goes down into the Little Miami River Valley and back out again. It’s true. A semi would never get through there. But, a motorcycle … no problem.

In this photo, I am on the western side of the Little Miami River, and the highway is at a steep, hairpin curve exciting the senses going up, and testing the nerves coming down the hill approaching the even steeper portion of the inside curve. It’s a fun highway to ride as are all of the roads along the Little Miami River.

The five rules are simple:

Rule 1 – the picture must be taken on 1st May 2011.
Rule 2 – the picture must be of yourself, and you must be a person that publishes a blog. You can include whatever else you like in the picture, including other people if you wish.
Rule 3 – the picture must include the centerline of a road.
Rule 4 – you should publish the picture on your blog on 1st May 2011, along with a few words about the picture and why you chose that location or pose.
Rule 5 – when you have posted the picture on your own blog, put a comment on http://garysusatour.blogspot.com/2011/04/abcd-will-you-take-part.html and include in that comment the address of your own blog post containing your own picture.

Later, Gary says he will be posting links and photos to all who participate. Take a look at the creativity of the online community.

See you on the highway.

Brent

Photo gear tips and a BIG announcement

The latest Studio News has been issued, and includes tips on camera gear and one BIG announcement for subscribers of the Studio News. Read it here.

Of course, you’ll want to read it all, but here is why you want to subscribe.

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I’ve received very positive feedback from readers about the Studio News. People enjoy reading it, especially the travel related material. To thank you for your faithful readership, I have decided to give you first reports for an upcoming adventure, and when the adventure is complete, a free download to a full article. These reports will be identified with a unique banner, Sojourn Chronicles Special Report, and will not be produced on the web site blog. It’s for Studio News subscribers only!

The special reports will be all travelogue with a few tips thrown in, and will be sent from the road on a daily basis. I hope you will be entertained and perhaps enlightened, enough so that you will tell your friends.

Thanks again, for your faithful following. Let me know what you think.

The adventure begins later this month.

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Brent