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Through The Window

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Warmer Times

With about a foot of snow still on the ground this Presidents Day weekend in February, I have warmer times on the brain.  I thought I would share a quote from the former Black Flag front man instead of lamenting.  “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins

Through The Window

I took this photo last summer while touring Fricks Lock, which is an abandoned ghost town on the Schuylkill river in southeast Pennsylvania.  The town had historical significance as a lock town along the Schuylkill river canal system that allowed goods to flow along the river valley into Philadelphia.  The town went into a slow decline when the railroads moved in the mid 20th century and was finally abandoned in the lat 1980’s when the Philadelphia Electric Company completed the purchase of the remaining land when the Limerick Nuclear path came on-line just on the other side of the river.  The photo below is from the inside the lock tenders house that was built in 1817.  Unfortunately, the building caught fire and all that remains are the stone walls.  Occasionally, tours are held that allow visitors to walk through the restored village.

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February 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am

Connect The Dots

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November 19th, 2013 at 6:56 am

Ready For Harvest

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November 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am

Broken Bridges

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November 8th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Flight Of The Turkey Vulture

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November 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Pennsylvania Fall – Perkiomen Creek

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November 4th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Commerce

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Canon XTi | 50mm | 1/400″ @ f/8 | ISO100 | Processed in LR4

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September 4th, 2013 at 7:00 am

It’s A Shame, But I’m OK With It

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In my last post I lamented about HDR photography and why I am done with the format, at least for a while.  I have not given up entirely on the technique.  I have, however, decided to get back to some basics and my love of black & white photography.  Today’s photo was taken inside a home in the ghost town of Frick’s Lock that was built in the late 1800’s.  A wonderful building with outstanding Federalist style architecture, but unfortunately not open to the public.  I shot this through a dirty window.

fricks lock

Canon T4i | Tamron 10-24mm @ 13 mm | ISO 100 | 4/10″ @ f/8 | Exposure Bias -1 | Processed in LR4 & SEP2

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August 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am

The Blob Run Away!!

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I had a blast a couple of weeks ago attending my first Blobfest in Phoenixville,PA in suburban Philadelphia. Blobfest is a three day festival that kicks off with the “Run Out” at the Colonial Theater. The Run Out allows “Blob” enthusiasts to participate in the re-enactment of the famous scene where moviegoers sprint through the doors of the Colonial Theatre to escape the ooze.  As you can see, people also dress up for the event in their favorite horror costumes.

Click this link to learn more, my friend Shane Stone is interviewed about the festival.

The Blob

Canon T4i | Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm | 1/125″ @ f4.5 | ISO3200 | Processed in LR4

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July 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am

The Blob!

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I had a chance to recently to witness the reenactment of the famous scene from the movie The Blob where all the movie watchers run out of the theater.  The Blob, a famous B horror movie, was shot at the Colonial Theater in Phonixville, PA near Philly.  Every year, the scene is reenacted.  I took a ton a shots of people running out, so much so that I decided to try my hands at creating an animated GIF.  This is my first one, so how did I do?

Click here for a better view if the image below is not working properly: http://www.christophergent.com/photos/blobfest_runout.gif

bloobfest runout

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July 20th, 2013 at 7:00 am