The Museum of Divine Statues is the creation of artist/restorer Lou McClung. He always had an interest in religious statuary and began to save and restore pieces of religious art as churches in the area began to close or be consolidated. By 2012, he had refurbished and or restored enough statuary and collected enough church artifacts, to open The Museum of Divine Statues in the former St. Hedwig church in the Birdtown area of Lakewood, OH.
One hundred years ago Sunday, September 14, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church was dedicated. This past year has seen many different events, get-togethers, a picnic, a pysanky display and, back in July, an alumni reunion. While I posted these to Facebook after the event, I failed to remember that there are many more people that aren’t on FB that would like to see the pics from these events.
Zombie Hunters gather for planning
I’ve covered the Zombie Walk every year it’s been held in Amherst. Kristen’s been to everyone except the first one. Glad to see the MJ finally got on board this year. Unfortunately, with the rain Saturday morning, a lot of folks got scared and the turnout was much less than in the past. Even the dance troupe the “Monster Dolls” bailed because they didn’t want to get wet. Nice. Canceled a little bit before the event started. So while there were fewer zombies, it was still quite entertaining.
No walk is complete without a zombie bridal couple
This hunter and zombie seemed to be working on their stunt moves because they kept quite a few of us entertained with the “violence”, plenty of kicks and falls.
Very impressed with their stunts
Even zombies can have cute kids!
What would you do if one day you were told that your otherwise perfectly normal, healthy, 6-year-old little girl had a terminal brain tumor that would take her life within a year? This is exactly what happened to Ed and Megan McNamara whose daughter, Maria, was diagnosed with a diffused intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) on April 1, 2006. This was no April fool’s joke.
The replica of the 65-foot-long, 18-foot-wide Nina was built by about 20 men by hand without electricity or modern tools, according to Nina captain Stephen Sanger. Nina construction took 2½ years and was completed in 1991. Replicating the 85-foot-long, 24-foot-wide Pinta took about three years and was completed in 2005. Stephen Sanger said some electrical tools were used. The replica Pinta was built bigger than the original to accommodate up to 100 passengers for day trips.
When I first started reading about the settings on cameras, and what each of them did, I found the following:
aperture controls the area over which light can enter your camera.
The explanation that went with that statement was somewhat vague, and even moreso to a novice who was trying to get into photography on a serious level. It went on to describe how the larger the hole the more light that gets in – the smaller the hole the less light.
To me, that translated to brighter or darker. I mean, more light means brighter, less light is darker. Right? Duh?
Yea, um…..no. Let me show you.
Aperture settings are measured in f-stops. An f-stop of 1.8 is larger than an f-stop of 22. The above photo was shot with an f-stop of 2.8. Notice that the lilies in the background are blurred and undefined. The focus is on the flower in the center and foreground.
The photo above was shot with the aperture set at f/13. See how the lilies are much clearer and sort of distracting in this shot.
F/1.8 was the setting for the above.
Aperture (with the house very clear in the background) for this is f/16.
When you shoot in “Aperture Priority”, you control the f-stops and the camera will set the shutter speed. The reverse is true when you set it to “Shutter Priority”. On most cameras, these are the settings indicated by “A” and “S” on the dial, respectively.
Armed with this knowledge, get out of Auto or Program mode, and start shooting better pictures. Improve your photography skills and experiment with what YOU can do rather than what your camera can do for you.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a piece on the goings-on around Lorain. Wanted to dedicate myself to photography and stay away from the political aspect of the city. Recent improvements, or lack thereof, caused me to end the drought.
A little over two weeks ago, I’m coming home from running around to find that the city has started tearing up the sidewalks in my neighborhood. Sweet. They’ve been long overdue, since the neighborhood was built back in the mid-60′s. I see orange barrels down Miami Ave at 39th, 38th and 37th Streets. I see them down 40th Street at Stanford, Kenyon and Cambridge Ave. I pull into my driveway, but the corner at my property and the other three at the intersection haven’t been done yet. No big deal. Probably get it on Monday. Beginning of the week comes, and they start pouring concrete at the dug-up corners, but I don’t even have orange barrels yet. I pass one of the workers and ask if they’re going to get it today, and he tells me he has no idea. Wonderful.
I call the Streets Dept. and talk to a young lady and explain the situation. She says she’ll notify the person in charge. A week later and still nothing, I’m feeling I’m going to have to press the issue, I message my councilman via Facebook. So guess what?? My corner is going to get done!!! Next. Summer. Greaaaaaaat. Thanks, Lorain. I tried getting this corner done when Foltin was mayor because my neighbor’s daughter was in a wheelchair, and she’d go around the block with them, and the curb was raised up, making it very difficult for her.
My councilman told me that ” (The) City has an agreement with ADA to install handicapped ramps at all intersections as roads are done.” Sweet. Unfortunately, The corner where it was REALLY needed is going to be one of the last to get done. Congrats, Lorain, you never cease to amaze me.
And because I was such a horrible Dad that I’d never shown my daughter Hot Waters, or taken her to shoot the Lighthouse at night….