My Plan Worked!

April 24th, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Today, was Delaware Defense Day 2022.

The largest annual event at Fort Miles in Lewes DE returned to its traditional fourth Saturday in April. This year it was held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on April 23rd.

Featured were World War II re-enactors, who brought vintage equipment and vehicles to Fort Miles.  An M-14 battle tank rolled in this year!  Folks were able to see black powder artillery firings and the surrender of a U-Boat crew, which occurred at Fort Miles in May 1945.

Planning allowed me to obtain the above shot easier than I could have even imagined when I was paid to doing something like this.

My plan was to use my trusty 15 year old Nikon D7000 camera and take video when the artillery was being fired. Once I captured a little video I would take a freeze frame of the moment I could see fire coming out the artillery barrel. I used Adobe Elements get the freeze frame.

Another part of planning was to ask one of the artillery crew was there a countdown before the gun was fired. He told me yes but to keep my eye on the guy with a lanyard attached to the gun. That’s what fired the device( a black powder charge with without a projectile.)

One needs to know what’s going to happen to get a picture of whatever does happen. If not, more than likely, you’ll watch it happen with the paper weight of a camera in your hands.

So I’ve found another way to get a still photograph of some very quick action. And didn’t need a new $6,500 Nikon which can capture 50 still frames per second for a short duration. The camera can also shoot video at 60 frames a second for a much longer duration.

I’m retired, I can’t afford a new camera 🙂

77 Emily’s Pintail Dr.

April 7th, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

That’s a beautiful home sitting on a very desirable corner. It listing for approx. $385,000 and Barbara Lawrence can be contacted for more information. She’s one of four licensed real estate professionals who live in my Bridgeville DE community. You can find all of them on Dave’s List, the online directory.

Aerial photography by E.W. Faircloth, a drone pilot with current FAA certification

77 Emily’s Pintal Drive

April 3rd, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Another drone shot, 77 Emily’s Pintail Drive

34 Amanda’s Teal Drive

April 3rd, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Another golf course lot, 34 Amanda’s Teal Dr.

A Little More Diversity

March 10th, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

My retirement community has a new landscaping crew, the fourth since 2007. The crews have been shown some diversity over the years. But with the new crew, they taken it up a notch.

The guy in front with pitch fork speaks Spanish along with the woman with a wheel barrel. This crew has two females working that I’ve seen so far.

The Price Of Freedom?

March 8th, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

During this time, in my life, as blogger a war is going between Russia and Ukraine.

Gasoline prices are rising because of efforts of NATO to punish Russia. Europe will feel a little more pain than the USA as it imports lots of Russian natural gas and oil. That and a little greed onpart of an industry which didn’t profit as much during the last two year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the country was warned prices might increase but it was worth it to protect freedom loving democracies such as Ukraine.

In Over His Head

February 23rd, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

There was a water main rupture between the clubhouse and fitness center. To fix the leak a repair crew had to punch a hole in concrete only feet from the front door of clubhouse. Then dig down about 7 or 8 feet to make repairs. The worker above below concrete slab.

He was in over his head.

Who Needs An Electronic Flash?

February 11th, 2022
Photography By E.W. Faircloth

Tonight I found myself under the stars. Our small community camera club gathered to get images of the Orion constellation. One of the members, Steve Burman, has an expensive digital telescope which can find and track objects in the sky. This device then allow up to a dozen folks to see its images on tablets and smartphone via WIFI. This telescope is like having your own observatory.

Below is an image we captured of the constellation. The telescope takes many frames and then stacks them to bring out more details and sharpness. You let this thing run for hours stacking frames to produce stunning photograph of some nebulae, constellation, galaxy, and etc.

Captured with Singularity App

I enjoy the challenge of old fashioned available light photography more than images of distance stars. So at these events I’ve take my tripod and not used electronic flash. Who wants somebody popping of flash at an event like this? In top image, I couldn’t see hardly anything except the telescope and light. Faces were barely visible with the naked eye.

The top picture was a 3 second exposure. It was shot at f/5 on a tripod. I must have take 6 pictures while Steve was using pointer to show where some object the telescope was capturing. I got lucky as he and other were still for just a few moments. I only needed one.

I’ll Never Forget!

January 6th, 2022
Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo

January 6, 2020 will definitely go down in history book. That’s the day Trump supports stormed the Capital Building trying to overthrow the USA government. The ring leaders of this attempted coup are preparing for 2022 and 2024 elections.

What’s amazing is many believe the big lie that Joe Biden and the Democrats stole the election, almost 40% of the population.

WTF?

My Eagle Has Landed!

January 4th, 2022
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This photograph was taken by my Yuneec H+ drone. It takes stills and videos. Here it was sitting on the ground before takeoff when I decided to take a still photo.