Golden Spike National Historic Site


During the holidays I was able to take some time to go visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site.  It’s about an hour drive from my house and is located in the middle of nowhere Utah.  It was a cold, cloudy & snowy day but well worth the time to make the trip out there.  I won’t get into detail what the place is but it’s where the Central Pacific Railroad met up with the Union Pacific Railroad  in 1869 to complete the first trans continental railroad across the United States.  The conductor would drive the train down the tracks then back again to give the spectators a show.  I was able to capture some audio of the train as it went down the line and then returned.














Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals


Today’s configuration: Sony RX100 II & Apple iPhone6

It was time for the annual trip to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The weather was perfect in Pittsburgh and we had great seats.  It was all setup to be a great game, the crowd was fired up and ready to go.  The game was good and the crowd was really into it.  At the last two minutes of the game Roethlisberger threw an interception and the Bengals won.   Needless to say there were a lot of upset people but for me it was fun spending time with family and enjoying a nice fall day.  I had a layover in Detroit and had to photograph the light tunnel again.

Enjoy, thanks for stopping by.


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Project [52] – twenty one

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Pisa is city in Tuscany located in central Italy.  The leaning tower of Pisa is well known throughout the world so I apologize for the boring photo above.  I’m sure it’s just like all the other thousands of pictures that were taken that day.  Whenever I visit famous landmarks I always try to find a location that gives me a different vantage point.  This place has been photographed so much that I had a hard time finding something that I considered unique.  I was able however to capture a few images that I considered unique that I am sharing today.  The first image is the traditional shot that everyone takes as the pass through the main entrance.  It’s a great site to see these massive buildings as you round the corner.  The second image was taken with a very wide angle lens (16-35mm).  I was able to stand about 20 feet away from the bell tower to get this shot.  The tower stands at around 183 feet so I was pretty impressed with my full frame camera and this wide lens.   The last shot was taken with my iPhone 4 and processed with Cameramatic app, still a traditional angle but I liked what the iPhone was able to capture.

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© Scott O. Smith, All Rights Reserved


Project[52] – eleven

Getting away from the daily grind at work is good sometimes.  Last week I was able to attend a conference for my day job in Nashville Tennessee.  It was a good conference and gave me some great ideas to try out to make my job easier.  There were several keynote speakers that talked about being successful in everyday life and I was able to glean lots of information and apply it to my day job and to my photography job.  My wife was able to go with me so we extended our stay a few days to do some site seeing.  Our hotel was next door to the Grand Ole Opry so buying tickets was easy.  The picture above is of Pam Tillis.  They had a variety of singers perform that night.  I’m not a big fan of country music but my wife and I really enjoyed the entertainment.

Even though I was able to pack around my DSLR with me all the time it wasn’t always convenient to have it out of my backpack.  I was able to use my iPhone quite a bit for some detail shots and really like having something that was small and could fit in my pocket.  I’ve included a few of my favorite shots below.  I’d go back to Nashville in a heart beat, I’d like to see it in the early summer or late fall.


Project[52] – five

I”ve been waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon for a while and was happy with the recent announcement.  I made switch about a week ago and couldn’t be happier.  My android has been good but for photography related applications and uses the iPhone is much better.
Ever since I purchased a Holga I’ve enjoyed Lo-Fi photography.  I know I’m a little behind the curve of most iPhone users but I’ve been playing around with a few popular iPhone apps that give the Lo-Fi look.  I have a project that I’m working on getting going that involves Lo-Fi photography and the iPhone along with these apps will help move that project forward.  I’ve included a few of my favorite photographs from this past week.