The lonesome tree

The Lonesome Tree
This is a pic of a lonesome tree which I found in Lancaster right by the Lancaster Host.

I took this photo while I was in Lancaster and I decided to beat the sunrise. I had been on a search for a lonely tree to capture a feeling of loneliness while firmly connected at the same time. This tree is strongly rooted. It gives a feeling that at one time it was not alone. Instead of looking at the tree as disconnected and alone, one can honestly say that it has outlasted all its surroundings. So the next time you feel alone, think to yourself, I am so strong that I have truly lasted longer than anyone else. And although it may seem as though as though you are alone, your roots go further than you think.

I took this shot with a digital camera called a Canon T3i. Because the light wasn’t too scarce, I raised up the ISO a bit and gave it a quicker shutter speed. I gave it an f-stop of 6.3 with a shutter speed of 1/640 to ensure the picture was clear. I am not the worlds best photographer by any means. But I don’t claim to be an expert. So if all you DSLR snobs out there, haha, that know everything, don’t even bother dropping a comment unless it is helpful. Thanks for your understanding.

H & K Squared

This is reminiscent of the formulae of of a circle
This is reminiscent of the formulae of of a circle

The digital photography at Northampton College is one of the finest around. The class is being taught by one of the most highly sought after photographers in the Lehigh Valley. The curriculum is overseen by the well-known photographer Tom Shilliae, whom has been featured in many photo galleries around the globe, and currently resides at the campus as the director of the art and communications program at NCC.

There is a sense of community here at NCC, a feeling that brings everyone together no matter where your from or even how old you are. You will find the Professor that Teaches this semester named Ryan Hulvat, is professional on every level, and who’s knowledge of photography has no bounds. He is also fully versed in the theory that is required to master the art of photography. After all, why not get the most for your money? Enrollment for summer classes start soon. Keep checking the website for further details about pricing and enrollment requirements.

My name is Jeremiah, and I am a student at NCC, and feel I am getting the best education possible. So far, studying at NCC has increased my earning potential, and made me a much happier person overall. I can not speak highly enough of the educators and tutors they have on staff. Thanks NCC!

The Beauty of Great Gorge Captured by Jeremiah Williams

Great Gorge
Great Gorge Valley, Jim Thorpe, PA

This photograph captures the beauty of Great Gorge, a valley deep in the mountains in Jim Thorpe, PA. This picture was taken from the foot bridge on the walking trail. We had really lucked out that day. It was a beautiful outside and the wind seemed to warm our bones with every new attempt.

The town of Jim Thorpe, originally called Mauch Chunk, has a lot of history as well as beautiful sights to see. If you travel down Broadway, you will pass by many historic buildings of the which the architecture has been extremely well preserved. At the bottom of Broadway lies the once very active Central Railroad of New Jersey Station. This station was converted into a beautiful visitors center, and is open most of the week.

If you keep traveling up Broadway you will see the spectacular architecture of Addison Hutton, whom built the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Building sitting at the intersection of Broadway and Lehigh Avenue. If you keep climbing up Broadway you will come to one of my personal favorite places to see any musical performances, The Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Built in 1881, the Mauch Chunk Opera House is a smaller sized venue, which allows the audience to get up-close and personal with the performer of their choice. When you first walk into this ancient structure you immediately feel that you are being transported into a world that only existed one hundred and fifty years ago.

If that’s not enough for you there is also the best Whitewater Rafting and Adventure center appropriately named Jim Thorpe River Adventures. I went here a few years ago during a damn release. Looking back I would call it the most fun I had during the summer of 2010.

You can travel to Jim Thorpe very easily from the Poconos, by traveling west on Interstate 80 to the Blakeslee 115 exit, then follow that road south until you start to see beautiful landscape. Alternatively one can drive on 209 the whole way as well. Then  proceed down all the hills to the bottom most point. Then arrive at one of the most pristine and cutest towns I have seen in Pennsylvania within a reasonable distance from the Pocono mountains.

East Stroudsburg University – Outdoor Food Court

East Stroudsburg University
A picture from the outdoor area of the food-court facing towards Normal st. By Jeremiah Williams

Here is a photo I took of the outdoor Food-Court area. It was such a cloudy and rainy day that everything seemed to blend into the shot so well!!! I am not the best photographer in the Poconos, but I am certainly not the worst either. I hope you like it. Feel free to let me know what you think, leave a comment.

View From The Summit of Mt Tammany – Appalachian Trail

Mt Tammany SummitThis is a panoramic photograph of the view at the top of Mt Tammany located on the New Jersey Side of the Delaware Water Gap, and is one of my favorite trails to hike. This trail has a difficulty rating of a 7 out of 10, by the Parks Commission. The climb ascends 1200 feet over 2 miles which makes the incline fairly steep, and at times almost treacherous. Because I live so close, I have the distinct pleasure of hiking this trail at least once a month. The mountain has always been there for me to depend on, when I am having a tough week.

This photograph was captured with my iPhone 4G. It was then stitched together seamlessly with Photoshop. Basically, if you want to turn your 6 megapixel camera into a 36 megapixel camera, just take 6 shots with a digital camera that has a 6 megapixel sensor and let Photoshop combine them. Just make sure you slightly overlap your shots, in order  to aid Photoshop in deciding where you want to connect them.

Self Portrait? Look Closely

Self - Portrait Look Closely
Self portrait taken at the High Museum in Atlanta

This image was captured at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. This piece was on the 4th Floor among the other breathtaking modern art to see on that floor. This piece stood about 6 feet tall and is completely circular. Also, it had a concave curve that seemed perfectly symmetrical, and was about one foot or so deep. It looked like it was built with thousands of pieces of cut mirrors, affixed to the inside of the concave shape. It also wielded another surprise which cannot be described in words, because it reverberated your own sound right back into your eardrums. My breath almost sounded like a tornado.If your ever in Atlanta Georgia and enjoy modern art, it is a great place to spend an afternoon.The 4th floor is where they house the modern art exhibits. I was impressed. I enjoyed the museum. I spent about half a day there. They do have other art located on the other three floors; it was not my cup of tea.

Playin’ Gritty Blues at the Annual Dellaria Picnic

The Blues Dude sings the Blues
The Blues Dude sings the Blues
Singing and playing the Blues at the Dellaria’s annual party. Photo By Elisa True-Byrne

I love blues guitar and I am not afraid to tell anyone. I have been profoundly affected by the great blues players of the 20th century such as; Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, and many others. Often I get asked the very same question after someone finds out that I play in a Blues Band; so, who is your favorite blues artist? I have to tell you, answering that question is absolutely impossible! It has to many variables. To be able to answer that question I would have to always play the same thing over and over. There is no way I would want to shortchange myself by listening to the same artists all the time.

Currently, and this may change, I am enjoying the legacy Freddie King has left behind. I like the way he uses a major tonality, or for you non-musicians out there, an uplifting put a smile on your face type of sound. Freddie King left us some real gems to play around with. His most famous song would probably be Hideaway. Almost every professional blues guitar player learns this at one time or another. Personally I tend to like to play slightly more obscure songs, like ones not as “played out” as much. For example, with the amazing group of musicians I usually play out with, we play Stumble because we know how many other people play hideaway. We like to keep things fresh, and this is very hard to do when your playing music that been around for, oh let’s say, at least 50 years.

To find more information about The Blues Dude, go to , THEBLUESDUDE.COM . This site dedicated to keeping the blues alive and well.

Happy Birthday!!

Birthday

Well today is a special day!! I just wanted to give myself gift of a personal website. Thanks everyone for saying such wonderful stuff about me on my birthday!!