blizzard 2010

We received 24 inches of snow.  I measured in the middle of the driveway, since that is what we have to shovel.  There were deeper drifts in the backyard.  Snow this deep reminds me of my childhood in Ohio.  The day’s schedule has been shovel, play in the snow, sit by the fire, and repeat.  Fortunately, we have power, for the moment, and do not have a need to travel.


(c) W. Erl Houston

Fall came late to the DC area, but it finally arrived after a warm September and October.  I was photographing an 8th grade St. Albans football game, when I observed this beautiful view of the National Cathedral.

Landscapes at 70mph (part 2)

This is another photograph taken from the moving train.  In both photographs, we were traveling in northwestern New Mexico between Albuquerque and Raton.  I wish the light and clouds had been this perfect during our entire trip from Flagstaff, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois.  Comments and/or crtiques always welcome

Landscapes at 70mph (part 1)


On a recent train trip across the United States, I photographed some landscapes through the window of the train.  This act required cleaning the inside of the window as best I could, pressing the front of the lens against the window, setting my aperature for f5.6 to insure some depth of field(shutter speed was 1/2000 and ISO was 400), and timing the release of the shutter for the best possible moment.  I had no second chance.  I could have increased my odds of well composed images by using the continuous shooting mode on my camera, however, that seemed to me to take all the challenge out of it.  For me it was one scene, one photograph.  In the end it was entertaining and I am pleased with several of the images.  Comment and/or critiques always welcome.