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Danville Kentucky

I grew up in Danville, Kentucky. Danville is located in central Kentucky, south of Lexington. It’s a small town loaded with history. Of course, growing up, I never paid attention to any of these things. Now, when I go back to visit family, I can’t help but seek these places out. I want to share with you some of the historic places and the places that hold meaning. 

Constitution Square

Constitution Square Historic Site was the birthplace of Kentucky’s statehood. The site originally had a meeting house, jail, and courthouse. The cabins currently on the site are replicas of the originals.

Meeting house in Constitution Square

Ephraim McDowell House

McDowell House Museum was home of the “the father of ovariotomy”. McDowell was the first to person to successfully remove an ovarian tumor. The story is fascinating. I recommend reading about it. Visit their website for more info.

Vintage apothecary bottles
A shelf full of McDowell’s potions.

Burke’s Bakery

While not technically a historic site, it’s definitely a landmark. Burke’s opened in the 1970s and is still going strong. With donuts, pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, and more, there is sure to something to make everyone happy. I’m a big fan of the gingerbread men. My mouth is watering just thinking of them.

Burke's Bakery and Deli in Danville Kentucky
The sign for Burke’s Bakery and Delicatessen

Courthouse

The courthouse was finished in 1862. The Italianate style building was erected to replace the original courthouse, which burned down. The large clock tower can be seen from just about every angle in town.

Boyle County Courthouse in downtown Danville Kentucky
The courthouse in downtown Danville, KY.

Danville Office Equipment

Another local landmark, Danville Office Equipment has been in it’s current location since 1975. They sell everything from pens to computers. They also have a service department that started out repairing old typewriters, but now offer service for copiers and printers. My father worked here for over 40 years. I worked there for several years myself. 

Danville Office Equipment in downtown Danville Kentucky
Danville Office Equipment on Main Street

I have been to many small towns in the south. See my Tuesday Trekkin’ blog for just a few of them. Danville is one of the few that still maintains that active hometown feel. Many towns are empty with closed up and shuttered shops and restaurants. It’s great to see a small town maintaining a vibrant, active downtown. 

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Wrist Jewelry Photo Challenge

I run a weekly photography challenge group and this week’s challenge is wrist jewelry photography. Things have been a bit crazy for me, so I had to whip an image out fast. I like to use an example for people to see, so I had to have something. I found this old bracelet and did some experimenting with it.

Our Wisteria bush is blooming like crazy this year, so I thought I would use it as a background. I originally planned on just taking photos of the bracelet. But thought I’d do a quick pic with it on my arm.

This is the original image, before any work.
I applied a filter
The bracelet before I added the purple color
Selective color purple image.
The stones are now purple and really stand out. 

In order to change the color of the stones, I used hue/saturation in Photoshop. The color desaturation is done using a black and white layer with masks.

Feel free to share your own wrist jewelry images in the comments or share your link!

Silhouette Photography

For me, photography is about catching a moment. That moment can be a backlit street scene or twin church towers silhouetted by a setting sun. 

Taking a break at the Capitol Building in Richmond, VA.
2 people take a break at the Capitol Building in Richmond, VA. 
Central Park Trefoil Arch with people walking through.
People walk under the Trefoil Arch in Central Park. The shape of the arch is unique, the backlit people walking through gives it a little extra.
Saint Anne's Church towers on the Danube in Budapest.
The bell towers of Saint Anne’s Church are silhouetted against a setting sun.
A man in a hat silhouetted against window in Cuba.
A man takes a break beside a window in a museum in Cuba.
The Grattan Bridge silhouetted against a sunset in Dublin, Ireland.
The seahorses on the Grattan Bridge in Dublin, Ireland.

City Reflections

Most photographers love reflections. I am no exception. A great deal of my photos are street photography from cities and small towns. My favorite thing is take photos of window reflections. The images are a mix of what’s inside and what’s outside, giving it a sense of place and time. 

Macy's shop window reflecting tables and chairs in Herald Park.
Macy’s shop window reflecting tables and chairs in Herald Park.
A silver dress with red and orange leaves on the inside. City life on the outside
A silver dress with red and orange leaves on the inside. City life on the outside
A colorful tableau in Budapest, featuring a yellow and green phone booth and a well dressed mannequin.
The window of Cafe Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary
The window of Cafe Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary

Book Lovers Art

I love books. I admit that I do most of my reading on a tablet these days. It’s better for my neck and back to not be carrying around heavy books. But I still love physical books. I have recently been using them for still life photography. A book in particular that I have been using is called Early Steps in Science by Hanor A. and Didcoct John J. Webb (according to the internet). However, my book says Webb & Didcoct. I found the book at a thrift store and thought a book about early science might be a cool thing to have. Turns out, it is perfect for making art for book lovers.

Trains

It’s no secret that I love all things train. This cool book has a section on travel. The very first section is on trains. I decided the best way to treat this section was with a pocket watch. In early the early days of the railroad, conductors used pocket watches to ensure accurate timing of the train, to prevent accidents with other trains.  They used a very specific railroad approved watch to ensure accuracy. I thought this combination worked well. This image is finished with a sepia tone and vintage style texture. It reminds me of early still life photography.

Time to Read is a sepia image, featuring a pocket watch and book by Sharon Popek
Time to Read

Clothing

I take a lot of photos of shop windows. The images tend have cool reflections and odd lighting. This image felt boring on its own. But when added to a chapter about clothing, it’s something entirely different and unique.  

Photography and Motion Pictures

A composite of the front of the book, a pocket watch, and a chapter on Photography and Motion Pictures. Also finished with a vintage look to represent early photography. 

Be sure to visit my previous Book Art post for other book imagery.

Sailboats at Dock

Another popular image in my gallery, is Sailboats Reflected. This image was taken several years ago at a local marina. It was late autumn and the boats were put away for winter.  We got up extra early to try for a sunrise image. But the fog was thick and covered everything. I admit that I prefer the fog. It gives this image that early morning on the water feel. No one is around, the water is quiet and still. The slow moving current creates a perfect reflection of the sailboats at dock.

Sailboats sit at the dock, reflected in the quiet water below.
Sailboats reflected on the water.

Prints are available in different sizes and finishes. I recommend an acrylic print for this image. 

Tote bags, mugs, and other products are also available. These would make great gifts for anyone who loves sailing.

Colorful Tulips in the Sun

This is one of my all time favorite images. It’s also very popular. Not as popular as Boot Fan. But definitely, a preferred image. 

Spring Excursion

It was a early spring and the flowers were starting to bloom. We had heard about a local thing called Open Gardens. This is where a local person allows a bunch of strangers to wonder about in their yard and enjoy the fruits of their gardening labors. We found this house on the list and decided to check it out. We were there in the morning, when not too many other people were out. The sun was filling all those beautiful tulips with light, creating a blanket of color and light. 

Colorful Tulips in the Sun by Sharon Popek
Cups of sunlight

 

 

Fair Nostalgia

Everybody remembers going to the local fair. It’s warm outside and the day is long. You arrive, buy your handful of tickets for rides and games. I know, it’s wristbands now, but in my day, it was tickets. The music is blaring from the rides and the carnies are yelling out to passersby, “Win a prize!” The smell of corn dogs and polish sausage fill the air. Funnel cakes are obtained and eaten. And at the end of the day, the sun sets and the lights come on.

Ferris Wheel at dusk.

Phoneography

As much as I carry my camera around with me, I do sometimes find myself without it when there is a photo that needs to be taken. Cell phone cameras these days are pretty nice. I won’t get super large prints from the files, but small to medium sized prints will look excellent from these files. Here is a quick gallery of recent phoneography on the train to New York. 

Dining car at night by Sharon Popek
This is what the dining car on the Crescent line looks like at 3am. I was going through to the bathroom, did not have my camera, so I took it with my phone. 
The dining car with a sun flare by Sharon Popek
The dining car at dinner, as the sun was setting. We went in for dinner. I did not bring my camera, because I was hungry and tired. But the sun coming through that window was more than I could resist. Cell phone worked great. 
The NYC skyline from the train by Sharon Popek
The view from the window as we were entering New York City on the Crescent line. The camera was picking up so much dirt on the windows, so I tried the cell phone. I’m happy with this the way it came out. 

Boot Fan

“Boot Fan” is one of my most popular images. It has sold more than any of my other photos. It’s one of my own favorites, as well.  

Where did the boots come from?

Everyone wonders where those beautiful boots were found. They belong to a good friend who is a boot fan. Well, she’s more than a boot fan, maybe addict is a better word. She has great taste, so I’m not knocking it. When I saw her wearing the first pair, I knew I had to do some photos of them. When I got to her house and found lots more boots, I knew we were going to make some beautiful photos.

What’s with the texture under the boots?

When looking around for someplace to shoot the boots. I noticed that she had this big, cool looking rock in her front yard. With it’s gray and red colors and the natural texture of the rock, it made the perfect backdrop. We shot several different setups. Some with boots on their sides and a little haphazard.

A pile of boots
Another pile of boots.

We did some with single pairs. I love these images, but they are not as popular as the Boot Fan.

A single pair of boots
 A Single pair with flowers.

All of the above images are available for sale in my gallery. Click here, to find out more.