Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sepia Saturday - On Top of Things

This Sepia Saturday Suggestion nudges me into more than one direction. First I thought about the few LOST GALLERY photographs of people drinking or getting ready to.

But let's get back on topic, as they say in the boardroom. Let's look at some people caught with a drink in their hand.

Then I thought about the several examples of snaps taken from on top of something, looking down on the scene. That's a popular tourist photographic memento: a panoramic vista from a mountain top which always seems so breath taking in real life but not so much in the resulting photograph.

But first, when I think of slaking a thirst, I remember the day I caught a gathering of waxwings at the birdbath in my back yard on a very hot day. It was a lucky snap.

A gathering of...waxwings.

Man with a beer
I always figured this was Michael Caine.
Two portraits

A good shot
Drinking in public

Child with large drink
Woman on bed with drink

Moving right along, let's now look at some of those tourist snaps from the family vacation. Let's go up on the mountain...

Top of Stone Mt Above where I took pictures of base
landscape canyon
View from the mountain

Feather River Canyon 3rd day Cal
Unknown location 32
Feather River Canyon 3rd day Cal

Unknown Location 32

I just realized: This one was probably shot from on top of (or near it) Umbrella Rock on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. We looked at some pictures of Umbrella Rock a few weeks back on Sepia Saturday - Sitting On A Rock.

Umbrella Rock

Cliff dweller site This one has been identified. This is the "Lower Cliff Dwelling" in the Tonto National Monument in Arizona.
Unknown location 32
From the top of the hill

Okay, enough of that. Let's go up in an elevator and look at the city.

The reverse of this one says:
Bird's eye view of Seattle


out a building window 03
out a building window

Do these look familiar to you?

Okay, up on the mountain, up an elevator, what's left? Let's get the view from an airplane.

out a building window 02

Air base from the air
Airfield from the air

This is an Army Air Force base in Bassingbourn, England, in the winter of 1944/45.

aerial views 8000 feet 4 100 green filter 90mm Elmar 61 01

Aerial Shots poor 01
View from above

Mountain Railroad

Back to the mountain top, this looks more like a professional shot.

Okay, now head on back to the main floor and the Sepia Saturday home page for an assortment of interpretations of this week's suggestion.

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
sites on the web.

And for postcards try

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. I loved the twist on the prompt of people caught with drinks in their hands. Very clever. We're encouraged to 'think outside the box' and some did it pretty well this week - going with cars & light poles & harbors & now with drinks in hand. But even those who stayed with the danger theme have come up with such a wide variety of even that. It's what makes Sepia Saturday so interesting.

    1. Thanks La Nightingail. I almost didn't put together a page for this week because I couldn't decide on an interpretation of the theme. Finally I settled on two, the photographs from above and the drink-in-hand. I have seen quite a variety of interpretations this week. too.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Postcardy. It's one of my own favorites. It was a very lucky shot. Right light, right shutter speed and right place/right time. Plus it's a bird that is not really common to this area.

  3. Lucky or not, that's a great photo of the waxwings. Well done for identifying the view from Umbrella Rock.

    1. Thanks Brett Payne. I like the Waxwings too. Not a common bird for this area. I was really surprised to see them. I put that picture on the page and just looked at it thinking, "Where have I seen that bend in a river before?" I found it and added a post card view of Umbrella Rock from almost the same angle.

  4. A cool perspective of snaps. Google now has this magical way of pasting everyone's photos onto the street view of famous tourist spots, but I think finding a snapshot or postcard view on your own that is taken from another angle takes a really good eye. Well done.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. If I hadn't just reviewed the Lookout Mountain shots on Sepia Saturday recently, I'd probably never have connected it.

  5. I'd give a lot to get a shot of birds like that. Your shots from a plane reminded me I have a lot taken during WWII which are in my brother's war photos. Perhaps I can use them another time,

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. I consider the bird shot extremely lucky. Photographs from WWII are in great demand. The few that I have get more visits than any other category especially if they have aircraft or other equipment in the shot.

  6. Great sepia snaps but the waxwings are marvellous - what a shot!

    1. Thanks Little Nell. The waxwings were a lucky catch for sure. They all acted like young ones too. They were hesitant and hovering, some landing in the water. They settled in a group like this for only a few seconds and then moved on.

  7. That bird photo you took is wonderful, and your follow-on thought of drinks in hand is a very clever take on the theme.

    1. Thanks Jo Feathertston. I almost skipped this week's theme but decided late Friday to put this page together. I am glad I included the waxwing catch. They were certainly fun to watch.

  8. My parents are really keen birdos, Mum even paints them later - I must send them the link to see your waxwings
    What a collection you have!

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. I am glad you enjoyed them. My back yard gets visits from several bird varieties but this one was a big surprise.



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