The C.C. Filson Co. store photographed Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.
We didn’t travel anywhere to photograph the eclipse – it seemed like would be a mad house where ever we decided to go, and mother nature always has a way of putting a damper on things, so we didn’t chance it. Besides, we had back to back assignments here in Columbus, which would have only added to the hectic pace if we went out of town. Sadly the clouds moved in right at totality .
The top image was about 45 minutes before totality and it was much clearer – you can even make out a couple of sunspots on the left limb of the sun with the wispiness due to cirrus high altitude clouds.
Photographed with a Canon 5D MkII, 300mm and B&W ND110 3.0 ND filter.
During my many years on the street for several different newspapers and magazines I was stopped by police and security personnel dozens of times from taking images of events and even buildings and once even detained shortly. On more than one occasion I was asked to hand over or destroy the film and CF cards that the images resided on. Knowing my rights, I stood firmly and did not allow this.
The image below is one example of an image that caused my detention – photographed from a road, belonging to the county, an American Electric Power security guard stopped me and threatened me, demanded my camera card and forcibly detained me. Luckily a Sheriffs deputy was passing by, saw the confrontation, and having a more level head than the security guard defused the situation.The American Civil Liberties Union has a wonderful website post regarding the law and how to deal with being restrained from taking images in public places.
Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.
LEARN MORE at the ACLU site.
State Auto Insurance Christmas Corner photographed Friday, December 16, 2016.
In the middle of the Great Depression, Robert Pein, founder of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co., gave Columbus a gigantic Christmas present – one that decades later still brings joy to the city each yuletide.
In 1931, as the nation struggled thru the great depression and unemployment was rampant, Pein had the State Auto Insurance’s building on E. Broad Street decorated with more than 1,000 blinking lights, Christmas trees on the roof and an electric sign proclaiming “Christmas Greetings.”
Pein, who grew up the third of seven children in an impoverished Cincinnati household, was intent on his spectacular Christmas decorations because he recalled that although his family had been poor, “Christmas was somehow Christmas.”
Pein, who died just before Christmas in 1956, called the display a “Christmas card to the community.”
No photos survive of the original display, but The Columbus Citizen newspaper noted on Dec. 25, 1931: “Trinity Episcopal Church boys sang Christmas carols in front of the State Automobile Insurance Co. building on Christmas Eve in the city’s only outdoor public observance.”
On Christmas Day that depression year, the display gave cheer to passers-by on their way to church, friends’ homes and family gatherings.
The next year, the display was back — with 1,000 more lights, four crosses, a star and 853 Christmas trees. “Eight electricians worked around the clock for a week to complete the spectacle,” the company reported.
The display disappeared during World War II years and was downsized during the postwar years while the company’s headquarters were remodeled and rebuilt.
The company’s entire E. Broad St. building, which was now five stories tall, was decked out for the 1954 display. In 1962, the display’s signature life-size Nativity figures were added.
For 50 years, Mary, Joseph and a changing array of Nativity figures have drawn crowds each Christmas season.
In 2009, the display was moved from a raised area in front of the building to a small park to the east, where families can walk among the statues as they follow the story of the birth of Jesus.
The Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station photographed Sunday August 21, 2016.
In the early 1970s, a small pond was expanded to a 160-acre (65 ha) lake to serve as an emergency backup water supply for the station. The lake has always received its water from the Folsom South Canal and has no relationship with the power plant’s daily water supply. Surrounding the lake is 400 acres (160 ha) of recreational area originally operated by the County of Sacramento for day-use activities.
The 2,772 MWt Babcock & Wilcox pressurized water reactor (913 MWe) achieved initial criticality on 16 September 1974 and entered commercial operation on 17 April 1975.
On 20 March 1978 a failure of power supply for the plant’s non-nuclear instrumentation system led to steam generator dryout. (ref NRC LER 312/78-001). In an ongoing study of “precursors” that could lead to a nuclear disaster if additional failures were to have occurred, in 2005 the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded that this event at Rancho Seco was the third most serious safety-related occurrence in the United States (Behind the Three Mile Island accident and the cable tray fire at Browns Ferry).
The plant operated from April 1975 to June 1989 but had a lifetime capacity average of only 39%; it was closed by public vote on 7 June 1989 (despite the fact that its operating license did not expire until 11 October 2008) after multiple referendums.
Operation of the recreational area was assumed by SMUD in 1992. In cooperation with the Nature Conservancy, SMUD dedicated in June 2006 the Howard Ranch Nature Trail, a seven-mile (11 km) long trail that follows riparian and marsh habitat along Rancho Seco Lake and the adjoining Howard Ranch that once belonged to the owner of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit.
All power generating equipment has been removed from the plant and the now-empty cooling towers remain a prominent part of the local landscape. Also scattered throughout the area around the plant are abandoned air raid sirens that at one time would have warned people of a radioactivity release from the station. Additions to SMUD’s Rancho Seco property have included massive solar installations and, more recently, the natural gas-fired Cosumnes Power Plant, brought online in 2006.
On 23 October 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the majority of the site for unrestricted public use, while approximately 11 acres (4.5 ha) of land including a storage building for low-level radioactive waste and a dry-cask spent fuel storage facility remain under NRC licenses. The plant cost $375 million when it was built in 1974 and it cost about $120 million (in 1974 dollars) to decommission according to the SMUD Rancho Seco Nuclear Education Center.
James D. DeCamp - Longtime newspaper photographer turned commercial photographer feeding a variety of clients with cutting edge photography and multimedia.