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Monday, January 31, 2011

Wikipedia Borst Park

Centralia and surrounding Lewis County is a great place to work, live and play. It's also a great place if you're a photographer and like to take pictures. One of the best places to take good pictures is at Fort Borst Park.

Below are some photos taken at the park over the last two years.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Flickr Photos Centralia

So I decided to start a Flickr account and upload some pictures that I recently took around Centralia. I particularly like Flickr's map feature that allows me to tag where I snapped each photo. I'm looking forward to uploading more soon. Plus I already found two friends on Flickr as well:

Check out my page for more photos and updates:

Wikipedia Submission - Centralia Points of Interest


Carnegie Library is located in Washington Park and was originally built in 1913 followed by a remodel in 1977-78. The building houses a large chandelier taken from the old Centralia High School. The library is now part of the Timberland Regional Library system. During the month of December it is the site of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Centralia Factory Outlets is an outlet mall that hosts tenants such as AĆ©ropostale, Bass, Bath & Body Works, Billabong, Christian Outlet, Claire’s, Coach Eddie Bauer, Helly Hansen, Lane Bryant, Nike Clearance Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Quiksilver, Van Heusen, VF Outlet, Volcom, and others.

Centralia Farmer’s Market is held Fridays, May thru September and has been in existence since 1996. The market features locally grown produce, annuals and perennials, baked goods, and handcrafted items.

Centralia Park System consists of a variety of 15 beautiful parks, trails, and recreational and outdoor areas of interest scattered across 240 acres of combined space. Fort Borst Park is the largest of these areas with over 100 acres of park space. It is home to Borst Lake, nearby Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers, and adjoining outdoor sports facilities. Within the park you can also find the historic 1860’s Borst Mansion, the iconic old Fort Borst Blockhouse, and a replica of the original Borst One Room Schoolhouse.

Centralia Union Depot was built in 1912 and features red brick architecture, vintage oak benches, and internal and external woodworking throughout. In 1996 restoration projects were started and finished in 2002. The depot is currently served by Amtrak as the midpoint between Kelso, Washington and Lacey, Washington. The depot is also served by connections to the Twin Transit Transportation system and is located within walking distance to Carnegie Library, Historic Fox Theater, McMenamin’s Olympic Club Hotel & Theater, Santa Lucia Coffee Company as well as various eateries, shops, and antique vendors.

Country Cousin is a local country themed restaurant, lounge, and gift shop. At the front door customers are greeted by a door activated crowing rooster sound and seated by wait staff. Throughout the restaurant the country theme continues with farm implements, antique kitchen utensils, and folk art paintings displayed on walls and hanging throughout. Each booth includes various pages from farmers almanac, newspaper clippings, vintage photographs and other local history saved on the tabletops. Unique food items include yak meat and sour cream blackberry pie.

Fox Theater originally opened on September 5, 1930. It was built with approximately 1,200 seats over three seating levels. The first film seen by the public was Buster Keaton in Dough Boys. In 1982 the theater underwent renovations and separated the main stage into three smaller screening areas. The theater closed in 1998 and was purchased by Opera Pacfica in 2004 and underwent initial stages of restoration. In 2007 the City of Centralia bought the theater and it is currently being further restored by the Historic Fox Theatre Restorations. Limited film performances began again in 2009.

McMenamin’s Olympic Club Hotel & Theater opened in 1908 followed by an extensive remodel in 1913. Since then much of the building has remained unchanged. The hotel hosts 27 European-style guestrooms. Each room is named after a person of interest, including Roy Gardner a trainer robber caught behind the hotel in 1921. The club was originally only frequented by gentlemen but has been opened to families for many years. The theater shows second run films, musical and comedy performances, and some televised sports events. The theater has replaced theater seating with various chairs and couches throughout. The pub serves Terminator Stout, Hammerhead, Ruby, and other beverages and food items. Adjoining the pub and dinning area is a 6 table poolroom and snooker table that was recently rated in the top 5 for “Best Pool Hall in Western Washington”. Every April or May the Olympic Club host its annual Brewfest, where local, import, and guest brews are highlighted.

Murals are found throughout historic downtown Centralia. Examples include murals depicting: The founder of Centralia (Centerville) named George Washington, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, and an abstract mural depicting the 1919 Armistice Day Centralia Massacre also known as the Wobbly War.

Santa Lucia Coffee Company is a locally owned coffee house, featuring locally roasted coffee, bottled beverages, pastries, sandwiches, local artists and musicians, and complimentary wi-fi internet.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Centralia Walkabout Black & White Project

Centralia Walkabout Black & White Project

Here is a picture that I took at Borst Park in Centralia. The original picture was fine but I decided to manipulate it with a photoediting program called G.I.M.P. First I created a duplicate copy of the image. I then selected the bottom image layer and desaturated the photo until it was black and white. Then I took my eraser to the top layer and cut out any color on that layer that wasn't part of the moss clump. The end result turned out pretty good. Total time to edit was about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Here are some recent pictures I took in Centralia at Borst Park. I was taking the new dog Buster for a walk and decided that I would bring the camera along. Big mistake...I discovered that Buster has an amazing ability to pull on the leash just at the moment I go to take a when I tried to take a picture of him he was always moving and turning away to chase birds...oh well...still had fun and walked about 1 1/2 miles...I'm just amazed that a few of these pictures turned out despite my dog Buster!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Step by Step How To Guide - Popart Pictures with GIMP - Zachary Allen Pilz

Popart Your Pictures

Below is a step by step guide to taking your favorite photos and "poparting" them.

Want make a really personalized and cheap gift for your mother? Want to immortalize yourself in print Warhol style? Want to create a really cool print for a tshirt? Just follow these easy to follow steps and by tomorrow you too can be popart!

First thing's first: Download GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

After opening the program, you will need to copy and paste your favorite picture to the working area. This one's my wife's favorite.
Now you will need to select the "layer" drop down menu and select "duplicate layer". You will want to do this twice.
You should now have 3 identical layers showing on your dialouge box.
Select the bottom layer and click on the "eye" to hide the bottom layer.
Now you will wnat to select the top layer and then select the "color" drop down menu and select "invert".
Your picture should now look like a negative print. Scary, right?
Now you will need to select the "filters" drop down menu, select "blur" and then "guassian blur".
Now you will see a pop up box. Make sure that the horizontal and vertical blur intensities are both set to around 5.0 and select "OK",
Your image will now be slightly blurred.
Now select the top layer from the top of the "layers" box and change the mode from "normal" to "dodge".
Your image will now look like a faint black and white outline of the original. Now you will need to select the "layer" drop down menu and select "merge down".
Now you will need to select the "color" drop down menu and select "threshold".
You will now see the pop up "threshold" box. Slide the black triangle towards the right side of the bar. Play around with this a little, but the idea is to get the black triangle pretty close but to the white one already on the right.
Keep playing with the bar until you get an image that looks about like this with clear outlines but still maintaining open white spaces.
Now select the "layers" dropdown menu and select "new layer"
Make sure that you choose "transparency" and select "OK".
Your layers box should now show the new layer.
Now change the "mode" at the top of the layers box from "normal" to "multiply".
Now click on the "foreground color" on the toolbox. (This looks like a black square overlapping a a white square about midway down the toolbax window).
This brings up the "change foreground color" box. Choose a color. In this case I am choosing a color for skin.
You will notice the previously black square now is the new color.

Now go ahead and use the paintbrush tool from the toolbox to paint the top layer the color that you selected earlier.

Now choose a color for the eyes.
Paint the eyes on the same layer. Be careful not to paint over your other colors.
Continue to choose a color and paint each area until you have the entire foreground painted.

If you want, you can paint the background color as well. However, I think that it's best to leave the background colorless or choose a light color so that it won't distract from the main image.

And that's it. You have a simple popart image!