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Hello and welcome. Hope you enjoy the images I have posted. Please do not reproduce them without my permission. Most are available as note/greeting cards or as prints/enlargements. Thank you for visiting my site and your comments.
Many have asked about the Header image above, which I named 'Eerie Genny'. It was originally shot with film [taken on the shore of the Genesee River near the Univ. of Rochester]. During the darkroom development, I flashed a light above the tray. The process, known as 'solarization', produces eerie, ghostlike effects; some have mistaken this image as an infra-red photo. Some 35+ years later, I scanned and digitized the print, and did a little modern day editing, and, voila.
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Grand Circle River Tour: Amsterdam 1 [Sky Watch Friday]

After a hiatus of several months, I am ready to start posting images again. Today’s shots were made during a river cruise with Grand Circle. The trip encompassed cities on the Rhein [Rhine], Main and Donau [Danube] and through the Rhein-Main-Donau Canal. We arrived in Amsterdam on Sept. 24, several days ahead of the official tour start [we wanted some time on our own as well as get a head start on recovering from jet lag. Our hotel, Hotel Alexander, was well situated and we started out walking [after storing our luggage].
Amsterdam is a city of canals, bicycles, flowers, interesting architecture, and lots of people.  Here is a sampling of of what we saw in the first few days.








Thursday, June 7, 2018

Image City Assignments: Cemetery Shots

It has been quite some time since I last posted pics from my Image City Assignments series. To refresh your memory, I meet once a month with a group of other photographers to view and critique our photos. A subject is assigned in advance by our two mentors, who are professional photographers and members of a group that owns/operates the Image City Gallery. This assignment was to bring in several images that say clearly they were shot in a cemetery.
The first group below were shot in color as RAW images with my Canon 60D, and later converted to B&W in Lightroom.





The remaining two images were with my Kodak Z1015, which had been converted to shoot infra-red. One of the interesting features of shooting in IR is that a blue sky is darkened and green grass/leaves appear white.






Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sicily 14: The Aeolian Islands [Sky Watch Friday]

The Taormina sea shore also offered other activities, although not much was going on when we were there.


On one of the days we opted to take a boat trip to two of the eight the Aeolian Islands; viz. Lipari and Vulcano. Our first stop was Lipari, the larger of the two islands. To get to the town from the harbor, we took a bus ride, which offered some wonderful views.



As one might expect, it was again necessary to walk up a steep hill [to which we were already accustomed].

Back at the harbor for our departure, we took some last shots of this delightful island.



En route to Vulcano, there were some unexpected photo opportunities. For example, off in the distance we could see the still active volcano, Stromboli.


                             Along the route we passed a variety of unusual rock formations.



Vulcano consists of three old craters: two are extinct, while another is still active, last erupting in 1890. The latter affords hot, sulphury baths that attracts bathers for the supposed healing powers of the water and mud.


As our sojourn on Vulcano came to an end, I was glad that we had a tour guide to lead us back to the harbor. I assume somebody can read these signs as one drives into the intersection.


These are the last images from our Sicily vacation, which truly exceeded my expectations. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I enjoyed posting them.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sicily 13: Taormina (ii) [Sky Watch Friday]

From sea level, one has a steep climb up a winding street until one reaches the heart of Taormina; viz. the Piazza del Duomo. The most striking structure in the plaza is a wonderful early17th century Baroque fountain, which features a Minotaur [half human, half horse]. Depicted as a female holding a scepter and an orb, symbols of power, it has become the emblem of Taormina.



                 Around the plaza are shops and stands for artists, crafts people and vendors of all sorts.






Along the main street, the Corso Umberto I, are a myriad of small shops, cafes, and galleries. Views down side streets offer a different perspective, but the love of flowers was everywhere evident.







Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sicily 12: Taormina (i) [Sky Watch Friday]

Taormina became the center of our activity for the next several days. Originally founded in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks, it was built at the foot of Mt. Tauro on a bluff overlooking the Ionian Sea. Today, Taormina is Sicily’s most famous tourist resort. Among its many attractions is the Greco-Roman theater, the second largest [capacity of ca. 5,000 people] in Sicily [after the one in Syracuse]. First built in 3rd century BC, it was almost entirely rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. This was necessary so that it could be used for gladiator fights and ‘wild animal shows’; e.g. the ground level had to be lowered so that the animals could not leap into the stands.
In the images below, note the scenic brick wall, which were fronted by nine granite columns with Corinthian capitals [only the bases of 4 columns are seen here]. 




Later in the day, we took a hike high up above the city for a breathtaking [both literally and figuratively] view. If you look carefully, you can see the theater [ca. 11-12 o’clock].


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sicily 11: Mt. Etna [Sky Watch Friday]

Taking our leave of Catania, we drove up winding roads to Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. The mountain dominates the whole of eastern Sicily. Stopping at ca. 6,000 ft., we opted not to go higher by jeep to ca. 10,000 ft. As it was, the temperature had dropped into the high 30s-low forties. In addition to the black lava landscape, there were wild flowers growing all around.






One could hike up to the ridge of one of the craters, but we were not in warm enough attire. Here, my wife is wind blown....


You can imagine that it was good to finally get back on our warm bus. We then drove on to Taormina, where we would remain for several days.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sicily 10: Catania [Sky Watch Friday]

From Syracuse we headed north to Catania, situated between the slopes of Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea. [REMINDER: If you scroll back to the Sicily 1 post, you will see a map of our itinerary.] Yet another UNESCO World Heritage site, its proximity to the volcano is evident from the the unique buildings made from black lava (see below).


Catania was founded in 729 BC by Greek colonists. Having survived earthquakes and eruptions over the centuries, Catania was razed to the ground in 1693. Rebuilt during the 18th century, the city is comprised of broad, straight streets and large unevenly shaped squares, a precaution against earthquakes. One of the highlights for us was the Mercato della Pescheria [fish market], which occupies many street and small squares. It is open mornings on a daily basis. One entrance into the market contains a fountain, Fontana dell’Amenano, which is fed by water from the underground Amenano River. Sculpted in 1867, the fountain is a focal point for meeting.



Entering the market from the fountain, I was stunned to see a huge cross section of a fish of some sort.  (Top image below) I still chuckle over the “conversation” I had with the fellow wielding the knife. I asked if it was a shark, first in English then in German. But, he didn’t understand either. Then, I hummed the theme from the movie Jaws, as the shark began its attacks. It was an ‘Aha moment’.  He burst out laughing, “No signor, tonno (tuna)”.


Also located near the fish market entrance is another fountain, Fontana dell’Elefante (this needs no translation). Sculpted in 1736, it consists of an elephant made of lava standing on a pedestal. On its back is an Egyptian obelisk with a globe on top (not visible in these images). The fountain has become Catania’s symbol.