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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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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Clothing/Accessories 8 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  This posting completes my women’s orange shirts mini-series.  Berlin has many restaurants with outdoor seating. This young woman below seemed more intent on her writing than her food.


This attractive woman did not appreciate being photographed and she gave me a look of undisguised displeasure. I paid it no mind since she is my wife, and I am accustomed to that...lol...


This couple was aboard a ferry returning to Berlin on the Wannsee. Here I hit an OYGIF 'Trifecta': orange shirt, hat and sign.


I met this charming sister at the Rochester Public Market. We had a lively conversation, which culminated in her allowing me to take some head shots. I am pleased that this one nicely reflects her intelligence and her lovely disposition.


As a transition to the men’s mini-series, starting next week, the bottom image has both a man and a woman in orange. This was not a Photoshop trick -- what you see is what I shot. Is he thinking, would you put that damn phone down?



From the Sky [Sky Watch Friday]

 This posting is a followup to last week’s Aruba Skies. The flight to Aruba and back provided some photo-ops, as my wife let me have the window seat [the fact that it is colder sitting by the window had absolutely nothing to do with it]. The two images below were taken with my cell phone as we made our approach into Charlotte, NC. A fairly dense cloud cover obscured the ground when all of a sudden the downtown skyscrapers appeared looming upwards. It was shortly thereafter that I saw another plane off to our left, also making its approach [hopefully to a different runway]. Since I could not gauge the distance separating us, I wonder whether this might have constituted a hazardous situation.




 

The two images below were shot on our return flight as we approached Philadelphia. In these images, I think that presence of the plane's wing actually improves the composition.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Aruba Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

It’s been a long time since I have posted any images on SWF; I guess I’ve been more in an ‘Orange You Glad It’s Friday Mode’.... Anyway, here are some shots taken with my HTC cell phone during our recent holiday in Aruba. Since I did not take my DSLR camera along, I followed the dictum that the best camera you own is the one you have with you. As there were some interesting sunsets that needed to be shot, I did what I had to. My daughter said that the sun in the top image looks like a fried egg, sunny side up.



 Contrary to popular belief, it does rain in Aruba, although it generally does not last very long. Below is documentation of my first point.

 

Clothing/Accessories 7 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

After a lovely holiday in Aruba, we are back and it’s time to continue where I left off two weeks ago.  Because I’ve accumulated a substantial number of images with orange shirts, I am going to have to divide them according to sex, and to post them each in a two part series. Today we start with women. All of these images were shot in Braunschweig.





Thursday, January 1, 2015

Clothing/Accessories 6 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

In contrast to its rarity in dresses, orange seems to be quite common in shirts. Thus, it is no surprise that I have accumulated a large cache of such images, and these will be my focus this month [except for next week, when I will be away on vacation]. The two shots below were from window displays.


The next set of images involves shirts being worn by children. The topmost was shot several years ago in Turkey. The middle image [one fearless little boy] was taken at my local pool in Rochester, NY. The bottom image was shot in NYC near the World Trade Center Memorial [notice that there is also an adult wearing an orange shirt].




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Clothing/Accessories 5 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

Compared to all other orange wearing apparel, the woman’s dress has been the most difficult item to find. In order to make today’s posting of four images, I had to draw on my photo archive; viz. a 10-year old photo of my granddaughter, Jocelyn. Along with the orange dress, she has on the German cape worn almost 50 years ago by my eldest daughter, Heidi [and then passed down to two successive daughters].
Fast forwarding to the present, I couldn't resist shooting the dress adorning the store mannequin below. The male mannequin seemed to be taken by it as well.

  In the past, I played djembe with a college African dance and percussion ensemble, Sankofa. This allowed me entreé into the dress rehearsal for their most recent performance. The costumes were many and brightly colored, but this is the best shot of my collection.

 Last but not least, I saw this beautiful sister shopping at the Rochester Public Market and asked permission to take her photograph, but she refused. As she was walking away, I called out that I needed it for my Orange Project. After a taking a few more steps, she turned around, gave me a big smile, and said OK.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Clothing/Accessories 4 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

Today we take a look at an accessory used for both fashion and function. Yes, ladies, I am talking about the bag. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they serve many purposes, which is why a woman’s bag is a source of mystery to the casual male observer. The bag below is a small, hip bag that my wife just loves to carry/wear. Interestingly, I bought it for her long before I knew about OYGIF ... what a nice coincidence.


The attractive young women below looks like a group of airline stewardesses. But, that seems unlikely since they were gathered in the Braunschweig town square. Of course, it was the bright orange color that originally caught my eye....


This group of people were queued up to board a boat on the Wannsee outside Berlin. here, I caught three orange objects, but it was the bicycle bag that stood out.


                To complete the fashion to function transition, here are two simple shopping bags.







Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ROM Room Sumi-ed

I was playing around with an image of a room at the Royal Ontario Museum [Toronto].  The effect was fairly dramatic so I decided to post the original and edited versions.  The original below was first edited in Lightroom 5.7.

This was then loaded into Photoshop Elements 10. [NOTE: I now prefer LR and it has become the mainstay in my workflow.] Still, I decided to see what effects I could achieve with it in PSE. Going up to Filter and choosing Brush Strokes/Sumi-e, this is what I got. [I tried a lot of other options, but this is the one I like.] It created a nice contrasty and grainy image, and one which does not quite look like a photograph. Still, it appeals to me.