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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, August 25, 2016

World of InfraRed 10: Santa Fe (ii) [Sky Watch Friday]

While most photographers prefer to shoot during the so-called ‘golden hours’ of light, shooting in infrared is best during the bright mid-day. Blue skies are darkened and vegetation can appear white [a variety of factors influences the latter]. Here are several more shots I made during our recent vacation in Santa Fe, NM.






Thursday, August 18, 2016

World of InfraRed 9: Santa Fe (i) [Sky Watch Friday]

It is a year since I last showed infrared images shot with my IR-modified camera [see my June/July/Sept. 2015 posts]. However, I was bitten with the desire to shoot again in infrared. So, during our recent trip to Santa Fe, I took both regular shots with my Canon 60D camera and IR images with my modified Kodak ZM1015. Images from the former have been posted here in the last two weeks; today I begin with the IR shots. Because of the particular camera I had modified, I have not been able to generate IR color images in Lightroom; but, I am quite happy with the B&W conversions.

The top two images below are those of St. Francis Cathedral; the bottom two images are some of the adobe buildings I also shot and posted in color.





Thursday, August 11, 2016

Santa Fe (ii) [Sky Watch Friday]


There are many attractions in and outside Santa Fe. In the former category are the numerous museums [especially the Georgia O’Keefe Museum], churches/chapels [especially St. Francis Cathedral], art galleries [especially the mile long Canyon Road], and squares/parks. Below are several representative shots from this group.

                                                           St. Francis Cathedral


                                        One of my favorite Canyon Road Gallery sculptures.



                                     Portion of a sculpture in the Botanical Garden.  


A must visit is outside Santa Fe; viz. Bandelier National Monument. Thousands of years ago, it was home to the ancestral Pueblo Indians, who carved caves into the soft rock cliffs.




                        Finally, a sky-scape shot upon our return to Santa Fe from Taos.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Santa Fe (i) [Sky Watch Friday]


This year has been a busy time traveling for us [see postings on Morocco and German cities]. However, our latest trip was a domestic one; viz. to Santa Fe, NM. We had stopped there briefly in Aug. 1980, as we were driving back to Rochester after a year long sabbatical in Salt Lake City. Those few days were enough to want to return for a longer stay. For me, the adobe buildings, characteristic of the Southwest, were particularly appealing. Below are several examples of this style. Interesting to note here is that the color of the adobe is, as you might guess, highly dependent on the light.








Friday, July 29, 2016

Berlin Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

Our Germany trip concluded in Berlin, one of our favorite cities, which we have visited many times. Among the most photographed sites is the old Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, which was was largely destroyed  in an air raid in WWII. However, part of the spire and much of the entrance hall survived. The remains stand as a memorial. A modern church has been constructed adjacent to the old one; you can see a portion of it in the lower left hand corner of the bottom image.





The Brandenburger Tor [Brandenburg Gate] is an 18th-century neoclassical monument and one of the best-known landmarks in Germany. During the years of the Berlin Wall in 1961, it was located in the East German sector. In the shots below, I took advantage of my 16-300mm telephoto lens to zoom in on the quadriga atop the gate.



Two other sites that we return to are modern constructions; viz. the Jewish Museum [designed by Daniel Libeskind] and the Holocaust Memorial [designed by Peter Eisenman]. I have posted images from previous trips and will confine myself here to just a single shot of each. Below is the museum characterized by its slashing windows and lines. It was designed to make one feel uncomfortable and succeeds both outside and inside.


The Holocaust Memorial is an open air field of rows upon rows of stalae [concrete pillars] of varying height/width that are arranged in grid-like formation. All told, there are a total of 2,711 pillars. Following its opening, there was a great deal of discussion as to how visitors were expected to comport themselves within this somber site. Today, one sees every possible emotion, from stunned silence to playful gaiety. The latter is illustrated in the image below [another shot made possible with my zoom lens].

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Magdeburg Skies (ii) [Sky Watch Friday]

Today’s post is dedicated wholly to the Magdeburger Dom. It stands on the site of a monastery built by Otto 1 in 937, most of which was destroyed by fire in 1207. The new cathedral was the first French gothic style structure in Germany; it was dedicated to St. Mauritius [Maurice] and St. Katerina [Catherine]. Views of the exterior clearly show what an awe-inspiring edifice it is today [imagine its effect on 13th century townspeople].


                                          
                                               The interior made no less of an impression.

 
Unlike the French gothic, where sculpture was outside on the portals, Magdeburg  has a variety of beautiful and precious figures inside the church. Facing one another across the choir are the figures of Mauritius and Katerina, sculpted by the same artist around 1250.




 Also in the general area of the choir is a magnificent wood sculpture from Ernst Barlach. It as a strong anti-war piece that requires a great deal of study and contemplation.  I have taken the following passage directly from Wikipedia:

“From 1928 onward Barlach also generated many anti-war sculptures based on his experiences in the war. This pacifist position went against the political trend during the rise of Nazism, and he was the target of much criticism. For example, the Magdeburger Ehrenmal (Magdeburg cenotaph) was ordered by the city of Magdeburg to be a memorial of World War I, and it was expected to show heroic German soldiers fighting for their glorious country. Barlach, however, created a sculpture with three German soldiers, a fresh recruit, a young officer and an old reservist, standing in a cemetery, all bearing marks of the horror, pain and desperation of the war, flanked by a mourning war widow covering her face in despair, a skeleton wearing a German army helmet, and a civilian (the face is that of Barlach himself) with his eyes closed and blocking his ears in terror. This naturally created a controversy with the pro-war population (several nationalists and Nazis claimed that the soldiers must be foreign since true Germans would be more heroic),[4] and the sculpture was removed. Friends of Barlach were able to hide the sculpture until after the war, when it was returned to the Magdeburg Cathedral. Yet, the attacks on Barlach continued until his death.”


                                Close inspection of the skeleton suggests that it is smiling.


Another excerpt from Wikipedia:
“The sculptures of the five wise and the five foolish virgins (see The ten virgins from the List of Bible stories), also around 1250. This is the most remarkable piece of art in the cathedral. The five wise virgins are prepared and bring oil to a wedding, whereas the five foolish virgins are unprepared and bring no oil. Hence they have to go find oil and subsequently arrive late and cannot join the wedding anymore. The unknown artist masterfully expresses the emotions in the faces and the body languages of the girls, showing a much more realistic expression than what was common in art around that time. All figures are different, and have ethnic Slavic features. The sculptures are outside of the north entrance to the transept.”   [For the sake of brevity, I am not posting any close-up shots from these groups.]





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 25: Marrakesh (iv)

 Finally, we are ready to enter the el-Fna square. For centuries, it was the nerve center and symbol of the city.Once a site for public executions [beheadings], today it is a multi-purpose market place. Occupying a huge area, it is jam packed with all manner of food stands, apparel, musicians [drummers, snake charmers]. The shot below was taken from a restaurant balcony; it can gives you only a small glimpse of extent of the market.


Everywhere I turned in this hustle and bustle, there was something or somebody I wanted to photograph. Below are some select samples of the many shots; they are self-evident, so I will skip further commentary except to say that this was my favorite site.









 The next day we returned to Casablanca for our flight back home. So, this posting completes my Morocco Odyssey account. I hope you enjoyed looking/reading about it. For us, it was among the best foreign travel experiences we ever had. A sneak preview of future posts: we will be visiting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Images will be in color and B&W infrared.