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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, March 26, 2015

Water Scenes 5 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] [Sky Watch Friday]

  This is the last planned posting from my Water Scenes series for OYGIF. It is a diverse set of images having little connection, other than the presence of water. However, I still remember the occasion of each ‘shooting',  as they recall pleasant experiences. The two images below were taken in the harbor of Killybegs,  a small fishing village in Ireland, during a stop made during a 2012 bus tour. We had a lot of grey skies, but they did not dampen our enjoyment.




This bridge [affectionately dubbed the ‘Freddie-Sue’ Bridge] was named after Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas, two figures of historical significance and sources of pride to Rochester. The bridge has become one of the most photographed structures in Rochester, NY; previously, I have  posted other shots of it.



 Moving to a smaller body of water, here is the Midtown Athletic Club’s pool [featured in my last week’s SWF posting]. This was shot on Nov. 27, 2013, just a few days before the end of the outdoor swim season. There were still hardy souls showing up to do laps, such as my buddy, Abby, below. And, yes, that is snow you see around the pool. Since the water temperature is always 82 F [ca. 28 C], it is quite pleasant to swim in, even when it is snowing or when the air temperature is almost freezing. The only hard part comes in getting out....


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Water Scenes 4 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] [Sky Watch Friday]

   In this, the penultimate Water Scenes posting, the focus changes to reflections. The image below was shot outside of Sedona, AZ, where we spent several vacations enjoying the marvelous scenery of the Southwest. The reflection is that of iconic Cathedral Rock, which has appeared in a number of previous postings.


  This image is that of Niagara Falls  [American side] shot from a distance in our hotel room. At night, the Falls are illuminated with changing colored lights. I waited until orange recycled back.  I imagine that if I hadn’t told you, you would not have guessed it was a waterfall.


   Finally, closer to home, sunsets over Lake Ontario can be quite spectacular. This was shot from Webster Park Beach, about 10 miles northeast of Rochester.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Midtown Pool [Sky Watch Friday]

  The winter has been long and bitter in Rochester this season. Nevertheless, the [heated] outdoor swimming pool is scheduled to open on April 1 at the Midtown Athletic Club. Since the snow is piled up high everywhere, I thought I’d go out with my cell phone and check what the pool looked like. Two days ago it was still covered with a tarp, and the surrounding deck had 1-2 feet of snow with narrow shoveled around the area. Yet, we've been assured that things are progressing on schedule [maybe, but not to the untrained eye].



    This is what I hope the pool will look like on opening day [originally shot in Nov. 2014].


Water Scenes 3 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  A series on water scenes must inevitably include images with boats. Today’s post contains a variety of ‘water conveyances’ ranging in size, shape, and mode of propulsion. The image below was shot one early morning from the shore of Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks. This mother and daughter [I believe] were quite a distance away; but, the zoom lens brought them close enough to make it worth while taking a shot.


The couple below was slowly paddling down the canal running through a park in central Braunschweig, Germany. It was some international celebration day, and the city was quite festive. And, the park was full of walkers, bikers and 'boaters'; this pair was absolutely 'made to order' for OYGIF.
 

This power speed boat was docked in the bay at Sodus Point, NY. I shot it from the balcony of a restaurant where we were taking lunch.


These sailboats were on the shore of Lake Ontario. I am not sure why they were left there with the sails up.


This is one of the Staten Island ferries entering its dock in lower Manhattan. We were on the Hoboken Ferry heading to the Wall Street dock.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Winter Sky [Sky Watch Friday]

A quick look out the bathroom window prompted me to fetch my cell phone to shoot this picture. A nice blue sky eases the discomfort of the the bitter cold and piles of snow....and the beauty of the icicles makes one overlook the fact that the house is losing heat [despite the recent insulation of the attic].


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Water Scenes 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

   Last week I took a brief break from my Water Scenes series to show some panoramic skylines of Rochester, NY.  Today I get back on track. There are numerous parks and lakes of all sizes around the area [in fact, we are only 10 miles south of the great Lake Ontario]. Depending on the season, they are grand for hiking, biking, boating, and picnicking; I take a pass on X-country skiing, sledding, or snow-shoeing. In all seasons, however, people are out to see the 'wild-life'. While I am not keen on animal photography [my apologies to all animal/pet lovers], occasionally I will ‘shoot’ one [figuratively speaking], especially if water is involved. The images below confirm my kinship to 'swimmers'.




  While the amaryllis below does not fit the Water Series motif, the ‘swan-like’ petal is so striking, I had to include it in this group.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rochester Skyline as Seen From Cobbs Hill [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] [Sky Watch Friday]

    Off and on I’ve waxed enthusiastic about generating panoramas. For those who can’t generate such images right in your camera, there are two ways of producing them. The first and most direct method is simply by judicious cropping. Depending on the composition you start with, you can easily obtain an aspect ratio of 5:1 and retain the essentials; but, some thought must be given during shooting of the original scene you were interested in. The second method is taking [multiple] overlapping images and ‘stitching’ them together using some appropriate app. The two images below were produced by cropping alone.
  The highest point in the Rochester, NY is in Cobbs Hill Park, where there is a clearing giving a nice view of the city skyline. It is a favorite spot for photographers, as you might well imagine.These were shot on different days.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Local Winter Scenes [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] [Sky Watch Friday]

   To my OYGIF friends, this is a quick break from my Water Scenes series, as this posting is also appropriate for SWF. Considering that we have had sub-zero temperatures every day this month [and snow almost every day] in Rochester, NY, I thought I’d pay a little homage to Mother Nature. As luck would have it, I did not have to go far to capture these cell phone images: one was from my bedroom window, and the other was out the back door.
  One morning last week, I heard a loud crunching sound from outside. Uh oh!! Looking out I saw that a school bus had collided with my neighbor’s tree. Fortunately, all the school children had been dropped off already, and the bus was returning to where ever they go during the day. I don’t know why the bus left the the road, but a variety of scenarios came to mind. Oddly, enough, the police never appeared and, eventually, the bus backed up and left. I guess this will remain one of those deep, dark mysteries of the universe....


Since the above occurrence, we have had considerably more snow falling. Looking out into the backyard this morning, I had to laugh at how the snow had accumulated. Now I know Rochester can’t compete with the 5 feet that hit Buffalo and Boston, but, it’s our snow.