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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, May 21, 2015

Sankofa Dress Rehearsal 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

    This continues the Sankofa dress rehearsal mini-series. I should note that shooting under dim lighting, coupled with the rapid movements of dancers, created some difficult challenges. Thus, the choice of shutter speed, ISO and aperture made for quite different outcomes, depending on your intentions. In the first half of the rehearsal, I was set up on a tripod and shooting using Aperture Priority [f/5.6 was the widest opening of my zoom lens] and 3200 ISO. I noticed that the shutter speed was never faster than 1/90 sec. Also, early on I had to switch to manual focus because the auto-focus response was way too slow. During intermission, I chatted with a pro photographer, and decided to try the following changes: I switched to Shutter Priority [1/250 sec] and ISO 6400; the camera chose the largest aperture. With these settings in place, I got sharper images and better exposures. Moreover,  I was able to shoot hand-holding the camera, which was more convenient than the tripod. So, this was a productive learning experience.





Monday, May 18, 2015

InfraRed Image 1

 Last year I had my Kodak Z1015 digital camera converted to shoot infra red (IR). I was fortunate that it could be done because I was no longer using the camera for standard digital photography; but now I can experiment with IR images, which I have always found fascinating, if not surreal. Here is a recent example....


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sankofa Dress Rehearsal 1 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]



Sankofa is the Brockport State University’s resident Afro/Brazilian dance and percussion ensemble that stages an annual series of high energy performances. Since I drummed in one of their shows several years ago, I am still considered a troupe member and have been graciously allowed access to to their dress rehearsal as a photographer. This posting contains several photos for their most recent show. In coming weeks, I will includes additional images.




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Trip 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

   This continues our April visit to the Baltimore Aquarium. For me, one of the most eye opening exhibits was that of jellyfish. In the lobby area outside the entrance is a huge group of colorful jellyfish models hanging from the skylight. They were irresistible and I had a grand time shooting from various angles. The image below gives you a sense of scene. 


 
Going inside, we were surprised by the number of tanks of different jellyfish. While I did not note all their names, the one immediately below were Moon Jellyfish. I don’t know if these guys are capable of stinging like the kind [as in the lower image] we hear about sometimes invading beach areas.




The next image is an abstract generated by camera movement. I must confess that I don’t remember what I did while taking the shot....


Another highlight of our Spring trip was going to the Towson Orokawa Family Y. Taking advantage of my daughter’s trial membership, I managed to get in two good swim workouts and also to photograph my two grandsons doing wall/rock climbing. In the orange helmet is 11 yr. old Gavriel [Gavi], while 7 yr. old Korben [Korby] is wearing the white helmet. Both made it to the top and rang the bell to signal their completion of the climb. Needless to say, Popi was very proud of them both.




Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Trip 1 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

Several weeks ago my wife and I visited our daughter and two grandsons in Towson, MD [outside of Baltimore]. One of the trip highlights was a visit to the Baltimore Aquarium.  Located in the harbor area, the Aquarium is a superb complex of exhibits that are positively enthralling. Below is a small selection of images shot using my Canon 60D or cell phone.
  The top image is that of an Atlantic Puffin, which just so happens to have an orange beak! Fortunately, it sat fairly still and I could get several decent shots using a zoom lens. Not all tanks were well illuminated, which made shooting a challenge, in addition to the fact that the fish were almost always on the move. Nevertheless, I did get some images worth sharing.






Thursday, April 16, 2015

Florals [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

   Spring has been here officially for weeks, but the prevailing weather has borne little relationship to the calendar. Notwithstanding, my archive contains many bright floral images, which are good antidotes against the winter blahs. The Rochester Public Market is a great place to shop for, look at, as well as to photograph flowers. Here are several examples.




The anemone image below is one that I manipulated in Photoshop Elements.   



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pittsburgh: Odds and Ends [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] [Sky Watch Friday]

  In 2013 my wife and I were in Pittsburgh, PA for the first time. It was a lovely visit and we were very pleased that we made the trip. Although I posted quite a number of images, I still managed to overlook some. So, today’s posting contains some ‘odds and ends’ that don’t quite fit together, other than the fact they were shot during our visit.
  The image below is that of Heinz Stadium, home of the [American football team] Pittsburgh Steelers. I shot this from atop an open double-decker sightseeing bus as we were crossing a bridge.The large fountain in the lower center is at the tip of Point Park, located at the end of a long and beautiful promenade that stretches a long way along the river shoreline.


This image is a detail from the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which was bedecked with hundreds of colorful quilts and rugs; I don't remember the occasion for this display. The bridge is a short span and pedestrians easily traverse the span.


A visit to the open air market in the Strip District is obligatory if you visit Pittsburgh. There is always something for photographers to shoot, particularly people. This attractive driver was parking her car and oblivious to my presence.


  What would a market be if there were no musicians to entertain passersby? This gentleman played a mean trombone.


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....