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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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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Image City Gallery Assignments [Feb. 2017]

In early November, I posted images that were shot in fulfillment of a monthly assignment for a group of amateur photographers who meet with two professionals at Rochester’s Image City Gallery. We show and discuss/critique our photos in a critical, but positive and supporting, environment. For this month’s assignment, we were limited to shooting in our living room to force us to look and find “curves” [and be sure viewers could make them out as well]. Curves could be generated by the positioning of objects in the space, or by the actual shape of an object. In the latter instance, however, it had to be clear that the object was in the living room. Below are my images. Since our meeting has not yet taken place, I do not know how they will be regarded. Feel free to comment whether you do or do not find the curve(s).




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Aruba Skies 2017 [Sky Watch Friday]

My wife and I have been taking a brief vacation in Aruba for 25 years now, always a welcome respite from cold/snowy Rochester in January. Over the years I have posted shots taken with various cameras; but, I have decided that my cell phone camera is all that I want to take along. The images below were all shot with my LG4 cell phone.
This is the obligatory shot out of the airplane window [the view always seems better when you are there].


We have always stayed at the same resort, La Cabana, located in the so-called low-rise district, and adjacent to Eagle Beach. Occasionally, I will make it down to the beach at sunrise; here are a few shots from one such time.



 Shortly after sunrise there was still a full moon to enjoy. The beach is full of these huts, which are occasionally fought over [sad to say].



 We always go in to the city, Oranjestaad, to walk around, [window]shop and take lunch. The harbor often has cruise ships docked, as well as all manner of smaller vessels.


The Renaissance Hotel is located right in the hearty of the city. While there is much to see there, what fascinates me the most is their pool. The water level is right up to the side of the pool deck, and has a good view into the harbor.


Sunsets are not always so grand, since it really depends on the clouds. Here is one shot taken from our balcony.

During the last several days of our trip, the water was way too rough for swimming, although some foolhardy individuals ignored the red flag warnings. I was a bit lazy in trying to capture impressive breakers hitting the shore; this is my feeble attempt to give a general idea of them.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Memorial Art Gallery [Sky Watch Friday]

Rochester has a variety of outstanding museums that attract visitors from all over the world. These include the Eastman International Museum of Photography, the Strong Museum of Toys, the Susan B. Anthony House, and the Memorial Art Gallery. It was to the latter that we paid a visit this afternoon, specifically to see the newly opened Max Escher exhibit. The exhibit was fabulous [open until the end of January], and I would recommend it highly. Since photography was not permitted, I cannot show you examples of his unique and brilliant works. However, there were photo-ops outside the museum, including the buildings, as well as the extraordinary sculpture garden containing stone and metal figures.




Today we hit a record high temperature in Rochester, so it was fun to wander around the garden; here are some sample images of these unusual and humorous figures.






Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rochester Skyline at Sunset [Sky Watch Friday]

I have posted many images of Rochester sunsets and skylines, and I thought I had seen it tall. But, several days ago, my wife and I went out for dinner in the heart of downtown. As luck would have it, the garage was fairly crowded and we had to park on the sixth level. As we began walking to the elevator, I saw this amazing view. I used my cell phone to try and capture what was left of the sunset along with several iconic buildings silhouetted against the sky. 



Friday, November 4, 2016

Image City Gallery Assignment

Once a month a group of amateur photographers meets with two professionals at Rochester’s Image City Gallery to share photos and engage in discussion of our work. Since its inception several years ago, I have learned a great deal about creating, looking at, and critiquing images. What is especially fun is getting a specific assignment as to the nature of the photos we are to bring in. For example, for this November's meeting, we were to bring in three shots we took in which our feet had to remain planted; i.e. we were allowed to turn our torso in any direction, but without moving our feet. This was designed to slow us down as we surveyed our surroundings and thought about what it was that we wanted to shoot. Perhaps more importantly, by looking around, we might discover a more intersting shot to make than the one we initially saw.
Here are my three images, taken in the Wilson Commons at the University of Rochester. These were taken from a second floor balcony, a great vantage point with nice views in several directions.
The image below is that of he Rush Rhees Library rotunda, looking up and to my left.


This next image was shot straight down looking into a portion of the cafeteria. This one is my favorite image of the three. I find all the diagonal and vertical lines particularly appealing.


This last image was shot to my right. As it was fall break, there were relatively few students on campus. Otherwise, all the tables would have been occupied.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Webster Beach Park sunset revisited [Sky Watch Friday]

Two weeks ago I posted several sunset shots taken at Webster Beach Park. Looking back through my archive, I found several images from that locale that I had not shared previously. So, here they are.




Thursday, October 6, 2016

Downtown Rochester [Sky Watch Friday]

On Saturday Oct. 1, around the globe, thousands of photographers were out shooting in their hometowns/cities as part of Scott Kelby’s 2016 Worldwide Photowalk. I was one of several dozen participants in Rochester, NY. As luck would have it, the weather was not cooperative; viz. we had a bright gray sky [followed by rain just as the walk concluded]. Still, I managed to obtain a number of satisfactory images, shown below. Since I have posted many of shots taken downtown, I will try to avoid redundancy.




After the walk was over, a group of us gathered for lunch in the Genesee Brew Pub. Service was slow, but the sandwiches were great. While waiting, I got off my best shot through the rain-drenched window. I converted this to B&W in Lightroom.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Webster Park Beach sunset [Sky Watch Friday]

 It is more than a year since I last posted sunset images shot from Webster Park Beach. Located some 10 miles north of Rochester on the shore of Lake Ontario, Webster Park Beach is a popular destination of many photographers, as well as those who just want to enjoy the view of sky and water. After my wife reminded me recently that we had not been up there for some time, I looked up and saw a promising array of clouds that could make for a good sunset. Below are several images from our visit.