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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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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hats 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]


  This ends the mini-series on hats. In it, I’ve taken the liberty to extend that to bike helmets. The two youngsters, as well as the adult, below were biking in downtown Braunschweig, Germany. As a child, my wife lived in one of its charming suburbs; and, my brother-in-law is still a city resident.




  I espied this orange cap worn by a lad on a class outing in Berlin-Wannsee. I knew it was perfect for OYGIF and, thanks to my telephoto lens, I was able to get the one shot.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Hats 1 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

   This posting is another ‘change of pace', and it relates to last week’s Orange Hair theme. That is, today I focus on what covers hair; viz. hats. This is a rich area to explore, and it will take more than one week to complete sharing.

This shot was taken circa 1978, so I've known this beauty a long, long time. In fact, she [Rosemarie]  is my wife of almost 52 years. Who knew that orange would also figure prominently in my life?


 These shots were taken in Rochester's Public Market. At one time, baseball caps were worn  almost exclusively in the USA. Now, they are everywhere.

 This display was shot in a department store in Berlin. The women's hats are certainly more fashionable than the caps above.

 These interesting hats were for sale in a Nürnberg public market.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Orange Hair [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  This posting is a departure from those of recent weeks; viz. these are 'people' shots. What caught my eye about these women was, among other things, their hair color. Each one was some shade of orange. Several years ago, a bright red-orange hue became popular in parts of Germany. None of the colors here had quite that bright red intensity. 

                        The above image was taken on a city bus in Braunschweig, Germany.

Mother and daughter are busy perusing wares at a Flohmarkt in Braunschweig. With this image, I got a 'two-fer'; viz. orange hair and orange bag.
This woman was engrossed in reading the book cover at Buchhandlung Winter, located at Giesebrechtstr. 18, Berlin-Charlottenburg. This establishment was judged 'Buchhandlung des Jahres'  [2011/12]. It so happens that the proprietress is my wife's cousin [once removed].  So, if you are in the area, then stop in and tell Almut that Stan sent you.
This mother and son were strolling on East Main Street in Rochester, NY. The boy's attention seems to be focused on something across the street.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Rally 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  Last week, we left the start of the hot air balloon rally at the point where balloons and their crews had begun to lift off. This week's post continues with their ascension and flight. While I would have liked to go up and photograph groups of balloons over the landscape [we have all seen such images], I lacked the fortitude to overcome my discomfort with heights [and fear of crashing]. Nonetheless, I think you will enjoy these shots.







Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Rally 1 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]


    It’s time for a new mini-series: Hot Air Balloon Rally. Two weekends a year, a hot air balloon rally is staged in Letchworth State Park [ca. an hour drive south of Rochester]. What is especially nice about this event is that it is free and spectators are allowed to wander about in the field where the balloons are being prepped for flight. This affords some wonderful photo-ops, as well as interactions with the participants. Today’s posting shows some of the early stages in getting the balloons up and going.
     In the first stage, a deflated balloon is opened and stretched out fully on the ground. The balloons are quite long, and this shot shows only the top end.



The process of inflation begins with powerful fans blowing air through the opening at the bottom.


Once the balloon has inflated to a certain point, the next stage involves  the baskets and using the burners to blow in hot air.




                               Gradually, the balloon fills and begins to assume a vertical position.


                                          Like a sleeping giant, the balloon rises up, but held fast by tethering lines.






The crews enter the baskets, the lines are released and the balloon begins to rise. Check back next week to see balloons in all their glory.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Colors [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]



   Yesterday, Rosemarie and I took a drive south to Bristol Mountain and also along Canandaigua Lake to see how the Fall Colors were progressing. Considering that our neighbor’s tree was nearing its peak [top image], we were optimistic, notwithstanding the grey skies and intermittent rain. As you can see from the pics, we were not disappointed! 

                                                     I guess this must be a red maple.

                               This is the ski lift, shot from the parking lot at Bristol Mtn.

                                This detail was from across the road in front of the parking lot.



                These were from two different locations along the west shore of Canandaigua Lake.

 We were heading back home on Rte. 12N [or had we already reached Rte. 21N?], when this unique tree formation suddenly appeared. I hit the brakes and got out; there was no driving by without stopping to shoot.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

    Last Saturday morning I joined a group of about 2 dozen photographers taking part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. My group went along Rochester's Park and East Aves. and parts between, not the most photo-op rich area, so we were really challenged. Here is a sampling of shots I'd like to share. Several fulfilled an assignment to generate 'selective focus' images; can you identify which ones?















Thursday, October 9, 2014

Albright-Knox Art Gallery 2 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

     Continuing [and ending] the mini-series begun last week, here are more images of artwork from  Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  The collection is quite varied, as you can see from the limited selections I have posted.  And, it is interesting how often [some shade of] orange was used. Hope you enjoyed this little art walk!


                                     Arshille Gorky - The Liver is the Cock's Comb, 1944

                                                    Adolph Gottlieb - Pictograph, 1946

                                                 Jackson Pollock -  Convergence 1952

                                             Richard Anuskiewicz - Temple to Albers 1984
 
                                                     Albright Knox Art Gallery room


                                                 Albright Knox Art Gallery exterior