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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, 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.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Water Scenes 1 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

 As a former competitive, but still avid, swimmer, I have a natural affinity for water. If I can’t be in it, I like being around it. Since getting hooked on this meme, it’s been a challenge to shoot appropriate water-containing images for OYGIF [aside from those easy shots of sunsets over water]. However, I have managed to assemble enough for several weeks of postings. So, today we start with Water Scenes 1.
 This is a shot off three sisters looking earnestly into a little fish pond in the Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden [Austin, Texas].


 This image, shot at sunset on the shore of Eagle Beach [Aruba], is titled 'Here Fishy, Fishy'.


This image was shot in a public park in downtown Braunschweig, Germany, during a city-wide festival. Numerous boats and rafts of all sizes passed along the waterway


Southwest Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

  For this week's SWF we switch from the charm of the Adirondacks to the awesome beauty of the Southwest; more specifically, the environs of Sedona, AZ. While I have posted quite a few images from past vacations there, I don’t think these were among them. These were shot during various hikes, and I am bad at noting names/locations. But, I am confident that the middle image is Courthouse Rock.




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Clothing/Accessories 10 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  Today completes the men’s orange shirts mini-series. The image below was shot in NYC in the vicinity of the new World Trade Center. Many photographers are somewhat shy [if not squeamish] about trying to take a portrait, since it seems daunting to approach a person of interest. In the image below, I did not even have to say a word to get this shot. I simply smiled, held out my camera towards him, and sort of cocked my head for approval. The good brother laughed, nodded and puffed up his chest for the shot. So, sometimes ‘body language’ is sufficient to get permission.


As in the above image, we were wandering around the area of the new WTC. It was around noon and many workers were taking their lunch break and enjoying the mild weather. For this image, I took a candid shot and continued walking by.
 

Continuing our stroll through lower Manhattan, we saw this food stand. My OYGIF alarm went off and I got this three-fer.


If three weren't enough, here I hit a jackpot. This was shot from atop a double-decker city tour bus in Berlin.


Adirondacks Sky [Sky Watch Friday]

  For a good number of years my wife and I spend several days visiting with our youngest daughter and her family during their annual vacation in the Adirondacks. Each year they choose a different venue, packing up and driving from New Jersey with kids, dog, kayaks, bikes, etc. The two scenes below were shot on First Lake. As you can see, the light changed considerably [in a short period of time] and the moon continued to ascend.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clothing/Accessories 9 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

   I hope you enjoyed the women’s orange shirts mini-series [if you haven't seen it, then scroll down]. Today we turn to the men, and what will become obvious fairly quickly is that men's shirts aren’t anywhere nearly as fashionable as those for women. In fact, they are mainly work shirts or tee shirts with various logos or names on them. Suffice it to say, it would be a rare woman who would wear any of the shirts you’ll see in the next two weeks. The first three images were shot around Rochester, NY.



The two remaining images were shot in Braunschweig, Germany.



Southwest Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

  This image is a B&W version of a color slide originally generated in 1978 on an American Airlines flight approach to the Salt Lake City airport. Decades later, after all my slides had been stored in plastic VisFile pages, they accumulated all kinds of schmutz.  I discovered that when I went digital and began scanning selected images [creating TIFF files]. I really liked this particular shot, and over the last several years I kept tweaking it, first in Photoshop Elements, trying to clean it up, remove a color cast, and deal with a few other problems. I was never fully satisfied with the color and, recently, I experimented with making a B&W conversion in Lightroom [which has become my preferred editing app]. This is what you see here, although I don't think this is its final form. Maybe some day I’ll be finished with it ... lol ...


The image below was shot digitally in Sedona, AZ. Following a brief but heavy rain, we ventured out onto the balcony of our room. Against the still dark and ominous sky was this rainbow. This is one shot that will not be converted to B&W!