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, November 29, 2012

Rochester Skyline Icons [Sky Watch Friday]

Last week’s SWF panorama of downtown Rochester included a number of iconic buildings/architectural features. For example, in the far left corner is the Wings of Progress [completed in 1930] atop the Times Square Building. A bit to its  right is the statue of Mercury atop the Aqueduct Building [mostly obscured by another building]. The 21 foot tall Mercury statue [out of riveted copper plates] was created in 1881.  When completed, it was installed atop a factory smokestack and quickly became a hallmark of the city skyline. However, in 1951, the factory was demolished and the statue was placed in storage. In 1973, it found its current home, only one block north of its original location. The images below offer closer views of these two wonderful structures.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Downtown Rochester Pano 1 [Sky Watch Friday]

It’s high time to return from our travels and feature my adopted home town.  In addition to having an abundance of arts and cultural organizations/productions, Rochester, NY also possesses a rich history. It offers a wide variety of architecture and natural beauty that interests photographers of every stripe. Since one can park for free anywhere in the city on Sunday, I took advantage of good weather and ventured downtown alone and shoot some images that could be merged into panoramas. But, unlike those I made in Ireland and Arizona [scroll down through my archive], I used a tripod here-- turned out to be a wise decision. In the image below, some of the iconic buildings and structures are evident [I recommend clicking on the to enlarge the view]. I will post more of Rochester in the coming weeks. [Be sure to click on the image to enlarge].

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sedona Sky Panoramas [Sky Watch Friday]

These will be the last posts from our Arizona trip. Generally, panoramas  are ‘stitched’ together as a post processing event from a series of overlapping images [usually, one tries to have adjacent shots with about 1/3 overlap].  Recently, the stitching can be done right inside some cameras. That was not the case with the shots below. While one can use images from hand-held shooting, the likelihood of success is much higher if the camera was mounted on a monopod; and, a tripod is even better. Generally, panos are made with the camera 'held' in the horizontal/landscape position; however, they can also be shot in the vertical/portrait position. The two panos were shot either on a monopod in the horizontal mode or hand-held in the vertical mode [I think you can guess which is which]. They were taken from Airport Mesa in Sedona, the best place to see the valley and catch a great sunset and get a grand overview of some of the surrounding terrain. Staring in the center, the highest peak is Capitol Butte, with Sugarloaf to the right; and, slightly in front it and to its right is a group known as Coffee Pot Rock.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Upper Antelope Canyon

For a long time I fantasized about shooting in Upper Antelope Canyon, which we missed on our trip to Arizona last year. Well, we did it last month. We left Sedona [see pics below and more will be added above] and headed up to Page. The only way to get into Upper Antelope Canyon is on a tour led by a Navajo guide. While I have seen many fabulous published photos of this famous 'slot canyon', I was not prepared for how dark it was inside. I did not bring a tripod or monopod along, thinking that my camera could shoot at really high ISO; and, that that would offset any low lighting. Well, I almost blew it -- I had to shoot at 3,200 - 6,400 and bracketed every shot. Still, exposure times varied from 1/30th - 1 sec; Image Stabilization and resting my arm/shoulder against a wall was my salvation. The images you see below were ultimately HDRed in Dynamic Photo HDR [an inexpensive and user friendly program].  I do not understand how the colors came out so brilliantly, since I tried to avoid going overboard in the tone mapping [a common occurrence with HDR images]. In any event, I think they came out well.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cathedral Rock [Sky watch Friday]

Here are more traditional images of Sedona's Cathedral Rock. It is really an amazing group of 'rocks', and one doesn't tire of seeing at from different perspectives. The clear blue skies in these two shots reflect of what we experienced during our week in the area. Now a technical word of explanation. These images were generated by HDR processing of three bracketed shots [using the app, Dynamic Photo HDR]; it was really a fast, straightforward and simple procedure. At first glance, the upper image appears to contain the moon; actually, it was generated by lens flare, which I deliberately included. If you look further down in the image, you can see more flares.
Some people might think that the color in the bottom image was made by enhancing the hue/saturation during processing. In fact, I reduced them -- at sunset, the rock color turns a rather deep orange -- really breathtaking.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sedona Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

 After a brief sojourn at home following our return from Germany, my wife and I headed out for another vacation--this time to Arizona. Although we had taken a marvelous Road Scholar tour last year through northern Arizona, there were still places/things left to be seen/done. So, we went back, but on our own. The ‘red rock country’ of Sedona was our first prolonged stop. The top image was shot from our balcony -- of course, we did not always catch such an awesome sky, as is evident from the lower image. That was shot in the early morning as we were driving toward Cathedral Rock [it consists of two massive rocks and two or three narrow vertical rock spires in between them]. As we came around a bend, I was stunned by the fog shroud in the distance. I had to pull over, get out and start shooting. This is the image I like best; and it is not typical of those you see of Cathedral Rock, perhaps the most photographed site in the Sedona area. Anyway, I will post more images from Arizona in the coming weeks.