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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, December 31, 2015

Motion Blur [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

Happy New Year!!

I’ve begun playing around with deliberately moving the camera during shooting in order to deliberately generate blur effects. In this regard, there are several possible approaches: at the time of shutter release, one can move the camera vertically or horizontally or in a circular motion, or while zooming in/out. Each option produces a different and distinctive effect. In all cases, however, the exposure time [shutter speed] must be sufficient to keep the shutter open a long enough time. So, one has to experiment with settings for ISO, f-stop and exposure time The example below was shot several years ago [1 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 200]; it may be that I did not even intentionally try to get the blur; but, hand-held for 1 sec did the job. I include this image because it is the only one having something genuinely orange in color.

These images were created recently using settings in the following range: f/16 - f/22, ISO 100, and 0.25 - 0.70 sec exposure time. 

I will be taking a break for several weeks...see you later in January.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Signs/Walls 2 [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

Today we finish the mini-series, signs/walls. The comical looking character below is actually the logo for Turkcell, the Turkish telecommunications company. The sign was suspended by wires across a street in Istanbul, and I was determined to bring back a record of it.

This storefront in Galway, Ireland, below speaks for itself. It was a OYGIF photo-op that stopped me in my tracks as we ambled down a side street.

Of course, pubs and tobacco shops abound in Ireland; and we might have stopped in for a pint at this locale.

 Back home in Rochester, NY, this is the side wall of an automotive parts store.   

While the temperatures in Rochester recently reached the 60s in mid-December, the lower left hand corner of the photo below is a chilling reminder of what awaits us.  The attire of the couple in the show window is certainly inconsistent with the prevailing season.  I tend to doubt that it was meant to cheer up passersby. If I were to give this a title, it would be Reality Check.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Signs/Walls 1 [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

Today we move out of the confines of an abandoned subway tunnel and into the light of day. Subjects for OYGIF are often found on walls, buildings, posts or doors. Here are a several examples. The image below is attached to an abandoned house. 

These two images are on the walls of buildings in or near Rochester’s Public Market. 

The next shot is of a button for pedestrians to push in order to change the traffic light for them to cross the street.  As you can see, the post offers some ‘free advertising space’. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rochester’s Abandoned Subway 3 [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

Our tour of Rochester’s Abandoned Subway continues from last week. A short distance further into the tunnel, we came across a brass quintet [comprised of students from the world famous Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester]. Evidently, the tour organizers had employed them to entertain passersby...very classy, indeed. We tarried awhile to enjoy the concertizing, but continued on as soon as the crowd had swelled. 


Some of the tunnel sections saw the light of day through the open arches, as seen below. If you scroll back to the first of the three series’ postings, you can see this section of the tunnel from the outside.






Now that I’ve been inside, I look forward to the next opportunity to return.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Rochester’s Abandoned Subway 2 [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

Continuing our approach to the abandoned subway tunnel, there was an abundance of graffiti to enjoy. These two youngsters below came ‘flying’ by as if being chased.

Or had they been startled by this section of the wall below?

Once inside the tunnel, it was surprising to see how large a space it opened into. Fortunately, the event organizers had lighting set up in most areas where no sunlight entered the interior, but one still had to exercise caution due to poor footing. Eventually, we arrived at a section where there must have been a split in traffic.

Soon after, we passed an area, accessible only by ladder, in which water covered the entire floor [image below]. This was shot through a chain link fence next to the ladder. I don’t know for what purpose this room served.

Next week I will conclude our tour.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rochester’s Abandoned Subway 1 [Orange You Glad It's Friday]

In 1918, the Erie Canal was re-routed to bypass downtown Rochester. In 1919 the abandoned portion of the canal was bought to serve as the core of a new subway, which was built below it. Thus, the subway was constructed in the bed of the old canal and the subway's roof became Broad Street. Only two miles (3.2 km) of the route through downtown were in the tunnel, the rest was in the open. As such, the Rochester Subway operated from 1927 to 1956. It was a light rail transit line, and the car was basically a trolley [Strassenbahn].  After its closure, portions of the right-of-way were used for expressway construction, while the rest was abandoned and filled in over the years. The largest remaining section is a stretch of the underground tunnel under Broad Street from Exchange Street to the intersection of Court Street and South Avenue. The first image is an exterior shot of a portion of the tunnel. Below that is a shot from the outside looking into the tunnel.

In recent years, the abandoned tunnel has proved to be a draw for the homeless and local artists who have adorned its walls and columns with ‘graffiti’, notwithstanding the fact that it is not generally open to the public. However, there are occasions when access is granted. The remaining images in this new mini-series, Rochester’s Abandoned Subway, were shot in early October during such an occasion; viz. the Rochester River Romance celebration.
The top image was taken at the approach to the tunnel [located at South Ave.]. Already one is greeted with graffiti, the best of which is inside, where I will take you next week. 

On a serious note, the City has not reached a decision as to the future of the tunnel. Some of the suggestions out there include: leaving it as is, turning it into an arts museum, developing it for shops and restaurants, filling it in with earth or refilling it with water.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Colors [Orange You Glad It’s Friday] & [Sky Watch Friday]

Upstate NY abounds with trees whose leaves color beautifully with the onset of Autumn. I have posted images of Fall colors in the past and did not think I would be inclined to continue. However, through pure happenstance, I have encountered some unusual opportunities and, voila, there are new photos to post. The first three are trees that had been pruned radically to make space for power lines to pass through their branches. The topmost image was shot through the car window with my LG G4 cell phone. The next two were shot last Fall using my ‘big boy’ Canon 60D.

Below are two images taken in Clifton Springs, NY [ca. 30 miles east of Rochester]. The first was shot in a park along Main Street, and the second was inside the Main Street Arts Gallery. We had driven there to see a photo exhibition by a group photographer friends. The window reflected in the glass was irresistible, and I just had to shoot it [along with my own reflection].

The next image is along the Erie Canal in the town of Pittsford, NY [6 miles east of Rochester]. It was taken in early Fall and the colors had not yet fully developed, but, I liked the reflection in the water.

This last image was taken at the Ventosa Winery located on the northeastern shore of Seneca Lake [ca. 45 miles southeast of Rochester]. My wife and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch seated on an outdoor balcony, basking in the mild temperatures of an ‘Indian summer’ day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Circles 10 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

  Today my Circles series comes to an end. Sorry I missed last week, but we were away visiting one of our daughters in the Baltimore area. As it turns out, that provided an unexpected photo-op for today's posting. As we were strolling through an IKEA store these orange balls called out to me,”we want to be in OYGIF!"  So, I got out my new LG G4 cell phone camera, and this is what I shot.

While the remaining images have appeared previously in other OYGIF series, they fit so nicely into the Circle meme and I decided to repost them.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Circles 9 [Orange You Glad It’s Friday]

 Today’s circles are exclusively within 3-D objects, which I have alluded to in earlier posts. The first image is somewhat ‘over the top', having both multiple circles and a sphere.

This is a detail of a sculpture that stands in front of Rochester’s Science Museum. If you look carefully, you can see the photographer’s reflection.

The next image was shot inside The Village Gate, a mall located inside an old factory building. Can you count the number of circles in this overhead lamp?

                                     The last two images were also from The Village Gate.