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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, August 3, 2017

Seneca Lake Sunset [Sky Watch Friday]

 Earlier this week, my wife and I spent several days at Seneca Lake [one of the so-called Finger Lakes in upstate NY] visiting with our daughter and her family who had rented a house along the lake. Following a brief, late afternoon rain, the sky cleared up and a lovely sunset ensued. Actually, I missed the brightest part of it; luckily, even after the sun had disappeared below the horizon, there were photographic rewards to enjoy. I caught these shots with my cell phone.



Below are my daughter [Rebecca] and son-in-law [Matthew] flanked by our grand-kids [Jocelyn & Andrew].



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Image City Gallery Assignments [Sky Watch Friday]

 For the Image City Gallery assignment in July, we were instructed to take photographs that emphasized a line(s), but not necessarily ‘leading lines’. Thus, the line(s) is an essential part of the subject. This was an interesting challenge that proved to be manageable. It made me look around in a more focussed manner.
This image below was shot [with my LG4 cell phone] in the heart of downtown Rochester. It is our Liberty Pole, constructed in 1965; a 198 foot stainless steel pole that is supported by a network of steel wires, which forms a triangle about its base. It was designed by a Rochester architect, James Johnson. During the winter holiday season, it is strung with lights and lit up at night. In warmer months, the plaza in which it is located is a great place to sit, chat, enjoy lunch or people watch.


 This next image was also shot downtown during an outdoor concert on the last night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest [16 years and running]. I happened to turn around and the lines I saw just bowled me over. So, as with the Liberty Pole [shot within the same hour], I resorted to my LG4. I don’t know the name of the buildings; but, I will return eventually with my DSLR.


The last image was taken in Cleveland, part of my series on the Frank Gehry building [see my last two postings]. The line reminds me of the bow of a ship.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cleveland Skies 4 [Sky Watch Friday]

Today’s images conclude my series on Cleveland. Rather than focusing on one particular building, as I have in previous weeks, these shots were made at different locations. The first image is that of a Soldiers and Sailors Monument [commemorating the Civil War] located right in the heart of downtown. It stands in an esplanade that includes an array of water fountains that attracts kids to splash around in.


Across the from the monument is the Old Stone Church, whose tower is very reminiscent of Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. That is especially true when viewed between the high rise buildings flanking it.


Also in the general area is the Tower City Center, basically an indoor mall with specialty shops, restaurants, etc..  I could not resist shooting the glass cupola.


Further along the street was The Arcade Cleveland [nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace], which opened in 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. Today, the Hyatt Regency Hotel occupies the top three levels of the atrium and the two towers. The lower two levels contains retail stores and a food court.


This last image was shot outside the Westside Market, located a few miles west of downtown. It is Cleveland’s oldest public market, and it features over 100 vendors of meats, cheeses, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, dairy, flowers, etc.. It is a great place to shop or just wander through.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cleveland Skies 3 [Sky Watch Friday]

One of the main reasons for our visit to Cleveland was to see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by renown architect, I. M. Pei, the museum is situated along the shore of Lake Erie. It is easily accessible by auto, RTA train or RTA bus. We preferred the latter method because we gained a better view of the museum and lake [although we had to walk a bit further from the bus stop]; in addition, we also had a good view of the train station [image below].  Just a few more words about using the RTA: you cannot pay fares in cash. However, at every RTA station there is an automat [that also accepts credit cards]. And, if you are a senior, I recommend purchasing the all day card option for $2.75 [I think it was option R6]. You can use it repeatedly on all RTA transportation until 3 A.M. the following day.


Just a few hundred meters from the station is the museum itself. I will let the shots below speak for themselves. One really has to walk around the whole complex to appreciate its full impact. From one  vantage point, the museum reminded one of the Louvre in Paris.


 




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cleveland Skies 2 [Sky Watch Friday]

Needless to say, I had to return to the Gehry building [see last week’s post] the next day, but this time with my ‘big boy’ Canon. The morning light generated some blinding reflections that ordinarily would have been impossible to shoot. However, I had planned ahead and had mounted a circular polarizing filter on the lens.






                                              This last image was shot later in the day.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cleveland Skies 1 [Sky Watch Friday]

  We finally got around to paying a visit to Cleveland, Ohio, and are we glad that we did. We were not prepared for the all its positive aspects: a superb transportation system, outstanding museums [e.g. the Rock & Hall Hall of Fame and the Museum of Art topping the list], a wide variety of eateries, wonderful architecture and, above all, friendly people/courteous drivers. The large downtown area was also unexpected.
We stayed at the Glidden House Inn [ca. 5 miles east of downtown] is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University [CWRU], and situated within easy walking distance of several museums, the botanical garden, and a public park where free concerts are staged on Wed. nights.
The images below are from the CWRU School of Management [only ca.100 meters from our hotel] were shot with my LG4 cell phone. What makes it so special is that it was designed by architect, Frank Gehry. His works are world renown; e.g. his magnificent museum in Bilbao, Spain and the concert hall in Los Angeles, CA.






Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Jersey Sky/Image City Gallery Assignments [Sky Watch Friday]

For the Image City Gallery assignment in May, we were instructed to take a group of photographs [up to 15 images] of some object or location, generating a series of different perspectives. While visiting our youngest daughter and her family in NJ, I went to see my granddaughter play in a ‘fast pitch’ soft-ball game at a local park. It was there that I unexpectedly found my subject, a delightful sculpture of two kids on ‘monkey bars’. The images below [representing only half of the assignment] were shot with my LG4 cell phone. From the top down, they are presented in the chronological order in which they were shot [one of the assignment stipulations]; although several hours had elapsed between the first and last shots.





Friday, April 28, 2017

Trains [Sky Watch Friday]

 Having grown up in New York City, I commuted to school and college via the subway. However, I never considered that really a train like the ones having a locomotive and traveling between cities. The latter is much more part of the fabric of life in Europe, and a much smaller portion of USA travel. Nevertheless, for me, there is something about trains and train stations that I find fascinating. Sometime ago, I posted images of graffiti painted on railroad cars. From that shoot, I discover some images left over that are appropriate for SWF posting; here they are.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rochester Skies [Sky Watch Friday]

I’ve been away for quite some time, and got out of the habit of posting. It did not help that I had depleted my cache of photos earmarked for SWF. So, today I will venture back for a visit and share two images that that I made with my trusty cell phone camera. The shot below was taken after I had exited Image City Gallery, after our monthly get-together discussing our photo assignments. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. The steel sculpture stands right on the street [University Ave.], which runs through the Neighborhood of the Arts [NOTA]; and the Memorial Art Gallery is a few hundred yards further up the road.


The shot below is one I had been intending to take for a long time. The building, which I frequently drive past, houses a fitness center and some offices. It has been a repulsive eyesore for years. Oddly enough, it is also on University Ave., only ca. 2 miles east of NOTA.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Image City Gallery Assignments [April 2017]

   For this month’s assignment, we were to take photographs that we specifically wanted to use for B&W images. The images below were originally shot with my LG4 cell phone. In both cases, for months on end, I had been thinking about shooting these. The assignment provided the motivation to finally get to it. For comparison, I include the original color image along with the edited B&W image.
  The rack of medicine balls is located in the Midtown Athletic Club where I regularly work out, swim [the outdoor pool opened April 1], or play tennis.



This last image is a building not far from where I live. It has been a ugly eyesore for several years, and I don’t understand why/how it has escaped the attention of any neighborhood group. be that as it may, it provided a good photo-op.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Image City Gallery Assignments [March 2017]

 For this month’s assignment, we were to take photographs of things that are often not seen or ignored, although they may be in plain sight. The two images below were shot during a walk through a nearby neighborhood. Since both objects were well above eye level, I think most passersby would fail to notice them. The top figure is part of a water downspout on the side of an entrance to an apartment house. The column and ionic capital below belongs to a private dwelling.



This last image is that of the soap dispenser over our kitchen sink.   It is something I personally do not notice until my wife tells me that it needs a refill.


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.