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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, 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.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Memorial Art Gallery [Sky Watch Friday]

Rochester has a variety of outstanding museums that attract visitors from all over the world. These include the Eastman International Museum of Photography, the Strong Museum of Toys, the Susan B. Anthony House, and the Memorial Art Gallery. It was to the latter that we paid a visit this afternoon, specifically to see the newly opened Max Escher exhibit. The exhibit was fabulous [open until the end of January], and I would recommend it highly. Since photography was not permitted, I cannot show you examples of his unique and brilliant works. However, there were photo-ops outside the museum, including the buildings, as well as the extraordinary sculpture garden containing stone and metal figures.




Today we hit a record high temperature in Rochester, so it was fun to wander around the garden; here are some sample images of these unusual and humorous figures.