Monthly Archives: May 2013

blackdog side door

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Rochester is an old city with some old alleys.  This one has a building with beautiful red brick and an inviting bench.  I tried converting this to black and white but it lost some of the impact without the color so I decided not to post it.  Since these alleys are narrow it’s good to bring a wide angle lens and I wish I had one just a bit wider for a straight on shot like this.

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These benches have been known to walk away so they need to be chained to the wall behind.

double exposure

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There was a time when it was very easy to make double exposures in camera.  Camera manufactures thought that was a problem for the average consumer and started to design fail safes to prevent them from happening.  There was usually a way on the more sophisticated cameras to get a multiple exposure on a single frame but it became obvious it was becoming increasingly difficult to do.  It’s pretty much impossible to do in a digital camera but software allows us to do as many multiple exposures with greater control very easily.  On this shot (shots?), I wanted to get the wire reinforcement grid on the window in focus as well as the background but I could not get enough depth of field in the camera.  I shot two images, one with the foreground in focus and one with the background in focus and combined them.  The technique is very easy and simple but a key requirement to do this successfully is to try to pre-visualize the effect you want before taking the photos.  I think it just makes it easier to process later.

Here is another shot through a different window but with a similar grid and only one exposure:

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If you still want another grid photo, go to the sister site here!!!

Donuts Delight

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When i rode the bus to school it drove by Donuts Delight and I always wanted to get off the bus and buy  donuts.  But earlier this year I drove out and bought two donuts (Emo is on a donut-free diet.  They were as good as I had expected.  The building is newly restored to it’s former glory after being vacant for a number of years, so if you’re in the area, stop and have a donut.

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apple blossom time

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These are apple tress in full bloom, shot 5/12/13.  This is on Lake Road, just east of Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).  This is one of my favorite drives.  It’s short but there is usually not much traffic and the scenery is beautiful, especially this time of year when the apple blossoms are out.  There are a lot of apple producers on this stretch of road and you can see thousands upon thousands of trees, all well maintained.

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if you could read my mind…

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If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
‘Bout a ghost from a wishin’ well

Gordon Lightfoot

That’s the Kodak headquarters building in the center on the photo.  They recently announced huge bonuses to top execs.  I’m always happy for people who get a financial incentive for outstanding job performance (insert smiley face here).

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I would also like to dedicate the photo above to One Day/One Image blogger Melinda Green Harvey whose work I have found very inspirational.  Her landscape photos are well crafted and beautifully composed.  It may look easy to do but I assure you it is not.  It’s work like this that make blogging interesting and fun and I intend to dedicate more to those folks whose photos are exceptional.  This photo was taken looking North from the platform of the Rochester Amtrak station.  This is a shameless plug for our other site but you can see the South view here.

 

boredwalk

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Does anybody else get bored with their own photos once in a while, or is it just me?  I find that when boredom sets in there is only one thing I can do:  take a break.  That’s it.  Take a vacation away from photography.  Do something you enjoy doing that doesn’t involve photography.  I’ll pick out a good book, watch some favorite movies, play some music, anything to stimulate the mind.  It works for me but everyone is different and their cure for boredom may be different, too.  The trick is to find what works for you.