Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sony Cyber-shot WX80

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Last month we purchased the Sony WX80 because we wanted a camera that was small (tiny, actually), lightweight and easy to operate.  I shot this at the Rochester Institute of Technology campus yesterday.  Except for some minor editing in LR4, which was crop and opening up the shadows a bit, this shot came right out of the camera.  The display was easy to see in harsh light and the zoom lens was easy to operate.  I think we’ll be very happy to have this little guy around.

 

seeing red

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Cruise nights have started again and these are a selection from 6/14/13.  Over 400 cars, free admission, great food and some nice rides, what more can you ask?  Just click on any image to enter the gallery.

just for fun

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Since this sign is about 4 inches away from this shed I couldn’t read it but it probably says “PLACE SHED HERE”.

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The photo above is not a black and white with selective color.

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Not too long ago Andy at LensScaper  posted images from the old Kodalith film process along with a very nice description of the process.  Briefly, it used a Graphic Arts high contrast film to produce black and white images without any gray tones.  About the same time Andy produced his image, I made the one above which combined a negative and positive high contrast lith films slightly out of register to give a line drawing effect.  It was made for an album cover for the artist.  I loved the look and process but it was tedious and expensive and I had all but forgotten about it.  The LensScaper post made me try to duplicate the negative/positive out of register in digital just for fun.  It’s actually quite easy and, at no cost, very affordable. Below are first images I tried using digital techniques.

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This is of the Quad building at the University of Rochester, taken on a snowy winter day.

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This is also at the Uof R.  It’s the auditorium where the orchestra plays.  This was also taken on the same day as the above photo.

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One of my winter projects was to convert some old slides and negatives to digital.  Winter is over but I’m far from done.  I soon realized that it was an impossible task to digitize everything so I decided to work on the material I liked best.  In the selection process I asked myself if I would shoot that image today, since I know my tastes have changed quite a bit since some of these old shot were taken.  There is obviously a lot of stuff that is not scan-worthy but this image is one of my favorites.  A print of this has been hanging in our house for more than 20 years and I still like it.  It was taken in downtown Rochester and was a sign over an old movie theater that had shown it’s last movie years earlier.  It’s long gone now but I still have this slide.