Monthly Archives: September 2013

recycled photos

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# 7690

First, let me apologize for the somewhat poor reproduction of the print above.  It was shot through the glass of the frame because I was too lazy to remove it.  The original slide was shot in the fall of 1992 on Kodachrome 64 film and printed on 11×14 inch Cibachrome glossy print material in 1993.  I made a total of three prints; the first was a bit too dark, the second a bit too light but the third was perfect.  The third print became part of a portfolio of fall leaves.  The first two prints were not suitable for framing so I decided to use a weaving technique to bring the two prints together.   I had seen some very early digital images at a show called “Montage 93”.  At this time digital images were not available to the general public and the science was very crude at the time.  Still, I liked what I saw in spite of the pixelated look and wanted to reproduce it.  I had tried the weaving on one other test print before doing this one to understand the technique better before doing this one.

First, the darker print was cut into 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) strips vertically and numbered on the back side with a Dixon pencil.  Then I made 1/4 inch cuts horizontally on the second print but the edges were not cut so the print stayed together. Then the vertical strips (of the darker print) were woven into the the lighter print.  I had to wear cotton gloves during the weaving because the print surface is delicate.  Finally, the print was matted and framed.  This was an exhausting process and one I would never repeat.

But wait, there’s more…

At our sister site is another experiment this week.  Everyday, Monday through Friday, we are posting a photo.  What is so experimental about that you may ask.  It’s the same photo every day!!!  

Okay, you can put your socks back on.

for sale – world peace (and an announcement)

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# 7747

A bargain at any price.

 

Exciting news!  Next week we will feature a bold (stupid) experiment whereby I will post a photo every day, Monday through Friday at our sister site.  What’s so bold (stupid) about that?  It’s the same photo every day!!!  It sounds like a desperate attempt to get folks to go to that site but, really, the thought never crossed my mind.

house painting

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# 7720

I wanted to get a shot of the painting on the addition of this house which, coincidentally, is across the street from this house. The photo above was shot at mid-day and the one below at sunset.  It’s interesting (to me) how the time of day can influence even a standard photo like this.

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# 7528

One thing I noticed when looking at these two photos is that there is a gull on the peak of the roof in both.  I found out latter it was the same bird!!!

 

(not quite) last signs of summer

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# 7148

Believe it or not, I’ve seen a few dandelions in the park last week, but their days are numbered.  At least for this year.  I used to dig these up when I saw them and I still do, but I wait until after the flowers are gone.  If you look hard enough, you might find that perfect one waiting to be photographed.

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# 9551

watergazing

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# 6720

I just invented a new word – watergazing.  It’s the act of looking at water.  Clever, no?  This is not to be confused with “water gazing”, or Hydromancy , the practices used by ancient mystics and shamans to acquire wisdom and knowledge from the Spirit of Water or to predict the future.  Watergazing is not about seeing the future and it doesn’t answer your metaphysical questions. It’s just looking, observing and appreciating the beauty of the flow or stillness of water.   It’s simple.  Living near a large lake, a lot of small lakes, a river and quite a few streams and ponds gives me the opportunity to do this often.  Sometimes I have a camera with me.

Click on any image below to enter the gallery:

I haven’t registered this word with the US Patent Office yet, so feel free to use it in the meantime.

 

yellow sky

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# 7487

The sky turned a beautiful yellow color as the sun was going down when I shot this bike on one of the piers at Lake Ontario.

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# 7499

This was taken moments after the bike shot.  This is facing North on the lake at the very end of the pier.

not fade away

headstone # 4213

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On this day:

1609 – Henry Hudson  reaches the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.

1743 – Great Britain, Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms.

1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives a 3-foot (0.91 m)-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions.

1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

…and a whole lot more!

 

seeing red pt. 5 and a selfie

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# 7218

Cruise night are over here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) and it was one heck of a summer.  Only 2 cancellations due to weather.  I may have enough material for one more post after this but there’s always next year.

This photo was taken at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and is part of an upcoming series.

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# 7336

E pluribus unum

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# 0053

E pluribus unum (Out of many, one) is a phrase on the Seal of the United States and its meaning has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation.  It also suggests my daily photographic track record; I shoot a lot of photos but usually I only end up with one (possibly 2 or 3) that I really like.  That’s fine with me since I’m delighted to see a good file on my screen and the bad ones still didn’t cost me anything and I had fun shooting them.  I shot a lot of photos of this duck but this is the only one that I like.

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# 7242

The macro shot of the dollar bill was shot with an Exacta camera (early or mid ’50s model) with bellows and 35mm lens.  It’s my first ever macro photo and was converted from a 35mm B&W neg using the Wolverine digital converter.

sidenote:  In an earlier post I mentioned that Adobe PS Elements was a nice, cost effective alternative to Photoshop,  One reason I mentioned this is that it may have been too expensive for folks to use the Creative Cloud service from Adobe, presently the only way to use the newest version of PS.  Adobe made this announcement today (9/4/13) that may be of interest to some folks.

Labor Day, USA

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Labor Day is traditionally the first Monday in September, a National Holiday that pays tribute to the American worker.  A lot of folks say it’s the last day of Summer, and for school kids it is, but actually there are about 3 more weeks of Summer and I plan to enjoy them.  Harbors and marinas around the Lake are clogged with boats of all kinds but soon they will be put away for the season.  This was shot in Pultneyville, NY on 9-1-2013.

sidenote:  I was thrilled to find a coupon for $1.00 off of Cascade detergent for dishwashers in the newspaper today but, after reading the fine print, was a little puzzled.  The coupon excludes purchase of the (I’m not making this up) “travel size”.  Does anyone travel with their dishwasher?