Category Archives: around town

kaleidoscope

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I shot this handheld through the viewing lens of the giant kaleidoscope at the museum not long ago.  It uses colored liquids to achieve the multicolored effect.  It looks out through the second floor window onto East Ave.  There always seems to be a car parked there every time I go up there.  I’ll post another photo if I can get one without the car.

happy birthday

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2014-01-26 11.58.24

That’s right!!! 2clicksaway is 1 year old today!  And to celebrate, here is a photo of your squinty eyed, snowbound author with some of his favorite snow removal equipment. For those uninitiated in the art of snow removal, let me explain what we need here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living – except in winter) to clear snow from driveways and walkways.  The big gas powered orange thing is a “snowblower” though it really doesn’t blow any snow but actually throws the snow, up to 20 feet.  I only use it when there is too much snow to shovel, which is most days that it snows.  The big blue shove is use to just push the snow around and the black scoop is used to remove the snow the blue shovel pushed around.  The small gray shovel is used in tight spaces such as walkways and around the mailbox.

You need some warm, heavy duty cloths to operate this equipment, especially when the temperatures have been in the single digits every day as they have been.  You need to wear snow pants, which fit over your regular pants, a face mask, scarf, two pairs of gloves, down jacket, hat and waterproof, heavy duty boots with good tread.  It takes me almost as much time to get dressed as it does to clear the driveway, which can fit 6 Ford Focuses like mine or two normal sized cars.

Because there are only very limited number of places to put the snow you are removing, technique is very important once you are ready to start.  After several years of experience, I have developed a technique that is easy, time efficient and effective.   It involves all pieces of equipment and a lot of brute force.  I start out by revving the snow blower engine as loud as it can in an effort to scare the snow away.  This is fun but it seldom works.  That’s where the brute force comes in.  Once you start there are no breaks because it takes too long to take the outerwear off and put it back on again.  When you’re finished you get a feeling of satisfaction for doing a good job.  And then you get to do it all over again the next day because it’s been snowing every day.

fun on the ice

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The Sea Breeze FD had an exercise on the ice at Irondequoit Bay yesterday as I happened by.  They have a hovercraft they were trying out on the ice and water.  It’s the first time I’ve seen one of this size and it seemed to maneuver very well on both ice and water.  And pretty fast, too, though the gulls were faster.

You can see more fun on the ice here.

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it’s cold on my shoulder…

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This looked like an iceberg on the Lake.  I took this just before the sun went down and I had to walk across the ice to get it.  I’m guessing the ice is probably 2 feet thick at this point.  I wasn’t worried about it breaking but it gets dark very fast this time of day and the temp dropped to 19° (F) just as fast.  I took a few other shots but I didn’t wait around to see the sun go down.

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this old barn…

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This barn is a few miles from my house and I shot this photo in the fall of 2012.  I went back several times to shoot this barn but I was disappointed to see that it had been torn down and the corn fields surrounding it replaced with apple trees.  I’m not surprised about the apple trees.  New York State produces some of the best apples in the country.  But I do miss that old barn.

look through any window 2…

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More shots from the greenhouse visit.   A little more detail this time.

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Several of the faithful have suggested this series might look good in black and white.  I converted two photos in Topaz Black and White Effects as well as Nik Silver Effects Pro (a gift from Google).  Here is one shot and you can see the original color shot here.

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embrace chaos

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Believe it or not, I have been criticized for not assigning names to posted photos.  A lot of photographers are very good at this and they attach a tag that is either descriptive or evocative.  I’m just not very good at doing this so I just use the file number.  When I shot film I had a numbering system I used which consisted of the year (2 digits), a sequential roll number (3 digits) and a frame number (2 digits).  On all the prints I made I wrote the corresponding number on the back of the print with a Dixon marker.  If I had to go back and make another print I knew exactly where to look.  The digital frame number provides the same handy way of finding a file.  Also, I tend to be lazy and assigning names for posted photos seems like a lot of work that I’d rather not do.  I would prefer to spend the time behind the camera (or cutting the grass, shoveling the driveway or trying to find the “START” button on Windows 8).  But this is just me and I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from assigning a nice name to each of their photos.