This is the Rochester Museum and Science Center main building. The Museum is home to hundreds of thousands of objects relating to history and science and people of all ages can have a great time (as well as learn something) here. I shot these photos recently for the benefit of those who don’t live in the Rochester area or have never been here.
The building is beautiful and you may be able to tell the original entrance was in the front of the building. The building in the bottom left corner of the frame is the Strasenburgh Planetarium which is part of the Museum. The Planetarium is, in my opinion, a great piece of modern architecture. Stay tuned for the Planetarium photos next time.
Not far from the shore of Lake Ontario is this small grove and I just happen to catch it near sundown. And since the long nights allow me to play more with post processing, here is the same photo in black and white using Silver Effects Pro 2. This plug-in has been around a while and I was wondering if a new (v3) is in the works. Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?
I stopped at the Lamberton Conservatory yesterday and there was very few people there. That’s good for me because I like to take my time and I hate to be a bother to other patrons. I thought it was a good day to go because rain was predicted and it did look like it was about to rain all morning, but we never got a drop. No matter, the light is usually very nice and even inside and I got a few shots I may not have been able to get if it were crowded. Although I shot some interesting flowers, I tended to focus more on leaves of various plants.
The requirement to post a photo of Emo is hereby fulfilled. If you feel compelled to comment, please mention him as his ego needs stroking every so often.
This is Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County, NY. The center of the bay acts as the eastern border for the town of Irondequoit and the western border of the towns of Penfield and Webster (Where Life is Worth Living). This photo shows the Bay from the Penfield side. Noteworthy is that this year marks the 12,000th birthday of the Bay (plus or minus 1000 years).
The Bay is home to non-migrating swans and fishermen (although some fishermen may, at times, migrate).
In June of 2011 there was a post in the now defunct ONEOWNER blog with this photo of the Times Square building in Rochester, NY. Completed in 1930, the top of the building has a tower with a massive structure known as the “Wings of Progress”. It’s one of the few landmarks in an otherwise nondescript landscape. Some believe the Wings are Orgone Accumulators or “features common to art deco, raygun gothic and other modernist buildings”. I shot the photo while working on an assignment at the Rochester Convention Center, which has a terrace over the Genesee River. This is probably the best view of the structure.
Almost a year after the photo was posted I received an email from a New York book publisher expressing an interest in reproducing it in a book about Wendell Castle, who is “…one of the most important, influential and celebrated designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries”. I believe the original request came from the author, Alastair Gordon. I have been a fan of Wendell Castle for years and was honored to be a part of the book. I had also read other books by the author and knew this was going to be well done. I provided the publisher with a written consent and a high res file for reproduction. Last week I received a complimentary copy of the book and was shocked to see the photo was a full page reproduction in the 10″ x 12″ book. I don’t have a coffee table but now I may need to get one. You can get a copy of the book here. It’s a great read and full of excellent photos of Mr. Castle’s amazing work.