Category Archives: Webster New York

lakeside drive

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There is a small channel that connects Lake Ontario with Irondequoit Bay and there is a swing bridge that allows traffic to pass over the channel.  These orange markers are placed along the bridge as a warning to small craft going through the channel.  The walkway is reflected in the water and the early morning light struck it just right.

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home by the sea (and more)

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This house sits just a few feet from the shore of Lake Ontario and, as pleasant as that can be most of the time, I’m sure there are other times that the owners have to brace themselves.  This was taken just before sunset last week.

And now the “more” part:  Last week a gallon of white paint fell off a truck onto the access road to BJ’s here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).  It was promptly hit by another vehicle, actually several vehicles.  The paint can, being made of plastic, did not survive the hits very well and the entire contents are now part of the road.  Fortunately, I was there moments after it happened and with a camera, too.  I got a few shots after I removed what was left of the can from the road and those shots (keyword: cosmic paint) will be featured at our sister site lightscatter.  Instead of posting twice weekly, there will be a different photo from this series every day this week (except Saturday and Sunday, even if you offer me double overtime).  Please check them out if you have any time to waste.

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.

cosmic ice

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One of the nice things about living in an ice box (Webster – Where Life is Worth Living) is, well, ice!  Right now we have a lot of ice.  And snow,  And frigid cold weather. But we only have about another 150 days of this left so I like to make the most of it.

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The last photo was taken with the Samsung Note 8.

And for those who took the time to read this far, here’s the Bonus Musical Treat (BMT)!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving

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I think these ducks were saying “EAT MORE TURKEY”!!!

In the spirit of the holiday season, and since I’m feeling pretty generous today,  here are a few of my favorite photos from a long, long, loooong time ago.  And they feature the hottest subjects in photography today: a vacuum cleaner and an old shoe. ehpem, Mel – enjoy!

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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?

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