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?
This is Memorial Point at Bear Creek Harbor in Ontario, NY. It’s a very small park dedicated to the service men and women of Wayne County who made the ultimate sacrifice in each of the wars and conflicts of the United States. There are plaques embedded in the rocks with the names of each of the service men and women going back to the Civil War. There is also a public boat launch into Lake Ontario. On the day I was there it was very quiet and peaceful but I doubt if it ever gets very crowded. I am drawn to places like this. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a look.
No, it’s not the 300th post. It’s my subscriber goal. I’d like to have 300 subscribers. I’ll do anything to get subscribers. I’m even putting tags on this post!! That’s the level of desperation I’ve sunk to. And now I’m going to try bribery. I’m offering to buy each person that subscribes a free lunch at a restaurant of my choice (if you are
foolish wise enough to come to Webster (Where Life is Worth Living), NY). I was only kidding when I said I didn’t care about the stats. Really. So go ahead, subscribe. I dare ya! I double dog dare ya!!!
Seriously, the goal for these blogs it isn’t measured in the numbers. They are slightly more than my personal musings but mostly as a way to connect with other photographers whose help and inspiration I count on. However, I am serious about the free lunch!
It’s almost 40 degrees (F) and most of the pretty white stuff is going fast. It’s a barren landscape out there and you really have look hard to find something worthwhile to photograph (if you’re a landscape photographer). But really, there are compositions in nature that are overlooked photo-ops. These are the little pictures, not the sweeping panoramas that we long to shoot. I think a lot of people identify with these little things just as much as the majestic landscapes, and for good reason: the appreciation of the small things in life can be very rewarding. Or am I wrong???
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.