Tag Archives: Webster

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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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more fall color…

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# 8470

I’ll make an admission to you if you promise not to tell anyone else; I used to arrange leaves on the forest floor to photograph.  I know, it’s the photographic equivalent of being an outlaw but now my Parole Officer keeps me well in line. Had I placed this orange leaf in this composition I would not have put it over the green leaf.  Nature put it there and I pressed the shutter button.  It took me years of rehab to get to this point but I feel good about it.  However, I won’t blame you if you decide to unsubscribe.

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the yeLLow sign

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in the dream we waLk aLong through the woods, out feet both wet and dry.  it’s aLmost dark and there is no coLor save for a warm gLow Leftover from the aLmost set sun.  my companion taLks in Low mumbLes i don’t understand.  no matter, it is not an unpLeasant experience.  i understand so LittLe now anyway.  overhead is a bird, his wingspan gLows from the Last of the sun’s rays and even this is devoid of coLor.  on the path we see the sign, its meaning I can’t comprehend.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign.  the yeLLow sign of Life.  and once again i am at a Loss for words.

apple blossom time

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These are apple tress in full bloom, shot 5/12/13.  This is on Lake Road, just east of Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).  This is one of my favorite drives.  It’s short but there is usually not much traffic and the scenery is beautiful, especially this time of year when the apple blossoms are out.  There are a lot of apple producers on this stretch of road and you can see thousands upon thousands of trees, all well maintained.

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300

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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!

time pt. 1

mc # 0362

mc # 0362

The “half battery” indicator is flashing on my Timex watch so I’m thinking about replacing it.  The watch, not the battery.  I could have a jeweler replace the battery for $18 (US) or I could replace it myself if I had access to jewelers tools such as eyeglasses, screwdrivers, tweezers and $18 (US).  But then I’d still have an old watch with a “genuine faux leather” band that Emo likes to chew on and is barely able to hold the weight of the watch with a new battery.

One of my “stupid ideas” was the invention of a solar powered watch.  The prototype consisted of two separate pieces; the watch and a baseball cap with photovoltaic cells on the lid and wires that ran down the side, through the sleeve of your shirt and onto the watch to charge it.  It worked fine but it wasn’t very practical because we only get 62 days of sunshine a year here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) and the cells couldn’t produce enough electricity to run the watch.

Photographers are obsessed with time.  Some photographers want to keep track of the “premium”  times for outdoor photography; the golden hour or the blue hour.  Some may time long exposures of flowing water to get that creamy smooth look.  Timing is critical in every phase of darkroom work, too.  Every photograph is an instant in time so it can’t be underestimated.

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mc # 0431

…to be continued.

it’s the little things…

leaf # 3638

leaf # 3638

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???

Irondequoit Bay (& angry birds)

IB # 3733

IB # 3733

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).

angry birds # 3852

angry birds # 3852

swan # 3861

swan # 3861

mystery of the stone pyramids

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stone pyramids # 3556

On January 12, 2013, I was at Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) Park on the shore of Lake Ontario shooting some interesting ice patterns in the water.  I was there about 2 hours and as I was leaving I saw a gentleman building these stone pyramids about 30-40 yards from the shore.  He had on heavy waders and the water was probably 3-4 feet deep.  The water is near freezing at this time of year so this could not have been an easy task.  This shot is looking North just before sunset.  The man left before I had a chance to ask about them but my theory is that they may be a tribute to the two first responders that were killed on Christmas Eve last year not far from this site.  That tragedy made national news.

I went back to this location the next day with my 70-300 mm lens and got some tighter shots of each of the pyramids.  One thing I noticed was that one of the pyramids has what appears to be a note on one of the rocks just above the water line.  It can be clearly seen in one of the photos below.  This part of the park is not well attended during the Winter except by folks who live in the area or fishermen so I’m not really sure how many people saw these.  Two days later they were gone, except for the very bottom layers, probably due to high winds and very rough waters.  I returned every day for a week after to see if the note washed ashore but I never found it.  Two week later this is all iced in for about 50-75 yards from shore so my guess is the note is committed to the deep.

stone pyramid # 3563

stone pyramid # 3563

stone pyramid with note # 3574

stone pyramid with note # 3574