Saturday, February 6, 2016


I guess this looks pretty abstract, that is until you realize what it is.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Log moss

Another picture from along the canal trail.

I was not sure about posting this image as it does not have as strong compositional quality as I like. It really is too busy, and its abundance of fine messy detail creates a jumble that I do not think is appealing... yet I am posting it anyway.

I guess I just have low standards.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Le Chevalier Bayard

This sculpture by Marochetti (dated 1871) is another sculpture at the Albany Institute of History & Art. It was a bit of an experiment with over exposing the window behind the dark bronze to create a high-key background.

With this my second post from the museum you would think that sculpture is an important part of the collection. Although there are a number of 3D art pieces there are far more framed paintings. It just seems to make more sense to photograph statuary rather than simply coping flat canvases to create inferior copies.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art

The Albany Institute of History & Art is a rather small regional museum and art gallery that is worth checking out. Located in the New York State capital city of Albany, it has an interesting mix of objects, some mostly of local interest, but also there is a number of paintings from the Hudson River School. The facility is a combination of two historic buildings tied together by a modern addition. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


So maybe this is where Lyft got the idea?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Shaker bench

I am not sure if this is truly a Shaker bench, but it is sitting by a workshop in the Shaker Heritage Society historic site and museum. It is located in it what is now known as the Town of Colonie, New York and very near the Albany airport.

The Shakers created an interesting society that is, for the most part, nonexistent today. They believed the second coming of Christ was near and saw no reason to procreate. They practiced a celibate and communal lifestyle, which of course means that with no children to inherit the faith, it slowly disappeared.