Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake has been around for many years and is primarily focused on history. It is an impressive collection of buildings, each presenting an aspect of the park.
And the newer museum is a forty-five minute drive away in Tupper Lake. The Wild Center is dedicated to natural sciences. It is equally impressive, with indoor exhibits as well as outdoor activities including the Wild Walk, an elevated trail across the treetops. Pictured above is the main entrance lobby that features a pond view. What is unique is the pond is almost level with the window sills allowing a near eye-level view of the waterfowl and turtles as they swim about.
Both museums are highly recommended.
View of the Adirondack High Peaks from the tree-tops.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In fact last season this was a sunflower field, and apparently this one plant has self-seeded itself.
Who needs conformity?
Saturday, July 16, 2016
I guess I place myself somewhere in the middle but closer to the dislike camp. On first seeing HDR it can be quite seductive: bright colors, over-the-top detail, seeing into the shadows, no blown highlights... and an almost surreal vision. Of course, like many things, a little can go a long way but people into HDR tend to go a lot longer than needed. There are some famous photographers who have created a personal empire based on their talents with HDR.
Generally I stay away from multi-exposure HDR but Lightroom now has built-in capability so I though would give it a try. Certainly not a great example, but it is fun to try different approaches realizing it is only a diversion, not a direction.
Of course, strictly speaking, I actually use a bit of HDR in most of my images by manipulating highlight and shadows using controls and curves. But that can be done without the full HDR give-away look. It is also possible to use multi-exposures and masking to obtain HDR, and that can be done very successfully.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Which I guess explains why there were so many Indian and Pakistani restaurants within walking distance... of course in addition to the obligatory Hard Rock Cafe.
On the dusky scene below, feel free to click for a larger version.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
While waiting for the fireworks on the University of Buffalo North Campus, I walked down to Baird Point to have a closer look at the repurposed greek architecture. The ionic style columns are actually from a former Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Buffalo. Rather than heading to the landfill, a philanthropist with vision saw the value, and the "ruins" ended up here.
The actual podium was closed off to the public and a police officer in bullet-proof attire was watching over the crowd as were a number of his associates from various vantage points around the park and lake... signs of the time I guess.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
And speaking of splitting, it is appropriate that the American flag is displayed as we celebrate our independence from England, and the birth of our United States of America.
To all my American friends, have a happy and safe 4th.