Monday, September 11, 2017

Cacti

Rochester is not associated with cactus, but in an adequately controlled greenhouse, they seem to thrive... at least at the Lamberton Conservatory.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Into the stadium

No, I am not suddenly a sports fan... I am on my way to a seat at a concert by the Irish rock band U2. It is taking place at the New Era Field, home of the NFL Buffalo Bills.

Concerts of this scale are not only a sound explosion, but also a visual extravaganza. The staging is massive and the size of the video screen is almost beyond belief. The spectacle was so much more than the typical i-mag (image magnification) but rather a carefully crafted visual journey; at times intense, and at others hypnotic, and always elegantly stylish.

Needless to say it was a wonderful experience both musically and visually... even if it was in a NFL stadium.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Looking like Miami

...although this was shot in northern Florida, at Jacksonville Beach.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Perspective

It seems all airport terminal interiors look pretty much the same. When you look at this photo you don't know if you are in Buffalo or Beijing... you could in fact be anywhere in the world. But those long hallways and moving sidewalks do provide some impressive perspective.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Colorful caps

I found this basket on top of the bottle recycle barrel... never thought about how colorful these throw-aways are.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Santana

A nice evening listening to the latin inspired rock of Santana at CMAC (Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) in Canandaigua, NY. Lots of people were using the digital zoom on their phones to try for a close-up of the guitar virtuoso, but I chose to capture the setting and the peek at the setting sun.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Crossing

It seems that whenever you see the horizon in Pennsylvania, you see hills or mountains. Not a lot of flat land in the interior of the state.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fallingwater

I have always had an interest in architecture, and when you talk about American architecture you need to talk about Frank Lloyd Wright, and when you talk about Wright, you have to talk about Fallingwater, the home he designed and built for the Kaufmann family in rural Pennsylvania. I have long wanted to see it myself and finally had the opportunity this week. As expected, it is a spectacular home in in a spectacular setting.

Although the house is a collection of dozens of interesting visual details and design elements, it is almost exclusively identified by one view... across Bear Creek below the falls. It was my desire to find a unique way to photograph the structure, but in the end the familiar viewpoint is needed to complete the visual experience.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Walking on rock

I read someplace that the rock that makes up the Adirondack mountains is nearly indistinguishable from rock samples brought back from the moon... so this is almost like a moon walk, but not the Michael Jackson kind.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sign bridge

Maybe it is just me, but it seems all that engineering and construction is a little overkill to hold up just two (admittedly large) signs. And it is not the most attractive thing in the world either.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flow

Most people are familiar with Niagara Falls and the dynamic flow of water that drops over a wall of rock. Pictured above is another type of flow from the falls... hydro power. About two thirds of the water headed for the falls is diverted to power generation by US and Canadian power plants. Here power lines running through Buffalo NY, are headed to homes and businesses though out the state.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My feet

Actually a reflection of my legs and feet on a black glass cube. The sculpture, Black Cube by Marian Karel, is a minimalistic and abstract concept of theoretical energy inside the cube. I believe there is also energy in the reflections.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contemporary Art + Design Wing

Another visit to the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) and my continued fascination with the new Contemporary Art + Design wing. The art space is at least as interesting to me as the art it contains. I will have a few more images in future posts.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Buffalo Skyway

An impressive bridge construction though downtown Buffalo (notice three ramps above) that extends over the Buffalo river and various harbor canals. All bridges have some beauty to them from a distance, but this one has been controversial for years. Even though you can move below the bridges to Lake Erie it still is a barrier with noise and visual distraction from the city center.

Providing major arterials in crowded urban centers is a problem.

There has been some discussion of tunneling Route 5 (New York's major East/West non-toll route), but the cost and political will is nowhere to be found. Fortunately over the last few years there has been significant work done to make the waterfront accessible and enjoyable for the public.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Susan's house

Although I have lived in the area for over forty years, until recently I never took the time to visit the home of one of Rochesters most famous historical figures; Susan B. Anthony. She was a lifetime activist for equal rights and especially important in the movement to gain women's right to vote. She and her sister lived in a modest home that was part of a working-class neighborhood. It was here she organized the women's suffrage movement and welcomed many progressive reformers including her longtime friend and Rochester's other most famous historical figure; Frederick Douglass.

My eye was caught by this stairway window, unusual in design and color... perhaps the most unique feature of this otherwise common home of a very uncommon, progressive and influential American.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wild turkeys

I don't expect you to see them, but they are there. If you click to enlarge you might see them in the blur of the iPhone jpeg. Also not so easy to see because I needed to boost blacks and shadows, resulting in more blur.

I was drawn to the landscape scene and lined up the shot before noticing the birds.

I thought it would be fun to name the post for what is not easily seen.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Village Coal Tower Restaurant

It seems restaurants can be found in all kinds of abandoned and repurposed structures: factories, warehouses, rail stations and even coal towers.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free manure

No, this was not shot in Washington DC. The concept of "free" is complicated in the nations capital, but we know there is plenty of manure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flowering red clover

Getting down to look at common things can be very rewarding, especially in clear morning light.