November 7th thru November 13th, 2011
An eventful week, PennState, Veterans' Day and Elaine and I were both in NY on separate trips. She for a school administrators' conference and I for a Canon Immersion Training Class. She got to stay at the Crown Plaza on Times Square and I got a Marriott Courtyard in Rye NY. Where's the equity in that? Anyway i had a great time in the Canon class. It also gave me an opportunity to shoot some more of the NYC Skyline. This view is from the top of the escarpment on Weehawken, NJ.
October 31st thru November 6th, 2011
This late part of autumn has been pretty nice to us here in Western New York. I call this 3D Leaf.
October 17th thru October 30th, 2011
Autumn is nearing its pre-winter phase. During a walk through Hunters Creek the trees were pretty much leaf-less. Still the beauty of fall is all around.
August 15th thru October 16th, 2011
Wow, it has been two months since my last entry in this best of the week thing. Stuff happens and things get in the way of the best of intentions. Lots of work, photography and a little bit of life has passed by. I had the opportunity to be in the Broadway Market on assignment
yesterday. This man, for twenty years has moved new produce out of the cooler every morning and the unsold items back in every night. I enjoyed the colors of his product, but mostly the dedication it takes to do what he does everyday. It made me think a line from a favorite poem by Robert Service;
"And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race."
August 8th thru August 14th, 2011
It was a week of photography for me. First two days at the office then Wednesday through today it was vacation and spent most of the time on photography. Photographed the Selena Gomez concert Wednesday night, and the Rascal Flatts concert Friday night. Last night after everyone else (Elaine) was in bed, I threw my camera in the car and drove into the city. Tried to photograph Delaware Park, Hoyt Lake and the Delaware Park Casino, but it seems the police frown on folks wandering the park at midnight. Thus, this was my first and last picture from inside the park. I moved to sidewalks and bridges on the outskirts of the park and got the shot I used in the PaD gallery. Check it out . . . PRESS HERE
August 1st thru August 7th, 2011
This Sunday morning we woke to a humid slightly foggy almost rainy morning. The thought was possibly we could catch the sun coming through the fog in one of those classic images most landscape photographers would really feel fortunate to capture. Well it wasn't to be but the opportunity to traipse over the slippery shale bottom of the Cazenovia Creek under the Willardshire bridge made the venture worth it. This was as close to capturing sun coming through the early morning mist we were able to experience.
July 25th thru July 31st, 2011
It is interesting how people react differently when they're asked to have their picture taken. Most are happy to oblige, efficiently move together in a smile for the camera pose and snap, you take the picture. A few say no thanks and fewer respond especially for the camera. These folks standing in line for a Tragically Hip concert were the later and their spontaneity made me smile. How fun to be in a frame of mind for each of you as a couple to react in a moment so that all is fun and you show some concern for one another. I liked these folks.
For more images from the Tragically Hip Concert
July 18th thru July 24th, 2011
A big week for picture taking. The Motley Crue concert on Friday night, Saturday the Grain Elevators with the NTHP (Nation Trust for Historic Preservation) and again on Sunday the Richardson Complex with NTHP and Buffalo Unscripted. The Richardson building has quite a story as it was the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. It is being renovated and will become a "boutique" hotel and retail space. This photograph was taken at the base of the renovated main staircase looking upward toward the second floor. I like how it turned out.
For more images from the Richardson Complex
For some history on the Richardson Complex
July 11th thru July 17th, 2011
Hot, hot, hot as I guess we all are. This image is from the remaining Larkin Building on Seneca Street in Buffalo. A new management group has purchased the building and is beginning a renovation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation arranged a photo shoot as part of a documentary they are making and about 30 photographers were afforded the opportunity to attend. It was interesting for me as 35 years ago I worked in the building in my very first accounting job. My grandmother worked for the Larkin Soap Company in the early '20s.
For a little history on the Larkin Soap Company...
July 4th thru July 10th, 2011
Well, I can't take credit for this photograph. My grandson, Charlie, who is going into 3rd Grade and is 8 years old took this shot of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park. While he was visiting these last couple weeks, I put an old 50MM 1.8 lens on my old Canon 30D and let him carry it around on our excursions. He took this while we were on a hike in the lower falls gorge of Letchworth. I helped with the post processing which included absolutely no cropping. I think he has a pretty good eye. A little insight into Charlie; while we were on one of our road trips with the entire family in the car we happened to be going by my old high school. The talk turned to mascots and I commented we were the Griffith Institute "Griffins". Charlie spoke up, "yes, a mythical creature half bird and half animal, eagle and lion, I think". I about drove off the road. Eight years old, this kid is! I dropped them all off at the airport Saturday afternoon. I missed them as soon as I got in the car and started out the airport exit.
June 27th thru July 3rd, 2011
Chris, Erin, Charlie and Justine are here for a few days. This was a great day where we went out to breakfast, had pancakes with real maple syrup and played in the park. Then spent a good portion of the afternoon in the pool.
June 20th thru June 26th, 2011
A couple cowgirls at The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw concert Saturday night June 25 at Darien Lake. My assignment sheet for these types of events is "70 smile for the camera shots 20 event shots". So, when I arrive at the event venue my first task is to walk around and grab shots of folks enjoying being themselves at the event. I used to struggle with the exposure settings, flash and the whole works. I bought a Gary Fong Lightsphere (collapsable), set the 50D on "P", attached the 580EXII and put on the Lightsphere (with dome) then attach the Canon 16-35 and let her rip. I can concentrate on getting the composition and smiles I want and the exposure and light fill takes care of itself. To do a good job you need the right tools! For the purpose, (and the pay) the results are very acceptable.
A link to more pics of the fans and the bands...