Saturday, April 29, 2017
There is this amazing thing in the lobby of Newhouse 3, which is part of the journalism school at Syracuse University. There are all these displays on the wall with LED's that create scrolling phrases that are quotations from professors and students and who knows who else. When you stop to read them it can be interesting for a minute or so, but then it seems a bit dizzying. There are some wonderful quotes, however. Its just that you need to take them in small doses. If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can read some of the quotations.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:07 PM
Friday, April 28, 2017
We were at the grocery store just before dinner, and while Kathy was looking at the shrimp, I was paying attention to the whole fish on ice. These bright Red Snapper jumped out at me, because all the other fish are gray, and the way they are arranged made an interesting pattern. The only fish I know how to cook is Salmon, and mostly I grill it, but you have seen the results of my baked Mediterranean Salmon. This fish was so good looking that I have decided I have to buy one, after I have found a recipe for it, of course.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:19 PM
Thursday, April 27, 2017
We were sitting down to dinner at Vince and Jo Anne's in Rochester and I looked out into their backyard. I was first taken by the shadows of the tree branches on the lawn, and then I noticed the blossoms on the tree itself. I was good, and since we just sat down, I took my time eating dinner, and then jumped up and grabbed my camera. Fortunately, it was not too late - the sun was still high enough so that the shadows were still where I could make a good photo. It feels as if Spring has finally arrived!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:31 PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I have lost track of how often I have photographed this farmhouse. If you want to have some fun, go to the upper left hand corner of the blog page, and there is a search function. Put "Ovid" in the window and click the magnifying glass. On the way home from Rochester we passed this place once again and I stopped. The house looks worse every time we see it. This time I was attracted by the open door. The front door has always been closed, and I thought that I would go inside if I could.
This is the first room I photographed. I love all that is going on, with the walls going from having wallpaper to spots with no plaster on the lath. I do like the soft light in the room which reveals so much detail. I didn't feel I had much time here, because we were still at the beginning of an eight hour drive, so I worked quickly. I was working intuitively, and didn't spend more than a few seconds composing each photograph. I probably did all these pictures in less than ten minutes. Under other conditions I could have spent a couple of hours, and I would have explored more of the house.
The house is in much worse condition than it appears from the street. Looking up the stairs to the second floor you can see that the roof is mostly gone. I wasn't ready to see if the stairs were safe to climb.
Another interior room in even worse condition. I have no idea why the tires are stored indoors. The lath is coming down from the ceiling.
I thought I would include an overall shot. If you compare this photograph to earlier images (if you do the search) you probably won't see much difference. I thought I would include this for newer readers who may not have seen this site before
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:53 PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I took this photograph one night in Syracuse, but the photograph seems appropriate after the rain we had all day today. It was raining there and I wanted to do some night landscapes of the city from my hotel room. Only thing was, the windows in the hotel don't open very far - I was unable to shoot without the window glass in the way. So I decided to just shoot through the window. I experimented with the focus, and found this abstract pattern more interesting than when I focused on the buildings in the distance.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:24 PM
Monday, April 24, 2017
OK, last post for "Drone Week." I just wanted to finish up with a few things. In the photo above, the director of the seminar is photographing a "mini drone." These things are amazing, and you can fly them around indoors, AND they are shooting video as well. Just unbelievable technology!
THIS guy is the man! His name is Matt, and he did the largest amount of teaching over the three days. He really knows his stuff, and has an incredible amount of energy, and has a wonderful sense of humor. After coaching us several times on the answer to one of the questions he said: "If you get this question wrong, I will take your graduation certificate and set fire to it to punish you!" Hysterical stuff that made the learning so much more enjoyable.
There were some unexpected pleasures during the three days of our seminar. The woman touching the drone is a chemistry professor at Syracuse University, and she is working with three students on a project to sample water quality by using a drone. The students have built the drone, and are doing the coding for the sampling and the navigation software! It was inspiring to see the brilliance of all of them working on this project!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:15 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Wow, the drone school is all done! I am exhausted in a wonderful way. As Lilly Tomlin was fond of saying, "It was jam packed and fun-filled!" There was so much information to learn but it was taught by really wonderful instructors. From the left is Matt, the main instructor, and then three drone pilots, and then the seminar director, and then the woman who kept it all organized. What a great group! What a seminar! It was such a rewarding experience.
And this is another drone portrait - it is the entire class, photographed on the astroturf in the Manley Field House, gathered around the giant orange "S" which stands for "Syracuse."
I have just realized that I have been remiss... All these posts during "Drone Week" and I haven't once showed you a drone! Duh! This is the DJI Phantom 4 which was one of the drones I got to fly. You can see underneath the machine the camera that it comes equipped with. The camera does both still and video images, and with the ability to move across the ground and climb to one or two hundred, the images are astounding when this is used well.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 7:52 PM