Photo Composites…Creating Brand New Images From Old Images

June 6, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Buildings & Planes 1 Final”

I’m, again, going through boxes of old slides, scanning them into my computer and putting them in files.  It’s kind of tedious, but it’s also bringing back some great memories.  The oldest image I’ve come up with so far is from ’73.  Anyhow, through modern technology, I’m able to clean them up, add some color, and even combine two or more images together to get a final image.  That’s what this post is about.  There’s going to be a lot of images, since I’m showing all the component parts for each final image.  Some of the originals still have all the dust and dirt on them, but they’re nice and clean in the final.  The images here range from the late ’70s to some I took just last fall.  Here goes.

“Buildings & Planes 1 Original Buildings”

“Buildings & Planes 1 Original Plane”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Final”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Original Buildings”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Original Plane”

“Car & Kayak Final”

“Car & Kayak Original Car”

“Car & Kayak Original Location”

“Truck & Bridge Final”

“Truck & Bridge Original Truck”

“Truck & Bridge Original Bridge”

“Church & Fall Colors Final”

“Church & Fall Colors Original”

“Church & Fall Colors New Sky”

“Big Yellow Caddie Final”

“Big Yellow Caddie Original”

“Big Yellow Caddie Original Road”

Thanks for looking!

Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor

May 18, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Long Live Rock”

I recently had a photographer from out of town tell me he and his family were going to visit Cleveland this summer and wanted to get an idea of where things were located.  He had seen some of my Cleveland images on my website and was wondering what subjects were close to one another.  He specifically wanted to photograph the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  I mentioned that Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, which I still sometimes refer to as “the E.9th Street pier”…the old timers from here know exactly what I mean, and why did Captain Frank’s have to go, but I’m rambling.  Anyhow, the North Coast Harbor has the Rock Hall, the Science Center, Brown’s Stadium, the Wm. G. Mather…one of the great old ships that used to sail the Great Lakes, and something that I’m sure I’m forgetting.  This is all within a very easy walking distance…I got there early, fed the meter right outside the Rock Hall and shot all of these pictures within 2 hours.  So if you’re planning on visiting Cleveland, make a point to check out The North Coast Harbor!

“Long Live Rock” from behind.

“Rock and Rollers come in all ages, shapes and sizes”

“The Rock & Roll HOF”

“The Cleveland Science Center”

“Cleveland Science Center”

“The Wm. G. Mather”

“The Wm. G. Mather”

If you decide to come, one warning, June may be tough to get around downtown with all the people celebrating the Cav’s repeat!


Fine Art…In My Own Front Yard

May 3, 2017 § 4 Comments

“Fine Art Plants 1”

Sometimes we photographers tend to feel envious of people who travel the world and shoot some amazing images in some far-off exotic part of the world.  I did a ton of traveling back in the 70’s, 80’s, and into the early 90’s.  It is fun to explore beautiful areas in the U.S. and abroad.  I was fortunate to visit France, Great Britain, and Mexico back in the late 60’s to the mid-70’s.  By far my favorite places were our very own National Parks.  I love scenic and nature photography.  That’s what got me interested in photography in the first place.  Eventually I studied photography at The Cooper School of Art, where I learned studio still life photography and how to operate large format cameras and studio lighting.  This led to my career in commercial photography.  Even though my travel days are in the past, I still love to go out locally and shoot nature and scenics.  One of the areas I love shooting every Spring, is along my front porch!  You read that right, a 2’x10′ strip of plants my wife planted right along our front porch.  I never know from one year to the next, what these plants will look like, or what shape they’ll take on.  Depending on whether I stand in front of them, or go on the porch and lean over the railing and shoot them from the rear, they can take on many different looks.  So here is a small sampling of what I shot last Sunday in that 2’x10′ part of my front yard.

“Fine Art Plants 2”

“Fine Art Plants 3”

“Fine Art Plants 4”

“Fine Art Plants 5”

As always, thanks for looking!

More Rust Belt Beauty

March 6, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Rusted Beauty 1”

A few months back, I blogged about the beauty of a couple of rusty storage tanks in downtown Cleveland.  There’s something that intrigues me about the giant structures that were built when Cleveland was one of the thriving midwest industrial cities…an area of the country that years later, was derisively referred to as “the rust belt”.  Well Cleveland came back strong!  If you go back to any one of my many blogs about Cleveland, you’ll see all of the improvements we made through major renovation projects.  Unlike some other areas, the powers that be in Cleveland decided to leave some of these structures as a monument to our past.  For this blog, I concentrated on one structure.  When I photographed it, I didn’t know if it was part of a bridge, or some kind of crane and conveyor belt system for off-loading goods from ships that sailed the Great Lakes.  One of my closest friends saw one of the images and said she remembers seeing this bridge in operation when she was a little girl, complete with a bridge operator sitting in his booth making sure there were no collisions between ships, trains, or anything else.  Anyhow, like I said, all of these images are various views and angles of one structure.  Hope you enjoy them.

“Rusted Beauty 2”

“Rusted Beauty 3”

“Rusted Beauty 4”

“Rusted Beauty 5”

“Rusted Beauty 6”

“Rusted Beauty 7”

As always, thanks for looking!

Cleveland Urban Art

February 20, 2017 § 2 Comments

"The Kid"

“The Kid”

I love exploring the various areas and neighborhoods of Cleveland.  By now, it should be apparent to anybody who has followed my blogs, that I have an on-going love affair with my city.  There are so many people who have this mis-conception that Cleveland is hell, but for most Clevelanders, we know that there is so much to be proud of (o.k. we’re working on the Brown’s thing).  I especially love the art, whether we’re talking about the world renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, or the various murals you’ll find throughout the city.  I have a personal love for the work by the anonymous graffiti artists who share there work in dark alleys, under bridges, and on the walls of old buildings, which have seen better days.  Here’s a small sample of “Cleveland Urban Art”.  Hope you enjoy it!





"Girls Just Wanta' Have Fun"

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

"The Wall"

“The Wall”

Thanks for looking.

Winter On The Northcoast

February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment



Winter on the “Northcoast” can be pretty daunting!  Winds, gray skies, and snow make this time of year my least favorite.  If you live a bit southeast of Cleveland like I do, on the edge of the “snow belt”, it’s even worse.  So far, this winter has been pretty mild, but I’m still counting the days till spring arrives.  It takes a little more effort for me to get out and shoot pictures this time of year, but there’s something beautiful about the starkness of buildings and other objects against the steely blue/gray sky.  You have less people in your shots, but that’s more than made up for with the abundance of geese!  Just be careful of where you step.  Here’s a number of images I shot last week.  Hope you enjoy them.

"Empty Bench"

“Empty Bench”

"Watch Where You Step"

“Watch Where You Step”

"Celebreeze Federal Building"

“Celebreeze Federal Building”

"Solar Panel Art"

“Solar Panel Art”

"Inner Harbor at Dusk"

“Inner Harbor at Dusk”

"Street Lights on Lakeside Avenue"

“Street Lights on Lakeside Avenue”

" Winter Flight"

” Winter Flight”

"Urban Art"

“Urban Art”

Thanks for looking!

Celebrating Color

December 19, 2016 § 5 Comments

"The Window Washer"

“The Window Washer”

I recently answered a question in one of my Linkedin groups.  The group is a Nikon user group, and the question was what made you choose Nikon.  Back in the early ’70s, when I decided to upgrade from the cheap camera I was using, I would frequent my local camera store and ask the sales people for recommendations.  Every one of them had a different opinion…Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Pentax…boy was I confused.  Then I started browsing through the magazines and saw a series of ads by Nikon, featuring the work of various famous photographers who shot with Nikon.  There was Eric Meola, Jay Maisel, and Pete Turner.  The work that these guys did, blew my mind, especially the work of Pete Turner!  Pete did extraordinary things in color.  He had a tremendous ability for capturing what I call “in your face” color.  What he didn’t capture in camera, he created mind boggling images using slide copying machines and a very expensive Scitec machine(the spelling may be incorrect here).  Nowadays, we can do the same things using a Mac or PC and Photoshop, but Pete Turner was truly a pioneer when it came to image manipulation and especially mind blowing color.  It was due to Pete Turner that I decided I wanted to become a professional photographer!  I eventually went to the Cooper School of Art to hone my skills, but discovered that the courses were geared towards large format cameras and studio lighting.  Not only that, but my teacher was a still life shooter who shared a rep with Phil Marco, arguably the premier still life shooter of that time.  Marco’s style was dark and moody, and for still life, I fell in love with that style.  So I became two different photographers…in the studio, dark and moody, outside, bold color.  Of course, there’s always some cross-over depending on the subject.  Anyhow, my most recent blog was studio, so I thought this time, I’d share some colorful images…a tribute to the man who changed my way of seeing!

"Blue Bridge"

“Blue Bridge”

"Looking Up"

“Looking Up”

"Fire on Wheels"

“Fire on Wheels”

"Orange Car"

“Orange Car”

"Purple Sucker"

“Purple Sucker”

"Bridge and Abstract Sky"

“Bridge and Abstract Sky”

"Pipe Organ"

“Pipe Organ”

"Looking Out the Window"

“Looking Out the Window”

"Cough Syrup"

“Cough Syrup”

"Stirring the Drink"

“Stirring the Drink”

"Rollin' Down the Highway"

“Rollin’ Down the Highway”

"Big Fins"

“Big Fins”

Thanks for looking.

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