A Salute to One Who Serves

Kolman Rosenberg:

I posted this originally on January 25, 2012 but recent events have brought me back to it and I think it important to re-post it. I think most of us believe that most police officers are great people and we all appreciate what they do for us. Unfortunately the few bad apples get all the attention and lately many of those bad apples are dominating our news sources. As I re-read this I had forgotten Jeff Stanczyk’s connection with the Cleveland Browns and in respect to the Cleveland Police Union President’s remarks yesterday, it just seemed that maybe they should beg Jeff Stanczyk to come out of retirement! We need more Jeff Stanczyks in every police department!

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Originally posted on Photography Unposed by Kolman Rosenberg:

Cleveland Police Officer Jeff Stanczyk delivers materials for the children.

This past Sunday HandsOn Northeast Ohio sponsored the annual Homeless Stand Down at Cleveland’s Masonic Auditorium.  As a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society clevelandphoto.org , I was there to assist in taking photos and providing professional quality portraits for the participants.  While I was shooting near the entrance, in walked a Cleveland Police Officer who immediately attracted everyone’s attention.  Homeless participants, volunteers, the media, and children all seemed to gravitate to Cleveland Police Officer Jeff Stanczyk.  I immediately sensed that this was a very special person!  I followed Officer Stanczyk for a few moments and one homeless participant, watching me, said to me, “Be carefull or he’ll invite you to his retirement party.”  I decided right then and there that I wanted to talk to this guy.  He was kept quite occupied by people and I thought I’d try to catch up with him later.  An article published…

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A Busy Year

It’s been a busy year of ups and downs and I apologize to my subscribers for my long lapse in posting!  I’ve done plenty of shooting since my last post but have not had much time for writing and posting.  My ongoing transformation to more of a fine art focus has continued this year and along with several great friends, who I might introduce on this blog in the near future, I’ve been shooting many rural barns and and many rusty cars!  As I hope you will agree, there’s much beauty in these otherwise common and maybe ugly sounding subjects.

I’ve taken many rides with my friends out into Ashtabula, Lake, Medina, Wayne, Geauga and Holmes counties looking for interesting looking barns.  We even took an extended  trip to Northwest Georgia!  Today, I’ll post a few of my favorite photos from those trips.

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A Canton Surprise

Traffic Woes

Traffic Woes

I travelled to Canton, OH on Sunday with fellow photographer Debra Rozin, to visit and shoot at the Canton Classic Car Museum.  We went based on a tip that it was worth visiting and after looking at their website I have to admit that I was a bit dubious.  The website photos looked like it was small and very tight in terms of closely spaced and roped off autos, being hard to shoot.  What a surprise though!  It was tightly spaced, but the collection of automobiles, automobile related items and just plain nostalgic items of all sorts was just amazing!

The photo above of a clown sitting in a vintage auto caught my eye. It was very colorful but I converted it to black and white and removed some detail with a post processing plug-in called Topaz Simplify.  This treatment seemed to emphasize the clown’s expression, which to me seemed to represent the woes of driving in traffic.

Front End Service

Front End Service

The second photo, of a vintage Lincoln, was made more interesting by shooting it from an angle that included the mock-up of an old service station behind it.  I think it looks like a very authentic old scene.

The Time Clock

The Time Clock

The last photo of the face of an old time clock, was just a portion of a clock that workers punched in and out on at the Timken Bearing Co. in years past.  It was quite worn, showed lots of wear and tear and the cracked paint texture was added in post processing to add to it’s interest and aged look.

This museum had so much to see that it warrants more trips to Canton.  We spent several hours there and in fact when we had gone thru it once, we turned around and went back thru it in the opposite direction just to see what new things we would notice from a different perspective.  That paid off with additional photos!  Well worth the trip!

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Museum Musings

Double Vision at the Museum of Art

Double Vision at the Museum of Art

A couple of recent visits to local museums led to some further play with creative effects added to my photos.  The first photo, shot at Cleveland’s famous Museum of Art captured two visitors, one dozing, one walking, on the balcony surrounding the new atrium.  Shot with a Lensbaby, the sweet spot was split left and right by flipping and producing a mirror image.

Bendix Trophy Replica

Bendix Trophy Replica

This second photo was shot through a plexiglass case at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum.  It’s a replica of the Bendix Trophy, awarded to the winner of past transcontinental air races.  Also shot with a Lensbaby, a strong texture was added to somewhat obscure a very busy background.

 

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45 Years Ago

Browsing through some old slides (remember them?) last week I came upon a few that I had always liked and decided to scan them and see how they looked in digital format.  Despite being stored carefully the color had changed and dust and scratches had also affected them.  After some post-processing work on the computer however, I added some creative effects to them and came up with some looks that I liked.

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Cape Florida Lighthouse

This first shot, of Cape Florida Lighthouse at the tip of Key Biscayne, was under some restoration at the time.  The brick was badly flaking and they had just planted some new palm trees around the base.  The last time I saw Cape Florida Light, it had been painted white and I really missed the beautiful bare brick color that it had been during my years in Miami.

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

This photo, “Summer Breeze” was shot just a few hundred yards from the lighthouse looking south from Cape Florida State Park out into Biscayne Bay.  The sailboat is framed by pine needles and in the distance on the left can be seen some homes which were known as “Stiltsville”, a group of homes built on stilts out in the bay.  Texture and an antique look were added to this photo to hide some of the effects of age.

I entered this photo, in it’s original state, in the old Cleveland Press Photo Contest shortly after I moved to Cleveland and won $50 for a second place finish!  Both of these photos provide me with a little warmth during this snowy and cold Northeast Ohio winter!

 

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Back to Some Warmer Weather

Red Barns

Red Barns

It’s been very cold lately, warming up somewhat today, but this cold weather usually prompts me to go back to some photo shoots from warmer times of year.  These barns, just down the road from Hale Farm and Village were shot with a Lensbaby on a shoot with one of my photo buddies!  It was a nice warm late summer day and these two barns provided nice splashs of red in this rural landscape scene.

Red Barns and Hay

Red Barns and Hay

This second photo, also shot late in the summer with my same friend, was taken on a cloudy, rainy day.  As we drove down a rural road, we came upon this scene in a very light mist or drizzle.  I stopped the car along the side of the road, grabbed my camera and walked down the road toward the rolled hay in order to get the perspective that I wanted. By the time I had walked maybe 50 feet, the rain had increased and it was coming down fairly hard!  I quickly took a few shots and headed back to the car!  Fortunately my camera is sealed pretty well for precipitation and all I had to do was wipe it off with a microfiber towel I always carry with me for such occasions.

Both shots were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, and Nik and Perfect Photo Suite 8 plug-ins were used to bring out detail in the sky and add additional effects and texture.

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Art Meets Religion

A few recent photo adventures with friends led to shots of religious figures as sculpture art.  Back in December, at Cleveland’s beautiful Trinity Cathedral, we had the opportunity to photograph a rehearsal and performance of a yearly Christmas Tuba Concert.  Unusual and surprisingly beautiful music can come out of those instruments which I normally think of as only possessing the deep low tones.  We were given total access to the cathedral and orchestra itself and I wandered back behind the alter to photography some of the musicians toward the back and at the same time the large statue of Christ at the back of the alter.  I took a number of photos from different perspectives but this one, almost straight up from below, was my favorite.

Trinity Christ

Trinity Christ

Another recent adventure took a friend and I to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a wonderful day of seeing the recent completion of the museum’s renovations and a new exhibit of Indian, Southeast Asian and Far Eastern art, much of which was also religious in nature.  Shooting again with the Lensbaby, I found interesting perspectives in which to really show the capability of the Lensbaby to highlight an area of sharp focus while at the same time, surrounding that area with various amounts of blur which only suggests what is there in the background.  These two images were fun to experiment with and the nice color tones of the galleries made for some pleasant photos of these religious icons.

Cleveland Museum of Art #1

Cleveland Museum of Art #1

Cleveland Museum of Art #2

Cleveland Museum of Art #2

Though it’s not usually my practice to photography other’s art, in these cases I wanted to capture the beauty of these religious icons.

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