Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cleveland Photographic Society - A Rising Tide

The Cleveland Photographic Society is an amazing local photography club that just celebrated their 125th anniversary last year! They're a very active group that offers a jam packed calendar of comprehensive classes, competitions and photo adventures. I've taken a few classes from them and have never been disappointed. I'm always pleased with their diverse offerings and organized approach. The coolest thing about them is that they really want to help you get better. They exhibit the philosophy that "a rising tide lifts all boats" and that's rare and just cool. If you are looking for a club or a class in the Cleveland area check them out. 

This past week they offered a studio session with 6 different models and studio lighting setups. It was a perfect opportunity to practice for those who don't have access to studio lights normally.  It's an area I know I need help in so it was an event I couldn't pass up. The models were terrific and the organizers made sure all 50 participants got their chance to give direction and ask questions. Well done as always. I believe they are doing another workshop of this nature in the near future. I would keep an eye on their website if you're interested.

Here are my favorites from the workshop.  And to see the entire set: 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Electric Schenectady

While home in New York State for the holidays I had a opportunity to wander downtown Schenectady after dinner with friends.  I particularly enjoy Jay Street and the bright lights of Proctor's Theater. Schenectady is known for having a rich history including being the location where Thomas Edison started what would become the General Electric Company. I'm fond of electricity overall but I'm also partial to GE because it was there that my Dad worked for many years as a lathe operator. He retired long ago but he talks fondly of his years there and the many friendships he made. I'm also always happy to see the massive GE sign changed to red and green lightbulbs for the holidays. Seeing that sign always brings back great memories for me. This night I only had my iPhone with me so I wasn't able to capture that iconic sign but one day I will.  

The best find during my walk was a store front exhibit of old street lights and light bulbs at the Edison Tech Center, a place "dedicated to sharing the miracle of electricity and engineering". I love electricity and the people who make electricity and the people who are dedicated to sharing electricity. You make my life a brighter and more connected place. 

 The Edison Tech Center

An interesting choice for this window display but it made me smile because of
the tie back to Cleveland.