Sunday, November 25, 2012

I lived in the Greater New Haven area all my life and always appreciated the easy access to the richness of Yale University. The university's galleries and theaters provide cultural enrichment to the public. 
I went recently to the Art Gallery and was amazed by the collection. I went to view the Modern and Contemporary Art displays. The Gallery has some notable works of Art by renown artists like Picasso, Muro, and Dali. Although this gallery cannot compare to the size and collections displayed at the MOMA in New York City, the time and cost of gas to travel to downtown New Haven makes it an affordable day for enrichment.

I became focused on the structure of the building more than the collections. The west wall's design of windows captured my interest. The windows reflect the building across the street. As you can see it was a beautiful Fall day.
Windows of the west wall of Yale's Art Gallery.
The Gallery's windows are shaded to block damaging sunlight. The screens are thin enough to view the buildings surrounding the gallery. The campus is a blend of architectural styles as can be seen through this caption . Most of the buildings are in the Gothic style. When I was younger I viewed this buildings as replicas of European universities. Maybe it spurred my interest in Western Civilization and a desire to travel abroad.
View of Courtyard from Gallery's north side.
There is only a restriction on flash photography. I kept checking my ISO and aperture settings so that I could photograph the interior. This wing of the gallery impressed me greatly. Here is my capture of the spaciousness.
When I walked to column where the guard is standing there are a bay of windows to the right. The sunlight formed this pattern on the floor. The Art Gallery itself is a combination of styles. I was now in the original building of the gallery.I could not go past this point because construction work is being done on a new wing that will house American Art. The wing will open on 12-12-12. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Attempt to Record What I See

When I awakened this morning there was fog and everything was covered in frost. I looked out my kitchen window and saw the sunlight shining through the fog. Here was an attempt to photograph this soft light coming through the trees. I had to position myself in order to block out the direct sunlight so I angled my camera with the tree on the left to shield it. There are three images taken of these trees and this is the one that I chose because there are two trees creating a border on both sides of it.
I do my photography in Camera RAW so that I can build upon the image. It did take a few minutes of post processing in Elements to achieve the closest to what I wanted to show. The original image is in color but to me it seems to work best in black and white. You can faintly see the house in the background. This was my first attempt to capture this light.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day Celebration

Cheshire is the only school district in our state that remained open today. Veteran's Day is observed on November 11 but because it occurred on a Sunday, the holiday observation is today. The school district believed that it is better to observe the meaning of the holiday while school is in session.

This school community organized a great celebration today.The fifth grade classes sang our national anthem and the third grade classes sang a patriotic song, My Country, 'Tis of Thee. Nineteen veterans were invited as guests. The school hosted a breakfast for them before the ceremony.

A panel of three veterans spoke about their experiences and answered questions from the students. There was a Vietnam Era vet, a lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq, and a sergeant who recently served in Afghanistan. All  of them spoke about life-long bonds  formed with their comrades. The Vietnam vet told the students that war isn't pretty. This holiday's intent is not to glorify war but to recognize the dedication to service. If these students were at home what would they be doing? Playing Call to Duty on X-Box? Cheshire Public Schools decided best.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Came Sandy Then Came Athena

Weather Channel is naming Winter Storms.
Our first storm is Athena.

Measurement of snowfall recorded  at our house.

The initial forecast for the nor'easter predicted 
1 inch to 2 inch coating on the grassy areas only.
The actual measurement of snowfall in Wallingford
was 10 inches. I measured the snow on top of our picnic
table this afternoon. The temperature is rising and melting 
has started.  The temps by Saturday will be back in the 50s.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Minor Effects of Sandy

This video was taken last Monday, October 29th. My intent on sharing this video is to show how menacing are these trees . Fortunately, they didn't topple. We only lost power for four hours. Yes, we were spared but when you view the catastrophic damage of the Jersey Shore and see videos of people picking food out of dumpsters, it brings to mind how powerless we all can be. Another storm is heading up the coast for Wednesday into Thursday with high winds. Here we go again!