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civilized ku # 2914 / triptych (civilized ku # 2915-17) ~ hanging with and smelling like the cows

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Holsteins ~ Miner Institute / Chazy, NY - near the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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2220 and infrastructure ~ Miner Institute / Chazy, NY - near the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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Estate Tax and Succession Planning ad for the agriculture community • click to embiggen

Been kinda busy over the past 5-6 days with a client project. Since I am the Creative Director / Art Director / Copy Writer / Picture Maker / Media Research and Placement Coordinator on the project, it has consumed most of my working time. Hence, no blog entries.

Fortunately, the end is within sight and things should return to a more normal balance of work and play soon ... soon being after this week's hockey tournament (Thursday - Sunday) in Buffalo, NY (at the other end of the NY State).

FYI # 1, the Holsteins were pictured at the Miner Institute, an institution which "conducts integrated, cutting-edge education, research, and demonstration programs that optimize the biological and economic relationships among forage-crop production, dairy and equine management, and environmental stewardship".

And, if you want a picture making challenge, try making a picture wherein ad message specific facial expressions of 3 different people need to be captured simultaneously (in one frame). That is always somewhat of a challenge. Now try it by substituting a cow for one of the people. That's a real picture making challenge if ever there was one.

FYI # 2, the ad project is focused on estate tax and succession planning services for the agriculture community - in this case, dairy farmers. The ad, with only the headline in place, can be viewed above.

civilized ku # 2914-17 (including pano) ~ a glorious summer evening

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Taco Thursday / Au Sale Brewing Co. ~ Keeseville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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food truck crew ~ Keeseville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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eating tacos ~ Keeseville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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the rules ~ Keeseville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Throughout the summer, the Au Sable Brewing Co. has Taco Thursdays.

Yesterday evening was the first of the summer. The weather was perfect, the craft brewed beers and local ingredient sourced tacos were exceptional, and, together with a group of friends, a good time was had by all.

And, I'm happy to report, no dogs or throwing rocks made their way into the pond.
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 03:32PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | CommentsPost a Comment

diptych # 140 ~ mixed message

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2 ideas, re: art ~ New York, NY • click to embiggen
To make or not to make. That is the question.

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 09:07AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2910-13 ~ hotel ennui

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hotel great room ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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view from hotel window ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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view of living room from hotel bedroom ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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great room tv ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen

Some hotels are better than others when it comes to creating common space with a modicum of intimacy / people-scale-ness. The hotel in Rhode Island was not one such hotel.

Fortunately, we had suite which included a small kitchen / dining space, bedroom, bathroom with a separate vanity space, and a living room space. As a NYC apartment, the suite would probably qualify as "spacious" and cost a thousands of dollars a month to rent or, literally, a cool million to purchase. In any event, the suite provided us, ennui aside, with a space to hangout and relax without having to go to a common area to find a comfortable place to sit.

A question: Does the word "ennui" cause you look at these pictures in a manner that you might not without that word? Just wondering how much of an effect, if any, a word might have on influencing the viewing of a picture.
Posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:55AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2906-09 ~ the hustler

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fighting through a hook ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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face-off win against the big guy ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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Mr. Hustle ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen
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Mr. Hustle redux ~ Warwick, Rhode Island • click to embiggen

Even though Hugo's team, the Northern Vermont Wildcats, lost the tournament championship game (in a shootout), Hugo had a great tournament - 2 game winning goals, 9 points and a +6 rating. In addition, there were only 2 tournament individual awards - Best Goalie and The Hustler (bad choice of words) awards. Hugo received The Hustler award / trophy.

Next up, in 2 weeks, is the North American Prospects Showcase tournament in Buffalo, NY.
Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 06:18PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

iPhone / tourist pictures

5AM / rink hallway ~ University of Rhode Island • Kingston, Rhode Island
a Vanderbilt / The Breakers ~ Newport, Rhode Islandauto museum ~ Newport, Rhode Islandship anywhere / The Breakers gift shop ~ Newport, Rhode Island

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 09:06PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | Comments2 Comments

diptych # 139 ~ flying bag and the juggler illusion 

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flying objects ~ New York, NY • click to embiggen

When in NYC, it's almost impossible to resist the pull of making street pictures. I would assume that to be true, at least for me, in any big city.

That written, my take on street picturing is a bit different from the "norm" inasmuch as Street Photography pictures are most often pictures which focus on the people on the street. In my case, I like to place people within the context of the street. Perhaps a better name / descriptor for my street pictures would be something along the lines of "streetscapes". In any event, when making streetscapes, I am always on the look out for situational happenstance.

In the case of this diptych, the flying bag and the illusion of a man juggling a white ball were only apparent after viewing the pictures on the camera LCD screen (chimping). These visual elements and illusions were truly an example of lucky happenstance. But of course, one makes their own luck because luck favors the prepared and I am always prepared with 2 cameras - 1 with a moderate WA lens and the other with a moderate tele lens - at hand.

Now, it's off to Rhode Island for the next installment of Hugo's hockey quest. I'll be near Boston and some other seaside cities so perhaps some more streetscape pictures will be in order. Each day, all of Hugo's hockey will be over by noon, leaving us plenty of time to explore the area.
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10:51AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2905 ~ kicking butt and taking names

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Hugo and teammate Kyle ~ Burlington, Vt. • click to embiggen

One of the 3 elite AAA Tier 1 (highest level of youth hockey) tournament hockey teams Hugo is playing with this summer is the Northern Vermont Wildcats. In a tournament this weekend past, the team competed in a tournament in Burlington, Vt.

Hugo had a great tournament, leading his team in goals and points including a semi-final game, in which his team was down 3-0 and in which he score 4 straight goals (a natural hat trick + 1) to single handedly (goal wise) lead his team to a win. 2 of those goals were scored within 12 seconds on the same shift

As result of Hugo's tournament performance, we received an email which stated (in part):

....[our organization) plan to have 2004 Premier and Elite next year. 2 teams. Premier will be our top team with Hugo and ....

This selection is great for Hugo's hockey quest inasmuch as the Northern Vermont Wildcat organization, over the last 6 years, has helped place players at the following levels in their hockey careers:

  • Players drafted/protected into the United States Hockey League (USHL) - 6
  • Players committed and/or playing NCAA Division 1 Men's College Ice Hockey - 7
  • Players committed and/or playing NCAA Men's College Ice Hockey - 34
  • Players committed and/or playing Junior A Men's Ice Hockey - 51
  • Players committed and/or playing Prep School Hockey - 67
Way to go, Hugo. Keep it up.
Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 06:30PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | CommentsPost a Comment