George Eastman House

We went to the George Eastman House this past week to see The Dutch Connection:



Note the Aeolian Pipe Organ in the conservatory:



After getting our eyeballs full of spring flowers, we saw a video on the North Organ, donated by Dr. Richard Zipf.  Here’s a quick history of the Aeolian Pipe Organ at the Eastman House.  I would love to hear organ music in the Eastman House!






We went to go into the Dawn of Technicolor exhibit, and somebody started feeling ill, I won’t mention any names, but I had to take Thursday off from work because I still wasn’t feeling well.  Much better now, but I missed the exhibition!!  However, there is a book. . .

This is the wall of bottles of dyes outside the Technocolor exhibition, it is SO cool!!



George Eastman House – ‘The Dutch Connection’ and ‘Ag H2O’

On Tuesday we went to the George Eastman House to see The Dutch Connection and Ag H2O. The Dutch Connection had just opened, so the flowers were wonderful.

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Seriously, if you point your camera in any direction and shoot, you can’t get a bad photo.

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The smell of the flowers – I wish I could share it with you, as I’m sharing their beauty. It was wonderful!

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These flowers are just amazingly beautiful!

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I just love the flowers in the various places:
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And I love the orchids all over:
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What’s not to love about flowers this time of year, and what’s not to love about the George Eastman House!
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It is so gorgeous! And the Ag H2O exhibition was very interesting. Check it out for yourself!

Sonnenberg Gardens on Mother’s Day

We have been going to Sonnenberg Gardens since the 80’s, and we are really happy that the state took it over and are restoring it.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, for a switch, (Mother’s Day is usually cold and rainy) so we had an enjoyable day. The first thing we saw, were geese and their goslings. Like we need more geese, but the goslings are so cute!

Turtles soaking up the sun after this l-o-n-g, c-o-l-d winter:


A frog as green as the slime he is floating with:








Repair work in progress:




Repair work completed:
I was so excited they’ve fixed the collanade that bisects the old fashioned garden!



The mansion now is wheelchair accessible:

There were vintage fashions on display throughout the mansion:


And displays of stereoscopic cards and other old photographs:

And, of course, some flowers:


George Eastman House, Dutch Connection 2010

Today we went to the George Eastman House to see the Dutch Connection 2010, where at any one time there are over 2,000 blooms on display.   The bulbs selected represent the bulb order placed by George Eastman of 100 years ago.

I absolutely wish I could send the wonderful smell of these blooms to you, because I couldn’t get enough of it the whole time we were there.









The orchids were beautiful, too:








Badly Damaged Negatives

I have inherited quite a backlog of collections to accession at work, and spend a little bit of time each week going through them to create the necessary paperwork and put them in the archives.  This past week I came across a small collection of negatives.  Anyone that knows anything about me, knows I *love* photographs, and this you may not know, but their associated negatives.  We have so many cool negatives in our collections, but that’s a subject for another day.  This week, I was concerned about this collection, because some of the negatives are badly damaged.  I carefully carried them home with the intention of scanning them using my HP scanner (which will scan in almost any sized negative).

These are two examples of the negatives.  I was not sure I was going to be able to get anything out of them.

Ugh, please excuse the blurriness of this photo, but you get the idea of the condition of the negative:

Are these sad, or what?

But I stuck them on my scan bed, and here’s what I ended up with! Here’s the first one:
Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

And the second one:
Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

So my point is, please don’t give up on these scary looking negatives!! You may be able to scan them and then store the originals in the appropriate achives. The only Photoshop tools I used on these photos is to make them grayscale and to crop them. That’s it. Not too bad, huh?

These Are Some of the Exciting Pix I Take These Days

I have a desire to get back outside and take tons of photos.  I haven’t been able to do that very often lately, due to driving so much.  These are the types of photos I have been taking lately.  Building photos.  Photos to send to people to obtain help to redo one of our stairwells at work.  Don’t get me wrong, I love these old architectural details.

Marble with wood. Too bad the tiled floor is covered with that gross tile.

Nice and thick marble and wood

Detail underneath the stairs

Very tall walls with window wells that have been filled in.

Long wooden banisters


Ceiling to . . .

Floor Metal Molding

Detail of molding. Wouldn’t this look good in different colors?

The stairwells used to be open with marble stairs, in fact, they still are in the back staircase, and I’ll have to take photos of that sometime. Ohhh, I know, I’m sooo exciting.

I also take pix of oak molding in the 2nd floor exhibit area – covered up by years of paint:

Always Interesting – Today, the LONGSTREET Family

I love helping other people with their research at OHA, because sometimes I come across my own family, and I make a mental note to stay after work on a Sat or Sun to look through the information.  This past week I was looking for something, and came across some nice photos of my great-great grandmother’s sister’s husband and child.

Cabinet photo of Byron Longstreet, son of Dr. James Oliver Longstreet and Emily Victoria Seaver
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association

I love carte de visite and cabinet photographs.  I have a large, unidentified daguerreotype that was handed down through my family to me.  I thought perhaps it may be these two, and now I can do a side-by-side comparison and see if this may be possible.

Cabinet photo of Dr. James Oliver Longstreet.
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association.

Imagine my surprise when I looked through these photographs and saw names I recognized!

Dr. James Oliver Longstreet
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association.

Dr. James Oliver Longstreet is also the son of my Great-Grandmother’s aunt. The LONGSTREET surname is a famous one in Onondaga County, and someday (after hours) I’ll do the research into it (there are broken links when clicking on Longstreet due to Ancestry taking over Rootsweb).  So much to do, so little time!  Oh, and I have other stories to tell.  It will take time to gather the info!

ID of Photographic Prints #2: Planitotype

Notes from class “History and Identification of Paper, Print, and Photographic Processes,” taught by Gary E. Albright at the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Planitotype: 1880-1930, neutral image color, slate gray, can change tone with gold which increased stability, no fading, paper support fades making photo look darker, image can transfer from facing image (one-to-one transfer), expensive.
A true photograph, one layer structure with no binder, no baryta layer. Image lies in top layer of paper, paper fibers are clearly visible, has a matte surface.

Courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association from the Syracuse Camera Club folder.

The unbacked planitotypes I have “handled” are thin and fragile.

ID of Photographic Prints #1: Cyanotype

Notes from class “History and Identification of Paper, Print, and Photographic Processes,” taught by Gary E. Albright at the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Cyanotype: 1880-1029, blue image color.
A true photograph, one layer structure with no binder, no baryta layer.   Image lies in top layer of paper, paper fibers are clearly visible, has a matte surface.

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Courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association, Photograph Store Image #693, Yates Castle grounds

The cyanotypes I have “handled” are thin and fragile.   Note not to confuse cyanotypes with dyed photos.

Macro Challenged

I am so macro challenged with this camera.  I will practice until I get it though!

Daffodil leaves!! Yay! Even though it’s only 30 degrees out today, soon there will be daffodil flowers!

The focus is not on the crocus flower, but I had to show it to you anyway!! I do love the fact I can flip the screen up so I don’t have to lie on my stomach to get these photos.

Lily leaves – soon there’ll be lily flowers!

Shagbark Hickory twig, with too much sunlight, but I’m not complaining about the sun.

I wanted to get the end, but instead it focused on needles further down. Okay, I’ll take the hint and back off.

I love the detail it captures, even though it wasn’t what I was looking to get.

Practice makes perfect, right? And I need lots of it. I *will* get this camera’s macro feature down. Any hints would be greatly appreciated!

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