Saturday, July 2, 2016

15th Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Today, July 2, 2016, marks the last day of nine for the 15th Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  During the past week, I tried to find a few uncommon shots around the festival, including a couple of 'people' photos.  (I'm not always comfortable taking 'people' shots!)  Below is a compilation of some of the photos I took during the past week. 

I only took in two shows this year.  One was a performance by Makoto Ozone and Tommy Smith.  The other show was Lizz Wright.  Both were wonderful performances!  Maybe next year I'll spring for a Club Pass, take the week off, and attend as many shows as I can!  

Photos ©2016 Rick Burnett Baker
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Moods Of The Moment

It's been more than two months since I've posted here.  Life gets busy sometimes.  Two days ago, I was in the 'life gets busy' mode.  Getting up at 5am, I worked all day.  After 10 hours on the job, and an hour commute, I visited a friend in the hospital.  Then I dashed home and mowed the front lawn, and after that, went to the gym for a swim.    There hasn't been much time for photography.

However, coming home from that gym visit, the sun was just about to set.  It isn't out of the way to take a turn and go to a section of the shore on Lake Ontario before going home.  It was a calm evening, and I took my time with a few photos.

Here are two wildly different perspectives of the same sunset,  at the same time, with two different camera and lenses.  Interesting how different visual moods can be experienced by watching one moment.

Photos © 2016 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hues Of Letchworth Blue

I posted several photos last year that I took at Letchworth State Park south of Rochester, NY in a series I call Different Hues Of Letchworth Blue.  Letchworth is often called the Grand Canyon of the East, and was voted the number 1 of 10 best state parks in the US by USA Today in 2015.  It's about a 45 minute drive for me.

Here are a few more photos I took this week for that Letchworth Blue series.  Making plans for my second photo/epigram exhibit this summer.  It will be a Letchworth State Park showing of photos I've taken there over the past couple of years.   More on that as it develops!

These four photos were taken on March 7, 2016. 

Photos ©️2016 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Rose Is A Shell Is A Rose

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each supple petal parts from many others:
movement, color, texture, fragrance, purpose. 

the rose is a shell, a revelation of each deliberate
effort, and recompense for the inner child of fear. 

Poem/Photo © 2016 Rick Burnett Baker

Sunday, January 17, 2016


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"Sanctity is not only borne
on prayer, but manifest in rare  
moments of visual perfection. 

Even forests are reluctant to 
cast shadows on new-fallen

-Rick Burnett Baker

Photo/Text © 2014, 2016 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cherry Blossoms In December

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"Cherry Baby, It's cold outside. 
Save your blooms for spring.
The Autumn Flowering Higan Tree 
blossoms will make December sing." 

-Rick Burnett Baker  

Mild autumn and winter temperatures in Western New York have everyone a titter.  Even the cherry trees. 

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Wash: Deep Thoughts Tumbled Dry

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"Quarters. Soap. Cycle. Rinse. 
Tumble dry.  Life is ritual. 

Closing time is posted, but 
hand written.  Pay it no mind."

-Rick Burnett Baker 

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Photo taken on Lake Ave., Rochester NY