Saturday, May 08, 2021

Take A Walk On The Wild Dark Side


© 2021 Luke T. Bush


Jim Kobak’s art captures your attention, images creating haunting impressions.

Friday evening the Strand Center for the Arts held a reception for an exhibit of his phantasmagorical portraits and other eldritch paintings.  The exhibit will be on display until May 28th.  Contact SCA at or call (518) 563-1604 for more information.

 Artist Jim Kobak (left) views some digital images.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Voted As Most Improved Newspaper in Publisher’s Network

By Luke T. Bush

The Press Republican beat out 90 other newspapers in the CNHI, LCC chain for showing the best improvement:

Here’s evidence of how they’ve improved with this item about two people being transported to the hospital:

The headline as written implies that only one person should ride a boar at a time or face danger.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Walking Advertisement


Do you like walking around giving free advertising for a corporation?  I only saw the front view of the jacket on the Columbia website.  After I opened up the package I found COLUMBIA emblazoned on the back in large letters with its logo.

Returning to the website I discovered I was supposed to hover the cursor on the  image to see the back view.  Next time I'll be more cautious.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ms Zee: Irish Lass



As holidays near and seasons change Ms. Zee keeps up with appropriate attire.  The mannequin watches the street from her front window at the WNBZ 106.3 FM studio on City Hall Place, Plattsburgh City.  For St. Patrick's Day Ms. Zee wears the green.




Monday, February 22, 2021

Pop For The People


© 2021 Luke T. Bush

Inspired by the works of Andy Warhol the Plattsburgh State Burke Art Gallery has exploded with pop art by local artists. The exhibit will be on display until March 12.

Due to the pandemic Plattsburgh State Art Museum is closed to the public but faculty, staff and students may visit at reduced capacity. If you belong to that listed group you can visit from at Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m in the John Meyers Building.

M.I. Devine curated the exhibit. Saranac Central High School students under the mentoring of art teacher Amy Guglielmo have contributed works.

For more information call 518-564-2474 or visit


Friday, February 12, 2021

Project Peacock


© 2021 Luke T. Bush

The pandemic added to the insufferable winter weather has forced me to spend more time than usual in my apartment. It’s bad enough frigid temps wear and tear on me when I’m outside but also my camera has a rough time. And with my comorbidities I have to avoid hanging around most places so I don’t catch something in the air or on a surface.

I’ve been getting back into closeup/macro-photography, the art of making the small big. One main problem is greater magnification means less depth of field, the area in focus with a subject. DOF can be narrow as a millimeter or less. A shallow part of the object is sharp while the rest is a big blur.

Enter focus stacking. I carefully take a series of shots, focus “slices,” meticulously working from front to back. Then I open that series of images in a focus stacking program that combines the sharpest part of each image, magically making the area of sharpness deeper.

A friend used to raise peacocks and he gave me some feathers. Now with focus stacking I can now really explore their color and details.

 (Click on each image to enlarge.)




Wednesday, February 10, 2021

No More Rusting And Buzzing

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An information kiosk that has been deteriorating for years – a symbol of wasted taxpayer dollars – has been removed from City Hall Place.

As I have detailed in a previous post the kiosk and others like it were installed around around the city as the PlattInfo project. Visitors could walk up to the kiosk – it roughly resembled a chrome coffin standing upright -- to check the viewscreen for details on local restaurants and other businesses.

Two major problems with the project. The software was proprietary, meaning the city had to go to the original coder to update or make changes. When the kiosks started to fail the city would probably have to pay the coder to make fixes. The other problem was new technology made the PlattInfo service obsolete. Visitors could get the same info more conveniently on their cellphones and tablets.

The City Hall Place kiosk stood next to the Verdantique Park plaque, creating a study in contrasts. While the plaque stood the test of time rust ate through the kiosk’s chrome exterior. Repainting the kiosk didn’t help: the rust returned. The viewscreen was usually dark. On occasion ghosts would appear, advertisements floating up, in some cases for businesses long gone.  You could hear electricity still feeding into the unit, a constant buzzing. 

Estimated cost for each kiosk ran from $2500 to $20,000 dollars.

The last time the City Hall Place kiosk attracted any attention was when a little girl was amazed by a giant spiderweb spread across the viewscreen hood..

So add PlattInfo to the other grand mistakes the city has made without enough forethought.


Sunday, January 03, 2021

Blinking Lights: Alien Manipulation?

 © 2021 Luke T. Bush



The other evening after sunset I noticed some of the downtown streetlights were
 flashing on and off. Mysterious. Alien manipulation? The reason why I thought of
 aliens was the Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” 
A strange object is seen in the sky during daylight.  The power to the neighborhood
 goes out.  At night unnerving events drive the neighbors into mass hysteria. Maybe
 one of them is an alien. Below is a trimmed copy of that episode’s conclusion. 
I highly recommend watching the entire episode.

Plattsburgh City's new mayor provided a more probable explanation.