Sunday, October 30, 2022

Downtown Halloweening

(Click on each image to enlarge.)


PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY  October 30, 2022

© 2022 Luke T. Bush

A sunny Saturday afternoon downtown featured a milling profusion of costumed people of all ages.   Besides local shops and cafes there were a number of vendors set up in tents at Trinity Park giving out the free candy to be enjoyed by the younger trick-or-treaters.




Zombies Do The Downtown Shuffle

(C) 2022 Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY   Oct. 29, 2022

Even COVID couldn't kill it.  The Downtown Zombie Walk was only on hiatus.

The weather was cooperating, sunny, not too cold.  Participants running a gamut of ages gathered at the Betty Little Arts Park to register and line up.  Each one was given a numbered tag to wear to help the three judge panel decide on awards including best makeup.

Considering the long interruption the event did well with numbers: 73 total zombies.

Directed with a bullhorn the gruesome group followed a mapped out route downtown before returning to the staging area.  The zombies groaned along the path but noticeably no one mentioned eating brains as with previous walks.



Saturday, October 22, 2022

How It Stacked Up


© 2022 Luke T. Bush

As you can see from the above photo everything is in focus despite the great magnification.  When doing close-up/macro photography only a narrow area is in focus.  Photograph the front part of a small subject and everything behind that point is blurry.  There is only so much you can do with one shot.  The focus depth could only be 2 millimeters.

But what if you could focus at different points, creating in-focus layers and then combine those layers into one sharp image?  This can be done with a focus stacking program.  This program goes through the layers, selecting the sharpest parts to produce an image with good focus depth.

The set up I used was the camera and macro lens on a tripod mounted focusing rail.  By turning the rail knob you carefully move the camera and lens forward to image each layer.  When your depth of filed is measured only in millimeters it takes time to produce the needed images.  The series might be 30, 60, 100 or more images.

With great magnification the tiniest movement or position shift can cause misaligned shots that result in an unsharp result.  During processing all the images have to be closely the same for proper alignment.

The camera and the subject stayed still but the final image was a bit blurred.  Going through the series of images I noticed that after the fifth shot that some of petals lifted up on the right side (my POV).  See the comparison images below.  Maybe the petals raised because the flower was drying out.  Even though petals had repositioned themselves a tiny fraction of an inch it was enough to ruin the stack.

I was lucky I was able to get a good stack by starting at the point after the petals had popped up.

Sometimes photography is a lot more than taking a quick snap.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Illuminating Awareness Of Domestic Violence

© 2022 Luke T. Bush


Colored light shining within the Old Courthouse bell tower symbolizes various themes, changing as needed.  Purple is for domestic violence awareness month.  People are encouraged to research the topic through such sites as the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.  Also they can become involved with local community events and organizations.

Sunday, October 16, 2022


Halloween High

Crochet Creations By Jen Stone

Marilyn Macabre

Who Ate The Lawn Gnome?


Monday, October 03, 2022

Rainbow On Ice


 High in the sky ice crystals refract sunlight into a partial rainbow  

called a sundog.

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Aquatic Crochet Creatures


© 2022 Luke T. Bush


Plattsburgh Public Library (PPL) kicked off during the summer a reading challenge for kids and teens called Oceans of Possibilities.  The program participants were divided into teams, each one with an aquatic mascot, for example, Team Sea Turtle.  They were supplied with a list of books to read.  Librarian Jen Stone created crochet representatives of each mascot that hang in the library’s children’s room.

NOTE: Corrected article posted 10/6/22 at 9:10 PM.