Props to the Adirondacks

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October 2016 I spent a couple days kayaking in the Adirondacks under amazing Autumn skies. While on 7th lake I discovered Payne’s Air Service and was immediately intrigued. I’m not really a big fan of video and I think this was literally the fifth time using the video feature on my DSLR camera, but gave it a go. I only took a few very short clips. I asked my son if he would take them to school for me and merge them together.

The video is a bit bumpy most likely due to the motion of my kayak, however I think it represents the uniqueness of the Adirondacks.

Cheers!

Winter’s Light at The Castle

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Reaching to silence my alarm it was time for my Sunday long run. A quick check of the weather and I said forget it. I just wasn’t feeling it and longed to go back to bed. As I pulled the covers up I noticed the the days light peeking from behind the shades of our bedroom. I got backup and peered out the window and thought to myself this might be one heck of a sunrise. I quickly threw on some clothes, grabbed my cameras and was in the car. The windshield completely frosted over I was driving down the road with my head hung out the window just like a dog.

My initial thought was to head over to Hospital Hill in Binghamton and photograph downtown Binghamton as the sunlight illuminated it. I took a few sample images and was not thrilled. I wandered around the old buildings and noticed the light slowly creeping up over the tire tracks frozen in a dusting of snow near “The Castle” and immediately knew that this would be my shot. I fluttered around looking for my vision, patiently waiting for Mother Nature to set up her easel and begin to paint.

Jack Frost was nipping at more than my nose at this point, realizing I had left my parka in the car. No time to go back and get it as the show was about to start. The soft glow of red and orange highlighted the exterior while the widows appeared illuminated  as if there was life inside this lifeless soul.

“The Castle” Binghamton, NY January 8th 2017, © Joe Geronimo.

Ghost of Christmas Past

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Our first home in Johnson City, NY, December 1996.

Our first home in Johnson City, NY, December 1996.

Michael who is three in this December 2002 photo.

Michael who is three in this December 2002 photo is opening gifts at his grandparents house.

Christmas 2002

Christmas 2002 at my parents house.

Max who used to just put himself down for a nap fell asleep under our Christmas tree. He was just 7 months in this December 2002 photo.

Max who used to just put himself down for a nap fell asleep under our Christmas tree. He was just 7 months in this December 2002 photo.

Michael & Max Christmas Eve 2006.

Michael & Max Christmas Eve 2006.

Michael & Max with our new addition Ruff. We adopted him in October. Christmas Eve 2009.

Michael & Max with our new addition Ruff. We adopted him in October. Christmas Eve 2009.

Holiday Spirit

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While in Chicago this past summer I walked right by the Congress Hotel and I didn’t even take a picture and I’m still kicking myself. Rummaging Ebay like I always do for old photographs I stumbled across this amazing Kodachrome of the Congress Hotel in December 1965 recently.

I love everything about this image and the Christmas tree steals the show.

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The Congress Hotel December 1965, Chicago, IL Kodachrome © Joe Geronimo collection.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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The way back machine has brought us to December 2010. I love this image of Max decorating our Christmas tree, his expression is priceless! Another great chrome in the family collection. Happy decorating!

Max helping with the Christmas tree decoration. Kodak Ektachrome 100, © Joe Geronimo

Max strategically placing a Christmas ornament on our tree. Kodak Ektachrome 100, © Joe Geronimo

December 2012 a Holiday Themed Weekend

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Let’s go back to December 2012 when our family took part in the “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5K in Seneca Falls, NY. Bedford Falls the town in the classic Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is claimed to actually be modeled after Seneca Falls. Anyway this was such a super fun event!

After the race we went to dinner with friends and spent the night. Sunday on our way home we stopped in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” event. The village of Skaneateles hosts this event for four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Again another really fun time.

Cheers!

This would be our second race (5K) as a family. It's a Wonderful Run Seneca Falls, NY December 8th 2012.

This would be our second race (5K) as a family. It’s a Wonderful Run Seneca Falls, NY December 8th 2012.

Julie and the boys as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual "Dickens Christmas" on December 9th 2012. Image © Joe Geronimo

Julie and the boys as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” on December 9th 2012. Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael & I as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual "Dickens Christmas" on December 9th 2012. Image © Julie Geronimo

Michael & I in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” on December 9th 2012. Image © Julie Geronimo

 

The Chicago “L”

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I made my first visit to the Windy City back in July. My wife and sons have already spent time here before so this was unchartered territory for me. We were staying with family in one of the suburbs of Chicago and rode the Metra into the city the several days we were there. We navigated the city by either walking or riding the subway which is affectionately knows as the “L”. Riding the “L” opened up a whole new perspective on photography for me. I instantly fell in love with the intricate infrastructure cramped between towering buildings, parking garages and everyday life below. The photographic possibilities are endless and all you need is time.

Prior to my arrival in Chicago I had done absolutely no research on this gem so I was totally in the dark as to the “Prime” locations in which to photograph. The day I made the most of my images started off bright and sunny with weather conditions crumbling like an old building as the day progressed. I believe I have created several images that convey mood, as most of these were grab shots. I particularly like the ones where I was shooting out the front window as we rode the “L”. I shot color slide film but really liked them even more converted to black & white.

The other day I had mentioned to my wife how we need to return so I can spend a good 3-4 days photographing the “L” now that I have done my research.

Cheers!

Waiting at the interlocking of Lake 7 Wells on the Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Waiting at the interlocking of Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago "L" at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome form this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.

The Chicago “L” at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome from this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.

Adams & Wabash station Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Adams & Wabash station Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Here you’ll find a link to an image from Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L”. It was photographed from either a parking garage or rooftop. However it gives you the perspective of its complexity. I love it! https://flic.kr/p/rUyXih

Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.

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What better way to start the holiday season than with a throwback of the Christmas Story house. While passing through Cleveland, OH during our summer vacation we took a few hours to stop and take the tour, it was awesome! The house is the original from the movie and restored perfectly. While inside you can handle an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, witness the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window and experience the taste of Lifebuoy soap, you can basically touch everything. Heck they even provide you with pink bunny suits if you choose to look like a deranged Easter Bunny! I myself could not resist and transformed into a pink nightmare. Sadly Dwayne’s Photo ruined that roll of chromes during processing. The words Ohhhh fuuudge were repeatedly used! Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!

If you are passing through Cleveland I highly recommend you stop and take the tour,  I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo