Rail side – March 2020
Sweeney’s Bench – Scranton, PA – March 2020
This being my very first “serious” medium format film exposure using the Ansco Speedex 6.3 – a camera from the 1930s that is fully manual.
I’m extremely happy with this image. Even though I was using Kodak Tri-X 400 film that expired in the early 1980s, the exposure is decent. The number of grays are vast. And the exposure I was looking for is right on.
The interesting thing about the Ansco Speedex is that I have to pace out my subject’s distance from the film’s surface. In other words, I had to walk over to that bench and walk back to the camera and take a guess at how far away it was for focus. For this entire roll, save 1 frame, I got the focus just right.
I’ve now purchased some brand-new Ilford HP5+ for this camera. I couldn’t be more excited to see the results of new black and white film for the first time.
The Square in Scranton – June 2018
An alternate view of the courthouse in Scranton. The building on the far side of the square was my old office building from 2014-2017 or so.
Scranton Craftsmen – February 2017
A few years ago I was grateful to receive a guided tour of this interesting steel and concrete fabrication business. I learned a lot.
Downtown Scranton in Bloom – April 2018
I went for a quick stroll through the square to make sure I saw the trees in bloom. They shed these flowers very quickly.
Carriage House, Hill Section, Scranton, PA – April 2018
I found this little gem just a few paces from my new office.
Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, PA – January 2017
I don’t know how this happened, but I’ve never published this photo here on my site. This was one of the first photos I took with my current drone (the DJI Phantom 4 Pro) and has already been used by several Scranton-based companies in their materials.
New office vibes – March 2018
Jujama’s Scranton, PA offices are 👌
Warm February Evening, Downtown Scranton – February 2018
It has been nice to have a short respite from winter these last few days. Walking downtown in the evening, without rushing to my next destination. I’m looking forward to spring weather.
Three photos from Downtown Scranton – February 2018
The weather is just beginning to break here in the northeast. We just had 4″ of snow on Saturday evening and tomorrow should be somewhere in the 60s Fahrenheit melting any memory of it away. This causes me to stir and I begin walking around hitting my shutter button at anything and everything. I can’t wait to get the drone out of the closet, get a kayak in the water, and start enjoying the reasons we live in this area of the world. Spring can’t come soon enough.
AV on Penn, Scranton, PA – January 2018
So many great buildings downtown. Like this one that now houses AV on Penn.
SPARK Talks are, by definition, Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable talks that are loosely timed, on a specific topic (more or less), and allow many presentations to be given at an event. I had never heard of them prior to this month’s NEPA Tech meet up organized by John George.
SPARK Talks remind me of Lightning Talks or Ignite. I have been to a few Ignite events – some where very early like this one 10 years ago. The thing I appreciate most about this style of presentation is that many in attendance can be part of the program. In fact, at this particular meet up nearly every single attendee was able to take a few minutes and describe themselves, something they’re currently working on, or a topic of their choice.
In all there were 15 presenters. I quickly jotted them down as they happened. I didn’t get full names or all of their web sites, but at least I captured something. Here are the presenters and their topics:
As you can see the topics were all over the map which helped to keep the evening interesting and the shortness of the presentations moved the event along nicely. I believe NEPA Tech will do events like this again in the future. If so, be sure to contribute. Most of these were fairly unscripted talks so don’t be hesitant.
Thanks to John George for organizing this month’s event. Onto 2018.
Down Wyoming, Scranton, PA – April 2017
This was harder to create from a Live Photo than it should have. And I don’t like the result. But, such is life. Publish! This being my day 3 photo challenge entry.
Train mailboxes, Steamtown Museum, Scranton, PA – November 2017
This being my Day 1 Photo Challenge entry for squares.
Cedar Ave. Scranton, PA – September 2017
On Tuesday, October 10 I attended October’s NEPA.js meet up. John George of NEPA Web Solutions was this month’s presenter and his topic was Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Democratizing How We Exchange Value.
I believe all members of NEPA.js would agree, John’s presentation was arguably the best presentation the meet up group has had to-date. Though the Blockchain can seem a complex topic, John did an excellent job describing how it worked, where it is currently being used, and its future potential. Though the meet up was relatively well attended, I left wishing that so many more people had heard his presentation.
To further the lesson beyond the walls of the Scranton Enterprise Center, John also gave each attendee a gift in the form of a wallet containing a single bit of BTC. He also incentivized attendees to claim that bit for themselves by awarding the first few that did so with $50USD in BTC. Those that did it were rewarded indeed since the value of BTC has jumped to new record highs this month. Those that didn’t claim their bit may be kicking themselves for dragging their feet.
Thanks to John for the amazing presentation, and for the bitcoin, and to the attendees for the active discussion.
Side note: My apologies for a terrible pano photo. I’ll try to do better next time.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – October 2017
This past weekend Eliza and I attended an orchestral presentation by the NEPA Philharmonic that featured musical scores composed by John Williams – my favorite score composer.
Forgive the audio quality, the fact that I forgot to record more than I did, and that at the end I yell “it’s all over” so fast that it is unintelligible. I was quite literally blown away by the presentation. I cried (both at Jurassic Park and during Leia’s theme), I laughed (at the conductor playing the role of Indiana Jones), and my spirits were soaring (during Hook!).
Not my best audio bit so far but definitely my favorite.
On September 12th, NEPA.js held its September meetup. Anthony Altieri presented on beacons – the typically small Bluetooth devices that “chirp” some very basic information multiple times per second allowing app developers to understand the proximity of a user. This allows for things like understanding where a shopper is in a retail space.
His overview of the devices, the spec, some of the software, and the differences between iOS and Android, and iBeacon and Eddystone – was a really nice introduction into the space. He did a great job.
I learned a lot during his presentation. Thanks to him for putting it together.
Jason Washo, owner of Sho Technology Solutions in downtown Scranton and someone who I’ve worked with on multiple client projects and who has become a friend over the last year, was recently interviewed on tecBRIDGE Radio.
Here’s just one bit:
I work hard, and I will work to bring things to close and I think a lot of people won’t do that. Getting something 80% of the way there is easy but bringing it to 100% I think is one the hardest parts. That is something I’m committed to.
Jason’s interview exudes positivity about our area, good work ethic, and a drive to do a good job. We can all learn from Jason.
Morning on Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA – August 2017
Bank Towers, Scranton, PA – August 2017