Archive for the ‘International Year of Light’ category

Rochester, the Nation’s “City of Light” Continues Illuminating

February 16, 2017

MAG Installation and City lighting improvements make Rochester shine.

2015 was the International Year of Light.  In 2014, New York Photonics was encouraging IYOL events and celebrations for the coming year. Regionally, a lot of good things came out of that effort. Some of them are touched upon here.

But some things took longer to brew, like this installation by artist Jim Sanborn at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery (MAG). MAG Director, Jonathan Binstock and New York Photonics applied for a Bloomberg Arts grant to support the project in 2015, but it wasn’t awarded. That didn’t stop Binstock, though.

Kudos to Jonathan and the MAG for pulling it off at last!

Article in #RochesterDandC here.

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UNESCO has designated an annual International Day of Light.

What will the Finger Lakes Region be doing on May 16, 2018?

Year of Light Banners Inspire Rochester City School Science Class

November 13, 2015

Rochester City School District Science Teacher Diane Eagles (RCSD School #46) was inspired by the International Year of Light posters at the Rochester Airport and decided to do a photonics project with her Optics class.

Eagles gave her students a working definition  of Photonics:

“Photonics is the science of light: the technology of generating, controlling and detecting light waves and photons, which are particles of light.”

She then divided them into groups and conducted several experiments and demonstrations analyzing the characteristics and properties of light. The posters highlight the properties and uses of light in relation to reflection, refraction, shadows, moon phases, a spectroscope, translucent, transparent, and opaque objects.

RCSD #46 Science Students show off their Photonics posters

Diane Eagles’ RCSD #46 Science Students show off their Photonics posters

 

SPIE International Year of Light Banners Welcome OptiFab Visitors

October 13, 2015

Student volunteers from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics SPIE Student Chapter helped New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley assemble and install 20 beautiful photo banners at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Friday, October 9.

The banners are there to welcome visitors and exhibitors to Rochester during SPIE Optifab, held in Rochester biannually, and to inform travelers about photonics.

They highlight the many ways that light impacts our lives, and were attracting curious passers by even as they were being assembled.  Afterwards the team went out to lunch!

The banners will be installed at the airport through the end of October.

As the old adage goes: Many hands make light work!

20 Banner celbrating the Internaional Year of Light were on display during Optifab and were at the Rochester International Airport for a month.

20 panels celebrating the International Year of Light were on display during Optifab and were at the Rochester International Airport for a month.

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L to R: Mariia Borovkova, Gustavo Gandara Montano, Fabrizio Buccheri, Xing Fan, Sam Birsa, Aizhong Zhang, Evgenii Strepitov, Leonid Lialiushkin

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Churchill Downs: RIT Big Shot #31

October 5, 2015

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Cameras: Four Nikon D810 cameras
Lenses:  28/f1.8 mm
Exposure time: 30 seconds @ f/11 ISO 100

All external lighting was provided by nearly 1,800  volunteer participants using hand-held electronic flash units and flashlights. Additionally Profoto 7B and B1 electronic flash equipment was used.

The RIT Big Shot is a nighttime community photographic project that began in 1987.

The result shared above is a composite made from the files from four cameras equipped with 28mm lenses. We were excited to again try this approach to our long-standing project. A single shot capture would have required a very wide-angle lens and the magnification differences of the foreground to the  background would have been amplified in the final image from that type of a lens. Using four cameras enabled the magnification of the photograph  to be more proportional to how the scene would appear to the eye. This photograph was complex to make because of all variables, including weather, scale, size and history.

Located on the grass track were re-enactors dressed to portray jockeys and a photographer from approximately the 1900’s. Additionally located to the left of the frame is the Kentucky Derby bugler.

>>More Here<<

 

Let There Be Light

September 16, 2015

Rick Williams and KenLou Foundation had an idea.  This can be a very dangerous thing.  Creativity ensues.  Things get messy.  What emerged is going to be extraordinary, and it will be debuting Friday night in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall as part of the First Niagara Fringe Festival.

Sponsored by KenLou Foundation, Corning Incorporated, The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and made possible by one guy who connected them all: Rick Williams This is going to be one cool show and an international debut worth getting a ticket for, if you can get one.

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/let-there-be-light-and-music-and-light/Content?oid=2630627

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SPIE Student Chapter Captures IYOL Image

August 4, 2015

Students from RIT’s SPIE student chapter recently celebrated the International Year Of Light with a spontaneous audience participation event at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery during the opening of the 50th Finger Lakes Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 25th.

RIT Doctoral student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and SPIE Student Chapter president, Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse led a team of fellow students to organize audience members into “painting with light.”

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Rochester Continues Celebrating the International Year of Light

July 21, 2015

In 2014 NYPhotonics began working on (or instigating) a number of projects for the International Year of Light in Rochester.  A broad view looks like this:IYOLRMSC

  • Rochester Museum & Science Center IYOL2015 Advisory Committee
  • OPI Company Tours in May 2015
  • Illuminations, a permanent exhibition of interactive OPI science demonstrations previewing now in the Patricia Hale Gallery at RMSC
  • Cubes: A Visual Exploration of Possibility at the Rochester Contemporary
  • A Street Light Festival (July 17 & 18)
  • “..of Light” a commissioned piece of music for Jazz Ensemble by Dave Rivello, Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music.  This piece will debut during two performances in Kilbourn Hall during the First Niagara Fringe Festival on Friday, September 18th.

We have a unique opportunity to showcase New York Photonics during the International Year of Light, and your sponsorship of  the Illuminations exhibit at the RMSC and the music debut during Fringe Festival are needed! Here is more detail on what the sponsorship opportunities look like:

1) Illuminations

First, a caveat:  The Rochester Museum and Science Center does not need our money to fund this exhibition. The exhibits were conceived and built by RMSC staff and the RMSC Technical Assistance Group (TAG) as part of the RMSC’s celebration of the International Year of Light. Previewing now in the Patricia Hale gallery at the RMSC, the Illuminations exhibition will become a permanent installation within RMSC later this year in a renovated space on the 2nd floor of the Museum.

In February, honoring the International Year of Light, the RRPC board of directors passed a resolution to adopt the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium as an international center for astronomy, multimedia and interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

We can think of no better gesture to begin this new focus on the RMSC than sponsoring the Illuminations exhibit.  With more than 375,000 visitors per year to the RMSC, sponsorship offers great exposure for NYPhotonics and its membership companies:

  • Each exhibit is an entertaining and educational experiment in physics and light
  • Your company name, logo and profile will accompany each exhibit, and where possible, associate your business with the specific photonic experiment.
  • This PERMANENT exhibition will be sponsored by NYPhotonics and its members, with specific companies sponsoring each individual exhibit

Youtube Video Here Take a close  look at the exhibitions here

2) “…. And Light” A World Premiere Celebrating the International Year of Light presented at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

We are seeking 3 contributions of $5,000 each to support this world premier.  The music has already been commissioned. What will you get for your contribution?

  • Verbal and printed recognition at the performances
  • Credited sponsorship for specific composition movements (it is in six parts)
  • VIP seating for the performances (your choice early and/or late)
  • Meet and Greet with artists, composer and musicians the night of the performance
  • A signed and framed copy of the frontispiece of sheet music from the composition, thanking you for your support of the International Year of Light
  • Exclusive CD of the performance from Eastman School of Music
  • CDs of recent ESM Jazz Department releases
  • Acknowledgement in a joint press release issued by the Eastman School of Music and NYPhotonics, the promotional name for RRPC across the globe.

Read more detail about the music, the composer and the event, here.

Call Tom Battley to secure your sponsorship or answer any questions.  585.329.4029