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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.

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Extraordinary Book Celebrates Light at Photonics West

February 10, 2015

SPIE is sharing a very special book that celebrates light this year at Photonics West 2015.

2015 was designated the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies by the United Nations and UNESCO in late 2013. (IYOL)

The SPIE published book, Celebrating Light, 50 Ways Light-based Technologies Enrich Our World, is a must-have. As John Dudley, steering committee chair for the International Year of Light says in his forward, “The volume celebrates a selection of 50 applications of light that have made the world a better place. A central message of the wonderful book is that light science and photonics technologies provide a remarkable range of solutions to the challenges that the world faces today.”

If you are lucky enough to see one of these books, grab it. You can still get one at SPIE’s IYOL Booth in the concourse.

Congratulations to Kathy Sheehan and SPIE staff who put this book together. It is truly a remarkable project.

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Rochester Museum & Science Center at the Hub of Rochester’s International Year of Light

January 24, 2015

Did you know that the stunning lights of aurora borealis are the result of solar wind? Or that every CD and DVD player contains a tiny laser? Or that some people can trick their brains to see “impossible” colors?

Fascinating, right? It’s this fascination with light and an unquenchable interest in researching new concepts that has made the Rochester region a light, imaging and optical technologies worldwide hub.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light.

Organizations, businesses and museums around the world are planning celebrations to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and other commercial and academic partners have come together to engage the community in a variety of light-based experiences. Partners include the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, OSA-RS (Optical Society — Rochester Section), ASE Optics, Corning Tropel, IDEX Corporation, Optimax and Second Avenue Learning.

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Smoke and Mirrors: It’s All Light!

November 18, 2014

Now showing at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery

California artist Matt Elson use color, light and mirrors to create optical illusions that envelop viewers who peer inside.

Elson has said, “They are a form of contemporary portraiture that is tuned to social media. Typically, two people will walk up, look in from each side, put their heads in the box, be surprised/get happy, then spontaneously take out their phones, photograph each other and publish those pictures via the web.”

http://mag.rochester.edu/exhibitions/infinity-boxes/