We went to the Corning Museum of Glass yesterday. Although it's "in the middle of nowhere" in Corning, New York—a small town of <12,000 people that's one of the last true "company towns" in America, being the headquarters of the multinational Corning Inc., formerly Corning Glass Works—CMoG is a world-class museum that wouldn't be out of place if it were right on the Mall in Washington D.C.
There's too much to see in one visit. There are multiple demonstrations nearly hourly—I could sit through the glassblowing demo repeatedly and not get bored—and I especially appreciated the hands-on "Ask Me" carts scattered around the exhibits, staffed with what appear to be high school kids who explain various aspects of history or technique.
The new addition, which opened last March, is called the Contemporary Art + Design Wing. It's wonderful—a beautiful, spare space suffused with natural light, currently displaying a collection of artworks that happen to use glass as a primary material.
Obviously photography is allowed—the crowds were waving cameras about incessantly. As was I.
Really, huge kudos to the museum staff and governing board for this fabulous addition to an already fine museum. Extremely well done.
The place of fire
The word "fireplace" is taken, but here's the place of fire at the new house:
We had the inaugural bonfire last night, despite the recent heat wave we've been experiencing. This was the previous owners' favorite thing about the house—sitting around the backyard fire-pit on a nice evening.
I've noticed that you have to take a lot of pictures of fire to get one that looks like fire. It can look like a lot of strange things, not all of which fit our conventions about what fire looks like.
Has anyone else noticed that sometimes with Fuji cameras, the out-of-camera JPEGs look better than what you can get the RAW file to look like in ACR? Is that a known known? I don't keep up.
Not to be immodest, but I think I look great in anything
I've noticed that Abby got unfairly left out of these pictures. I left myself out too, so I'll close with a selfie:
Me, texting to S.: This is how bad I am at shopping: I stopped at Target meaning to buy bath towels, and what I came out of the store with was...a lampshade.
S.: So how does it look on you?
S.: Don't drive like that.
Good point. She is sensible.
Hope you're having a nice Labor Day weekend. It's going to be a quiet and lonely day here...S. has been away and now Xander and Abby have departed too. It was so great having them here. A very special visit. They just left, and I miss them already.
(Thanks to Xander for posing for Dad at the Museum)
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Kenneth Tanaka: "I'm envious, Mike. (No, not of the lamp shade.) I'd love to visit the Corning Museum one day. Back in the very early 1980s in my engineering days while working on a project with Owens Corning's Research Center in Granville, Ohio, I gained an enormous admiration and fascination with the company. It was, at least at that time, perhaps the ultimate in understated-but-overperforming engineering-oriented companies. I can only imagine that their museum reflects this.
"The glass sculpture you've shown is by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko. It's titled 'Glass Sticks' (2001). Kaneko is a Japanese ceramic sculptor who was featured here in Chicago's Millennium Park a couple of years ago with 'little' (6') cute figures that little kids loved!
"Re: Fuji cameras and JPEGs: Shhh, don't tell anyone but I nearly always use Fine JPEGs straight from Fujifilm cameras, particularly since Fuji introduced an understated 'Classic Chrome' color profile to their cameras. I can work hard on a RAW file to get to the level of detail and tone that the camera can often produce automatically...or not!"
Mark Kinsman: "Geez, Mike, I never thought you'd be such a shady character."
Darlene Almeda: "Did the lamp shade make you feel light-headed?"
Jim Allen: "Your selfie got me to laugh, but your intro photo is just terrific. Thanks for the quick museum review. If I'm ever in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to spend too much time there."
Mike replies: Thanks for the compliment!
Bob Blakley: "The Corning Glass Works is one of my favorite places on earth. We went there several times when I was a kid, living in Ithaca and then Buffalo. The demonstrations are absolutely mesmerizing. So much craft and tradition—plus fire!"
Albano: "The Fuji JPEG thing is a myth now. In Camera RAW, just go to Camera Calibration tab and choose the Fuji profile you use (Provia, Velvia, etc.) instead of Adobe Standard, and your raw will look EXACTLY like the out-of-camera JPEG. Trust me, I did the test, shooting RAW+JPEG, and they look exactly the same (except the RAW has more fine detail and gets lens corrected). Try it."
Lars S. replies to Albano: "Contrary to what Albano reports, I found in my testing, that the Fuji profiles in ACR don't match the out of camera JPEGs completely. They are mostly close, but then there's always a difference in the tone curve or in the way certain colors are rendered. To me, the JPEGs seem to have that 'just right' quality, that I have difficulty achieving with Lightroom. I tired to correct it by creating my own presets based on the Adobe profiles, photographing test patterns and trying to match the JPEG, but I just couldn't get there. The JPEG engine seems to have some more logic than just simple color shifts that can be replicated in Lightroom.
"Maybe someone more skilled could do it, but I had to give up. I still mostly use RAW, since I often do extensive edits where I need the flexibility that RAW gives me, but nothing beats the out of camera colors for when you want to have a beautiful picture that is 'just right.'"