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Frank Photography

(I'd call it "The Photos of Frank" but that sounds too much like it's some extended photo shoot of me. I mean pictures that I (generally) have taken.)

I like to take pictures. I like B&W photography and have played around with developing, but never seem to have the time. Up until 2006, I shot pictures exclusively using film with my Olympus OM-1, shown above. I had, in the past, used an Olympus OM-G, but gave it away to a friend. The OM-1 was a solid, reliable camera. Eventually, I could no longer get batteries for it. It used mercury cells for the light meter, and silver cell batteries had a different voltage which would screw up the metering. I had used it long enough that I could probably guess, but with film you don't really want to have to guess at the exposures all the time.

After 2006 or so, I started taking pictures with various borrowed digital cameras, from very small and portable point-and-shoots, to proper digital SLRs. I never saw anything I really liked, and it was always a compromise of cost, size, resolution, quality, and so on. Film was being sold at fewer and fewer places, and there were not many places to get it developed. All of the local camera and print stores in town went out of business, so even getting a print required mailing something or using the Internet. It was obvious that film cameras were becoming a relic of the past.

My niece asked me to take pictures of her wedding, which was in the summer of 2012. That served as a motivation for me to get off the fence and get a digital camera. I decided to get a Nikon D-7000, digital SLR camera. And then the Nikon factor in Thailand was destroyed by a tsunami. Six months after the flood, in March of 2013, my new camera arrived and I went on a digital photo bender.

It's a nice camera and the pictures it takes often come out pretty well. Probably more the camera and the situation than the photographer. But on occasion, there are cool pictures. Below are a few samples.

The rest of this web page is divided into three sections: People, Places, and Things.

Note: Flying pictures (planes, airports, en route, etc.) are generally in the Flying section.


Click on the blue circles on the map of the US below for pictures from that location. Or just scroll down for a brief description of the photo sets. Note that there are two pages of descriptions, since I've got more than one page's worth of photos online.

Non-continuental US locations currently are Alaska, Hawaii, England, Ireland, and Peru (Nova Scotia is folded in with the Maine trip).

map of USA Santa Cruz Asheville, NC Philadelphia, PA Storm King Arts Center, NY San Francisco/Bay Area Columbus, Ohio Albany, NY Washington, DC Clevleand, OH Holden Beach, NC Key West, FL Bolder, CO Madison, WI Boston, MA Martha's Vineyard, MA Flagstaff, AZ Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Seattle, WA Maine/Nova Scotia Portland, OR Ithaca, NY
Too many photo sets.
Look in the text section below to select one. hiking in the Adirondacks Ann Arbor, MI Venice, FL

Watkins Glen, NY
June 2018

I went to Watkins Glen with a friend and hiked around a bit and took pictures of the gorge and waterfalls. It was summer and parts of the gorge were shaded while others were brightly illuminated. The leaves on the trees above were bright green, and the sandstone and shale were light and dark browns. Very different from my pictures there from Fall 2004.

April 2018

I went to England for a 10-day vacation, saw lots stuff in places like Alnwick, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, York, Cambridge, and more. There are a lot of pictures (around 600) spread across 15 sections, starting with The Arrival.

Ithaca, NY
January 2018

A few pictures from a warm, sunny day in January including Ithaca Falls and broken ice on the ground.

November 2017

Even though it was mostly just a costumed game of pickup ultimate, it still counted as our annual Halloween Hat Tournament.

Ithaca, NY
August 2017

Pictures from the annual August Perseids meteor shower, taken from Mt. Pleasant, near the observatory.

Ithaca, NY
July 2017

We got a lot of rain in a 30-60 minute period which caused some flooding at my apartment complex. I was lucky and am on high ground. Others, less so.

Ithaca, NY
July 2017

A few pictures of highlights of the July 3rd, 2017 fireworks.

Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 2017

I flew to Martha's Vineyard, off Cape Cod, to visit my sister and spend a few days on The Island. Included are some photo highlights from some hikes, some exploring of Vineyard Haven, and some wandering by the beach and water.

Ithaca, NY
March 2017

An aborted hike by Sapsucker Woods on a snowy, cold day in March (lousy Smarch weather).

February 2017

Some pictures from the Roy Park Nature Preserve on a February day during a stretch of freakishly warm weather.

October 2016

Another entry keeping with the theme of putting photos from our local ultimate frisbee group's costume Halloween Hat Tournament.

Pacific Northwest
August 2016

It started with me flying out to San Francisco and then (foolishly) driving to Sacramento for work (no photos). Then going to the DFRWS conference in Seattle. After that, my friend Mowgli and I began our Great Pacific Northwest road trip, for a little over a week across the Pacific Northwest. It started in Seattle, then went up to Vancouver, BC, in Canada, including spending the day at the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC. After that, we headed south back to the US, stopping overnight in Olympia, the capital of Washington state, and then into Portland, OR for a few days, including spending a day by the Pacific Coast near Tillamook, OR.

I took a LOT of pictures. Around 560 are included across the six pages.

Start with the Seattle ones and continue from there.

Santa Cruz, CA
July 2016

I had a quit work trip to Santa Cruz. I flew into San Francisco, then drove down Highway 1, spent a day down there, then back, and home on a red-eye flight. I still had time to take a few pictures. A quick trip, but still some pretty places.

April 2016

I went to the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell to see the installation by Matthew Schrieber called Crossbow that consists of a room filled with lasers! It was neat.

January 2016

A neighboring building in my apartment complex caught fire last night. Three fire departments responded, got it under control and put it out. I took some pictures of the building on fire and a few the next day.

October 2015

Once again, our local ultimate frisbee group had our in-costume Halloween Hat Tournament. And I brought my camera. At some point I really should reorganize the topics on this page. But that point is not here or now.

May 2015

I went to Stavanger and Oslo, Norway for a conference and a few days of fun and being a tourist, May 17-24, 2015. I took lots of pictures. Highlights in 5 sections, including Stavanger, Downtown Oslo, a boat tour of Oslo, the Frogner Park/Vigeland Statue park, and the return home. Just under 350 pictures total. It begin here in Stavanger, Norway.

Ithaca, NY
Feburary 2015

It was cold in February so we got a lot of ice on Cayuga Lake. I walked out on the frozen lake and took a few pictures.

Ithaca, NY
Feburary 2015

A few pictures of winter in February with some snow and ice and icicles, including frozen and snow-covered Cascadilla Falls. Ithaca in Winter is pretty though a bit cold (about 10°F).

Cascadilla Falls, Ithaca, NY
October 2014

It was fall, past the peak leaf season, but the leaves still had some nice colors. So I went by Cascadilla Falls and the gorge trail and took some pictures.

Ithaca Falls, Ithaca, NY
September 2014

Some pictures taken by my friend Ellen of an art installation at Ithaca Falls on a Friday night, including me playing with a sort of papier-mache bird on a pole.

Jennings Pond, Danby, NY
May 2014

I wandered around Jennings Pond, just south of Ithaca with friends Rob and Stephanie. Here are a few photo highlights from it.

Asheville, NC
March 2014

I took a jaunt down to Asheville, NC with a friend. We explored the downtown area, happened to see a Mardi Gras parade, saw a concert with Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery, and drove home on the scenic and beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Ithaca, NY
February 2014

Cayuga Lake had ice on it. So I hike out on it and took some pictures.

Ithaca, NY
January 2014

I hiked around Sapsucker Woods on a snowy day in January.

Also, I took pictures of some ice fog on Cayuga Lake from Stewart Park when it was around 3°F out.

Martha's Vineyard
September 2013

I took a trip to Martha's Vineyard to visit my parents and sister.

Boston, MA
September 2013

Next up, after Martha's Vineyard, I visited Tom and Sara in Boston and we went to Walden Pond.

Rochester, NY
September 2013

After Walden, I spent a couple days in Rochester, NY and saw High Falls and the Fringe Festival.

Philadelphia, PA
August 2013

I visited Philadelphia, PA, with my friend Stephanie, seeing some of the historic sites in the city.

Oshkosh, WI
July 2013

I flew out to Oshkosh, WI, to the EAA Airventure aviation festival. Photo highlihts include the flight out, airshows, airplanes, the return flight, and more.

Mountainville, NY
June 2013

Antonia, Rob, and I spent the day at the Storm King Arts Center to see the wall Andy Goldsworthy had built as well as other "arts".

Ithaca, NY
February 2013

It snowed here (a little) on a Friday and there was some snow left on Saturday to play snow ultimate on before it melted on Sunday. A few "action shots."

Venice, FL
January 2013

I took a trip to visit my parents in Florida in January. We went to Humphris Park, which is by Casey Pass and has a nice jetty, and also went to the Venice Area Audubon Rookery and saw various birds. Here are some pictures from the trip.

Columbus, OH
December 2012

Once again, I did my end-of-the-year midwest trip, visiting a variety of friends, along with my friend Stephanie. Some highlights include: Miscellaneous (Pam and Bill, Glow-in-the-Dark putt-putt, hanging out at the Columubs airport), the Bookloft (a cool bookstore in Columbus), Prairie Oaks Metropark (hiking around with Steve, Sue, and Buffy the Wonderdog), and New Year's Eve (and the usual Dison party with fun and games).

Ithaca, NY
October 2012

Technically, this is a "thing" and not a "place", but I'm lazy, so it goes here. This past weekend was our annual ultimate frisbee Halloween Hat Tournament. People play in costume. This year, I went as Arthur, sidekick to the Tick. I have some photo highlights of costumes and some on-field plays of the Halloween Hat Tournament.

Ithaca, NY
September 2012

I went to the Apple Festival in Ithaca. Wandered around, saw all things relating to apples and the frying of things (including apples), also arts and crafts. It was quite crowded. Photo highlights of the Apple Fest 2012.

Albany, NY
September 2012

I visited my friend Stephanie in Albany. We had fun, including wandering around town, and takinga tour of the Capitol building. Photo highlights of our wanderings.

Cleveland, OH
August 2012

I visited my friend Jim in Cleveland. We had fun, including bowling and putt-putting with his 2 kids. Photo highlights of our adventures.

Washington DC
August 2012

I went to the Digital Forensic Research Workshop conference (I help organize it) which was in Washington, DC this year. One night, I walked to the National Mall and took some pictures of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and such.

Holden Beach, NC
July 2012

I went to Holden Beach, North Carolina for a week with my friend Catherine and joined up by various members of her family. I took pictures of the beach house where we stayed, Holden Beach itself, highlights from a game of charades that all of use played one night, Carina practicing her juggling bear act (not bear juggling), and a few pictures from Lake Keuka taken on the drive home.

Fingerlakes Fireworks
July 2012

Two nights of fireworks in a row. I went with some friends to see fireworks at Myers Point in Lansing, just a bit up the road from Ithaca on July 1, 2012. That was the first time I've taken pictures of fireworks. Got some decent shots. And the next day, July 2, 2012, the city of Ithaca had a fireworks display at Stewart Park. Again, more pictures.

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail
May 2012

I went with some friends to a few places on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail to sample cheeses and tour the dairies. And I took some pictures.

Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament
May 2012

We had a "hat tournament" for our ultimate frisbee group, though the low turnout only provided enough for 2 teams. I brought my camera and took some pictures, and Sue took some while I was playing. Here are a few highlights.

Ludlowville Falls
May 2012

About 7 miles north of where I live are the Ludlowville Falls, yet ANOTHER waterfall in the area. In all the time I've lived in this area, I had never been there, although I had seen them from the area a bunch of times. I went there Sunday May 13, 2012, saw the falls, a rainbow, some fish, and more. And I took pictures. So another test of the image gallery. This is about as fast as I've ever been able to put up pictures, captions, and the like.

Shenandoah National Park
May 2012

I went camping in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia from Friday May 4 - Sunday May 6, 2012 with my friend Deepak. Once again, we faced weather challenges, like rain and fog, but we also got some good hiking in and took pictures of meadows and waterfalls. And, I also wrote a new "image gallery" program to make it easier for me to get images online.

October 2011

I went to Ireland at the end of October 2011. I was in Dublin for a conference, but then took a few days off to explore the city as well as go to Galway on the east side of the island. I took a bunch of pictures of lots of stuff. Start here at Part I to begin with the arrival and goes from there (and there is a table of contents that provides links to the other 7 parts). (there's a table of contents at the top, to skip around after that). Around 500 photos total, spread across 8 parts (parts range from 30 - 100 pictures).

June 2011

I went to Alaska my friend Stephanie in June 2011. We had adventures in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and variety of other places. I took quite a few pictures. There are 15 sub-pages here. Might as well start at Part I (there's a table of contents at the top, to skip around after that). Around 580 photos total, spread across 15 parts (parts range from 20 - 70 pictures).

Pacific Northwest
August 2010

I went to a conference in Portland, OR in August 2010, and then spent some vacation time in Portland, Seattle, and vicinity. 6 sections, including Seattle and Vicinity (35 pictures), Downtown Porland (15 pictures), Japanese and Rose Gardens (40 pictures), the Oregon Coast (20 pictures), Mt. Hood (85 pictures), The Evergreen Aviation Musuem (Spruce Goose) (30 pictures), and Ann Arbor, MI (30 pictures).

Worlds End State Park
September 2009

I went hiking with my friend Deepak in September 2009, at Worlds End State Park in Pennsylvania. We hiked a few trails, saw some waterfalls and scenic vistas. Almost 20 pictures.

Martha's Vineyard
July 2009

In July 2009, I visited my parents on Martha's Vineyard. I took a few pictures of The Lagoon Pond that's just beyond our back yard. About 20 pictures.

Northern California
May 2009

I went to a conference in Berkeley in May 2009. I took some time off and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge (65 pictures), and explored Marin and Sonoma counties (80 pictures), Point Reyes National Seashore (50 pictures), and, of course, San Francisco (100 pictures).

Key West, Florida
March 2009

In March 2009, I went to Sarasota and Key West, Florida, and took various pictures while down there of parks, bridges, birds, flowers, water, food, and other things.

Part 2 of the photo archive covers locations from 1998-2008 and includes Columbus, Oh, Washington, DC, Ithaca, NY, Ricketts Glen, PA, Boston, MA, Madison, WI, Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco and San Diego, CA, , Seattle, WA, Maine, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Canada, England and Peru. Check it out.


Moof and Frank, 1983

Moof just sent me this picture that was taken when we were at band camp in 1983. He got it through that strange "book of faces" thing I keep hearing about, from someone that went to high school with us, a year behind us (Hi, Rhoda!). I'm wearing our yellow class t-shirt (listed all the names of our graduates) and have a lot more hair. Moof is in shorts and is thin. Though as he had said, I do look rather "schlumpy." Yes, my fashion sense is about the same as it was almost 30 years ago.


An old picture, but a fun one. A friend and co-worker from OSU, Tom Fine, circa 1993, did his best impression of himself in the future (yes, I'm a cruel bastard, but only because he's a friend...). Speaking of that, I have to dig up a picture of his Halloween costume... This was taken in my office in Bolz Hall at Ohio State (before we moved to the new building).

[Update] In August of 2004, I visited Tom, his wife Sara, and their 3 year old son Zachary. Here are a few pictures. One of me, Zachary, and Tom on the subway in Boston (they have a subway in Boston?). Another of me and Zachary in a park along the (Charles?) River by Harvard (the caption was too good for me to delete). One of me and Sara at the Hanscom Airport in front of the plane I flew in on. Note that Sara is wearing a "Flying Karamazov Brothers" t-shirt. We all saw the show (and I have a similar shirt, just like the one I had 25 years earlier(!!)). The Flying Karamazov Brothers are a group of jugglers. Very talented and funny (though they are neither Russian nor brothers). Tom and I used to juggle "back in the day" at OSU. Two shots of us seeing if we could remember the old ways. Note the koosh-balls in mid-air in these "action shots."

And after many, many, many years, Tom and Sara actually successfully visited me in Ithaca in August of 2014. Here are some pictures I took from their visit, and some pictures Sara took.

Casa Blanca

I went to a showing of Casa Blanca put on by the history department, Fall 2001. Period attire was encouraged. My friend, Leigh Anne, who was the classes TA, her advisor, the professor of the course, his wife, and I were the only ones to dress up. Still, it was fun. I'd just like to point out that in the picture, my cigarette is merely rolled up paper. I didn't want them to get money for such a prop. And it's hard to put a costume together with almost no preparation (this was due to laziness, not short notice).


I was in Detroit in March, 2002, and had dinner with my former college roommate Matt the Dufus. His wife took a picture of us professing our love of the world (in a punk rock sort of way).

UMich Friends

Here's a shot of a group of us in Ann Arbor for Karen Mirisola's wedding in June, 2002. Actually, it was Northville, MI, the reception was in Ann Arbor. The majority of people in the picture attended the University of Michigan together, "back in the day." Actually, there were four pictures taken, all of which had some problem with them. But through the magic of photoshop, I could extract one good one.

From left to right, back to front, the players are: Michelle and Jim Kaplan, Frank (me); Kevin and Gwen Berg-Hartnett (Kevin's holding Matthew), Kendy and Keith Markman, Stacey Farb, Mary Arnold, Holly ???, and Susan Potoroka. Photo taken by Paul Arnold.

Sadly (perhaps?) I was obscurred in all shots, so not even Photoshop could salvage that. Just a moment...just a moment...perhaps I spoke too soon. (Actually, to me the addition isn't as frightening as the fact that it's so easy to eliminate someone from a photo. My apologies to Matthew.)


Neel Jain came to Cornell to recruit for the Evil Empire. His departure from Ithaca heralded my arrival. His wife took two shots from his hotel room in The Statler (photo1 and photo2). The pictures are somewhat big (600K).

Dison New Year's

I've attended a number of New Year's Eve parties at Catherine and Cabot's place. Anna, a former student of Cath's, often has some festivities at her place. Here's a picture of the group at Anna's place in January 2004 plus a who's who. And a shot from December of 2005 of me and Carina "on the steps, talking about life," at Cath and Cabot's house.


My sister came to Ithaca to visit me in April 2006! Over 10 years in the making! About 45 pictures of her, her friend Tom, and me at Sunset Park, the Cornell Plantations and the Johnson Art Museum.

Frank and George

I didn't take this one, but it's a cute shot. I was visiting Jim and Michelle Kaplan in Cleveland in June 2004, and was holding their son George who was a little over a year old. He was pretty big (>30 lbs). Oddly, there's nothing particularly twisted about this picture. Karen (Mirisola) Wiarda can be seen doing the dishes in the background.

DFRWS'04 Rodeo

At the 2004 Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS04) in Baltimore, MD, in August I participated in the "forensic rodeo." Here's a picture of our team (going from right to left, Golden Richard, me, Pete Ware, and his son Bill (you know, like father, like son)). Golden, Pete, and I attended grad school together at Ohio State.

I suppose I should mention that we came in second (out of two) to the other team, that had Eoghan Casey, Brian Carrier, and Kulesh Shanmugasundaram on it. While they're all cool guys, last year (2003) we lost to them because of a hocky question. A hockey question! This year, the evidence disks were improperly imaged when they were given to the teams, so most of the questions could not be answered and they were declared the winner because well...because. We pretty much discovered the same information, but they presented a bit more. And I think we clearly had the advantage of having a cute kid on our team. I suppose there's always next year.

Oh, and by the way, I'm not bitter!

Umich Friends in Ann Arbor

In June 2005, a bunch of us that attended the University of Michigan for undergrad got together at Keith and Kendy's place in Columbus, OH. This is similar to the group that attended Karen's Wedding but this time no photoshop tricks. Here's a picture of the group, and here's a map in case you want to know who's who.

Dad's birthday
Venice, FL
April, 2013

Pictures from my dad's birthday in Florida. We had a small gathering of people to celebrate.


Tania vs. Gasdoor
December 2000

Around December of 2000, I loaned Tania my car. She had never heard of a gas door release latch before. She has the strength of 20. Hilarity and structural damage ensued.

N.O. Food Fest
June 2005

I was in New Oreleans in June of 2005, and had a food fest with my friend Golden and some others. It didn't suck.

Mushroom Soup
February 2008

Here's a quick shot of some porcini mushroom soup I made (February 2008). It was pretty good.

Cornell Library
August 2012

The History of Human Imagination exhibit on tour from the Walker Library was in the Kroch Library at Cornell. It had a Sputnik, and Enigma, Canterbury Tales, an Eye of Sauron and more.

Rubber Ducky Race
Ithaca, NY,
April 2013

The annual Rubber Ducky Race was held where a few thousand rubber ducks are dropped over the Cascadilla Falls and float, er, I mean race, downstream to the finish line. It's a fundraiser (for 4-H maybe?) and was a nice Sunday afternoon for it.

Streets Alive Fest
Ithaca, NY
May 2013

Pictures from the multi-block party in Ithaca called Streets Alive which involves blocking off Cayuga Street for several blocks and having people wander about. It was a beautiful day for it, and people were walking and biking in the street, playing volleyball, juggling, and playing instruments at a park. Also, a friend of mine, Sue, had a cook out later that day. Photo highlights from both.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Ithaca, NY
August 2013

I took some pictures from the backyard of the house of some friends and next to Cornell's Mt. Pleasant Observatory during the Perseid Meteor Shower. For the most part, it's pictures of stars, rather than actual meteors (practically none), though I did see them when not taking pictures.

Taildragger Fly-in
Ithaca, NY
August 2013

Jack Henion hosted his annual taildragger fly-in at his place on the west side of the lake. There were a lot of people there and more than 15 planes flew in.

(No) Aurora Borealis
Ithaca, NY
June 2015

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) were supposed to be visible even down in Ithaca. So I went with a few co-workers to Cornell's Mt. Pleasant Observatory around midnight. The observatory was closed but there were 20-30 people outside, star-gazing. We didn't see any auroras, but it was a clear night and we did see some cool stars.

Ithaca, NY
June 2016

FrankenFest is another name for festivities relating to my birthday. This year was my 50th birthday and I was joined by some friends for a picnic at Stewart Park at the base of Cayuga Lake. A few highlights from this year's event.

Note: this is a rare entry in which none of the pictures were taken by me, and instead provided by a couple friends (Bez and Rana).

Night Ultimate
Ithaca, NY
October 2016

I bought a new tripod for my camera a month ago. I wanted to take some pictures. We have a fall ultimate frisbee league that plays outdoors on Friday nights under lights. Here are some pictures from our game. I don't appear in any of the pictures.

Still waiting to see what develops...

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