18% Grey

Wednesday was a rainy day trip to Rochester to visit the home of modern photography.  Using state routes, the traffic varied from light to nonexistent. The original schedule had this as a drive by in the RV on our way to a next destination. But the weather forecast was not favorable, so plans were adjusted.

The George Eastman House – International Museum of Photography and Film is a worthy time, space & place to go.

VISION: We convene a global community to share access and understanding of photographs and motion pictures as objects and ideas that inspire discovery and understanding of individuals, cultures, values, and history. Our leadership in restoration and care of collections will be extended by our presence in virtual media and by our commitment to education.

MISSION: We lead through practice and programs in the interpretation of photographic and motion picture heritage. We strive to inspire widespread recognition of how the media we collect, preserve, and understand broaden and enrich life. We do so as stewards of the legacy of George Eastman, who valued excellence and innovation.

As a display museum, very few of the displays are static. Instead, they are frequently changed, just as photography & film have never remained static.

Large format for life size portraits.


display cases showing the evolution of cameras

George Eastman pioneered the original consumer point, shoot & develop business models. Customers would buy cameras preloaded with film, take pictures and mail the camera back for processing. The film was developed, pictures processed, camera reloaded with film and mailed back.  Over time, the process matured.


The 18% gray card is used to calibrate & provide consistent color rendition. Typically, on the continuum of black to white, an 18% gray card is the mid point.

First photography, for many years, was black & white. The various vials of color pictured above were used in the development of technicolor.

Photography was allowed in both the photography exhibit areas and the attached home. But flash photography was not. All pictures taken were with the digital ISO set to 6400. An astronomical level when compared to consumer or perhaps even professional grade film.

Well done George Eastman & thank you for your vision.

The skies cleared while we were in the museum. After a quick bite to eat around the corner, we turned north and returned along the shore of Lake Ontario. The shore is populated with lakeside homes, but since the kids have returned to school, and parents are back at work, there was virtually no traffic. Darn near desolate, void, & shut down until the weekend.

Next Clifton Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario along with some falls redux.


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