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More hyacinths -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

More hyacinths — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Last of the Winter Blues Images

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Riverside blooms -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Riverside blooms — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

May the fourth be with you. :)

As much as I’d like to continue the Winter Blues flower images, I simply can’t.  I had shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff last Thursday and almost all my posts since then have been pre-scheduled and on auto-pilot, and this is the last of them.  I will still post back-catalog content daily, but won’t be able to take any new photos for a month or two. Continue Reading →

Spring Blues… & Purples

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Hyacinths -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Hyacinths — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Vision in Pink

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The Tidal Basin -- Washington, DC (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

The Tidal Basin — Washington, DC (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Contrasts

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Monocacy River -- Dickerson, Maryland (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Monocacy River — Dickerson, Maryland (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Emergent Yellow

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Dogwood blossoms -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Dogwood blossoms — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Intricate

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National Portrait Gallery -- Washington, DC (February 2015)Leica M7 + Ilford XP2 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

National Portrait Gallery — Washington, DC (February 2015)
Leica M7 + Ilford XP2 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Photo Essay: Vintage Fashion Street Photography

The Monolith and the Rising Moon

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New addition to the Rosslyn skyline -- Rosslyn, Virginia (April 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

New addition to the Rosslyn skyline — Rosslyn, Virginia (April 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Habitat for Little Creatures

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Downed log -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Downed log — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Stand Still

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People watching in the terminal -- Arlington, Virginia (January 2015)Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

People watching in the terminal — Arlington, Virginia (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Cloud of White

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Apple blossoms -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Apple blossoms — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

News Link: This Might Be the Best Smartphone Camera on the Planet

Alone on the Dark Span

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Arlington Memorial Bridge -- Arlington, Virginia (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Arlington Memorial Bridge — Arlington, Virginia (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

This one is a bit different for me.  It’s a 30-second exposure, shot on a tiny table-top tripod, around 5:00 am.  Normally I spend a lot of time cleaning up and retouching film images, but liked this one just the way it was.

Tulip Tree

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Tulip magnolias -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Tulip magnolias — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Mortals in the Temple of Lincoln

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The Lincoln Memorial -- Washington, DC (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

The Lincoln Memorial — Washington, DC (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Beaver Bait

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Blooming redbud -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Blooming redbud — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

The reason for the title?  We once lived next to a stream and had several of these redbud trees growing very close to the house.  You guessed it — we had beavers stop by every year and chew them up.  Just the redbud trees and nothing else.  Surrounding the redbuds with ugly chain link fencing was the only way to save the trees.

Late Afternoon Shadows

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From a walk in the woods -- Central Maryland (December 2014)Leica M7 + Ilford XP2 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

From a walk in the woods — Central Maryland (December 2014)
Leica M7 + Ilford XP2 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Fresh Reloaded

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Flowering dogwood blossoms -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Flowering dogwood blossoms — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Renewing My Commitment to 35mm Film

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1954 Leica IIIf 35mm rangefinder -- Central Maryland (January 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

1954 Leica IIIf 35mm rangefinder — Central Maryland (January 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

I don’t know how many of you have paid attention, but I resumed shooting with 35mm film about eighteen months ago.

Initially this foray back into the analog world was just intended to be a stop-gap measure while waiting for my Sony A7 digital body to be repaired.  For reasons that still remain unexplained to me, both the CMOS image sensor and the main processor in the camera fried to a crisp less than a week after I received it as a Christmas gift in late 2013.  So off it went, into the bottomless black pit despair otherwise known as Sony warranty servicing — which involved four separate contact groups, in three separate countries, with four different nationalities.  For all their savvy at creating superb electronics, Sony has some of the worst customer support of all the big players, dating back to at least the mid-1990’s when I used to send Vaio laptops all the way back to Japan for servicing.  Try explaining a two-month turnaround mess like that to an angry executive.  But I digress…

I settled into the long haul as the days spent waiting for it to be returned grew into weeks… and the weeks into months.  I eventually grew tired of posting old images here on my site and decided to do something about it.  I dug out my old Leica IIIf rangefinder, blew off the dust and cobwebs (I hadn’t used it in well over a decade), and began to hone my analog photography skills with it once again. Continue Reading →

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