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Old School Photo Hack & Storm Walker

Sunrise At Courtney’s

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How a waterman's day begins -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

How a waterman’s day begins — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

There Was An Old Tractor…

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From a long ago era -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

From a long ago era — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

News Link: How NatGeo’s Traveler Photo Contest Proved that the Camera Doesn’t Matter

In the Pre-Dawn at the Waterman’s Place

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A scene typical of the Chesapeake Bay -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

A scene typical of the Chesapeake Bay — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

News Link: The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t

Two Classics

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A Chesapeake waterman's boat next to a sailboat -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

A Chesapeake waterman’s boat next to a sailboat — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Drama in the West

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Sunset from our slip -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Sunset from our slip — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Approaching L’Heure Bleue

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The fuel dock at sunset -- Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

The fuel dock at sunset — Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cascading Arches

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National Cathedral -- Washington, DC (June 2014)Leica M 240 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

National Cathedral — Washington, DC (June 2014)
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

News Link: California Drought — Valley Land Sinking Faster as Groundwater Is Pumped

This is another story we’ve followed intently, as my mother hails from a small ranch in the south-central San Joaquin Valley — and she’s been watching in horror as the water just vanishes.  To further understand our focus, her father was instrumental in helping to bring an end to the California water wars of the late 1920’s, so we imagine that he’s just rolling over in his grave about all of this happening.

More From the Barrens

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Sub-alpine blooms -- Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Sub-alpine blooms — Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

News Link: What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?

More ‘Ican Ruins

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Abandoned stone mill -- Central Maryland (August 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Abandoned stone mill — Central Maryland (August 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

News Link: Welcome to Armageddon, USA: A Tour of America’s Most Toxic Town

Brocade of Dawn

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Morning glory blooms -- Northern West Virginia (August 2013)Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Morning glory blooms — Northern West Virginia (August 2013)
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

News Link: Port Rushes to Protect Its Auto Import Business From Storm-Driven Flooding

‘Ican Ruins

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Abandoned stone mill -- Central Maryland (August 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Abandoned stone mill — Central Maryland (August 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Collaboration on Graphics for Premier CD by Poor Blue

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Cover of the first CD by Poor Blue -- Central Maryland (August 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cover of the first CD by Poor Blue — Central Maryland (August 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Now this was a nice treat.  Earlier in the year I was approached out of nowhere by Mary Powers, a graphic designer based out of North Carolina.  She was putting together the packaging for “You’re Welcome”, the first album by a local country blues band, Poor Blue.  She had spotted an image of mine online and was asking for permission to use it in her design. Continue Reading →

Raku-Fired Ceramic

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From my clay slinging days -- Central Maryland (August 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

From my clay slinging days — Central Maryland (August 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Per a request from Miss Gentileschi, here is an example of a raku-fired ceramic that I did back in 1978.  It started out as a simple ball of porcelain clay (at least that’s what I think it was; a white clay at any rate) that was slowly kneaded and molded by hand into a cup-shape, then fired in the kiln at a low temperature.  After cooling it was then painted with a lead-based glaze, then fired a second time in a large metal trash can filled with crumpled newspaper and wood chips (this was for the unique mottling and crazing).  At least that’s how I remember the process that we used in my high school art class.  You can read more about the history of the raku process here.

The result is how you see it these photos, though the results can greatly vary according to how the second firing is crafted.

This particular form of raku pottery is beautiful to look at, but not safe to drink or eat from — due to the lead in the glaze and all the cracks in the surface (though that may have changed a great deal over the years).  Also very delicate.  This cup is actually in three pieces from a minor bump; I kept the breaks out of focus for the photographs.

From my clay slinging days -- Central Maryland (August 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

From my clay slinging days — Central Maryland (August 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Into the Abyss

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Then he was gone -- Maui, Hawaii (March 2009)Kodak Instamatic

Then he was gone — Maui, Hawaii (March 2009)
Kodak Instamatic

This is the only image we have of him.  We were swimming at Makena Landing Park on Maui back in 2009 (I was teaching Cindy how to snorkel), when we noticed this solitary diver getting suited up.  He carefully checked his gear, waded into the water, submerged, and slowly kicked past us into the gloom — which was when I took this photo.

We stayed in the water for another hour or so, then got out and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon drying off in the sun, but we never saw him return.

A Bit Tart Yet

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Cranberries almost ready -- Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Cranberries almost ready — Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

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