Exploratorius

Old School Film Hack

Whoosh

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Dupont Circle -- Washington, DC (August 2014)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak T-Max 100 + Commercial monochrome processing

Dupont Circle — Washington, DC (August 2014)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak T-Max 100 + Commercial monochrome processing

Color Riot

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Naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) -- Central Maryland (August 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) — Central Maryland (August 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

When the Clouds Swirl

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Vistas while driving -- Riverton, West Virginia (June 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Vistas while driving — Riverton, West Virginia (June 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Alert Observer

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Osprey watching from afar -- Central Maryland (May 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Telyt 560/6.8

Osprey watching from afar — Central Maryland (May 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Telyt 560/6.8

Cheerful Warmth

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From an entire field of sunflowers -- Central Maryland (July 2016)Sony a6300 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

From an entire field of sunflowers — Central Maryland (July 2016)
Sony a6300 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

What Dreams May Come

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Floating down the hallway of infinity -- Central Maryland (August 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZMEastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Floating down the hallway of infinity — Central Maryland (August 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Have you ever lurched awake in a cold sweat from a dream, only to wonder — what was it exactly — that made your heart pound?  And the more you try to remember, the more it slips through your grasp?

Was it a nightmare?  An argument?  Were you late for a very important date?  Or escaping from the worst toilet in Scotland?  Were you having a warm and comforting visit with someone when it suddenly went terribly awry?  Or maybe approaching the best part of the dream when a subtle change or noise in the real world causes you to snap awake?

I have dreams like those, where it’s incredibly vivid while I’m in it, but then it just vanishes like diaphanous vapor… and I’m left grasping at straws about what just happened.  This image reminds me of that — I can barely make out something… I’m not sure what… and the more I try to make sense of it, the more it eludes me.

Lamborghini Cat

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Autumn (briefly) at rest -- Central Maryland (July 2016)Sony a6300 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Autumn (briefly) at rest — Central Maryland (July 2016)
Sony a6300 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Fallen Gabriel

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Long forgotten Christmas display -- Beallsville, Maryland (August 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZMEastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Long forgotten Christmas display — Beallsville, Maryland (August 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Happy Belated 65th Anniversary

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Cindy's parents, Mel and Marge -- Annapolis, Maryland (July 2001)Leica M3 + Leica Summicron 50/2.0Kodak Portra 160NC + Commercial C-41 processing

Cindy’s parents, Mel and Marge — Annapolis, Maryland (July 2001)
Leica M3 + Leica Summicron 50/2.0
Kodak Portra 160NC + Commercial C-41 processing

Their anniversary would have been earlier in the month, but I didn’t find this image in my scan pile of film negatives until yesterday.  Taken with the gear that Mel gave me for Christmas 1997.  We really miss him, along with all of his puns and Dad jokes.

A photo that my sister captured two years ago at the Racetrack Playa -- Photo credit: Kathleen McGraw

A photo that my sister captured two years ago at the Racetrack Playa
Photo credit: Kathleen McGraw

News Link: Vandalism at the Racetrack, Death Valley National Park

 

Why? Just WHY?

Please note:  While the tire tracks will not “last forever”, they will certainly last for many decades. Why? Because rain out there is rare and it takes a large number of rain cycles for the mud to return to its pristine condition. However, unlike the tracks in the mud — the initials chiseled into the rock will never go away.

Sailing the High Trees II

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Been on the hard for too long -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZMIlford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Been on the hard for too long — Ridge, Maryland (August 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Little Peeper

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Baby tree frog on a basil leaf -- Central Maryland (September 2004)Canon 10D + 16-35/2.8L

Baby tree frog on a basil leaf — Central Maryland (September 2004)
Canon 10D + 16-35/2.8L

Watchers on the Bay

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You're never alone -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZMIlford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

You’re never alone — Ridge, Maryland (August 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

On the Sound at Cape Hatteras

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During my windsurfing days -- Buxton, North Carolina (July 1987)Olympus Stylus + 35/2.8

During my windsurfing days — Buxton, North Carolina (July 1987)
Olympus Stylus + 35/2.8

Yep, that’s me… in the yellow trunks, hauling up my pink and white sail, nearly getting wiped out by another windsurfer.  I would drive down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina every weekend from where I lived in Richmond, Virginia, and I would slum it the entire time just to spend 10-12 hours per day out on the water.  Sailing was my outlet from my troubles back then — a failing marriage, a failing job, no money, the rest of my family had moved out to the west coast, etc. — and spending time on the board in the sun and waves helped to clear my head and get me energized for the upcoming week.  This is the only photo I have of myself during that period, and I treasure it for that reason.

No Love for the Auld Mug?

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The America's Cup -- Annapolis, Maryland (October 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

The America’s Cup — Annapolis, Maryland (October 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I have to admit; this is about as bad as it gets for a venue to see the fabled America’s Cup… just protected by a crappy rented tent on an asphalt parking lot, cars being promoted by the sponsor in the background, with junk piled up in another corner behind it.

When I was a kid, I remember reading about 30-minute lines to see this revered prize — if you were able to see it at all, as it was usually kept under lock and key at the New York Yacht Club, with zero access by the public for many decades.  But now?  No lines.  No respect.  No love.

I hate this picture.

For the Beachcombers

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While strolling the beach -- Outer Banks, North Carolina (January 2007)Canon PowerShot G6 + 30-140mm

While strolling the beach — Outer Banks, North Carolina (January 2007)
Canon PowerShot G6 + 30-140mm

For a Good Time, Call…

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Sounds like something from a pop song -- B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland (April 2016)Sony RX1R II + Zeiss Sonnar 2.0/35mm

Sounds like something from a pop song — B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland (April 2016)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss Sonnar 2.0/35mm

Andrew Would’ve Been Proud

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Local abandoned farm building -- Central Maryland (January 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPHKodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

Local abandoned farm building — Central Maryland (January 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH
Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

Always a Beauty to Me

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Cindy in the midday sun -- Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland (July 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4Arista 100 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Cindy in the midday sun — Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland (July 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4
Arista 100 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

New Glory

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Aboard the Patriot -- St. Michaels, Maryland (July 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Aboard the Patriot — St. Michaels, Maryland (July 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3