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Old School Film Hack

Pointy End Toward the Horizon

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Aboard the PatriotSt. 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

A hot, sweltering, crispy-critter day ashore.  What could be better than taking a nice boat ride and having the breeze cool you down?  Take in the sun and have something icy cold to drink… and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in that lazy, drowsy state where time just sort of drifts along and conversations slow to a crawl.

Partially Opaque

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555 12th Street, N.W.Washington, DC (December 2016)Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

555 12th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC (December 2016)
Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Architecture has always been a big draw for me.

I hesitate to call it “my passion” because that phrase always sounds so fake whenever I hear it… but the truth is that  I’ve always loved seeing buildings and exploring the structures of them, enjoyed examining their construction and materials, and figuring out how they’re designed.  It probably helps that I was heavy into mechanical and architectural drafting back when I was in high school, and built high-end architectural models professionally for several years. Continue Reading →

News Link: Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome Slide Film!!!

My Best Images From 2016

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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

Adieu 2016.  We hardly knew ye…

Here — in no special order — are the very best images I shared with you during the past twelve months.  They include digital and film photographs, both color and monochrome — from rangefinder film cameras, various film and digital point-and-shoots, and iPhones (the specifics are in the captions of each image). Continue Reading →

My Kind of Sundowner

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Watching the sunsetCentral Maryland (December 2016)Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Watching the sunset
Central Maryland (December 2016)
Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

We live near Washington, DC… but most people don’t realize that this region isn’t yet a megalopolis like other major urban centers; i.e., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, etc.  The really dense areas of the DC region are generally contained within the 20-mile diameter of the Washington Beltway, although urban blight has slowly been creeping out to the suburbs and rural areas beyond since the mid-1970’s.  The small community where we live is in the middle of a designated agricultural zone, part of which you see in this image.

Will it remain this way forever?  Sadly, no. Continue Reading →

The Big Empty

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Big Hole ValleyJackson, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Big Hole Valley
Jackson, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Butch Hill is the name of the short brown summit to the right of this frame; one of the summits to the far left in the distance is Bloody Dick Peak, so named for an Englishman that said “bloody” a lot, while living in the area during the 1860’s (I just learned this tidbit while researching place names for this post). Continue Reading →

Looking Good

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The Capitol getting preppedWashington, DC (December 2016)Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

The Capitol getting prepped
Washington, DC (December 2016)
Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I visited DC last week, to attend a business meeting near the White House.  As usual, I arrived very early so I could get some quality photo time in before the meeting began, so I wandered around The Mall and checked out how things were progressing for the upcoming inauguration. Continue Reading →

Window of the Past

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Point Lookout lighthouseScotland, Maryland (October 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout lighthouse
Scotland, Maryland (October 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout Light Station and DepotScotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)Photo credit: US National Archives

Point Lookout Light Station and Depot
Scotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)
Photo credit: US National Archives

I always enjoy looking out through the windows of historic buildings and imagining what the view was once like to the original inhabitants.  Was it the same as I’m experiencing?  Likely not.  All sorts of other structures were not there, and sometimes there was even more landscape to see.

Such is the case here.

The chain link fence that is just visible in the above image was added about thirty to forty years ago.  The building beyond the fence was added to the grounds sometime after 1930, long after another building that was there had vanished.  To the right of the window frame (in the image above) lies the moldering remains of a long Coast Guard depot pier, which was still fully functional in 1939 and can be seen in the photograph from the National Archives (image to the right). Continue Reading →

Apparition

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The Last Supper by Albert SzukalskiRhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

The Last Supper by Albert Szukalski
Rhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

I can’t imagine stumbling across this on a dark and stormy night, after tying one on at watering hole some distance away and trying to make my way home.  Shudder…

Sacred to the Salish and Kootenai

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Mount CalowahcanMission Mountains, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Mount Calowahcan
Mission Mountains, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Our recent road trip through Montana was filled with such delights… snow-capped mountains, long glacial valleys, big skies, and — in many places — no one else except for us.  This image above, for example, was taken along US Route 93, just north of Kicking Horse Reservoir.  And as you can see, there wasn’t another soul visible for miles.  It makes for a wonderful, restful, and welcoming respite (and there were honey bees!) from the hectic pressure-cooker pace of our normal life back in Maryland. Continue Reading →