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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 →

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 →

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 →

Truly Grateful

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Mount Tom Near Bishop, California (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Mount Tom
Near Bishop, California (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

My barber gave me pause the other day.

I was getting trimmed up for our annual family gathering on Thanksgiving (today), and I decided I was going to engage him in conversation.  Mind you, I’ve been going to this barbershop for about ten years now and have had this specific barber cut my hair on a number of those occasions — yet I’d never heard him say more than just a few words per visit.  I didn’t know if he was reserved, introverted, or simply a man of few words, but I wanted to connect with him. Continue Reading →

In Front of the Labyrinth

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My sister Kate Rhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

My sister Kate
Rhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Tiny 35mm film cameras can seriously rock, as revealed by the image above.

I’ve always been a fan of little cameras — and have previously said so here, and here.  So just how “little” is a little camera?  Not much bigger than the palm of your hand.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the image below. Continue Reading →

Urban Geometry in the West

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Williams Feed Dillon, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Williams Feed
Dillon, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Just so everyone understands — “au revoir” means I’ll see you again… it does not mean I’m never coming back.  My intent is to share images when I feel like it now, and not feeling internally required to do so.  I think this will make for better images and improved posts over time.

At any rate, this is not an “I’m back”; this is “I never left, but needed a break and will be doing things differently now”.

Going Dark

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The solar terminator approaches Southwestern Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

The solar terminator approaches
Southwestern Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Long time readers will know that I have been posting daily — or more often — since October 2010.  After migrating from Google’s Blogger platform to WordPress in April 2013, I had to do a lot of clean-up (flushing over 1,500 posts in the process) and decided to make as much of the content here as original as possible, principally from my photography.

I’ve now reached a point where I need to take a break from posting new content daily and concentrate on other things instead.

Will I return?  I have no idea at the present… but I do thank you, gentle readers, for visiting my site over the past many years, spending some time viewing my images, and commenting when you felt compelled to do so.  Thank you so very much; you have no idea what it has meant to me.

Au revoir!

Leagues Away

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Looking toward the Ruby Range Southwestern Montana (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

Looking toward the Ruby Range
Southwestern Montana (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

What & Where?

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Something Some place (Some date)Some camera

Something
Some place (Some date)
Some camera

Ready to guess something neat?  Here you go, with a few clues:

  • This is an extreme crop of a much larger image.
  • It is not in the Smithsonian, nor is it associated with it.
  • It is not the B&O Railroad, nor is it associated with it in any way.

Those are your clues… have fun!

UPDATE:  Kathy D has taken the crown this time!  The correct guess was the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana.  The complete image is below:

The Berkeley Pit -- Butte, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

The Berkeley Pit
Butte, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2