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The New Normal?

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Daffodils are popping outCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Daffodils are popping out
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

The weather here in central Maryland has been out of the ordinary this winter… not much in the way of cold temperatures; no measurable accumulations of snow (yet); hardly any ice (the local ponds skimmed over for only a couple of days so far); the birds haven’t cleaned us out of seed; etc.

Definitely not “normal”. Continue Reading →

Video Link: Seasons of Norway

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Imminent Color

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Daffodils about to bloomCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Daffodils about to bloom
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I don’t know how many degrees above normal our region has been during this winter, but we normally don’t see daffodils at this stage of growth for another month and a half at least.

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 →

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 →

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 →

Pure Scamp

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Autumn looking bent on doing mischief -- Central Maryland (June 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPHKodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Autumn looking bent on doing mischief
Central Maryland (June 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Classic Lines

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Ensign at the stern -- Annapolis, Maryland (October 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Ensign at the stern
Annapolis, Maryland (October 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Big Hook

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Dawn in the Inner Harbor -- Baltimore, Maryland (September 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Dawn in the Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland (September 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

High Desert Color

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Desert Asters -- Ashton, Idaho (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Desert Asters
Ashton, Idaho (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH