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Arcs of Pure Gold

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Union StationWashington, DC (December 2015)Sony RX1R II + Zeiss Sonnar 2.0/35mm

Union Station
Washington, DC (December 2015)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss Sonnar 2.0/35mm

Trains stations of the 19th and 20th centuries were — and still are — magnificent architectural wonders.  This is Union Station, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece located in Washington, DC, just a short walk from the US Capitol Building… and Union Station was just one of many historical structures that nearly didn’t make it through the early-1980’s. Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

We Encamped with Them and Found Them Friendly

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Ross' Hole Sula, Montana (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

Ross’ Hole
Sula, Montana (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

The context?  The Lewis and Clark expedition passed through here on September 4th, 1805, and William Clark wrote those words in his journal.  They were in reference to encountering a large group of the native Flathead indians — or Salish, as they preferred to call themselves.  You can read more details about it here.

Suddenly There Were Bison

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Bison with Salt Lake City in the far distance Antelope Island State Park, Utah (November 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH IIKodak BW400CN + Commercial C-41 processing

Bison with Salt Lake City in the far distance
Antelope Island State Park, Utah (November 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH II
Kodak BW400CN + Commercial C-41 processing

Photo Exhibit: The American West from the 1870’s

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Triangulation, summit of Sultan MountainWilson and RhodaSan Juan County, Colorado. 1874. (Stereoscopic view)Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Triangulation, summit of Sultan Mountain
San Juan County, Colorado (1874 — stereoscopic view)
Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Do you want to see many dozens more of these wonderful images?  Of course you do.  You can thank me after visiting the US Geological Survey page on Flickr here.