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Two Founders

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The Washington and Jefferson Memorials
The Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (March 2017)
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

Washington, DC, is filled with many dozens — if not hundreds — of monuments and architectural wonders that you could spend years fully exploring… or so it is with me.  I observe a new detail every time that I go down there for a business meeting or personal visit, and this instance was no different. Continue Reading →

Inside/Outside

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Ghost town interiorBodie, California (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Ghost town interior
Bodie, California (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

I’ve been interested in seeing Bodie, California, for decades… having heard about it for the first time when I was still in high school some forty years ago.  Did it meet my expectations?  Oh yes — very much so! Continue Reading →

Rorschach Abstract

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Exhibit at the National AquariumBaltimore, Maryland (January 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Exhibit at the National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland (January 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college.  Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles.  I find this image to be the same way.  Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated. Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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”.