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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 →

My Best Images From 2014

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Here are the very best images I have to offer you, from the 5,000+ that I captured during the course of the past twelve months.  They include both digital and film photographs — all from high-end rangefinder cameras, various film-based point-and-shoots, and iPhones (the specifics are in the captions of each image).

For those that are interested in how my photography has grown since last year, here are my best images from 2013.

Enjoy!


January

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My Best Images From 2013

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20130302-02044Here they are…

The very best I have to offer, from over 4,000 photographs that I captured over the past twelve months.

Enjoy, and be sure to click on any of the photos to see a larger version with enhanced detail! Continue Reading →

Dreaming and learning

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It’s a reality – one that I never thought would happen so long as Cindy and I were married together.  We are going to buy a sailboat.  More specifically – a sailing catamaran.  We don’t yet know the exact date we’ll be making the purchase, but right now – if our savings rate matches what we expect it to be in the weeks and months to come – it looks like we may be placing an order for a brand new boat in the late spring of 2012.  This road has been surprising.  Cindy sailed small boats as a kid in Annapolis and liked it, but wasn’t infatuated with it.  After we got married she was still slightly interested in sailing, but only as a distant observer and maybe a one-time rental.

Then we went to Hawaii in March of last year and rented a tandem kayak together.  For some reason, that really tickled her fancy and we purchased two Hobie kayaks a couple of months later.  They were well received by both of us, but she wanted something a little bigger that we could both be on together for this year – which is when we bought a sailing trimaran, a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island.

The small – but fast – sailing trimaran has been a smash hit with her.  The only things missing were: a toilet; someplace to sleep; and something to cook crabs and grill fish.  Once she decided that she was going down that route – all the older, smaller, used monohull sailboats that I came up with as possible choices weren’t suitable.  She really liked being on a Catfisher 32 cruising catamaran a relative had years ago – both for the spacious view from the salon and the roominess it offered – so that’s the direction she went.

After months of research and looking at catamarans in the water and at marinas, we settled on a specific model – a Gemini 105Mc built by Performance Cruising in Annapolis.  It has a length of 34 feet, a beam of 14 feet and a draft of 18 inches – and with the centerboard(s) down it draws 5.5 feet.

We already met with the builders back in August and took a demo sail – the photos below are from that visit.  We are going to the Annapolis Boat Show next week and plan to continue looking for new ideas from the other builders, as well as accessories we’ll want to get with it.

Until we actually make our purchase, we’re in the dreaming and learning mode, trying to absorb as much as we can to make the right choice of the boat and its accessories the first time.  I should also note that a new boat – or even the selection of a catamaran – may be too dear for our finances and we may have to settle for something else less expensive.

Foggy photo walk — Part 2

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The second part of my photo walk was down around the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorial, while there was still some fog left to offer some atmosphere. The neat thing about getting down to the National Mall before 10:00 AM is the utter lack of crowds.  I had the entire Tidal Basin to myself for most of an hour before other early birds began filtering in. This truly is the way to experience the monuments… the only sound was whatever I produced with my walking, the camera shutter and the distant calls of birds outside.

I finally saw the new Dr. King Memorial.  Impressive in size.  Dominating, in fact.  Because the stone is so new, the huge mass is very bright from a distance and looks out-of-place.  I’m sure it will age to match the other monuments in time, but now it really stands out.

And there is also the newly refurbished Reflecting Pool, with trash already accumulating in it.  Someone had the bright idea to use water from the Potomac River to fill it and didn’t have a clue that the river is tidal at this site.  Brackish.  With lots of saltwater flora that LOVE the growing conditions they created in the Reflecting Pool.  It’s only been reopened for a few months and has already had to be drained once to clear out all the algae and other growth that didn’t exist when they used chlorinated city water to keep it filled.Overcast days like this are best to take photos inside of the Lincoln Monument, otherwise there are harsh vertical shadows everywhere from the pillars that ring the building.

A walking tour of the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore

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This past Thursday we traveled over to Baltimore to visit the Tall Ships participating in Maryland’s Star-Spangled Sailabration, which continues through this coming Tuesday.  The Sailabration is simply Maryland’s rebranding of OpSail 2012, which is scheduled to next arrive in Boston (6/30-7/5) and then New London (7/6-7/8).

We arrived bright and early, around 8:20 AM and were able to find convenient parking close by.  The crowds hadn’t yet begun to build and we were able to board a couple of them before the official opening time of 10:00 AM.  The day was absolutely perfect — not too hot, not too cold, nice clouds in the sky to provide visual interest and keep the sun in check, not too many people — just perfect.

Even a number of larger domestic and foreign naval vessels (Gray Ships) were on hand and could be toured, though I have to say the level of security around them had to be seen to be believed.  For the closest American Navy ships, not only were they isolated from the rest of the participants but they had a defense perimeter of security fencing, heavily armed guards (some with dogs), metal detectors, screening stations and mobile water security details.  Really eye-opening.

I was close to boarding the patrol boats when I got a text from Cindy — “Coasties just put on pfds“.  That was all I needed to start hustling back to where the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle was supposed to be berthed and just in time — as she slowly rounded the point shortly after I got into position.  We didn’t learn why she arrived after all of the other ships, but seeing her arrive was the crowning glory of the day for me.  After all the attempts I’d made for several decades to see her in the flesh, it was fitting that I get to experience this.  Watching was over-the-top spectacular for me and induced lots of chill bumps.

The only Tall Ship I missed this time around (I was here in Baltimore with my Dad for OpSail 1976) was the Italian training ship, Amerigo Vespucci.  Oh, and I had hoped that the USS Constitution would be given the green light to participate in OpSail 2012 as well, but I expect she is too fragile for such a lengthy cruise.

At this point I’ll cease the narrative and just leave you with the moments — in the same sequence as we experienced them — that I captured during our tour of the Star-Spangled Sailabration