Wednesday, September 1, 2021

World Argus Day - August 21, 2021

I took these with my Argus A, which has not been out of the case for a few years, I think.  I wiped the lens lightly, loaded up a roll of Delta 400, and took it with me to Harpers Ferry, WV.  Developed in Ilford DDX for 8 minutes.  Scanned on Nikon 9000.  Edited in Lightroom.  It's great to be reminded of the basics, and the importance of composition.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Dolly Sods


Banner Tree, Dolly Sods, West Virginia
Nikon Z6, 14-30mm f/4 S lens, f/16,
6 second exposure, iso 50
Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2

Been a while, huh?  Well, I just felt like getting back on here today and sharing a photo from the amazing Dolly Sods, a very special wilderness place in West Virginia.  

The Dolly Sods are known for extreme weather, especially wind, which causes trees to grow branches only on their downwind side like the one shown above.  

The wind wasn't too extreme today, but too strong to hope for freezing the motion of the leaves at any reasonable iso setting.  So, I embraced it.  I wanted to show why the banner trees grow this way.  I think you can see that in the moving leaves.  Once I got home, I decided this antique photo plate treatment in Silver Efex fit the image best.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Piece of a Dreamworld

“Love is an attempt to turn a piece of a dreamworld into reality.”
Henry David Thoreau

I shot this at sunrise in the Alabama Hills, in the Eastern Sierra of California, at the end of February.  I was taking part in an Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT).  If you’re interested in a great series of adventures with fellow photographers, not another lesson on depth of field, you may want to look into ANPAT.  

Click Here to read my impressions from my first ANPAT, last fall.

I made this image with my Nikon D850 and Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 lens.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Enjoying Mirrorless Again, Full-Frame This time

When I started this blog, years ago, I was immersed in mirrorless technology as an early adopter of Micro 4/3.  Gradually, I moved away from mirrorless cameras, back to full-frame digital (Nikon DSLR, Leica M9) and film of various formats.

Well, I've come full-circle in a way.  Now I'm back to mirrorless digital, but with the full-frame Nikon Z6. 

I'm thoroughly enjoying adapted lenses and manual focus digital again.  Here's a shot I made this evening with the Z6 and a Rolleiflex SL (QBM) mount Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f/1.8 lens.  

I now have adapters for Nikon F, Rolleiflex SL (QBM), Leica M and Pentax K lenses to mount on the Z6.  Lots of fun ahead!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Lee How Fook's

"...gonna get a big plate of beef chow mein" - by the late, great, Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London."

As seen in Philadelphia this weekend.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Moment It Pops

A little mini-project I shot in Tokyo.  Watching the umbrellas pop open as people left the train station, I felt like I was surrounded by flowers popping out in early spring.  Be sure to hear the audio of the umbrellas opening and the rain coming down.  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Bull Run Creek

I made this shot with the Olympus TG-5 waterproof camera, which I bought and tested today.  The camera is quite nice, and importantly, unlike my Panasonic TS-6, produces raw files.  And, it has a fast f/2 lens.  The 12 megapixel (relatively low pixel count) helps the small sensor to minimize noise, too.

In any case, here's a Lightroom "IR" interpretation of a shot I made of a tree across Bull Run Creek at Manassas National Battlefield: