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Sea View from Vare Vare

Monday, December 26, 2016

The carvings that can be found in the extreely hard and rough coastal rocks near Hanaga Roa are usually a little tricky to spot. This day we found a few in their full glory. These are pretty much modern carvings, many part of Tapati Rapanui competitions...

A Great Mahute Find

Monday, December 19, 2016

… and more picture moments from this year's trip. Our second born just got lucky. We went out one rainy day determined to get her birthday present. The first place we stopped was a little shop run by the Easter Island Foundation. I found this large...

A Few Random Picture Moments from the Island

Monday, December 12, 2016

The first of two quick catch-up postings. After a long session accompanying Maruka in a political campaign parade thrugh and around town, we finished up at a cuaranto or feed. One of the women there put this flower wreath on Nan's head and of course...

New B&W – Dragging Moai on Sled

Monday, December 5, 2016

As I get accustomed to the new software, I'm also doing an intensive review of what is now only about 21,000 images – I've managed to trim the exposures down to that. Next on my list of what to work up into B&W and printl The real reason for this shot...

Easter Island Project – Finalizing a Decade of Work

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's been a couple of weeks since my last posting – with a number of reasons. Before I get into that, I should mention that I've been struggling with the completely NEW blogging system designed into the web authoring software I'm using. I think I'm...

An Interesting New Library Entrance

Friday, October 21, 2016

Anybody notice anything strange about those doors. It's not the fact that a carving of a giant canoe paddle handle – an ao – graces the front. It's the fact that it's a library door, primarily used by children and located right next to the grade school,...

Wave Watching and other pleasant pastimes

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wave-watching is something we do occasionally – if only for a half hour or so. The main reason we don't bring a snack and make a longer stay of it is the wind – get on the coast and it howls. Nan can only take so much before she has to give up and head...

MoeVarua, a Cuaranto and some miscellaneous notes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

In response to a request, a picture of my sweetie sporting what she calls her "humidity frizz” – SUNDAY notes: Attended a Cuaranto with Maruka and Dennis. This a major feed with an open invitation. Of course you couldn't do this at home – half a million...

Jardin Tau Kiani And weather shifting

Monday, October 3, 2016

Jardin Tau Kiani (or Tau Kiani Gardens) might not be Longwood Gardens in the States, but considering it is something of a one-man accomplishment, something we have watched progress for five years now, it's quite amazing. In fact I Googled it and found...

Cold, Windy and Still Glad to be Here

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SETTLED IN – Now that's a BLT one-slice tomato!  Way to far into Spring for this cold wind. It seems the wind from the south picks up the cold from the melting ice in the antarctic that is being carried north on currents. Whatever it is, the sun can...

First Notes from the Island 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

An unusually clear sky with a very yellow/orange sunset from Hanga Roa with the iPhone……… Wow, getting here certainly wasn't a piece of cake. Where do I start – how about at the beginning: the taxi was 20 minutes late getting to the house to pick us...

Cemetery Sunset – Using angled instead of back lighting

Monday, September 12, 2016

This shot is sort of an alternative lighting exercise to my Cemetery at Sunset HERE (for which by the way I need to post a better web image – it is not at all that flat, it's actually very contrasty). I liked the angled effect of the light here rather...

Framing the Shot – Prepping to return to the Island

Monday, September 5, 2016

Another shot Nan took of me at work. This time with backpack on and camera hanging, just a quick hand-framing of the sunset behing some of the pukau – moai topknots – scattered across Puna Pau. At this size it pretty much looks like a silhouette, but...

All Those Records, What's an Artist to Do…Tap Forms 5

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Our latest acquisition – "Ripple" Bowl by Mark Han Poole. It's 13" across and 4.5" deep. A little on the practical side, but it will make a great serving platter for company.Mark's web site is: http://www.markpoolepottery.com    We are working on obtaining...

The Long Slow Demise of The Art Show Continues

Monday, August 22, 2016

First the image. He's called Moai Hokotahi (which actually means the lonely moai), and is also the subject of this image HERE. We call him Lonesome George because something about his face reminds us of George Gobel (that's way back folks). Anyway, here...

The Elephant in the Photographer's Cave

Monday, August 15, 2016

I couldn't resist that reference. My new Island image, Matatoa and Cave, illustrates how I feel approaching an issue that is ignored at one's peril – the back-up camera. Our first trip to Rapa Nui, even more isolated then than today, my primary camera...

LyonClay Blue Mug Phenomenon – John Kendall w/c

Monday, August 8, 2016

We score another to make a pair… And something of a phenomenon it is. Paul Lyon, a local potter of some merit really doesn't like all that much to make mugs. But he's always made a few for regular customers to buy and give as gifts around Christmas....

Hug a Horse by Marianne Johnston

Monday, July 18, 2016

We combined a trip to New York City with a stop at the Soho Photo Gallery to check out a combo exhibit of their annual national show and selected works from a small Philadelphia photography group. This is our friend Marianne's entry from that show....

Dancer and Boy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Interesting and difficult final Easter Island  – Rapa Nui – portfolio image for now. We will be spending about eight weeks on-Island later this year and I'll be making postings from there. Hopefully there will be some nice pieces come from that trip.

Another "Other People's Art"

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Buczacky Bowl and a Lucky Little Find – Sun Bowl with Birds by Jerry Buczacky. We picked this up at the "other" member gallery in town, Arts by the Bay, 307 St. Johns Street, Havre de Grace, where Jerry is a member. Some potters specialize in those...

Upgrading and old MacBook Pro

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gain in speed of about 2.5X  – plus a second HD. I've done this operation a couple of times before. This trip, since the operation seems to be gaining in popularity, I thought I'd do a little iPhone diary of the procedure and make measured, before and...

A Matter of Scale – with the requisite close-up

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I'm calling it Last Rays of Sun on Tongariki. I shot it with a 100mm lens from a bit of a distance just before suset. While getting it ready to print – a three day chore on this one – I noticed someone standing in the middle of the lighted area in front...

Catching up on some "Other People's Art"

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dave DeRan, Maria Annegarn, Aaron Morse, Nan Craig – Field near Whiteford by Nan Craig  11x28 on 2 panels – Just because I haven't posted to this section recently doesn't mean we haven't had some acquisitions. Even if none of them have  been major pieces....

"Mr. Burke"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Another early portrait. This one is of Chester Burke, a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis where I got my masters in the great books program – I can't recommend it enough. Mr. Burke – we were all "misters" there – is one of a number of scarily...

Jackie - and Portraits as Art

Monday, May 16, 2016

I've mentioned it before, I've never really considered my self a portrait photographer, simply a B&W photographer who occasionally picked on a person rather than a tree, stream or arrangement of rocks. When I do one I work the same way I do with scenics,...

Nan Records My Determination on Our First Hike Across Poike

Monday, May 9, 2016

I didn't notice as Nan held back to take this shot with her little point-and-shoot. It certainly captures the moment. The problem is that the original exposure is an uncomfortably small jpeg. NOT conducive to making large, especially B&W, prints. Fortunately,...

Earthline: a 30 year anthology by Bob Chance

Monday, April 25, 2016

A life can be a work of art. After some frustrating months trying to order Bob Chance's book through Amazon, I emailed him and arranged to purchase the book direct. Wev'e known him for years anyway. Besides this way I got it already signed. Bob is a...

Poike Greeting

Monday, April 18, 2016

One doesn’t encounter many people out there – I recently rediscovered this exposure. We were winding up a long day across and around Poike – footing it back as fast as we could accross the rocky, grassy fields. The sun wasn't quite as low as it looks...

Shorty - He doesn't get many visitors…

Monday, April 11, 2016

One of the handful of really unique moai on Easter Island. Not seen by many because it is located almost midway on a very long hike around Teravaka – the longest stretch on the Island (other than Poike) not accessable by road – on a high cliff overlooking...

Setting out on another Long Trek

Monday, April 4, 2016

Nan calls this one "Walking with Stumpy" because of the way she thinks she looks in the picture. Our grandson wanted to try out my Canon 5D so I handed it over and he grabbed this shot. We were setting out to show him and his parents some sights tourists...

Moon over Maunga Tea Tea

Monday, March 28, 2016

It was running rather late working our way back to the car from our last long trek across Poike. We were exhausted. The sun had just set below the other end of the island and the moon was up – close to full. We had left Tea Tea behind but I put the...

Warrior in Stone Revisited

Monday, March 21, 2016

With the original and the full anecdote – our last trip to the Island, in 2014, I scoured the coast outside of Hanga Roa until I found my Warrior in Stone without sand, earthtone paint, etc. We wanted to see what he looks like as simply part of a very...

Daffodil

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I'm having it mounted this week. Then I'll mat and frame it and put in into the gallery in Havre de Grace, hopefully by the the time this is posted. Far too much of my recent work has been in expanding my Easter Island protfolio, something that, by...

Morning Catch for Sale

Monday, March 14, 2016

iPhone 5S shot, downtown Hanga Roa, Easter Island… Doentown Hanga Roa. Morning finds anyone with a surplus catch setting up outside the indoor market to make some quick sales. Notice this guy is making sure no flies get on his fresh fish. I'm continuing...

Lonely Vigil

Monday, March 7, 2016

Poike is a lonely, very lonely part of Easter Island. And as far as one can see, we've spent whole days roaming the grassy hills, plains without spotting a soul. I took a lot of exposures out there in an effort to convey the feeling. Only clouds normally...

Easter Island Rock & Roll

Monday, February 29, 2016

Jorge Pakomio Paoa…  Before there was Roberto Pakomio writing and singing his own Rapanui rock, there was Jorge. Jorge comes out of a different era, the Island contemporary of our own North American and European aging rock stars. He wrote and sang his...

Prep for Annual Tapati Rapanui Parade

Friday, February 26, 2016

It’s a rough job but sombody’s gotta do it… I thought I'd interject a slightly more fun image into my series of portraits and people-pictures from the Island that I'm presently catching up on. My comment to Nan at the time: "I want his job!” A good...

Nua Reine Haoa at 86

Monday, February 22, 2016

"still feisty" in her nineties… eighty six years old here in 2011. Helga Thieme took me with her to get a shot of Reine for potential use in here MoeVarua magazine. She wouldn't get around to doing an interview and publishing it as one of her Testimony...

Face of a Nua

Friday, February 19, 2016

Marta Paoa Rangitopa is 97 here – attending the opening ceremony for Tapati in 2008. Two years later, at 99, she was interviewed by Helga for MoeVarua January 2010 issue as the oldest living Rapanui (English text below). I asked if I could photograph...

Kukin Playing the Kaua'e

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

That's a horse jaw, a traditional Rapanui instrument…  Sometimes blur is a good thing!  And yes, this is Huaaaa! man. I rediscovered this view of Kukin in the background with the band while the girls were dancing – and cropped in on it. Consequently...

Antonia Pate Ñiare

Friday, February 12, 2016

My portrait of Antonia, a good friend on the Island… Antonia is close to our age, with married children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. She has quite a family. And she has a great smile. I took this shot while she was sitting on the ground...

Conch Trumpet Declares Tapati Rapanui Open

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A bow to our missing Tapati Rapanui this year… Next in my expansion of my Easter Island portfolio. Part in shade, part in harsh sun, this was a nightmare to get anywhere near what the eye saw. Tapati is opened up every year with a ceremony in a small...

Tapati Rapanui 2016 Tribute

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thank you Lucas!  Lucas is Terry's grandson. The kids stay with her for part of their summer vacation (southern hemisphere!) every year and participate in many of the Tapati festivities. Lucas spotted the large image of Roberto Pakomio included on the...

Reenactment and The Dance

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reenactment is a fleeting scene from Tapati Rapanui. Every once in a while one sees a still from a Shakespearian play that takes you there, makes you feel the idealized moment. When I photograph Island productions of tales from oral tradition, I'm trying...

Hatchling

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A B&W nature close-up. Actually, the original RGB (color) exposure was only a little bit browner anyway. Again, it prints rather large, 15x20. A newly hatched baby snapping turtle emerging from the dirt and experiencing open air, daylight, the world...

After the Ride and Sun Behind Maunga

Monday, January 25, 2016

Opens a series of images that I delayed working on for various reasons. Some simply do not work, or worse, look horrible, printed small. Others have content issues, like huge microphones blocking part of the view and requiring hours of work to fix....

I Didn't REALLY Turn This Color Snapshot Into a B&W

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just having a little fun with it for posting here… Looking out the back sliding door from Nan's brother's house. A double comlete rainbow, kinda cool – I grabbed this with my iPhone and couldn't resist having a little fun. I will confess though to removing...

Hazel Aug.1922 – Dec.2015

Sunday, January 10, 2016

(This posting under construction until I figure out the video/sound file insert thingie in this new version of the app) – I would say rest in peace but that would hardly be her preference. Kiss my ass and call it buttermilk, was, for many years, Hazel's...

Christmas Card 2015 and A Cut-out TARDIS

Monday, December 14, 2015

We've always done our own Christmas Card – usually Nan. This year we asked our oldest – Caron Sisko – to do one for us. She used a character from her latest kids book project.

For Other People's Art: three recent acquisitions – all pottery....

Tis the Season – for a number of Mac issues to surface…

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Like a lot of people who spend a too muchtime behind a camera, I hate to have my picture taken. The exception seems to be when I'm making something of a fool of myself – eliminating the fear of doing just that I guess. Anyway, since I really nave no...

Adding to our Annegarn Collection and a Jonathan West Exhibit

Monday, November 2, 2015

We didn't exactly begin acquiring these with a collection in mind, it just happened. When Nan saw this figure, the first man on a bench we've seen, she had to have it. The fact that it looks a little like Jim Hopkins – a very fondly remembered area...

He who gloats last gloats best…

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Not really on photography, but I just gotta post this. I had to wait 'til I was seventy for this. Back in highschool, that's way back, I consistently finished in the also-ran pack on the Cross Country team. But I still liked to run – now I jog, mostly...

The Moon has been Eaten PDF – Updated

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Updated version includes twenty new images. My reader optimized PDF of The Moon has been Eaten - English -  has finally been updated to include the twenty images that have since been added to the portfolio. It says so on a new line at the bottom of...

MATCHING TEA CUPS, Sort of…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For some reason we seem to have concentrated more this year on picking up smaller items by other artists rather than looking for examples of their best work. Not our usual, but it is fun. We walked into town this weekend and on the way back from the...

Posting Some Roberto Pakomio Files

Thursday, October 15, 2015

And an Update on the Addendum to the digital version of The Moon has been Eaten. Only one request but that was enough to make me feel like I should do this. I've posted a printable file of the full-color Robarto Pakomio (Rapanui Rock) poster for download....

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces III

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Go-To Third Party Camera App(s) YAY – Hueless & Huemore are still working… Hueless and Huemore are a pair of camera apps that do the equivalent of putting the iPhone built in Camera  on steriods – without getting complicated. The other three camera...

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces II

Thursday, October 1, 2015

15x20 image from iPhone 12 megapixel camera. Go HERE for a click and zoom version of this shot. The version shwn here is platinum toned. As I was doing my close-up tests I noticed that the light was cloudy-bright. So I ventured out into the oppressive...

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces I

Monday, September 28, 2015

In the original posting this was a Click/Zoom image. But in my conversion to the new blog format I found that that particular Widget did not function properly. So, sufficeth it to say, while the image is an extremely high resolution for web use, it...

Dave DeRan Open House

Thursday, September 24, 2015

…and a Neat Annegarn Piece Pick-up. Dave's Open House this year was, as always, a trip. Of course, there were reams of new frog and turlle paintings, some of them quite tempting. And, in something of a major digression, there was a huge oil landscape...

Rapa Nui Wipeout

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Expanding the Easter Island Portfolio and the Digital Version of my Book: The Moon Has Been Eaten – Images from a Year on Easter Island (that I post here for free download). There are at this point 15 images in my Rapa Nui folio that didn't make the...

Marcia Gayle Snee Rattle Heads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A small whimsical purchase at RiverView Gallery in Havre de Grace. Local Artist Marcia Gayle Snee had just brought in a number of her "Rattle Heads" – small and much larger. We've got a couple of Marcia Gayle's pieces, but Nan saw these and thought...

PixelGenius's PhotoKit Plug-ins

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When a Digital Darkroom is More Like a Darkroom - Pixel Genius PhotoKit. Anybody who wants to do B&W photography today – at least the kind of B&W photography targeted at creating actual printed images for display, exercise complete control over the...

Zoom in on This

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Closer Look with Selected Images – I mentioned in my last posting that, with the way that photography, other than the B&W fine print, is evolving along with the way it is viewed, I felt that the medium needed an upgrade in presentation. Something...

Zooming in on Art

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pictures of art on line, no more than snapshots of art before the arrival of the internet or pictures in a book, are able to convey more than a fraction of the intent of the artist. What you see above is a test run, using one of Nan's paintings, of...

Ahu Ature Huki at Anakena

Monday, July 27, 2015

A New Image • Weeks of Pain • More on Apple's Photos – While importing my B&W negative scans into the new Photos app, concluding my transition, I decided that I should come to tems with old Ature here. He's a large, lone-standing moai at Anakena beach,...

Rest in Peace Leo

Monday, July 6, 2015

Farewell to a fellow photographer… this past weekend we lost a long time photographer friend, Leo Heppner. He passed suddenly, unexpectedly at just 63. The kind of shocker that tends to put the world and life in perspective. We've known Leo since the...

Honu – an iPhone image

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A short posting while I work on something that I hope to get to here soon. It's an iPhone shot – and because of the lack of a zoom lens it's a small section of the original exposure – of a very large sea turtle. The final print is only 8.5x11 inches...

A Third Perspective on Tribute to the Stone Carvers

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I often take multiple exposures after i've zeroed in on a subject, it's rare that I end up printing more than one, even if I go back later for a second look. After all, what I'm striving for is the one shot that says it all, shows what I see. But occasionally...

Family Pics in B&W

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Not as crazy as it may seem… And, oh yeah, our 50 anniversary dance video. One thing that I did completely different from anyone I've ever known in this age of color photography is take the majority of our family pictures in B&W. The only regret that...

Don't Blame Me for This One

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our oldest girl, the illustrator/author provided this… Just a posting short. Caron, our numero uno hija is the same culprit who drew me pushing the boulder up hill for my Pushin' the Rock column. But while I'm a little uncertain about this, Nan is in...

Artist Dave DeRan's Spring Open House

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whoever said an artist's art blog or journal has to be all about his own work? That would just be no fun at all. Last fall we were all set to attend Dave DeRan's open house/open studio event and instead we had to stay home with me down with a very bad...

Sand Honu

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And a first note about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Dance-Off. I'll have to ask some painters, the serious and always pre-planning ones, if they ever break mold and begin by foolishly playing around only to see a work take on a life of its own. That's...

Another Perspective on "Tribute"

Friday, May 8, 2015

This is a backview of the large coastal carving I called Tribute in my book – on the below and here. By boat it's too far away to really see that well, and at high tide this view is totally unavailable. On our last trip we managed to climb over a whole...

We Got Chair Annegarn Chair Ladies

Friday, May 1, 2015

Blind Date, Church Lady, Life Goes On, Lady in Waiting… Boy did I get lucky. Maria is a member of the same Gallery where we show in town here. And April is renewal month – that means we are all staking our claims for Saturday gallery sitting. This is...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A culture of appreciating, buying and displaying art begins within the art community itself and spreads from there. If artists don't appreciate the work of other artists enough to buy it, there's no model, stimulus or reason for anyone else to buy art...

Sunset, Hanga Roa O'Tai

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A short break to work on an iPhone B&W from the Island. I just had to take a break from my series of how-to's etc. to work on a B&W. I've been meaning to get to this one ever since we got back from the Island in November. On a very cold evening in late...

The Real-Life Wayback Machine

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Internet Archive and Digging Up Some of My Own Preserved Footprints Gateway to the new Library at Alexandria – and it's just the beginning, but it's already much more than a day-trip. Like the Tardis, it's "bigger on the inside” I've had the link...

First look at the new PHOTOS App for the Mac

Monday, March 23, 2015

Original exposure of Ana Kai Tangata after importing to Apple's new Photos app – Edit view. There has been much wringing of hands and whining over Apple's discontinuing of Aperture and iPhoto and replacing them with their new Photos. This went on for...

El experimento grande y expensivo

Saturday, March 14, 2015

B&W as wood jigsaw puzzle – and of course there's a complication. First of all, they aren't really jigsaw puzzles any more in the literal sense, these are laser cut. Funny how things retain names that no longer describe their creation. At the same time,...

Ten SmartPhone and iPad Apps

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bank App • MileBug • Scanner Pro • PhotoSync • DropBox • Square • Password Wallet • Tap Forms • PDF PROvider • iBooks.  It hasn't been that long since a phone was just that, a phone. Heck, not long before that, it was attached to a cord and anchored...

Rembrandt – from a B&Wer's Perspective

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A rare excursion back into a movie theater… for Exhibition on Screen. We purchased tickets on line for FATHOM Events' Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt. It showed locally here just one day, February 24. Only 15 of us showed up – pitiful. Somehow I had...

Update on Nan's "Puzzled" Art

Sunday, February 22, 2015

If you look close you can see the outline of the pieces… This thing took a good thirty five (35) hours over four days to put together. It was insane. No corner pieces, a third of the edge pieces aren't edge pieces – so the edge was the more difficult...

Some Like it Hot

Sunday, February 15, 2015

…others just like it just a little warmer. Kilgore's Falls on Falling Branch Creek. Is it because it's February and I'm just looking for something major to dive into? Is it about time? Is it a mind drift? All I know is that it is a totally unexpected...

Nan Craig Art Puzzle – Wow

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A funny thing happened on my way to update Nan's web site. We as a team had just finished assembling one of those wood jigsaw puzzles that are so difficult – it was a gift – Van Gogh's Starry Night. I quickly made the connection, realizing that a number...

Midst a Partial Solar Eclipse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adding this one to my screensaver/desktop pictures folder. Got real busy on the Easter Island Journal PDF Archive files so I'm a little late coming up with the Easter Island Screensaver / Desktop Pictures folder – with instructions. On the process I...

Small Works

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two that Nan took out of the box, finding nice little frames for them at Michaels for under $10 each. Times change and what people want in the way of art changes. I can remember when, in the local world of painting, you couldn;t sell anything but watercolors....

Adding a Portrait Folio to the Site

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Admittedly I've never thought of myself as a portrait photographer, preferring to not do to others what I hate done to myself. Fortunately there are occasional exceptions to that rule. I included in the book Looking Back the handful I had accumulated...

Standing Proud

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My latest review of over thirty thousand exposures from the Island is done. There might be a gem or two hiding in there but that's it for now. The final two, two views of the same moai, are posted here. At the same time, I'm finally expanding the Easter...

Fishing Boats Tongariki

Sunday, January 11, 2015

…a little iPhone exposure. Photography should be fun, even serious photogaphy. And what can be more fun than shooting with a iPhone. I posted a tentative B&W of this shot in my Sept. 16 Blog. If you check it, you will se that the final image needed...

"The Sun Also Rises"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On Rapanui, Easter Island, the sun rises out of the sea on the eastern end, off Poike. I've been on Poike at night, I don't recommend it. It's isolated, cold, windy, rocky, desolate, full of roaming bulls, etc. Besides, the best sunrise views are either...

A ClayMonster Christmas

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Last year when we got ourselves a ClayMonster cookie jar, all three of our girls "informed" us that these would be just the thing for Christmas this year. Easier said than done. ClayMonster cookie jars are one of a kind productions, each carrying a...

"SLIM" …our baby writes a book

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Our oldest daughter, who has tackled everything from copper plate etchings to refinishing and reupholstering furniture, is also an author of children's books. Slim is her latest, and a real winner. We've been giving some as gifts and getting great feedback....

Lyon Clay 29th Annual Christmas Open Studio

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LyonClay events are held in the barn. This is the entrance way. Behind me would be more tables, the mug shelves, food, selling and wrapping table, etc. Check out their web site (that I work on) here:   lyonclay.com We've know the Lyons, local potters,...

Next in my Review of 30 Thousand Exposures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

– a daunting task but a lot of fun. I set this one aside until now for two reasons. First, I knew it was going to be tough – I was shooting from a low angle with a harsh spotlight on the subjects rendering the background nicely darkened but casting...

Cover Girl

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I love this one, but before I begin I must express my regrets for missing Dave DeRan's Open House this past Sunday – I was planning to take some shots and do a posting on it for my "Other People's Art" section. At about one am I woke up to eight solid...

Sometimes the Camera Lies

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In order to reveal truth… especially in B&W.  Somehow I had forgotten all about this guy. Hard to believe since I took over eighty shots, watching him fish a pretty extreme surf. I wasn't all that far away, using a hundred millimeter lens (2X). I started...

B&W Flower, Another Goal Reached – Sort of

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OK, I get on these kicks, some of them lasting years – not all of them popular with Nan. Years ago, in the last century (I love saying that) I began pointing my camera(s) at tree stumps. Gradually Nan, who is often with me looking for her own painting...

Anatomy of a Sunset

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This is a sunset at Tahai just outside of Hanga Roa on Easter Island. A crowd of people, both tourists and locals, gathers most evenings to watch the sun go down – sunsets are often very striking here. I can't count the number of times I have mounted...

A Look at Pixelmator for iPad

Sunday, November 16, 2014

iPads, like smart phones, have their own cameras. And a number of applications have emerged for manipulating those images – most to all of them fine for minimal work. But until now nobody has remedied the lack of ability to do advanced adjustments without...

Harford Day Show Purchases

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One of the things I like most about doing any kind of art show is that we almost always find something that we simply can't live without. Harford Day Art Show in Bel Air has issues, I don't deny that. It's an indoor show – as a rule they have short...

BENTO is Dead – Long Live TAP FORMS

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Indispensable Tool for Artists in Any Medium and Two Easy IOS Tricks I Find Invaluable Here and in My Photography. A funny thing happened on my way to reviewing Pixelmator on the iPad. I ran into some more urgent installations that called for observations...

The Return Flight-mare

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A last look at the Island – while sipping a cortado at Hanga Roa O Tai. Getting to the Island is always rough. Three flights over a little more than 24 hours – no rest for the weary and ready to collapse on arrival. Getting off the Island is always...

Nan's New Painting

Monday, October 27, 2014

…and a few notes. Nan's in the same boat as me this trip, she's been able to do a lot fewer of her small paintings than she planned. A little frustrating in that she will be showing at the Harford Day Art Show Saturday November 8. Looks like she'll...

Passion

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Passion fruit, Rapanui-grown coffee and a visit to Stephanie. On a visit to see Stephanie on the other end of the island, she showed us around her amazing garden. And there was the Marakuja. It's actually a vine, needing trees to climb. Passion flowers...

Did Somebody Say Color?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

… but totally does not work in B&W though – so far… Just because B&W is my chosen art medium doesn't mean that I have zero appreciation for color. I love paintings and even appreciate a good color photograph – occasionally. I have done a number of them...

Jefe…plugging our favorite panaderia

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jefe a de cocina or simply el jefe is the chef. I can't resist plugging our favorite little bakery on the island. It's run by a young jefe, pictured below. The pastries are notable for their lack of being too sweet, something all too common both here...

Morays, Mokos, Mahute

Saturday, October 18, 2014

…and reflections on "street photography”. Got into town a little earlier than usual and spotted a fisherman laying these out – knowing they wouldn't be there long. Moray eel is a delicacy. Each one of these was about two feet in length. The sea has...

Playing Around with a Sunset…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunsets from Tahai are always good, even when like Tuesday evening the clouds get pretty much obscure the sun. There's almost always anywhere from a few – like this trip – to a huge crowd assembled. I took the shot thinking B&W – not always easy. Sunsets,...

Coming in Out of the Rain

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A latte on the Island and lured into the field again, just a little… My sweetie drinking coffee and enjoying a postre at Cafe ----- in town (Hanga Roa, the only town). We were shopping for supplies and kept getting interrupted by rain. Here we were...

In Defense of Digital Books

Sunday, October 12, 2014

All change has loss and gain. When the gains outweigh the losses, one can choose to live in the past, join the minions of heel-draggers in fighting a losing battle or GET OVER IT and get on with living. I read, ok a lot. And always have. And so does...

Odd and Odder Ends

Friday, October 10, 2014

One wouldn't expect to come across a giant cactus on Rapa Nui. The humidity here is always high – exiting the plane it always hits you right in the face. It can be dry, but when it rains it freaking pours, sometimes for weeks. In fact, that's about...

Poo Does Pui

Sunday, October 5, 2014

At 100 meters (close to 100 yards) from the top is the take-off point for the youth Haka Pei run – a little more than 2/3 of the way up. Notice the size of the horse (dot) between the two banana trees. The scene is complete with one of the sleds. Some...

Flowers and a Cold Wind Blowing

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KOKI'O ULA or red hibiscus. Just bloomed from an old sparse looking bush out by the front gate. About 9 inches across. I'm looking forward to Nan wearing the hibiscus print pareu below as a "little black dress.” We pledged that we would be getting NO...

Gollum Lives, More Pareu and Other Notes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nan had me run out and take a quick shot with the iPhone of some white lillies blooming in the yard… Gollum is alive and well and living on Easter Island… we saw this carving in the window of a new shop down along the coast in Hanga Roa. First, there...

Seeing People – Buying up Pareau

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bumping into old friends… we met Mike four years ago, last time he was on the island. He's from the States, living in Venezuela. A good while back he was married to a Rapanui woman, so he has family on the island. This is sitting at Cafe Makona enjoying...

First step back into the world – Pareau Hunting

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pareau stretched across two twin beds… abstract of double manutera. Iorana, of course, is the Rapanui equivalent of Hawaii's ahoha. Day ten since the flu landed (Monday) Pareau hunting… beginning to recover some of the forty ranking "Tactics" points...

As the Brain Comes Back

Friday, September 19, 2014

… but The Body Lags Behind. Our view of Easter Island for a week… this is basically it. Looking out our sliding glass door, out the driveway to the gate. Until this point we couldn't have cared less, our brains were as foggy and flu wracked as our bodies....

Denial Doesn't Make the Flu not the Flu

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

But we had our flu shots… Evidenly the flue shots we got at home anticipate the types of flu we are likely to get there. Obviously they didn't work on this one. It came on over the week-end while we were coping with the "dog" issue. Since then we have...

I Help Make Banana Bread and other exaggerations

Monday, September 15, 2014

… and a shock. We Got Bananas, we made banana bread. Maybe some people can eat that many bananas, but not us. We had our fill, waited for them to get a little riper and set up and made banana bread. Nan does have a secret recipe, but the main ingredient...

Annual "Independence" Parade

Friday, September 12, 2014

The two Rapanui who carried the lead flags. This young lady, if nothing else, knows how to put a face on a protest. It was a slow walk from near the airport all the way through town, up to the church and back to the center for some speeches. Nan and...

Borscht on Rapa Nui

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Borscht, never tried it before! Maruka's sister is in the process of moving back to the island with her Russian husband. He's lived in Chile for a long time, so speaks Spanish, but his English is about like my Spanish – not much direct communication...

Some Miscellany and Protest, Negotiation, Resolution

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I find the intensity of this scene astounding. When we went out to observe the meeting of the minds that ended the protest it was threatening to rain the whole time leading up to it. Just as I walked down to the water to look around, the late afternoon...

Jardin Botánico Bingo, Rain Damage

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The new – so new Terry hasn't been there yet – Rapanui answer to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed it, but even more got a kick out of how much Nan enjoyed herself. It's not finished yet, well what garden is, but running water, a pond...

Roberto's Grave and Shopping for Produce

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Above Nan is pushing a little pre-written note down into the sand. Later she told me what she put on it: "Nos vemos en la Proxima vida, tus amigos Jim y Nan.” On the carved guitar is written: Rock Berto. The headdressed head is a likeness. We eat as...

A Fantastico Trip to the Museo

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert in Hanga Roa is more than just that. It has a library and, a few short open-air feet from the main building, the Gallery where I had my own exhibit in 2008. Yesterday we attended the opening of the ARTEDOWN...

Postcards from Easter Island

Monday, August 25, 2014

A couple of days after arriving we were eating at a new little restaurant that happens to be located on the coast right where the plane zooms in, landing gear down, to the runway. I pulled out my iPhone and sapped this view of the underbelly of the...

An Unexpected Addition to Our "Pear" Collection

Monday, August 18, 2014

The bright little offshoot of our kitchen has become mm "Pear" Room. I now have four paintings of pears – I'm always drawn to good pear paintings. We already had Jim Hopkins, Nancy Welsh and Ann Woodward pieces. M.J. Emmons has a small painting of red...

Another Poster-Print for the Island Trip

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And life isn't ALL B&W Photography… although something to do with it is pretty much always at least in the back of my mind. I do have other interests: I still like to jog some, help Nan with her framing, play chess, read (a lot), enjoy a good latte...

Presenting your Tapati Queen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I've added a new image to my lexicon of Rapa Nui works. It was taken in 2008 at Tapati. Lucy, the eventual winner, was being presented by her dance troup to the audience. The print can be 15x20, 18x24 or even larger. I was doing some backup and cleanup...

B&W with a Digital SLR – is there a Mental Barrier?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plus more pre-island-trip notes… and Walking a Moai… Recently I've come across a good deal of discussion about the fate of B&W photography in the digital age. I have some of my own ideas, but I'm fascinated and only a little surprised by what's I've...

Picking up an "early" Lyon Clay vase…

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lyon Clay – 1999 lavender, white and blue vase; today we stopped by a little place here in town and spotted this. Lo and behold it was a Lyon Clay piece, with Paul's stamp. It's about six inches tall and seven and a half inches wide. We like the way...

Island "Poster" Fun… and some printing not-so-much-fun

Sunday, July 20, 2014

After two posting in a row along the lines of tests and reviews – destined for my Pushin' the Rock section, I figured I'd get back to regular notes. We are getting requests for poster-size images from the book – from islanders. Fortunately they will...

Additions to our Collection of Other People's Art

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Meghan Bergman – from her Barnacle Sculptures collection – 10.5 inch long serving platter and bowl. Nan went inot Liz Howshall's art supply store in Havre de Grace for some paints. Meghan Bergan has just brought in a selection of her work. Check out...

Looking Back

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I've finally finished putting together the book Looking Back, the Negative Years. It is available HERE. What with the negative scanning marathon last summer and this book "a collection of my favorite negative-generated images" I've closed the door on...

A DeRan, a Buczacki and an Embree

Monday, April 28, 2014

Three over the past couple to few weeks. I've just been too busy getting the new book file ready to send off and updating this site.  Dave DeRan held another of his Open Studio events this April. Attending can be an exercise in attempted and failed...

Acadia a Portrait – A look back at my 1982 project

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A New Book – from Old Images – three weeks hiking in and shooting in Acadia National Park in 1982 using B&W film to create forty pre-sold images. The image above is from the PDF of the jacket, not including the two flaps. The cover image wraps around...

The Biggest "Mystery of Easter Island" – Solved ?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The question mark represents the fact that there will still be "experts" and pundits who do not accept the results or recent "discoveries". The exclamation mark is simply my own personal "Duh, of course it's solved!" 

Having spent a great...

Roberto Pakomio – a Tribute

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 17, 2014 a sad day for so many. A second call from Easter Island in a week to let us know about a friend's sudden death. First Karlo, about our age, married to a German woman who met him on vacation and stayed. He was killed in a brush fire...

Buczacky Mug - Other People's Art

Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is just too cool. When I was doing my negative scanning marathon last summer, I stumbled on a good image of Jerry at the potter's wheel over thirty years ago. So I printed it up for him. Now I'm celebrating the new year with a five inch mug he...

Tripple Play: Nancy Craig, Dave DeRan and Lyon Clay

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lyon Clay Platter – Paul and Tracy Lyon. If we are around at all we won't miss Paul and Tracy's annual Christmas Open Studio – and not just because I spend a good part of my time hovering over the food. By showing up early we've acquired a number of...

Just Asking… A Dozen Simple Questions for Artists

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I know a lot of artists and see a lot of art. These questions have always lingered in the back of my mind – overflowing and coming out only occasionally, almost always getting me into big trouble with some artists. Anyway, at risk of stepping on a few...

Planning our next Island Excursion

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Waka Tapu Boatman – He was introduced to us as Moko. He’s a Mauri crewman aboard one of the two ocean going canoes, Te Aurere and Ngahiraka, that made up the Waka Tapu  or sacred canoe voyage from New Zealand, by way of Mangareva, to Easter Island (Rapanui)...

Annegarn's Sad Christmas Lady - Other People's Art

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Maria Annegarn - We have a number of Annegarn pieces, you can see two of them in the background here. But when we saw what we call her Sad Christmas Lady we knew we had this year's addition to our home Christmas decorations. She sits there, legs hanging...

Ends,Transitions, Beginnings and… Poking the Bear

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The end of an Era – I began the Easter Island project in 2006 with no idea how long it would take, how much I would put into it or how much we would get out of it. When I drove two thousand pounds of books home from the printer in 2012, it signaled...

Hussein Saidi's Jazz on the Avenue - Other People's Art

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hussein Saidi - RiverView Gallery discovered this Silver Spring, Md. artist at the Havre de Grace Art Show. He is now a member of the Gallery. I purchased this work, 15x19 and put it into a 20x24 black frame. It's a Christmas present for the musician...

Easy, Classy Exhibit Labels and My Secret Weapon in the field

Monday, November 11, 2013

In any medium there are a number of tricks of the trade. Everyone has their favorites. These are two of mine:  My “Secret Weapon” – Foldable Step Stool and  Easy Exhibit Lables – with a touch of class.

 Above, I call it my “SECRET WEAPON”...

Sherri Robbins’ “Good ‘n Plenty” - Other People's Art

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art is art, and performance art, especially with those who write their own music is fine art. That’s my excuse for posting this in Other People’s Art. Sherri Robbins is a local blues singer that performed for ArtQuest a few times. I ran into her at...

Annegarn Lady - Other People's Art

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Maria Annegarn creates unique figures out of clay, ranging from jewelry to large cookie jars. Many of them have “personality.” This lady is about 14 inches tall and houses room for a candle in the back of the dress. The candle feature is found in a...

My Foldable 3D Light Box

Monday, October 21, 2013

The light box disassembles to three sections. The floor, the left/back foldable section and the right/top. I have white duct tape around the edges where, when put together, short masking tape strips will hold them together. Smaller image shows it disassembled.

Outgassing… what is it, prevention, fix-it

Monday, October 14, 2013

An issue that needs discussion, in spite of the fact that, in the end, it is only a minor frustration and does no real harm or damage. I can’t count the number of artists who advise to “just don’t go there” – shut up and refrain from calling attention...

Lyon Clay "saggar fired" piece - Other People's Art

Monday, October 7, 2013

When Paul started experimenting with “saggar fired” work, we began planning on picking a favorite piece. This is it. It’s nine inches tall and a real beaut. Now he’s even giving workshops in surrounding states. This piece sports a pattern that used,...

What's Happened to the Outdoor Art Show?

Monday, September 23, 2013

A History of Injury and Insult – a forty year down hill slide and an ultimate slap in the face. Recently, because I put out my book book, I registered for an outdoor “art” show, one of the same shows that were free forty years ago, offered fence for...

ClayMonster Cookie Jar - Other People's Art

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tam, a good friend called from the Bel Air Arts Festival and told us that ClayMonster was there. We changed our minds about attending, threw our stuff together and drove down. We love their work and have purchased pieces in the past, mostly for gifts....

Tips from a Negative and Slide Scanning Marathon…

Monday, September 9, 2013

Been there, done that now. Like a lot of photographers I had a backlog of black and white negatives that desperately needed scanning, multiple file drawers full, and a whole shelf of notebooks of contact sheets. So I decided that leaving it go any longer...

Set-Up for Photographing 2 Dimensional art, even behind glass

Monday, August 12, 2013

This is the Art-Shoot set up I have been using for a few years now. It has changed some due to changes in Photography – film to digital. It (a) avoids problems involving just taking shots with one's own digital camera: reflections, uneven lighting,...

Home and hitting the ground running...

Monday, December 17, 2012

The shot above is Washington Street in Havre de Grace. Yes, they do decorate for Christmas, to the extent that someone usually puts a Santa hat on the statue of Lafeyette, who supposedly named the town. The only change that we noted this trip back is,...

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