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Stalking Wilde-life in Havre de Grace –The iPhone series continues…

Monday, October 15, 2018

A two-fer this time – I'm really enjoying this. In the shot above, both Pam and her subject, Mycki Ebel, have just noticed that I was outside the window and turned to look at me. That was quick and easy – and adds a little variety to the series. I don't...

Two More Wilde Action Shots

Thursday, October 11, 2018

When there is a series of shots, it's always a question as to which one to feature on the top of the blog. This one was a no-brainer – that is one cool hat, lady. And her name isn't far behind: Paula Casagrande – ironically she probably lives in a small...

First Friday in October

Monday, October 8, 2018

Just a couple of shots this time around. August First Friday cancelled, September reduced to a minimum and now October at about half-strength. Even the Drum Circle stayed home. With as much rain as we’ve had this year, it’s a wonder that so many First...

More Moonshine Hafla

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The rest of a very triciky story. OK, the results aren't all "that" bad – but when you shoot 500 shots and, after deleting the total failures, wind up with a 110 to work with, well…. the shoot was a tad problematic. And add to that the fact that part...

Moonshine Hafla – Just the first three. With the lighting these are not easy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The rest of my images from Saturday night's Moonshine Hafla at the Opera House will have to wait a couple of days. But I thought I'd post the first half. The title of the image at the top is something that flashed before my slightly demented mind at...

Continuing to Catch some of the Wilde Window Portraits

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The good news for me is that the doctor says I’m coming back nicely from the surgery and I’ll be back to jogging by October 1. Good thing, I have a 5K Halloween and don’t want it to be a complete embarrassment. I should also be ready to hang in there...

My Havre de Grace Street and More from Wilde Portraits

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Continuing with the iPhone shots of the Wilde Portrait Sessions lets gives me something to work on while I'm recuperating from my surgery – very little hiking required to park the car and walk a few yards, carrying naught but an iPhone. Besides, It's...

Two more from the iPhone series on Wilde Portraits

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Now that I'm moving around like something close to my normal third or fourth gear, and Nan has signalled my recovery by ceasing to wiat on me, I'm anxious to get back to work. This posting offers up two more of Pam Wilde painting portraits in the window...

First Friday in September

Monday, September 10, 2018

I managed to spend a little time shooting First Friday, albeit not without a good deal of "discomfort". Surgery just three days before proved a bit too much – especially in the heat and humidity. Swelling soon became unbearable and I had to head home...

Quick Fix for iPhone Image Numbering when Shooting RAW + JPEG

Friday, September 7, 2018

Tuesday I underwent an epididymectomy, from issues that began when I had the mumps at the age of 40. Not exactly a major operation but I spent Wednesday in and out of ice packs.  Thursday I'm actually walking normally. In my advanced state of boredom...

Three More from the Wilde Portrait Project

Monday, September 3, 2018

Art projects are fun to watch evolve. Pam Wilde's portraits-in-the-window project in town here is no exception. I began shooting my B&W series of these as an iPhone project – thinking of trying both the iPhone and regular camera on the next one. Still...

Notes on my Presentation at the Opera House

Friday, August 31, 2018

I copied the intro image from the Opera House web site – https://hdgoperahouse.org/gallery/ – I hope that was OK with them. They have a Gallery section where their photographer puts up images celebrating events held there. This is me as I got to the...

Reflections on Portraits Behind Windows and a reminder: my upcoming presentation at the Opera House

Friday, August 24, 2018

One unexpected development in my Havre de Grace Street series is its branching out into a number of sub-sets or series. I knew First Friday might stand alone – but that's just the beginning. Within First Friday is a developing body of work at Cliff...

The Weather Complimented the Show – Torturous, while not a complete washout

Monday, August 20, 2018

I hesitated to post our latest little Other People's Art acquisition because I knew that I couldn't resist adding a couple of related observations that are sure to tick-off some people – OK to be honest, I enjoy that part a lot more than I dislike having...

Group Shot from Last Week's Rogue Swan Performance

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I finally got around to posting a group shot of the whole Rogue Swan troop singing the final number from thjeir nrecent performance in town. It’s also added into the Havre de Grace Street set from this event. The complication was that it comes from...

From the Street Looking In

Monday, August 13, 2018

…artist Pamela Wilde painting artist Jonathan West. Walking through town, without my camera, of course, I spotted area artist Jonathan West getting his portrait painted by portraitist Pamela Wilde in the window of the Artists Emporium. So I whipped...

I Update My 2013 Column on Out-Gassing of Art Work Behind Glass

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Or – the evil that lurks undetected on the inside of the glass on your art work… I've updated my 2013 How-To on Out-gassing to include some notes on our recent foray into cleaning our collection of art from other artists. Some of these pieces we've...

Two More from Rogue Swan last Weekend

Thursday, August 9, 2018

It can be risky catching a woman unawares with a camera, even if you like the result – they may not. April (Burril, Monique, whatever – I can’t keep track with these show people) was sitting on a stool, out of the already too low light waiting for her...

Suddenly Seymour – Rogue Swan's Tara Vin

Monday, August 6, 2018

OK, I admit to a little prejudice here. But we all have song favorites so I have a right to my choices. We attended this weekend's performance in town of Rogue Swan a little worried that we would be hearing familiar material – but I was shooting some...

This First Friday and my "Freebie" Box of First Fridays Images

Thursday, August 2, 2018

First Friday in August I'm going to be trying a little experiment – in spite of the fact that I'll be quite busy. Along with wanting to cruise the streets a couple of times just to keep an eye on what is going on, I will need to spend some quality time...

I use a new Easter Island image to Expand a Little on YouTube photographer Jamie Windsor's 9 Quick Tips for BETTER BLACK & WHITE Photos

Friday, July 20, 2018

*At first I wasn't sure whether this was a good choice to illustrate a posting where I'm featuring a YouTube video someone posted with tips for shooting B&W – where the first and most important tip is to shoot with B&W in mind from the get-go. I had...

Mini-me and the Beast

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last year when I sold off my Canon equipment and went all mirrorless, switching to Fuji, I was stuck for a full year without a decent backup camera – or second body for those special needs. This posting is a little break to do a quick review of my solution...

First Friday in July – Part II

Friday, July 13, 2018

First Friday in Havre de Grace has come into its own. And surprsingly it has become a great place to take the kids for an evening out. I'm always makeing new discoveries – while some simply land repeatedly on one section of one street (like Cliff's...

First Friday in July – Part I, Cliff Giles' Drum Circle

Monday, July 9, 2018

It was tempting to stay right there the whole evening – it was a really good session at Cliff Giles' drum circle. It's held every First Friday now, almost dead-center for all the activities. Cliff brings the drums and a plethora of miscellaneous, unique...

Announcing Opera House Presentation and Olives Baby, Olives

Thursday, July 5, 2018

This is my way of donating to the Opera House – a phenomenal addition to our community that brings so much in the way of culture, entertainment, and variety, at very reasonable prices to our town. So, get your tickets, pick up your free book, enjoy...

A Visit to the Les Picker B&W Exhibit

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

and a small addition to our Other People's Art collection. Wow, it's been a while since I've been able to go see an exhibit of B&W photography, OK – monochrome to Les Picker, the photographer in this case. The showing is in town at the Artists Emporium...

Pirate Fest 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

With Opera House Talk Update and Recent Reads. This year’s Pirate Fest, a kid-friendly fund raiser for the local Lock House (the beginning of the old canal from Havre de Grace upriver), was a couple of steps up from the past couple of years. It even...

First Friday in June 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I didn't get up, down and around the streets as much as usual – I'm sure a familiar story to some – I wound up stuck wearing the wrong shoes and about an hour in my feet were killing me. Put a damper on my usual pace. Then at 7 we had to (got to) take...

Unified Jazz Ensemble at the Opera House

Monday, June 4, 2018

Plus  – Update on my Upcoming O.H. Presentation / Site Fix-Its / On B&W. As everyone (sometimes I joking refer to everyone as both of them) probably knows by now Havre de Grace Street refers to anything going on in and around Havre de Grace, including...

Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Cabaret at the Opera House – finally

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hey, I not only got busy and had a few issues to handle, there are so many nice shots from this performance that it was a major effort to go through them all. In the end I sort of copped out – flagging anything that tempted me and calling Nan in to...

Upcoming Easter Island Presentation – Hand-Made Easter Island Candle for Mother's Day and Catching a Moment

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Just a quick little posting while I work up some images from Rogue's Swans Vaudeville Cabaret. The subject of Easster Island came up a couple of times recently. First – our youngest sent Nan a Mother's Day present made by her youngest, Aaron – above....

First Friday in May

Friday, May 18, 2018

First Friday in May • havredegracestreet.com and Easter Island Journal PDF • As is obvious from my Havre de Grace Street page, I've gotten behind on posting local excursions – been busy. Here we are half way through the month and I'm just now posting...

The April Monique Poster

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A quick posting while I'm busy with other stuff – and playing with my new adapted lens. This is only the third time I've created an 18x24 color "poster" of a performer, but it worked out great the first two (both of them on Easter Island) and it was...

Two Images of April from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Cabaret

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ALSO: Fuji X-T2 Battery Grip – More than Advertised and 4K Video with the Lumix LX100 – Not so Great – The image above and the color version below, along with a second, are the only two images out of over fifteen hunderd exposures – half of which I...

The Frustrated Bluebird Suitor – First Test on My Birthday Lens

Sunday, April 22, 2018

OK, it's not B&W, so shoot me – and it's not my birthday yet, so shoot me again. But a male bluebird decided to perch atop our little birdhouse and try to entice a female. It didn't work, or he simply gave up to easily, I don't know. A female did show...

A Couple of Rehearsal Shots from Upcoming Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Cabaret at the Opera House

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After over a week of very severe bronchitis, feeling stronger but with a voice box barely working, I ventured out to take some shots at one of Rogue Swan's rehearsals for their Vaudeville Cabaret at the Opera House this Saturday, April 21. I've seen...

Final Images from our First First Friday of 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

I saved two of my personal favorites for last. So called "street Photography" is something new to me, never having even considered it. Then on Easter Island, in order to complete my "portrait", I found myself including some of just that. Something I...

More Images from First Friday – Kids, Dogs and Performers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The shot above shows "daddy keeping an eye on the kid(s)" as they romp in the little bounce house always set up on one of the side streets. Center of town is blocked off to traffic for First Friday – for three main drag blocks and a number of the side...

First Shots from the First First-Friday of the Year

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hushdown in front of the Easter Bunny's Bridal Shop and Oh Bunny Me… This Friday was a complete surprise to me – past years saw May as the beginning of the event. And hey, April can be quite iffy as far as weather goes. Boy did they/we get lucky – it...

Something Close to My Heart: old ArtQuest T-Shirts

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Plus: Camera Remote Apps for the Phone • How-to Books for Digital Cameras • Camera Cards are not Created Equal • and Another Great Book Read.  While I work on my first set of images from the Spring launch of happenings here in town, I find I have a...

ARRRRGH!!! • AAAAH!!! • E. I. SCREEN SAVER • RECENT READS

Monday, March 19, 2018

ARRRRGH!!! – I have a selection of my Havre de Grace Street shots on display at a local coffee shop, across from the Gallery. Along with the framed images I hung a framed POSTER explaining that they were on sale to anyone who is interested for the cost...

Do You See Yourself 2017

Monday, February 26, 2018

Most of the information is in the view of the exhibit poster above. On or about March 1, and lasting for the month, I’ll be setting these up in Concord Point Coffee in town, directly across the street from RiverView Gallery where I show my work. This...

My Favorite Twenty One Havre de Grace Street Images from 2017

Monday, February 19, 2018

Plus some notes on tools of the trade and a couple of lessons learned… My 2017 Havre de Grace Street series is now printed up as 8.25x11s and framed 11x14. I selected twenty-one of them (including a couple from At the Opera House) and was able to frame...

Flattening Roll-paper Prints

Monday, February 5, 2018

A simple trick using an empty paper roller. I had a couple things I wanted to include in this posting, but no new image – hey, it's early February in Maryland, and it's flu season, everyone's in hiding. So I posted a January iPhone shot of the $6000.00...

Cutting Down Aluminum Frames

Monday, January 15, 2018

This is a combination How-To and Review of the solution to a tricky problem. Over the years I have occasionally run into the issue of not having the right size aluminum frame for an image. All I would have to do is cut down existing frame lengths to...

Rogue Swan Portraits

Friday, January 5, 2018

While shooting the video of the Rogue Swan Christmas performance in December I grabbed my trusty Fuji and zoomed in for a few close-ups. The intro picture is April Burril, also known as Chain Saw Sally (hard to see that when she's singing sweet Christmas...

Holly Jolly Christmas – Duke Thompson and JimmyO

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Just a quick posting to get these two shots uploaded. Nan and I had tickets to the Christmas show by Duke Thompson and Friends at the Opera House – and I was encouraged to sit behind the seats and take some pictures. I used my Fujinon 55-200 zoom (85-300...

The Elusive DeRanosaurus

Friday, December 15, 2017

Just for Fun – Stalking the Elusive DeRanosaurus. We attended Dave's Open House the other day and on the way out I snapped this shot with my iPhone of this fellow standing at the edge of the woods. Notice how well he blends in with the winter foliage....

First Snow – Snow Walkers

Monday, December 11, 2017

First snow of the year – I Gallery sat until 6, by which time it stopped snowing. But it started up again after we got home and ate – so I grabbed the camera and went back out into the cold and wet. I caught a couple of shots of people cautiously making...

B&Ws – Havre de Grace Christmas Parade and iPhone Video Set-Up

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tis the season to be busy. This is the B&W version of the color shot topping the last posting. Yes, I like it much better, especially viewed large – in spite of the fact that when shooting action in the dark one is lucky to be able to use an ISO as...

Havre de Grace Christmas Parade and Rogue Swan Christmas Video

Monday, December 4, 2017

I'm putting off for a couple of days working on my new B&Ws. So, in tune with the season, here are a couple of color exposures of the Havre de Grace Christmas Parade – we do seem to like our night parades – and  video of one of the numbers from Rogue...

From Just a Power-House to BEAST

Monday, November 13, 2017

and "There and Back Again" with the old iMac. There was about a month between postings recently – a couple of (minor, major, exasperating, fun) computer issues contributed to that. the short version is that both hard drives in my 27", 3TB Fusion Drive...

Anatomy of a Rock Shoot – Wind Up Toy at the Havre de Grace Opera House (Part II)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This concert was so appropriate for Halloween, if quite tricky to photograph with the swirling, shifting colored lights. In this scene, the lead singer’s head is being deposited in the bucket below – looks pretty real too. Nothing to worry about though,...

Anatomy of a Rock Shoot – Wind Up Toy at the Havre de Grace Opera House (Part I)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I was excited to be asked to shoot a rock performance at our Havre de Grace Opera House. It's a newly restored nineteenth century venue that seats around 275 pretty comfortably. The group: Wind Up Toy, a local Alice Cooper tribute group that, to be...

The Moon has been Eaten Volume II – More Images from Easter Island

Monday, October 9, 2017

…from BayPhoto Books comes a work of art. I am using Bay Photo Books for the ultimate in quality photo-book printing, for which the word "book" is something of a misnomer. They are high resolution fine art B&W prints done straight from my print files,...

Zipper Spider and Notes

Monday, October 2, 2017

I do realize that I call this a site/blog for my B&W photography. But, like with the bluebird shots a couple of weeks back, I occasionally aim my camera at something that needs to be seen in color. This is Nan’s new pet Garden or Zipper Spider. She’s...

September First Friday in Havre de Grace

Thursday, September 14, 2017

On First Friday in Havre de Grace, the three main blocks in town are closed off to traffic, along with a number of side streets for one block. Lots to see and do, lots more to eat. My into picture shows one of the “street” artists doing a sketch of...

MixBook for B&W Photo Books – a Tale of two Failures

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I thoroughly expected to be announcing this conclusion to the Easter Island project this week. Instead I'm using the time and space to relate my very unsatisfactory experience with the printer MixBook. A year ago the world of photo-books had one clear...

August First Friday in Havre de Grace

Monday, August 28, 2017

…man, the sax player was good… I'm a little late posting August First Friday – September's is less than a week away. We only had time for a quick run-through – one of those ill planned days. Nan had something for supper going in the crock-pot because...

Our Eldest Puts out Her Third Children's Book

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Caron's first two books – The Last Flower and Slim – both received awards. I liked both but Slim is one of my favorite kids books of all time. This third effort is longer, about fifty pages, and a much more ambitious undertaking – something for young...

Rogue Swan at Artists Emporium

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tricky shots in very low light of a great little show… Artists Emporium is the gallery next door to RiverView, the one where Nan and I both exhibit. One of the main differences is that A. E. has enough room to hold musical events regularly, able to...

A Short Bluebirds Tale

Monday, July 31, 2017

or – as we watch a curious family dynamic… One would think from the pictures that the explanation was pretty straightforward… but it's not. We watched as a female bluebird built a nest in our birdhouse and began sitting on her nest. Already very different...

July First Friday – Street Painting

Sunday, July 9, 2017

…and progress on book. metal prints.  We might have been able to spend more time out for First Friday except we had to park so far away and, because of the recent hernia operation, I decided to cut out a little early. As it was, I covered a lot of territory...

Recovery, Pirates and Whats New

Monday, July 3, 2017

Recovering and Posting – I'm recovering enough from my hernia operation to sit at the computer at least a little. It was an inguinal hernia – and I opted out of the Oxycodone pain killers afterward. Probably a big mistake. Good darn thing the doctor...

Joelle

Monday, June 5, 2017

Confronted with one of those people who, even though the camera obviously likes them, believe firmly that they are not photogenic and do their darndest to sabotage any pictures. I kept at it, telling the young lady that she probably couldn’t look bad...

Rain, Rainbows and Sun

Monday, May 29, 2017

…plus a new exhibit print, site updates and a big deal for Fuji RAW conversion. To be frank I don't really know what I'm going to do with this one. It's a B&W iPhone shot – will stand up to a 12x16 image, where it's most effective. Nan likes it – not...

A Big Giant Raspberry

Monday, May 22, 2017

Again the Question comes up – why B&W. This is a short rant in response  to recent "advice" that I might want to work-up for sale some "color" images from my thousands of Easter Island exposures At the same time a good friend and really fine photographer...

Jet Blaq and Red Alert

Monday, May 15, 2017

As I mentioned in the last posting, on First Fridays in Havre de Grace, there are one or two bands on every block. By far our favorite to stop and watch as much as listen to is Red Alert – sponsored by Joseph’s Department Store (a very old fashioned,...

First First Friday of the Year

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Fridays in Havre de Grace can be a lot of fun, and hold numerous opportunities to shoot. It had poured rain here for two days, ending just a couple of hours before 5 when things come alive on the streets. It remained a little cloudy, but nary...

Nan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In the process of converting my folios to the new system, I finally came to the Portrait section, and this shot of Nan from 1978. I can’t believe I’ve never made it the subject of a posting. It’s my absolute favorite – I’ve kept a darkroom-printed copy...

Children Swimming Hanga Roa O Tai II

Monday, April 10, 2017

Plus:  Island folio conversion finished – includes this additional Image, by request. Even though I have thousands of exposures I was thinking that 150 B&W images was enough. But this one isn't "my" fault. Nan was looking over my shoulder and jumped...

Morning Havre de Grace Railroad Bridge

Monday, April 3, 2017

And Folio Image Updates Update • Camera Notes – I just had to see what my new toy could do. This is a hand-held shot at F22, in poor light. Darned if it didn't work. And I get an easy 18x24 image from it, whew. If it comes across a little muted here...

First Warm Day in March Stroll into Town

Monday, March 27, 2017

Took another crack at this “Street” type stuff, roaming around looking to see what I can aim the camera at – not the way I’m used to working but I’m getting a little used to it. Walked down the shore first – saw these guys fishing under the RR bridge....

First of the New Folio Pages Done – Check it Out

Monday, March 20, 2017

I've began updating my Folio image pages from the plain format I was forced to set up a decade ago – and kept up simply because I was too busy to tackle the job of upgrading – to something much more up to date and effective. It will be slow going though...

First Fridays Flashbacks

Monday, March 13, 2017

As I await my next foray into the streets of Havre de Grace, work diligently at making the new camera an intuitive extension of self, change my shooting perspective to match my new subject matter, scan event calendars, etc. I thought I'd review any...

It Rained on Our Parade

Monday, March 6, 2017

I hate it when the weather prediction is spot-on! Havre de Grace likes to hold its own Mardi Gras Parade. Never could figure out why – how often is it good weather the last Tuesday in February? Well, this year was no exception. The weather forecast...

Updating Nan's Painting Web Site

Thursday, March 2, 2017

…and a new slide show on the RiverView Gallery site. I try to update the RiverView Gallery web site every few months with a new slide show. The site is my contribution – usually that amounts to posting the Saturday sitting schedule. I took advantage...

If I Didn't Already Know the Year and Season…

Monday, February 27, 2017

First of all this is 2017, not the sixties. Second, it's over 70 degrees in mid February in Havre de Grace – just two of the many ways the world seems turned on its head right now. We were delivering some new pieces to the Gallery and saw this scene...

Moon over Maunga Tea Tea 2

Monday, February 20, 2017

Naturally as I was working up the newer versions of the Catalog and Book PDF files I found one I missed posting here. Oops. Nan likes this and wanted it included. We were setting out for a long, grueling day on Poike. I stopped and braced the camera...

Birdman

Monday, February 13, 2017

Grabbing that peak-of-the-moment action shot, at night, on a stage sporatically lit with shifting color lights, is quite a challenge. This one tells a story that I feel is needed – it's a Tapati Rapanui 2007 reenactment of the Birdman cult contest where...

Island Flower and Bee

Monday, February 6, 2017

…for lack of anything else to call it. I shot this with my iPhone as a TIFF. It was windy and I wasn't sure I got it, even after a few tries. In the end two were sharp – surprisingly sharp. I used the other good exposure in a posting from the Island...

Rano Raraku Vaka Ama Race

Monday, January 30, 2017

The first leg of the Tapati Rapanui "triathlon" is rowing a reed canoe that one has made oneself across the lake in Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater. If that isn't tiring enough, each contestant will then hang 44 pounds of bananas around his neck and...

Home-made Mat Cutting System

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Inexpensive, easy, convenient –  There are a couple of reasons to go this route: money – good mat cutters are expensive, especially if you don’t really need to use one all that often; and simplicity – my reason. I have never appreciated the fine craft...

Vivi

Monday, January 9, 2017

…and a new RAW conversion app that ROCKS. Holidays and our trek around the country to visit our kids is over - so I'm back to my "final" review of the Rapanui images for printing. Again, this last trip, while rough in some ways, somehow gave me a revitalized...

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