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There's Possessed, and Then There's Possessed

Monday, November 18, 2019
There's Possessed, and Then There's Possessed

I noticed during rehearsals for the Halloween show that Katie seemed to want everyone to express their own kind of demons. This made it interesting to watch the characters emerge. Above, Jesse sings "I am Pure Evil" – and looks it. Below, Alex, part...

The Possessed – no, not the book by Dostoyevsky

Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Possessed – no, not the book by Dostoyevsky

The intro shot is Jesse Langley – one of the otherwise charming young ladies of Rogue Swan during her evening of being posessed. This was great Halloween entertainment. This exposure in color didn't look tempting to work up in B&W at all. But when checking...

my Wilde iPhone Window Portrait Series folio eBook album is ready

Friday, November 15, 2019
my Wilde iPhone Window Portrait Series folio eBook album is ready

- especially for anyone who was photographed getting their portrait painted between august 2018 and january 2019 -  Finally… with the new Affinity Publisher comfortably out of beta, and my approaching the finish of the Rogue Swan Halloween show mini-project,...

"MORE COW BELL" – so hard to choose…

Friday, November 8, 2019
MORE COW BELL – so hard to choose…

Near the finale Jesse Hutchinson doffs his ghoulish makeup, rolls up his shirt and graces the stage with his presence, cow bell and all. Of course there's a half hearted attempt to get him off stage, including chasing him through the audience, but he...

This is Halloween

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
This is Halloween

I don't know what Katie's Red Riding Hood robe was made out of, and it just looks red in color, but it sure was a nightmare converting it to B&W when in some of the stage lighting. This image, featuring Katie, April, Marion and Jessy – has a little...

Come to me my ghoulish f(r)iend…

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Come to me my ghoulish f(r)iend…

I fully realize that this show is over (I've been reminded) and that I will need to move on as far as camera work. But this was a big job and it's not done yet, so there. Here April beckons to Scott as Marion, horns and all, plays the violin. With the...

A Couple of Halloween in Town Shots

Friday, November 1, 2019
A Couple of Halloween in Town Shots

Who'd a thunk it. Since we moved into town, maybe seven Halloweens ago, we've tried staying home on trick-or-treat night, lighting our pumpkins and porch light and waiting for the kids. None ever came. So this year we closed up and went down to the...

Being Whammied by a Delightful Pair

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Being Whammied by a Delightful Pair

Here Marion, later to grow horns and do her own whamming by biting, is given a dose of evil elixir by Jessy Gordon and Jess Langley, two femme fatales who seem to be enjoying the process a little too much. Once the whamming begins, there is a lot of...

Doing These Up as They Strike My Fancy

Monday, October 28, 2019
Doing These Up as They Strike My Fancy

Tis the season for few new opportunities with the camera, so I can continue to mine the Halloween show image from the local Opera House. The image above shows the Barbershop Quartet – at this point two of them, pretty obvious which, have been “whammied”...

Two Favorite Moments – One featured, the other fleeting…

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Two Favorite Moments – One featured, the other fleeting…

My favorite line in the show was when Mary Cate tells Lilli that Katie was torn to pieces in the crypt and Lilli answers that “We can fix that.” When asked how, she answers “I don’t know yet”. Later, we see a coffin wheeled in, two ghouls in nurses...

In the Dark Recesses – A few things you might not have noticed…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
In the Dark Recesses – A few things you might not have noticed…

Before I get into the main body of images from the Rogue Swan’s Halloween event at the Opera House (and if you didn’t attend you missed something real, and a little unreal) in brighter light and usually a heck of a lot easier to coax a B&W image from,...

The Beginning of the End – Cast and a Magic Moment

Monday, October 21, 2019
The Beginning of the End – Cast and a Magic Moment

I’m calling this post The Beginning of the End because this is where my real work begins on my Rogue Swan Halloween shoW mini-project – although I realize I’m using the word “mini” very loosely here. Above is the cast photo, at least the one I like...

Trick or Treat – Halloween Comes Early to Havre de Grace

Friday, October 18, 2019
Trick or Treat – Halloween Comes Early to Havre de Grace

Busy isn’t the word for anyone having anything to do with Rogue Swan’s Halloween show opening performance tonight. I’m running late with it, but I managed to grab the first two dress rehearsal images I liked and did my own magic on them, getting rid...

Father-Daughter Scene

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Father-Daughter Scene

I have time for but one image for today’s posting. What with preparing some framed images for the Opera House the nights of the show, getting the rehearsal images to the cast and solving some very frustrating technical difficulties in preparation for...

The Halloween Band – Rogue Swan

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The Halloween Band – Rogue Swan

OK, this do look a little spooky. The two girls on the right are ghosted up a bit with white-face, adding a eerie touch. Names, back row first: Nate, JimmyO, Jeremy, Willow, Izzy,   ,Alex, Jason and Josh. They will be playing for this weekend’s performance...

Halloween Hafla – Azyra

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Halloween Hafla – Azyra

Azyra danced in the July Melt Your Face Off Hafla so I was sure she wouldn't be able to make this one. But at the last minute she joined in – my camera was happy about that. July's images of Azyra are HERE. This was a Halloween hafla, so Azyra came...

Halloween Hafla – April Monique

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Halloween Hafla – April Monique

April is a regular at the Moonshine Haflas, so there are a number of good, even great shots of her dancing posted on previous occasions – see Blog albums. This time she danced something of a Halloween theme, with a matching masks, front and back. The...

No Short Title Can Do This Image Justice

Friday, October 11, 2019
No Short Title Can Do This Image Justice

The intro picture is probably my favorite Rogue Swan rehearsal image to date. The expressions, sans stage makeup even, are priceless. One week to go and opening night will be upon them – the intensity of rehearsal is palpable. In the second image below,...

Watching and Thinking – Katie Gordon with her eye on everything

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Watching and Thinking – Katie Gordon with her eye on everything

Almost everyone in the Rogue Swan Halloween show cast was at the last weekend's rehearsal – leaving me pretty much confined to a corner of a room that barely accomodated everything. The set-up was interesting, mics were set up facing the band – they'll...

Moonshine Hafla Halloween Edition – Amartia

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Moonshine Hafla Halloween Edition – Amartia

Saturday's Halloween Belly Dance Hafla at the Opera House was the best yet. Yes I have pictures, perhaps too many of them. I'm starting the postings with Amartia. This lady is a brainiac, belly dancer and instructor of Turkish dance at the local Community...

Everyone Make a Surprise Face – and I use a "beware" sign as a prop

Friday, October 4, 2019
Everyone Make a Surprise Face – and I use a beware sign as a prop

This should be the last Rogue Swan posting from the rough rehearsal stage of the process. Today is First Friday, with the cast performing a couple of numbers from the show on Washington Street, tomorrow of course is the Halloween Moonshine Hafla with...

Makeup Session Faces – and a little band practice

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Makeup Session Faces – and a little band practice

I ventured into the very cramped space used for band practice to try and get a shot, turned around and pointed my camrea at JimmyO on the drums, eliciting the response shown – no comment needed. I managed a quick shot of the torture chamber and immediately...

Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

In the image above Katie and April are wearing wearing very appropriate shirts to rehearse in. That's Marion on the right. Nan and I ordered our own skeletal Rogue Swan shirts – waiting for them to come in. Below, Katie, projecting a scary face (sorry...

April and Marion – A shutter-hold sequence

Friday, September 27, 2019
April and Marion – A shutter-hold sequence

One of the more fascinating things about this show is going to be the stuff going on in the background while everyone is concentrating on the action center stage – the type of stuff you catch in movies the second or third time around. This is an example,...

Faces of Bre – a featured singer rehearses

Monday, September 23, 2019
Faces of Bre – a featured singer rehearses

Some people have expressive faces. And if that same person can sing, and Bre really can, it can make for some interesting shots. I fired away at her at the last rehearsal – really looking forward to this in the show.

This time with Rogue...

Mya and April, Featured Dancers – and I have some fun with a shot

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Mya and April, Featured Dancers – and I have some fun with a shot

A recent Rogue Swan rehearsal was concentrated on Mya and April, featured dancers, working on their routine. What with the coffee-shop background, stacked chairs, etc. it could be pretty tricky. The shot above is by far my favorite of Mya, caught mid-spin....

Honestly, it was NOT the Coffee and Hanging our Ezra Berger Painting – a Tale

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Honestly, it was NOT the Coffee and Hanging our Ezra Berger Painting – a Tale

Rogue Swan rehearses for their upcoming Halloween show at the Opera House after hours at Concord Point Coffee in town. Out of context, without costumes – I couldn't resist making a connection to too much coffee.

Rehearsals are hitting one...

I Take it That's NOT Love Potion Number 9

Saturday, September 14, 2019
I Take it That's NOT Love Potion Number 9

Both images today feature L.H James – obviously enjoying his gruesome role in Rogue Swan's upcoming Halloween show/musical at the Opera House. At this point in rehearsals they're working sans props, costumes and stage lighting. So I thought I'd add...

Playing Chess in Front of Concord Point Coffee on First Friday – HCC Fighting Owls Mascot – Not Just a Pretty Face

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Playing Chess in Front of Concord Point Coffee on First Friday – HCC Fighting Owls Mascot – Not Just a Pretty Face

Granted, we've had a bit of bad luck with First Fridays this season – hey, it's the weather. This one was no exception, although there were a couple of fun bands, along with the always good food. We tried the hamburger "sliders" from the not quite ready...

Introducing More Halloween Cast Members – Mya, Jesse, Mary Kate, Lilli

Friday, September 6, 2019
Introducing More Halloween Cast Members – Mya, Jesse, Mary Kate, Lilli

It's still early in the rehearsal cycle – a good opportunity to introduce cast members as they are called in. A couple of names missing this time around – Tara, for one, is in New York and will be missed. But there are new faces. Above, the newest and...

The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – A pre-Halloween look at some of the cast… Katie, April, Marion, Bre and Jason

Monday, September 2, 2019
The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – A pre-Halloween look at some of the cast… Katie, April, Marion, Bre and Jason

Once again I'm shooting some of the rehearsals for Rogue Swan's upcoming show – this time two Halloween themed performances in October. I'm sending the color exposures on to Lilli, so some of them will probably appear on Facebook from that end. Me,...

Other People's Art and Ezra Berger Painting #2

Friday, August 30, 2019
Other People's Art and Ezra Berger Painting #2

I use my Other People's Art section for postings about art we add to our collection. Occasionally we've managed to acquire a considerably older piece by a local artist – anywhere from mining it in a yard sale (man, that can feel good) to finding it...

Finale of Finales

Monday, August 26, 2019
Finale of Finales

I saved four finale images to use to finish off – at long last – the Rogue Swan Vaudeville series. The image above is unique in that I did two quick exposures, left and right stage, and then found a convenient place near the center to crop them both,...

A Half Dozen More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

Friday, August 23, 2019
A Half Dozen More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

This bit finally brings me close to the end of B&Ws from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville show in May. Only thing left to do is post four full-stage skit finale images – which I'll probably have to hold back for a couple of postings. I'm anxious to get out again...

Oh Heck Yeah – More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Oh Heck Yeah – More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

This is what happens when, instead of shooting an event, one covers rehearsals, the dress rehearsal and then two performances. The first way, as fast as things are happening, and with any degree of unfamiliarity with what is coming, I'm lucky to come...

Yay, We Purchase a Painting – an Other People's Art posting

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Yay, We Purchase a Painting – an Other People's Art posting

First, a confession: we almost didn't attend Ezra Berger's opening reception at the Artists Emporium Friday evening. It had been a long day and we were thinking that we could simply go see the show over the weekend. But since we were still dressed,...

Faces & Moments – and a link to Rogue Swan's upcoming show

Sunday, August 11, 2019
Faces & Moments – and a link to Rogue Swan's upcoming show

The Rogue Swan vaudeville performance in May provided me with such a gold mine of fun stills to play with in B&W – probably more than I should bother with, but then I do stress the word "fun".  Above is the final punch-line moment in the "When I'm 64"...

Girls, Girls, Girls! – What would Vaudeville be without the girls?

Friday, August 9, 2019
Girls, Girls, Girls! – What would Vaudeville be without the girls?

Back to the Rogue Swan Vaudeville backlog – and on missing First Friday in August. With B&W one begins with a nice color exposure – or, in this case, exposures saturated with downright horrible coloring that can even have a rainbow effect. Then one...

July Moonshine Hafla 3 – Havre de Grace's own April Monique

Friday, August 2, 2019
July Moonshine Hafla 3 – Havre de Grace's own April Monique

Going into shooting April Monique dancing again, I knew that I had to work to get something a little different – in a way these are portraits taken at the same place but at a new time and, hopefully, from a little of a new perspective. In the end I'll...

July Moonshine Hafla 2 – Regina Snow and Lorelei

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
July Moonshine Hafla 2 – Regina Snow and Lorelei

This is the second posting in two days of work from July's Melt Your Face Off Edition of the quarterly Moonshine Hafla. We've seen crowds for these that just barely fill the seats to standing room only. And, though they are all interesting, there always...

Did They Melt My Face Off – This girl came close…

Monday, July 29, 2019
Did They Melt My Face Off – This girl came close…

The image above is Azyra Izel, which seems to fit. In fact, all of the images in this posting are of her performance in July's Moonshine Hafla, Melt Your Face Off Edition. She made it look easy, while commanding one's full attention – which is always...

Blue Angel and Major Men

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Blue Angel and Major Men

A dream sequence – Blue Angel – in Rogue Swan't Vaudeville at the Oper House in May. It worked well as far as the audience was concerned – not so much the camera. I killed the better part of an afternoon on this, not knowing whether I was going to bring...

Two Great Duos: Tara and Jesse / Tara and Bre

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Two Great Duos: Tara and Jesse / Tara and Bre

I was going to do "Don't Tell Mama" for today but there's still some work to do on those. But not a problem – plenty of others awaiting me, destroyer of all that is color. The image above features Tara Vinson singing "I Found a New Baby" to Jesse Hutchinson....

Playing Catch-up on Rogue Swan Vaudeville Images

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Playing Catch-up on Rogue Swan Vaudeville Images

It took a little bit of effort to figure out what happened – here it is almost two months after and I realized I didn't finish my images from the Rogue Swan Vaudeville show at the Opera House at the end of May – by a huge margin. Then it hit me – we...

Papa's Got a Brand New (used) Lens

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Papa's Got a Brand New (used) Lens

OK, I expect this twist on an old song title to be lost on a lot of people – James Brown's Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, 1965. That sort of dates me – oh well. Anyway, I generally don't like to spend a lot of money on equipment, especially lenses. This...

One More first Friday in July Image – and on Seeing in B&W

Saturday, July 13, 2019
One More first Friday in July Image – and on Seeing in B&W

Another image from First Friday in July. This is the drum-circle, facing up Washing ton Street. This time April Monique, a local belly dancer, did her bit to liven things up. I would have loved to have Cliff Giles, the leader of the circle, in the scene,...

Getting into the Groove – First Friday in July

Monday, July 8, 2019
Getting into the Groove – First Friday in July

This had to be the hottest, most humid, windless First Friday ever. At the same time it was the evening before all the Saturday fourth of July parade, concerts and fireworks. So there were maybe half the number of people in the streets. But everyone...

Surprising Blog STATS – and B&W Fireworks?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Surprising Blog STATS – and B&W Fireworks?

In this Blog entry I take the opportunity to celebrate, 4th of July style, a couple of milestones with the site: in June it hit over 1100 "unique visitors" and the 2,000th digital book version of Se Comio La Luna (the Spanish version of my The Moon...

Pride Day – Posting 3, more images from the stage area

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Pride Day – Posting 3, more images from the stage area

It took a little time to get all the images together from thie event – lighting was harsh and tricky, making for a little extra work on each image. Just a few images to finish things off here – mostly to let people know what they might have missed as...

Pride Day – Posting 2

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Pride Day – Posting 2

I thought I'd do a posting of a few images of people being people at the Pride Day celebration before I return to some performance images next posting. There was a lot going on, and no way could anyone capture it all. It was either concentrate on what...

Pride Day – "Sarabesque" entertains as Pride Day in Havre de Grace becomes a family event

Monday, June 24, 2019
Pride Day – Sarabesque entertains as Pride Day in Havre de Grace becomes a family event

This is the first of maybe three postings on this. Pride Day in Havre de Grace was just that for us – we're damn proud of our town. Why just have a parade?, Havre de Grace made it a festival, a family oriented celebration of those among us who might...

Annegarn "Diving Bowl" – Resistance is Futile, another Other People's Art

Monday, June 24, 2019
Annegarn Diving Bowl – Resistance is Futile, another Other People's Art

What have we done now? I just recently posted adding one of Maria Annegarn's seated figures to our collection – pretty much completing a display of them. Then Tam from RiverView called and told us that she had gotten in some more Annegarn work – she...

Reggie Wayne Morris – and more First Friday in June

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Reggie Wayne Morris – and more First Friday in June

Every First Friday, barring enough rain to prevent running electricity to speakers, etc., there are a half dozen or more bands playing around town. And despite the fact that music appreciation is subjective, there is always one that stands out – attracting...

The Drum Circle – A First Friday Thing

Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Drum Circle – A First Friday Thing

While I enjoy roaming the streets First Fridays, often until after dark, sometimes I'm tempted to simply grab a chair and spend the evening shooting Cliff Giles' drum circle. Located on the triangle smack dab in the middle of the closed off streets,...

I AM Smiling – Mister Pete Celebrates his 88th.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
I AM Smiling – Mister Pete Celebrates his 88th.

Our next door neighbor and seemingly forever Havre de Grace resident, affectionately known as Mister Pete, poses here with his sister. There was a big family gathering, and far too much food – of which I ate more than my share. "Sis" said, when she...

Three Faces from the Street – First Friday in June

Friday, June 14, 2019
Three  Faces from the Street – First Friday in June

One of the things I like to do on First Fridays is look for interesting faces. I hit a couple of other themes this time, but I thought I's start off with my three favorite faces from the evening. Above, the local bridal boutique often posts one or two...

"See What I Can Do"

Thursday, June 13, 2019
See What I Can Do

How many of us guys can get away with waring a floozie dress? Maybe it's the legs, I don't know. I do know that Jesse carries off wearing a dress in Rogue Swan's Vaudeville performance at the Opera House. If anyone wants to see this in glorious color,...

Katie Belts one Out – images featuring Katie Gordon

Friday, June 7, 2019
Katie Belts one Out – images featuring Katie Gordon

Katie Gordon, the driving force behind Rogue Swan and spellbinding singer, belts one out here at the Vaudeville performance at the Opera House. If anyone missed seeing the event, and wants to see the 400+ color images of the performance, they are on...

April Monique's Sword Dance

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
April Monique's Sword Dance

April Monique's sword dance in the Rogue Swan Vaudeville at the Opera House. I was fortunate enough to watch the rehearsal process from first attempts to final performances. At the same time, April was perfecting her sword dance – evidently as tricky...

Back to Your Seat Young Lady

Monday, June 3, 2019
Back to Your Seat Young Lady

Here's Jesse Hutchinson – who's got to be the king of stage facial expressions – attempting to pose his doll-like model, Mary Cate, for a painting. One of the funnier skits from the Vaudeville show at the Opera House on the 24th and 25th. I realize...

One More to our Maria Annegarn Collection – an Other Peoples Art posting

Monday, June 3, 2019
One More to our Maria Annegarn Collection –  an Other Peoples Art posting

OK, we have a weak spot for bringing art into the house – and there are a few artists who's work we, quite without realizing it, have wound up collecting. Since Annegarn's pieces (except for one) do not hang on the wall, it's not at first glance as...

Spotlight on a Dynamic Duo – Color is noise!?

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Spotlight on a Dynamic Duo – Color is noise!?

I wasn't going to work on this one right away because I knew it would be so tricky. But Rogue Swan zeroed right in on the color exposure and posted it. The first stage in converting a RAW file to B&W includes an array of color channel sliders. Just...

First Image from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Last Call – Along with a link to all of the color shots…

Friday, May 31, 2019
First Image from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Last Call –  Along with a link to all of the color shots…

It's good to be back among the living – more on the reason for a week that should have had a number of blog entries, having none. Friday and Saturday were Rogue Swan's Vaudeville performances at the Opera House, and I shot both. Heck, we enjoyed the...

James of Rogue Swan Says… Come See our Show!

Friday, May 24, 2019
James of Rogue Swan Says… Come See our Show!

Through bleary allergy irritated eyes, runny nose and foggy brain, I'm just about able to post this one image. It should be well under control by this evening when I'll be shooting from the back. Can't wait. The image is of James – your host and announcer...

The Rogue Swan Band

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Rogue Swan Band

Caleb, Nate, Jeremy, Josh, Jason, Izzy, JimmyO and Bre – gathered together on a porch in town for a quick shot pre-rehearsal (Bre plays the keyboard). I was so used to rainy days that I got up that day and packed a fill-flash. Then the sun came out,...

Brother and Sister Act

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Brother and Sister Act

Perchance you’ve already seen the image above of Jessy and Caleb Gordon, who happen to be brother and sister, doing a lift, swing and on to the next person in a celebratory scene where most of the cast is on stage. While I had this set aside to work...

Rogue Swan, Down to the Wire – Fun Watching it all Come Together

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Rogue Swan, Down to the Wire –  Fun Watching it all Come Together

Man, when I signed on for this, I had no idea how much work it would be. Exhausting but rewarding. One particularly long rehearsal day, I shot for just shy of seven hours. People are beginning to show up in costume, as well as getting their timing down,...

Rogue Swan (again) – a couple "portraits" and fun shots

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Rogue Swan (again) – a couple portraits and fun shots

While covering Rehearsals for Rogue Swan's upcoming Vaudeville at the Opera House, I'm gradually amassing something in the way of portraits of the cast members – sneaking them in. For this posting, two of the guys and a couple of fun, early dance moments.

Nan's Latest – Other Peoples Art

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Nan's Latest – Other Peoples Art

I don't usually post in my Other Peoples Art for a new painting by Nan, but this is something of a special occasion. Over the years she occasionally skips a year of more – other than a miniature here and there – doing her larger paintings. Only to emerge...

More First Friday in May Moments

Saturday, May 11, 2019
More First Friday in May Moments

I have a new favorite Havre de Grace Street image – above. Maybe it's the compositional lines, maybe because it tells a story – the singer turning to look at her drummer husband. Then there's the arrangement of "round things" in the center. All I know...

First Friday in May Part II

Thursday, May 9, 2019
First Friday in May Part II

More images from First Friday in May – that had everyone having a great time while wondering where the heck all that predicted rain was and if it would ever hit. It never did – in fact, the sky remained clear. Hmmmmm. The image above is by far my favorite...

First Friday in May – Rogue Swan, – wow, no rain!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
First Friday in May – Rogue Swan, – wow, no rain!

Finally, in spite of the dire predictions, it didn'r rain on a First Friday. I'll have to split my street shots between two postings – first a couple of shots from Rogue Swan, in the street promoting their Vaudeville show coming up May 24 and 25. In...

Rembrandt, Lloyd Kline, Myself and Nan – Other Peoples Art

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Rembrandt, Lloyd Kline, Myself and Nan – Other Peoples Art

We recently watched a three part BBC documentary entitled Looking for Rembrandt. One of the points they made that we've never seen noted before is the extent of his collection of art, especially seascapes, by other artists, irregardless of whether they...

Another Peek into Rehearsals for Rogue Swan's Upcoming Vaudeville at the Opera House

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Another Peek into Rehearsals for Rogue Swan's Upcoming Vaudeville at the Opera House

Preview performance in the street First Friday at 7 in front of Josephs and the Art Room… It’s all coming together at the rehearsals. The shot above was taken after hours at Concord Point Coffee where this rehearsal was held. Almost a month to go before...

Some Rehearsal Faces – Rogue Swan Continued

Friday, April 19, 2019
Some Rehearsal Faces – Rogue Swan Continued

I’m noticing that further along in rehearsals there is a lot of concentration on making facial expressions match the action on stage. And since real action shots, other than those of assistance to the cast, are pretty slim until at least the dress rehearsal,...

A Smile from the Steps

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
A Smile from the Steps

I was climbing into the drivers seat of the car, saw this, and stepped up to peer over the roof with the iPhone. Darn, it should have been a full camera shot. Anyway, the iPhone did a passable job, even with all the cropping. It won't print much larger...

Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsal 3 – Part Two

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsal 3 – Part Two

A couple of shots from one of the scenes being rehearsed. The shot above is, of course, the final image in this sequence –heck, why be orderly here. Anyway, the young lady below is helped out of a box – I imagine that the cardboard box is a fill-in...

Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsals Update

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsals Update

Just a couple more images from Rogue Swan's rehearsal sessions for their upcoming Vaudeville performances at the Opera House. I've been sworn to secrecy on penalty of bodily harm, so some things are off limits. I'll have more in a couple of days, but...

Sometimes You Just Gotta Have Fun – Dave DeRan and Jack Radcliffe at Liriodendron

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Sometimes You Just Gotta Have Fun – Dave DeRan and Jack Radcliffe at Liriodendron

A very animated Dave DeRan is having fun here playing the base whth a little Bluegrass group at the reception Sunday. I had a little fun trying out a little fisheye camera app on the iPhone. Dave was moving a bit, so there is some blur, but that makes...

Rogue Swan's all-new Vaudeville in Rehearsal 2

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Rogue Swan's all-new Vaudeville in Rehearsal 2

If any of you were at Rogue Swan’s sold-out one-night Vaudeville last year at the Opera House, you are sure to be looking forward to this. It’s two nights and all-new, Friday and Saturday May 24 and 25th. We’ll be there, already having our tickets....

Hard Bound Painting Record Book – Now Easier than Ever, Fun and Rewarding – An Updated How-To

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Hard Bound Painting Record Book – Now Easier than Ever, Fun and Rewarding – An Updated How-To

Nan paints, sometimes a lot. And over the years she has accumulated quite a record of her works. I realized that there was no longer any need for the awkward collection of prints, color slides, digital images and paperwork. I knew it would be simple...

Hi There Bob – On the Wilde Portrait Series Exhibit

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Hi There Bob – On the Wilde Portrait Series Exhibit

As most people in town know, artist Pam Wilde spent a year painting a hundred or so portraits in the window of Artists Emporium on Washington Street. Beginning about half way through I bacame aware of this and began my – somewhat experimental – series...

At the Opera House's "Phenomenal Women" Event – We renew our acquaintance with a phenomenal woman…

Sunday, March 17, 2019
At the Opera House's Phenomenal Women Event –  We renew our acquaintance with a phenomenal woman…

The two images above – on the left is a picture I took of a very serious (reflected in her eyes) young student at Lincoln University in 1989 or 1990. On the right is the same "phenomenal woman" this past Saturday (a quick iPhone grab-shot) when she...

Rogue Swan Prepping for Vaudeville at the Opera House in May

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Rogue Swan Prepping for Vaudeville at the Opera House in May

OK, it's only this one shot at this point. After all, this was the first rehearsal of the year. This is the Director, Katy Gordon (on the right) and one of the many cast members showing their exhaustion and the bottoms of their feet after over two hours...

Just a Couple Mardi Gras Shots – and the Passing of Jim Duvall

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Just a Couple Mardi Gras Shots – and the Passing of Jim Duvall

Not that I'm getting tired of working on my Havre de Grace Street and related images project, but it's been a while and I'm looking forward to some more "scenic" work as soon as the weather improves a little. Perhaps even something of a mini-project....

The Latest on Ordering My Fine Art Books – Availability, Price Changes and Some Tips Thrown In

Friday, March 1, 2019
The Latest on Ordering My Fine Art Books – Availability, Price Changes and Some Tips Thrown In

I have some experience with this in that I've now had eight different books printed by six different companies, using at least nine different preparation systems. I'm posting this because I have just ordered the next two copies of my The Moon has been...

An Appeal for People to Pick Up Their Havre de Grace Street Freebies – and I'm UN-BANNED from Artists Emporium

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
An Appeal for People to Pick Up Their Havre de Grace Street Freebies – and I'm UN-BANNED from Artists Emporium

My Havre de Grace Street freebies-box, very graciously displayed by RiverView Gallery in town, is getting full, beyond full. Last time I looked there were four dozen waiting to be claimed. In the past year maybe a dozen people have come in, seen themselves...

What I Got Nan for Valentines Day – an Other People's Art Posting

Thursday, February 14, 2019
What I Got Nan for Valentines Day – an Other People's Art Posting

When Carolyn Blazeck brought her unique work into Riverview Gallery last Fall, Tamara immediately put them in the front window. They are kind of magnificent. Not only are the "pots" exquisitely executed, the woven pine-needle work that tops them is...

"Still Waiting" – A New Annegarn Piece

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Still Waiting – A New Annegarn Piece

One of our favorite collections of other people's art is our grouping of area artist Maria Annegarn's seated ceramic figures. They often come with their own bench or chair. One lady even has a purse. We display them in a neat wicker shelf rack – guests...

January Hafla 2 – Luvlee

Friday, February 1, 2019
January Hafla 2 – Luvlee

Jessica Lee Fenwick – aka “Luvlee” – does her solo dance in the January Moonshine Hafla at the Opera House. Even from my vantage point in the back corner, standing on a stool, it was almost impossible to get a full-body shot with all the heads in the...

January Hafla I – April

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
January Hafla I – April

This is the second Hafla I’ve shot at the Opera House – it’s getting to the point where there’s not enough room in the Black Box. Here’s hoping they can move upstairs in the future. I've gotten shots of April Monique (her dance name) in the past that...

Last of the iPhone Window Series Portraits

Monday, January 28, 2019
Last of the iPhone Window Series Portraits

Artist Pam Wilde's series of portraits painted in the window of Artists Emporium has come to an end. Sometime in the Spring there will be an exhibit of the more than 100 paintings done done. The last two of the more than forty that I managed to capture...

More from the Ice Festival

Friday, January 25, 2019
More from the Ice Festival

Not a lot more – just a couple of moments I managed to catch. The image at the top is the second one in a row where I used a trick that I grab on rare occasions for street shots. I create a copy layer over the image and apply a selected degree of motion-blur...

The Usual Suspects – an Ice Festival Lineup

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Usual Suspects – an Ice Festival Lineup

Changed my plans and decided to post a fun shot from the Ice Festival next. I was already thinking of this group as looking like some sort of police street line-up when Nan, seeing what I was working on, remarked: "The Usual Suspects". Now I can’t get...

Ice Sculpture from the Ice Festival – from La Banque

Monday, January 21, 2019
Ice Sculpture from the Ice Festival – from La Banque

Really busy this weekend, but I managed to do up my favorite Ice Sculpure from the Ice Festival. It was set up “walking by” La Banque de Fleuve – our local wedding chappel located in a historic old bank building.This thing was life size, quite impressive....

A Little Clear Sky Do Make a Difference

Monday, January 14, 2019
A Little Clear Sky Do Make a Difference

Yes, definitely a little clear sky “do" make a difference. I’ve been playing with this iPhone series since early August, and in that time it seems that it has always been raining, just got through raining or was building up to rain again. Looking back...

A Contagious Smile + Notes and a Rogue Swan Appeal

Thursday, January 10, 2019
A Contagious Smile + Notes and a Rogue Swan Appeal

The series that Pam Wilde is painting in the window of Artists Emporium draws to an end this month. I began my iPhone series, catching these sessions, almost as an accident about half way through by taking out my iPhone and snapping off a shot as I...

An Unscheduled Year Ender

Saturday, January 5, 2019
An Unscheduled Year Ender

This Window Portrait was not on the schedule, still isn’t listed. But we happened to be in town Sunday December 30 and walked by the window. Raining much? Duh, it seems like it hasn’t stopped raining this year. Check out the dingy sky and water on the...

Year-End Entries into the Series – Includes the Mayor

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Year-End Entries into the Series –  Includes the Mayor

Above – our town's Mayor, Bill Martin. I guess he decided to go for the relaxed look for his portrait. I'll admit that that would be my preference too – but I say that with the knowledge that Nan wouldn't allow that at all. Neat how a series of portraits...

BLOG INDEX Jan 2019 to present

Easter Island Journal

2006 thru 2017.PDF

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Blog Postings

2013 thru 2016.PDF

Blog Postings

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