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Double Takes from Independence Day Festival

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Double Takes from Independence Day Festival

Again, I was quite out of it that weekend, but even after shooting First Friday, I went out the next day to see if I could find anything worth noting. Here are three scenes that gave mw whiplash, Havre de Gracians letting it all hang out. I admit that...

Finishing up with First Friday in June

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Finishing up with First Friday in June

As I mentioned in the last posting, it was a rough day and I had to quit early. But I managed to take a few shots. Not a big harvest, but I do like a couple of them. This posting focuses on kids, two of them from a regular source of good vibes – the...

First Friday in June – and brain fog lifting

Monday, July 26, 2021
First Friday in June – and brain fog lifting

I know that I’ve gotten behind, it couldn’t be avoided. It seems that a few years ago when some unscrupulous idiot endodontist did a root canal on me, he did only one root – leaving a dead nerve in the other. This was a ticking time bomb. I finally...

Tara, Tara, Tara…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Tara, Tara, Tara…

Tara Vin came back to celebrate Rogue Swan coming back from a year of COVID. She was an integral part of the troop from the beginning. But now she lives in New York and has a part in an upcoming musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. And, as only...

More from Rogue Swan at the Vandiver

Thursday, July 15, 2021
More from Rogue Swan at the Vandiver

New time I tackle a tough one, a series of images of Tara dancing at the Vandiver. But first to finish up with show shots. The image above shows customers, after dinner, enjoying dancing while Brian sings. There were a number of numbers, some duets...

Two from Rogue Swan – while I recover…

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Two from Rogue Swan – while I recover…

A short posting as I have far more to cover. More soon. From the May Show at the Vandiver: the opening image is Katie Gordon, queen bee of Rogue Swan, setting up to sing. I tried a couple of actual song views, but this view captures so much more.

Nate and Caleb – in rehearsal

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Nate and Caleb – in rehearsal

A couple of shots of Nate and Caleb Gordon, two of the musical accompanyment at the latest Rogue Swan performance. There they were either standing off to the side or seated at the drums waaaaay in the back. One would never suspect what goof-balls they...

Three of Rogue Swan's Bre at ISO6400

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Three of Rogue Swan's Bre at ISO6400

Shooting action in low light is something of a challenge – and kinda fun. Between the rehearsal the evening before and the performance at Vandiver’s I made more than the average number of attempts. Iset my ISO on auto, shooting wide open and at a shutter...

Rogue Swan is Back, and I'm there – Here's Jesse

Monday, June 28, 2021
Rogue Swan is Back, and I'm there – Here's Jesse

After a year and a half hiatus, Rogue Swan, our own local theater and vaudeville troup, is back. Their 2021 debut performance was a very imaginative dinner theater thing at Vandiver in town – billed as: lll-Kept Secrets at the Vandiver. I don’t know...

A Couple of Images from The Blues Festival

Friday, June 11, 2021
A Couple of Images from The Blues Festival

Saturday’s Blues Festival events worked as a continuation of First Friday, with many of the booths srtill in the streets – and it didn’t rain. We attended a couple of the free street performances in the afternoon. The image above is of Jocelyn Christian...

Joe Keys and the Late Bloomers

Monday, June 7, 2021
Joe Keys and the Late Bloomers

I did manage to eke out another image from First Friday, before the deluge put a quick but messy end to things. The rocking group outside the State Theater was Joe Keys and the Late Bloomers Band. The sound was so good, and the look unique, that I had...

The Drum Circle is Back

Monday, June 7, 2021
The Drum Circle is Back

Yes, First Friday’s Drum Circle is back. Cliff Giles led a small group of intrepid rhythmaticians in blistering sun that eventually turned into one freaking impressive cloudburst. It was good while it lasted. The image above and first one below are...

Frank's Pond Heron and Boxturtle Bob

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Frank's Pond Heron and Boxturtle Bob

Here I was just innocently trying to find something of interest for today’s posting and came up with these two images. I caught the image of the Heron flying across Frank’s Pond at the edge of town (“pond” is a rather generous term). Studies in tone...

EASTER ISLAND FOLIO – Adding two more favorites in the Down exhibit set of images

Friday, May 21, 2021
EASTER ISLAND FOLIO – Adding two more favorites in the Down exhibit set of images

I'm adding two additional images into the Easter Island folio next to the first two in their series, on Page 8 of the Folio. Of course that meant moving two from that page onto page 12, but that wasn’t much of a problem. It takes all four images to...

Frank's Pond, an exercise in tone – and weekend market entertainments

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Frank's Pond, an exercise in tone – and weekend market entertainments

I’m always prepared to attempt wildlife images in b&w. These are usualy exercises in frustration. Occasionally I get what I like – but it pretty much ends there. Do I care… Naaaaaaaa. Working up this image was an afternoon well spent.
I took my...

Other People's Art – Gay Lynn Price

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Other People's Art – Gay Lynn Price

As artists, Nan and I both appreciate and want to celebrate fellow artists. The fact that we now have far more than we can hang at any one time doesn’t seem to be having any negative effect on our effort to acquire nice pieces when we find them. I post...

Adding Two More People Images to the Easter Island folio

Friday, May 14, 2021
Adding Two More People Images to the Easter Island folio

The intro image was taken from horseback as Ruperto and his family led us into the area around Teravaka in 2009. That’s Nan and Maruka in the background. The three on the horse who were really enjoying themselves – I have no names for them. The image...

Pride of Baltimore II – cannon salute as it sails out of Havre de Grace with a strong wind

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Pride of Baltimore II – cannon salute as it sails out of Havre de Grace with a strong wind

Man was it windy. With just that little sail the sloop was definitely making time – note the flags flying forward and smoke outpacing the ship. I dodged the corners a little and let the sky wash out a tad to make the image more match the vintage era...

HAVRE DE GRACE is (coming) BACK

Monday, May 10, 2021
HAVRE DE GRACE is (coming) BACK

It’s May and things are supposed to be gradually coming back here in Havre de Grace. The first First Friday in it seems like forever was scheduled for the 7th – when rain interfered and ther were a lot of questionable plans to move things indoors (in...

Hugo Playing and his Carving

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Hugo Playing and his Carving

Working on finishing up the Island Image collection with a couple of shots of people we knew. Above is Hugo (no, I don’t have a surname) playing with Matatoa in 2008. I’d gotten what I needed of the dancers and was using a zoom lens to bring up players...

Nan Picks Another One – again without a name

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Nan Picks Another One – again without a name

As I begin work on the third Island PDF book file, Nan seems to want to make sure I don’t miss anything she might want in there (see, she gets the hard-bound volume). She selected a couple more – this one and another I’m working on that is proving a...

Easter Island Project – Volume III?! and Portrait of a Dancer

Monday, April 5, 2021
Easter Island Project – Volume III?! and Portrait of a Dancer

Admittedly I wasn’t originally planning it, but Nan thinks it would be good, for at least her, to have the balance of the project b&w images in book form to go along with the two existing volumes she has. Besides, a couple of my favorite images from...

Nan's Painting Makes for a Diabolical Puzzle

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Nan's Painting Makes for a Diabolical Puzzle

Occasionally we appreciate a difficult jigsaw puzzle. Recently I had two of Nan’s paintings custom made into puzzles, the one above as a 1000 piece thing. This image is a combo of the two little paintings forming a diptych now in RiverView Gallery in...

Work and Play

Monday, March 29, 2021
Work and Play

A couple of everyday work and play scenes. My Easter Island Folio is something of a portrait of Rapa Nui from the time we were there. Perhaps more akin to a sketch portrait. There are just a few seemingly random subject matter images left in my work-on...

Jose Tuki – and the Bike Guy

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Jose Tuki – and the Bike Guy

One of the first carvers we met in 2006 was Jose Tuki. This is a shot of him carving what was to be the first addition to what would be a considerable collection of Island carvings. It’s a small (7.5 inches) honu (or tortuga), male on one side and turn...

Late Night Coffee – in 500 Pieces

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Late Night Coffee – in 500 Pieces

Once a work of art is finished, Nan and I both are more interested in finding ways to have fun with it than turning it into cash. I like to get jigsaw puzzles made from her paintings. In the past we shelled out for the fancy wooden piece things – wow,...

Ruperto Tepano and Mokomai Levitating

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Ruperto Tepano and Mokomai Levitating

A couple more straggler images from the Easter Island project – my “work-on” folder is nearing empty. That’s where I collect copies of anything and everything from a project that I deem worth working on. Not all work out, but it keeps me from having...

The Founders

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The Founders

Scanning through my exposures of Easter Island for missed gems, I rediscovered this. I would regularly jog the three miles around the block from Terry’s. In late 2016, our last trip, I spotted this back in a field off the “ old” around the corner from...

Finishing up the Roberto Pakomio tribute page addendom to the folio

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Finishing up the Roberto Pakomio tribute page addendom to the folio

There are only a handful of images to add to the Easter Island Folio at this point. Here I’m finishing up with those that relate to Roberto Pakomio - friend, musician and artist. The images are also in the general folio of course. On his tribute page...

Building a Wall and Clowning Around – with Roberto

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Building a Wall and Clowning Around – with Roberto

As I mentioned last time, most of the images I have of Roberto were more along the line of personal snapshots. But, like with my family pictures when the kids were growing up, they still end up as b&w's.
I took a series of shots of Roberto building...

Thunder – The First of Three Postings to Finish Up Images Related to Roberto Pakomio

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Thunder – The First of Three Postings to Finish Up Images Related to Roberto Pakomio

Patiri means thunder in Rapanui. Roberto said they decided on the name because he was conceived the first time his parents got together – we got the point. Many of the images of Roberto that I’m adding to the Easter Island Folio, and to the separate...

Final addition to Tapati Rapanui 2008 and a couple of Rapanui protest march images

Friday, January 29, 2021
Final addition to Tapati Rapanui 2008 and a couple of Rapanui protest march images

Yes there are protest demonstrations and marches on Easter Island. On one of our trips the Rapanui were getting fed up with ancient Moai being shipped out for display by museums around the world, only to return damaged. That one gained enough momentum...

Next to last batch of additions to Tapati Rapanui 2008

Friday, January 22, 2021
Next to last batch of additions to Tapati Rapanui 2008

At this point in rounding out the Rapanui images, it’s something of a random categorical thing. This lot especially. The first image, above is one I did not remember having, or maybe I was just too intimidadated by the the challenges involved in actually...

For Fun – A Moai/Carver Profile and two more Haka Pei

Friday, January 15, 2021
For Fun – A Moai/Carver Profile and two more Haka Pei

I say “for fun” because of the Haka Pei images. First of all they were both so far away that, even with a 400mm lens, I had to crop almost ridiculously and interpolate. Then, when photographing Haka Pei, one needs to pan with the motion – not side to...

Four Tapati 2008 Stage Images

Monday, January 11, 2021
Four Tapati 2008 Stage Images

I finished reviewing the Tapati 2008 outdoor stage images – at night after a day of competitions. These four have been added both to the Folio – on Page 11 – and to the Tapati 2008 Page. That leaves a review of day competition images. Separating the...

Finishing up with Tapati Rapanui 2007 – Three Images

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Finishing up with Tapati Rapanui 2007 – Three Images

I decided that the first thing I needed to accomplish in 2021 is finish up with the three Easter Island sub-folios. The three images here are the last (I assume at this point) that I will add to the Tapati Rapanui 2007 section. The reatured image was...

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