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Havre de Grace Gets a Folio Section Here – it's about time…

Monday, August 10, 2020
Havre de Grace Gets a Folio Section Here – it's about time…

Folios are made up of my favorite images from projects, print-ready images. This process was pretty clear cut for past projects, as long as my work was focused on the grand scenic, with any images involving people being within that theme. My Havre de...

Snow Scene in August – works for me…

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Snow Scene in August – works for me…

I'll get back to the Easter Island Folio additions soon, but I have a few backed up, unrelated postings to catch up on first. I was printing up a (color) snow scene Nan had me shoot for her – something to use as a starting point for a new painting –...

The new Havre de Grace Artist Registry, uncomplicated and direct – just what is needed

Saturday, August 1, 2020
The new Havre de Grace Artist Registry, uncomplicated and direct – just what is needed

Wow, another off-topic posting – the new Havre de Grace Artist Registry, accessed through hdgartscollective.org, is just getting up and running. Usually when I see one of these I close my eyes and look for a brick wall to bang my head against. Just...

Papas Makona – I interrupt this b&w blog with a color image

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Papas Makona – I interrupt this b&w blog with a color image

– because it has been four years since we've eaten one of these and I really, really, really want one. It's a Papas Makona, a dish served by our favorite little cafe in Hanga Roa on Easter Island. The plate is so full that it's all Nan and I can do...

A Rapa Nui School Day Exhibit – a Life-size Chess Set

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
A Rapa Nui School Day Exhibit – a Life-size Chess Set

The incentive for this posting was a real need on my part to smile when thing about the Island right now. These chess pieces were life-size – and visitors could play games with them, a chess set collector’s dream. Obvious from the picture, the Rapanui...

News from the Island we did not want to hear…

Sunday, July 19, 2020
News from the Island we did not want to hear…

Luis Tomas Pate Riroroko is gone. In June I included my little quickie shot of him carving – we would visit him in his studio. It seems there was some kind of fishing accident and he was flown to the mainland, but didn’t make it. I’m reposting that...

School Day and a couple of youth close-ups

Thursday, July 16, 2020
School Day and a couple of youth close-ups

We’ve been fortunate to be on Island for a number of School Day events. Every class, every grade pulls out all the stops for their booth or performance. The intro image is a panorama of great faces that I’m adding to the Easter Island folio – a bright...

Peak Moments in Three Tapati Rapanui Community Dance Numbers

Monday, July 13, 2020
Peak Moments in Three Tapati Rapanui Community Dance Numbers

These very crowded but well orchestrated community dance numbers were wonderful. And rotation allowed everyone some time at the front. I had a very lucky perspective for the evening represented here, and have a slew of images. Here I selected three,...

Tapati Rapanui Youth Horse Race, with a couple of stage images

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tapati Rapanui Youth Horse Race, with a couple of stage images

Argh, the horse racing image was a quick grab shot with a point-and-shoot, and a jpeg to boot – it was either that or miss it because I just wasn’t ready for it. I actually like it better than anything else I took at that particualr Tapati Rapanui 2008...

Continuing with the Island Portraits - two of them in the name hunt

Monday, July 6, 2020
Continuing with the Island Portraits - two of them in the name hunt

The first image in this set, above, is of something I chased fruitlessly for a good while, almost giving up because it's almost impossible to catch the eyes when someone is wearing one of these things. They appear very practical for keeping a brutal...

Two Books on THE STRANGE CASE OF ROGUE SWAN

Friday, July 3, 2020
Two Books on THE STRANGE CASE OF ROGUE SWAN

Originally mine was only going to be a PDF eBook for the Rogue Swan people, and myself of course. After all, this was a major mini-project. I put that together and posted it for download by anyone who wanted it. By the way, it was also downloaded a...

On Tree Stumps and Flowers – Easter Island Style

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
On Tree Stumps and Flowers –  Easter Island Style

There are two subject matters that never fail to distract me from whatever project I'm supposed to be working on – tree stumps and flowers, in b&w of course. Sometimes Nan has to find ways to try and drag me back to the challenge at hand. The image...

Works in Progress – in Havre de Grace

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Works in Progress – in Havre de Grace

I took my camera out today to where all the wall paintings are going up downtown. Two of them were actively works in progress, so I thought I’d see what I could do with that. What I noticed, with the cloudy, flat lighting, was that the artists at work...

Three Portrait Shots – without names at this point

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Three Portrait Shots – without names at this point

Wow, into page nine of folio images from the Island. For a project where the original goal was forty to fifty images, that seems incredible. There are three more portraits here, the kind I prefer to do where I roam around either catching people unawares...

"Pan" and Fish

Monday, June 22, 2020
Pan and Fish

The opening image is a personal shot to introduce the first of the two new Folio images below, Best Darn Baker in Hanga Roa. Nan took the shot of me as we emerged from our favorite little panaria in Hanga Roa. These four-part rolls are ubiquitous on...

A Couple of "Street" Views – on the Island of course

Thursday, June 18, 2020
A Couple of Street Views – on the Island of course

Even though I was not concentrating at all on what one would have to call "street photography" while on the Island, occasionally I would swing my camera up to capture something interesting. Some of these were taken with a point-and-shoot or even my...

Matatoa Dance – a couple more slow shutter shots

Monday, June 15, 2020
Matatoa Dance – a couple more slow shutter shots

I can't help it, when it comes to dance sometimes I'll waste hundreds of shots, and possibly missed good faster shutter opportunities, to shoot slow and get a couple of nice exposures with just the right blur. In May I did a posting with three of these...

Takona 2009 – Three Ages…

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Takona 2009 – Three Ages…

Helga Editor of MoeVarua, used takona shots for the cover photos on her monthly magazine (color of course). So she was always anxious for me to include as many as I could in my shoots – I would turn the color JPGs over to her before we left each trip....

Finishing up the Review of 2007 Island Images

Monday, June 8, 2020
Finishing up the Review of 2007 Island Images

Three miscelaneous images to finish up my review of images from Easter Island 2007. Next… on to a review of 2008. The opening shot, Sugar Cane Break was a nightmare to work on – I don't even want to count the ways. Suffice it to say, it took the better...

Keep Your Eye on the Spear – and a B&W of a "Nan" shot

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Keep Your Eye on the Spear – and a B&W of a Nan shot

I still have a posting or two from my 2007 review, after the last posting, I have to post the image above from 2008. We timed our return to Easter Island in 2008, a stay of about four months, to conicide with Tapati Rapanui, the annual two week long...

Three from Tapati Rapanui 2007

Monday, June 1, 2020
Three from Tapati Rapanui 2007

The Spear Throwing competition in Tapati consists of throwing home-made spears, with obsidian points, aimed at a banana tree trunk set at a pretty good distance. My aim was to try and catch the form leading up to release. This guy seemed to embody it...

Kari Kari – the other groupo we know members of…

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Kari Kari – the other groupo we know members of…

Another series of performance images at slow shutter speeds. This wasn't as problematic, I could use a "blistering" 1/15 to 1/30 second shutter speed. By this time I was getting better at timing my shots for peak moments, and sometimes like in the second...

Three with Slow Exposure Blur

Monday, May 25, 2020
Three with Slow Exposure Blur

So, what does one do when there is some interesting action to capture and there is next to no real light at all. When I reviewed this sequence I remembered – here I was forced to experiment, hand held, with a ridiculously slow shutter speed (1/4 second)...

More Youth Parade Prep

Thursday, May 21, 2020
More Youth Parade Prep

This finishes up my review of exposures from Tapati 2007 parade preparation. The first shot, above, shows a young lady patiently getting her face painted. I love how the eyes are so focused on that brush. The second image, below, turned out to be something...

Young Warriors Getting Ready for the Parade

Monday, May 18, 2020
Young Warriors Getting Ready for the Parade

Easter Island Folio additions… The grand Tapati Rapanui parade is actually part of the competition for Tapati Queen. Each side is awarded points for their floats, etc. Every participant is evaluated and awarded points for dress, paint, etc.. Parade...

Pounding Mahute – Easter Island Folio Image(s)

Friday, May 15, 2020
Pounding Mahute – Easter Island Folio Image(s)

I thought my brain was going to explode working on this image. What with bicycle, plastic bottle, guy's knee, backpacks, loose sandals, etc. When viewing a scene like this one never notices those things – eye to brain has a wonderful filter. Not so...

Akivi Warrior – Easter Island Folio Image

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Akivi Warrior – Easter Island Folio Image

This was originally tackled as part of an entry in the Easter Island Moments eBook I'm working on – not as a full-fledged Folio image. But as I progressed I realized that, in spite of the fact that a companion shot from the shoot is already in the Folio,...

Youth Pora Race About to Begin

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Youth Pora Race About to Begin

Tapati Rapanui 2007. These young men are wating for the adults to finish up their competition – then they will throw their pora into the water and swim out to the boats that mark the starting line for the race to shore. Pora are bundled reed swimming...

"The Passing of the Old Trees" – by Mary Woodword

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The Passing of the Old Trees – by Mary Woodword

An Other Peoples Art posting. We just acquired our second Mary Woodward painting – and it is wonderful. We are both so grateful for the opportunity. Of course it was delivered to our porch, where it was thoroughly disinfeccted – just in case. These...

FINISHING FIRST

Monday, May 4, 2020
FINISHING FIRST

In the process of reviewing my Easter Island exposures in relation to the "Moments" book file I am working on (see note below on that), I began stumbling on exposures that were not what I was looking for at the time, my focus being on the books and...

First Friday in October 2019, Oops – I found an unpublished posting…

Monday, April 20, 2020
First Friday in October 2019, Oops – I found an unpublished posting…

I just discovered this unpublished posting from last October. I was concentrating so hard on putting the Rogue Swan eBook together that I simply forgot about it, leaving the "Draft" button on this checked. So, especially since there ain't hardly anything...

Rapa Nui Catholic Church – Continuing with 2006 Easter Island Project Moments

Friday, April 3, 2020
Rapa Nui Catholic Church – Continuing with 2006 Easter Island Project Moments

In 2006 this empty street in front of the church - right there in town, was often empty like this. A decade later one would never be able to get a shot without both cars and people in it. As fascinating as the exterior is, the interior is even more...

Flashmob Rapanui Style – A 2006 Easter Island Project Moment

Monday, March 23, 2020
Flashmob Rapanui Style – A 2006 Easter Island Project Moment

It was a couple of months into our first year on the Island. We had gone into the town's wifi cafe to try and retrieve any email – at that point just bring them up could take twenty minutes or more if there was any volume at all. We wouldn’t have any...

Aliens Did it, or maybe not – an Easter Island Project moment, 2006/07

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Aliens Did it, or maybe not – an Easter Island Project moment, 2006/07

What is it with crediting anything we can't figure out to aliens? Going back through our 2006 images from Easter Island, after recently stumbling upon one of those YouTube videos claiming that, among other things, there's no way stoneage cultures could...

Boarding the Esmeralda the Hard Way – Easter Island Journal Moment, August 2006

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Boarding the Esmeralda the Hard Way –  Easter Island Journal Moment, August 2006

This Rapa Nui project moment is something of a way-back moment. At this point I was still shooting film, awaiting delivery of my Canon 5D. So I carried Nan's little Fuji Finepix point and shoot – netting 1.5 to 2mb (Nan may have actually snapped a couple...

A Very Up Group of Artists – Rapa Nui Journal Moment, August 2014

Monday, March 2, 2020
A Very Up Group of Artists – Rapa Nui Journal Moment, August 2014

We were paying one of our regular trips to the local Museo and noticed that they had just finished setting up for an exhibit by the local art class of Down Syndrome youths in the adjacent gallery. They were all there with their teacher, who asked us...

Shooting in the Dark – Havre de Grace Mardi Gras

Friday, February 28, 2020
Shooting in the Dark – Havre de Grace Mardi Gras

Of all the night parades in this town, Mardi Gras is always the darkest to try to shoot. I'm not sure which approach to fixing this would be better, some form of spotlighting or working out imaginative lighting on the floats themselves. But something...

Hey, there's a cuaranto down the road… a Rapa Nui Journal Moment

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hey, there's a cuaranto down the road… a Rapa Nui Journal Moment

Aha – it took working on the third posting in this review of my Easter Island exposures from something of a "street" perspective to figure out what the heck I'm actually doing, and where it might be going. I thought I wanted to be organized – but not...

Rapa Nui Journal Moments, at a Political Rally for Mayor – 2016

Friday, February 21, 2020
Rapa Nui Journal Moments, at a Political Rally for Mayor – 2016

On the Island, one can't gather people together without having a grand feed on. We weere invited to go along in the parade through town and then to partake in the feast. Four of these shots were taken with the iPhone – as TIFFs because RAW wasn't as...

Revisiting Easter Island Exposures – from a street perspective

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Revisiting Easter Island Exposures – from a street perspective

Above, what I can only call: Approaching late dinner at what turned out to be a very nice, if expensive, Japanese restaurant with great food – 2016. We had spent a total of three years there without braving this place – fortunately we were being treated...

First Hafla of the Year Final Three – Kaela, Kimala Nar and Mariza

Thursday, February 13, 2020
First Hafla of the Year Final Three – Kaela, Kimala Nar and Mariza

Finally finishing up with the Hafla images from February 1st. The opening shot is of Kaela, mid spin. She's the one that came out with a sword on her head, the action was effective. The shot of Kaela below is something of a counter shot, pure glamour....

February Hafla – Azyra and Aliceanna

Monday, February 10, 2020
February Hafla – Azyra and  Aliceanna

Azyra, the subject of by far my favorite Hafla shot so far, made a return appearance. She did not disappoint. The shots included here will be added to my growing collection on her. I'll confess to really enjoying the challenge of trying to capture images...

February Hafla – Havre de Grace's Luvlee and Brazilian Dancer Hanna Aisha

Friday, February 7, 2020
February Hafla – Havre de Grace's Luvlee and Brazilian Dancer Hanna Aisha

Luvlee (aka Jessica Lee) – another local girl – did some of the early Haflas but skipped most of last year. She's back, and making for some great shots. Part of that (only part) was her very good on her 40s cinema hair-do to match the jazz theme. It...

Hafla Time Again, April and Mya – Two of Havre de Grace's own…

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Hafla Time Again, April and Mya – Two of Havre de Grace's own…

This was a very exciting, and crowded Hafla. April Monique, who organizes the event in the Black Box at the Opera House, once again put together a great. In fact, it's going to make for maybe four crowded postings here. Early on April she introduced...

Best Knees!? – Burns Night at the State Theater

Friday, January 31, 2020
Best Knees!? – Burns Night at the State Theater

While we were awaiting the Rogue Swan performance at the State Theater, there was an interesting competition for "best knees" among kilt-wearing patrons. I fired off a couple of shots and thought I'd post them. We know a couple of the people pictured,...

Rogue Swan Burns Performance – Fun with bad lighting and underexposure…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Rogue Swan Burns Performance – Fun with bad lighting and underexposure…

When I told JimmyO, the drummer here, that he was so much better lit there in the background than those in the foreground that when I brought them in his face would emerge like a ghost in their midst, he said he wanted me to feature one of thise in...

Ice Festival – The Kids Brave the Cold

Monday, January 27, 2020
Ice Festival – The Kids Brave the Cold

First day it was raining, windy and biting cold. The second day it was clear and bright, but even windier. Most adults were bundled up, but the kids didn't seem to mind at all. I grabbed the shot from two postings ago, along with the one above and pair...

The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – eBook PDF, Finally

Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Strange Case of Rogue Swan –  eBook PDF, Finally

Becasue of a combination of the holidays, catching up on things around home and reading Moby Dick, I just finished up my Halloween project – the PDF eBook record of Rogue Swan's The Strange Case of Rogue Swan. Covering the process from first rehearsal...

One from the Ice Festival – and some catch-up

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
One from the Ice Festival – and some catch-up

Along with far more people than I expected, I braved the biting cold, rain and wind the first day of this year's Ice Festival in town. Needless to say, there wasn't much to point the camera at. The second day was clear, and much more crowded – I arrived...

BLOG INDEX 2020 – see PDFs on the left for older postings

Easter Island Journal

2006 thru 2017.PDF

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2013 thru 2016.PDF

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