August 3, 2021

They all axed for you,

At the Audubon Zoo! LOL! You would have to be from New Orleans to understand. In any event, Meghan, Jourdan and I got a wild hair one day early in 2004 to go to the Audubon Zoo. It had been some time since we had been there, and we had the after Christmas/New Years blahs, so we jumped in the car and went. When I was kid, Audubon Zoo was a sad, pathetic place that no one went to. In the mid ’70’s the city embarked upon a major rebuilding effort, transforming it into the hallmark facility that it is today. As I recall it was an extended effort, with…

July 25, 2021

Renfest

We’re still living in the past here today, and this post hearkens back to 2003. We had discovered the Renaissance Festival, held in the booming metropolis of Robert, LA the year before and had decided to make it an annual family tradition. The Friday after Thanksgiving would be our Renfest day and this particular instance on November 28, 2003 was the first in a long series of visits for us. As last time, these are/were raw images taken with the Olympus E-10. We got to the grounds, parked the car and entered the self described “Royal Village of Albright” as shown below in the map from around 2006: We collected…

July 18, 2021

Trip to Fort Pike circa 2003

In the early ought’s, Melanie and I were Masters of our local cub scout troop. Predominantly done to give Jourdan the opportunity to be a cub scout, it was a very rewarding experience in working with these young people providing support in their journey to adulthood. When we first started, the troop numbered nearly ten, but over the years it dwindled down to just a couple. Don’t honestly know the cause, but we maintained as honestly, we enjoyed doing it. Typically we would organize some sort of field trip for the youngsters, which is the focus of this post. In early fall of 2003, we took a trip to Fort…

July 5, 2021

4th of July in Fairfax City

In the spring we moved to a townhouse in Fairfax City, VA after selling our long time home in Reston. Scroll back a few posts and you can read all the gory details. With the summer season firmly among us, we have been having the opportunity to get familiar with Fairfax City, and it’s becoming a very comfortable place for us. We wound here by shear happenstance, but I’ll take serendipity whenever I can get it. Fairfax City has proven, to me at least, to be a small town jammed into a large metropolitan area. In doing so, it’s managed to keep it’s character and the feel is very warm….

June 13, 2021

Winchester

Now that we are firmly settled in our Fairfax City townhouse, the next focus is deciding where our next, and hopefully last home will be. The one thing that we are “fairly” sure of is it won’t be in Northern Virginia. Too many reasons to go into here, but unless the home of our dreams at a price we could pay appears, it’s not going to happen. So, we have been driving around Virginia, doing the “Home Tour” as we call it. Last weekend was kind of an extreme version of that premise as almost 2 tankful’s of gas were consumed in our travels across the area. Friday had us…

June 5, 2021

Fairfax City

’twas kinda short work week this week. Monday was Memorial Day, so that was a holiday and Friday was my bi-weekly day off. No traveling this week, but I was able to get 1 1/2 photo walks in this week. More about the 1/2 walk a bit later. None of the cameras has gotten a lot of usage since they showed up, thanks to the CoronaVirus, but the X-Pro2 and the XT-2 were a bit jealous of the usage that the x100f was getting, so the X-Pro2 was the camera ‘du jour this week. On Tuesday, the X-Pro2 was mounted with the 35mm f1.4 that was bought off of E-Bay…

May 30, 2021

Jed’s Old Millhouse

With life beginning to return to some sort of normalcy in this post apocalyptic COVID-19 world, last week was my first travel experience for work since the pandemic descended upon us some 14 months ago. We were traveling to the world renown Greensboro, North Carolina for a meeting with a vendor to discuss the work they had been doing for us over the previous year and change. Stepping rather trepidatiously, it was decided to drive vice fly, to progress as they say “One step at a time” into this brave new-ish world. It’s about a 4 1/2 hour drive either down I-95/I-85/I-40 or VA-29. The Virginia highway was chosen, as…

May 22, 2021

back to the pi’tures….

This weblog/site was erected primarily to discuss all things photographic. Well, as many folks experience, life has kinda gotten in the way of late. Luckily, many of the perturbations are working themselves out, leaving time and mental facilities available for the artistic pursuit of photography. Sometime last summer, in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, a kind of life summary was begun with this post, Time. It was all well and good, and then, yet again, life interceded. The second part of the diatribe was dutifully started, but honestly I cannot seem to corral enough gumption to truly finish it. The post was to start with the early Fuji imagery…

July 15, 2020

Time

This is probably going to be a bit long, so get yourself a hot beverage, sit down and have a read. Like virtually the entire world, I was sent home on March 19th and told to “Socially Distance” myself from others. OK; Interesting. The non-stop cacophony regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from the Main Stream Media (MSM) had begun, and the short term implications were fairly ominous. The one thing the MSM revels in is what we call FUD in the technical business. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. But enough of that, this is about an awakening, of sorts. The first days were filled with a mixture of splendor/dread emotions. Being off…

April 1, 2020

First try at posting photos

Being home “Social Distancing”, I’ve had the chance to start to do some post processing of over 20 years of digital photos. To demonstrate my masochism, of course I started with the oldest photos. Taken in 1999 on a Kodak DC280 point and shoot. As discussed a while back, all this is being done in Capture One Pro v12. The more I use C1, the more I’m developing a love/hate relationship with it. After going back and forth between Sessions and Catalogs, I’ve finally come to a point where the Catalog containing my entire image library is behaving. Mostly. A lot of my “issues” were in attempting to use LightRoom…