The comeback kid.


Fall Mum

We found this gorgeous yellow mini-Mum at Costco last fall. It threw out quite a few flowers before the Winter freezes hit, and it managed to make it through the bits of snow we saw here in December. After trimming away dead wood a few weeks ago, it started to really explode with new growth. I can’t wait to see it show little yellow blossoms…


A change of season.


First signs.

I’ve been feeling much better these days.

Here we are, the beginning of March and outside first signs of Spring abound. In mid-November I planted a bunch of bulbs in the raised beds out back. Narcissus, Tulips, and Ranunculus. The Daffodils are opening up right now and their bright yellow color is the perfect antidote for a way-too-long winter and a beautiful way to usher in a change of season.

Weird iPhone shots.


In praise of the odd.

My wife was a luddite. She’s changed bunches over the years, but while she was working – we’re talkin’ close to 20 years ago – she didn’t want anything to do with computers. She’d claim “I’m in front of a peecee all day long, why would I want to look at one on my own time?!”

A short time after they came out, we got ourselves a pair of the clam-shell G3 iBooks. She’d learned that shopping online was a thing. I honestly think if it weren’t for shopping she’d never have made that leap! Her’s was orange and I got the graphite colored case.

She was the same way with any type of mobile phone. Our first was a Motorola Razor. It took a lot of convincing to get her to buy-in, and she really didn’t have much luck with using the thing. It’s a totally different animal from an ATT push-button land-line phone we had in our home! Like I said, luddite.

Even after the iPhone was released, she was hesitant because of the price. I’d pretty much given up hope that I’d ever have a smart phone.

It took me 3 years to convince my boss at the university – an extremely technically challenge old guy – that having a smart phone would be a perfect addition to my Web Marketing Manager toolkit. Other folks in the department had just plain given up and bought their own. Made sense. Right? I remember being in total awe of Sarah’s new iPhone, just after the first version came out in 2007. Green with envy, I was.

He finally came around. I was able to land an iPhone 4. I absolutely loved that thing. And one of the first apps I loaded was ShakeItPhoto. You can probably see where I’m going with this.

For the longest time I stopped using my “real” cameras. I had a camera in my pocket, for goodness sake! And I used ShakeItPhoto exclusively.

Back to my x-luddite wife… so now she’s into it. She loves her 6. She tells me “our life is on this thing.” We’ve both upgraded from 2009 black MacBooks to 2016 13″ MacBooks. She’s still doing serious damage shopping online. 8^)

I still have ShakeItPhoto loaded on my 6. Probably my all-time fave iPhone app. Thank you, Nick Campbell.

I scrolled through my Flickr set of ShakeItPhotos and picked out a bunch of the weird shots – odd angles, strange subjects, unusual compositions – these fun, strange, and off-kilter photos are among my favorites.

In your face.


Making portraits.

It’s been noted that I have absolutely no problems sticking my cameras in people’s noses. This I can not dispute, and since I’m really not much of a studio shooter, most of the portraits I’ve made are street shots.

The folks I’ve approached are mostly strangers, but a few friends, co-workers, and acquaintances have agreed to let me get in their grill.

I’ve been contemplating entering my work in juried exhibitions and I spotted a call for entries at the A Smith Callery over in Johnson City, about an hour and twenty minute drive from here. The theme for this exhibition was “Portraits” and I spent a little time going through my Flickr stream looking at and deciding which shots I thought might be competitive.

I pulled out a good number of faves, but ultimately decided against entering. The cost was a bit out of my comfort zone and budget. I’m retired, on a fixed income. I really have to think long and hard about how I spend.


Looking Back
















Rob and Tad




Shades, stars, and beard


Colorful ribbons


George K














Mona Lisa Smile







The last run.


Taking inventory.

This is the starting point. My plan is to use-up my stash of instant, positive, and negative film.

It may take a year or two or three. We’ll see.

For the negative and positive film, I’ll have to pay for processing, and that’ll get worked into the budget.

Once the film is all used up, I plan on selling off my film camera collection. Better to get them onto the hands of people who’ll appreciate them as I have.

Cabin fever.



C’mon Spring!

I’ve got a wee bit of cabin fever.

Sufferin’ through not one, but two colds and having my back go out in-between, I haven’t been able to get out with cameras pretty much all winter.

That means naps, a little television, reading, naps, and sitting in front of the computer. And naps.

Diggin’ through the archives I found a half-dozen macro flower shots I like, even a couple that weren’t previously published.

These are all from around mid-2005.


White Camelia






Ground cover


Char’s Rose

Shedding light on an old collection.


Orangemonkie’s Foldio2.

When first I heard of Orangemonkie’s kickstarter for the original Foldio, I was excited about the possibilities a portable lightbox could afford. The only problem I had with the first version was size. At only 10″, it seemed to miss the mark.

I was encouraged to see a 15″ model, Foldio2, and it took me a while to come up with a project worthy of the $69 asking price.

Unboxing the Foldio2 was a bit like what you’d experience with Apple products. Well thought out, tightly constructed, and cleanly packaged. They’ve even thought to include plugs for every conceivable location here on planet Earth.

The 2 LED strips with dimmers were easy to adhere, and adding any of the 4 backdrops was a cinch. The use of magnets to hold things together works well and is just brilliant.

It’s big enough to handle small-to-medium sized objects, small enough to store easily. The Foldio2 collapses into a nice thin, square package and it even has a useful handle at the top for easy transport.


The project? Along with my usual digital, pinhole, and instant cams, I’m going to use film cameras over the next couple of years and I want to share the images I make with my 35mm and 120 cameras. I’ll be using negative and positive film, if all goes according to plan. My film stash has been neglected over time and I want to use it all up before it ends up being useless.

As part of the project I want to include new shots of the cameras I use. I have a healthy collection that’s well documented on Flickr, but the images I made were shot with inconsistent backgrounds and I’d like to clean all that up.

The Foldio2 will make this goal much easier to reach.