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I’m dreaming of a white dumpster…

(with apologies to Irvin Berlin)

This is the scene outside today.

Back in December, my wife placed two red bows (not pictured) on the front of this charming dumpster.


The Dumpster

Happy New Year.

Onward and upward for 2015…


Happy New Year

Christmas, Part 4.


Christmas, Part 4

Christmas, Part 3.


Christmas, Part 3

So in 48 hours the clock strikes 2015…

Let us hope that we find each other, on the other side of time.

Happiness and health to all of you.


Christmas, Part 2.

Stocking Stuffer.

Christmas, Part 2




‘Twas the night before Christmas.

And the children were tracking Santa.

Merry Christmas to All.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Technical Commentary:

The sun was quickly setting as this scene was unfolding and the the vestigial rays of light coming in through the window were creating a pink, gold, and red speckled glow on the wall behind our trio of Santa trackers.  The glow of the smartphone screen also helped set the mood.



Waiting for Santa.

Merry Christmas!


Waiting for Santa 1

Waiting for Santa 2

Waiting for Santa 3

In repose, repose, repose.

Three degrees of separation on a lazy Sunday.

In repose, repose, repose

Noise reduction… not.

Despite the fact that I use M9/M-E and M8 cameras, I’ve resisted applying noise reduction to my images for years.

I’ll take noise over loss of detail and texture any day.

On a related note, I’m happy that Leica doesn’t force in-camera noise reduction on us either.


370 Signatures for CCD.

Right now, My Open Letter to Leica has garnered 370 signatures from photographers like you who see and appreciate the wonderful qualities of CCD sensors.

Leica‘s announcement of ongoing support of the current CCD sensor has been welcomed by many in the Leica community.

However, if you are a fan of the “magic” of CCD, please join me in asking Leica to also introduce an updated CCD sensor in a future M camera.

Thank you,


Of flash photography, zone focusing, and rangefinders.

I have two observations about the use of flash and zone focusing, as they pertain to rangefinder photography:

  1. Flash photography is anathema to rangefinder photography.  Indeed it is intrusive to any type of intimate photography.
  2. Show me a photographer who operates a rangefinder exclusively with zone focusing, and I’ll show you a photographer who cannot competently focus a rangefinder.



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