Category Archives: Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE f/1.4

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

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

Birthday Girl.

Technical consideration:

This was photographed at ISO 640 and “pushed” in LR for an effective ISO of 2500.


Birthday Girl

At the Santa Claus Parade (the kids strike a pose).

Every so often, I ask them to smile for the camera.

They have been kind to me so far, probably because I don’t bother them the rest of the time.

(oh yeah, and also because they’re great kids)


At the Santa Claus Parade (the kids strike a pose)

Chalk Messages for Santa, closer.

Photographically speaking, I live for these moments:

The out-of-focus man in the background, in his positioning, is mirroring our foreground chalk messenger.

In actuality, he was reaching down to pick up a fallen football.

As I saw the scene unfold, I shifted myself slightly to the left, in an attempt to “fill” the photographic frame by expanding the spacing between the two subjects.  This further enhanced the image by creating a more pleasing composition.

(In the past, I’ve discussed the importance of filling the photographic frame — see here, here, and here.)

The actual mirroring of his posture, though he was engaged in a completely different activity from our little chalk messenger, is the sort of happenstance occurrence that a photography geek like myself is thrilled to capture.

A second later, he stood.  The moment had passed.


Chalk messages for Santa, closer


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