I can see my house from here!

While my children were enjoying their last day off in Florida, I made another optimistic trudge up the local hill in hopes of capturing dramatic morning light breaking over downtown Claremont.  Particularly in the Winter, there often seems to be a brief window of lovely golden light just at sunrise, fading after five or ten minutes when the sun becomes obscured behind clouds (this frequent gap between the horizon and the clouds appears to be proof that the clouds prefer Claremont, while towns to the East enjoy prolonged morning sunshine).  I hoped to capture this warm glow illuminating the downtown.   Sadly, the clouds and sun did not cooperate, and the lighting was pretty dismal.  At least the poor lighting made me less disappointed to find that, in my last minute decision to throw my hefty 500mm/5.6 mirror lens into my pack, I neglected to include an adapter to mount it to the E-P1.

My last trip up Flatrock Hill was back in November, on a misty Sunday morning when I hoped to capture taller buildings such as the smokestack and clock tower protruding from the mist as it burned off.  The mist failed to cooperate, and I gave up after noting that it was rising as the mornign wore on.  I did manage to get some dramatic clouds on the climb up and some soft, pastel-colored images of Mt. Ascutney rising above the mist before it thickened too much.

I wonder what will await me on the next attempt.

Anything worth doing is worth doing imperfectly.

Happy New Year!  I am starting 2012 with a new online journal to share my enjoyment of photography.

Uh, look at that, it’s April 25th.

I had planned to get this site ready for its debut on January 1st, but with the rush of the holidays, thought it best to put it off until February 2nd.

Then preparations for my daughters’ birthdays, getting Groundhog Day cards out, community theater scheduling, and similar commitments conspired to delay it a bit, and it seemed like a good project to get done during Lent.

You wouldn’t think that 40 days without red meat, alcohol, ice cream, cookies, potato chips, or chocolate would go by so quickly, but they did.

Of course, the real reason for delay was not really that I was too busy, or too weak from bacon deprivation, or too some other lame excuse.  I was delaying because I wanted my site, on its debut, to be perfect.  And, I knew that it wouldn’t be.  Not yet.

Well, here it is, since I finally stopped waiting on hoping to get everything just right and decided to go ahead and publish the tarfangled thing.  It is not perfect, but hopefully, you will find it much better than it was yesterday.


(Hint:  A photo of some cute animal will often serve to distract viewers from noticing imperfections.)Chipmunk, Mt. Sunapee, NH.


Flash bracket with cable release socket.Back in the film camera days, I used a Konica Autoreflex TC that I received from my mother.  It was not really a gift, as it did not work.  At least not until I put new batteries in it.  It was duly supplemented with a used T3 before the 1.25V mercury batteries were banned and Konica moved into the point-and-shoot market.  I tried a couple of Nikon cameras (F2 and FE), but never really liked them.

My first digital camera was a clunky HP Photosmart 612 that took 4 AA batteries and stored on a Compact Flash card.  After using this for a few years with little enthusiasm, I bought a Pentax Optio W30 which was small enough to take just about anywhere and water resistant to allow shooting in New Hampshire’s frequent rain and snow, and also when kayaking or at the beach.  I was much more enthusiastic with this little gem, but still wanted a camera with more direct control.

More recently, I bought an Olympus E-P1 (once the price dropped immediately after the E-P2 hit the market).  This camera has been a pure joy, with its ability to use my collection of old Konica lenses (since supplemented by numerous finds off eBay) and the ability to see the effects of changes in exposure compensation, depth of field, or white balance right on the view screen.  It is also camera that encourages tinkering, and has inspired a number of contraptions that may end up detailed on these pages.