Time Capsule 

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I began my photography journey while working in San Francisco about ten years ago.  I enjoy going back to revisit familiar places and find new adventures.

I like how the man in the back is looking over my right shoulder.  If he were looking towards the front like the rest of the people this image wouldn’t be interesting to me.

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

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During the holidays I was able to take some time to go visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site.  It’s about an hour drive from my house and is located in the middle of nowhere Utah.  It was a cold, cloudy & snowy day but well worth the time to make the trip out there.  I won’t get into detail what the place is but it’s where the Central Pacific Railroad met up with the Union Pacific Railroad  in 1869 to complete the first trans continental railroad across the United States.  The conductor would drive the train down the tracks then back again to give the spectators a show.  I was able to capture some audio of the train as it went down the line and then returned.

 

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Welcome 2016 (leap year)

Welcome 2016

Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm lens

December has been a month of self reflection for me.  I have made quite a few changes with my photography journey the last 12 months  

The first change was to give up Facebook.  I deleted the app from my phone a few months ago for a month and didn’t miss a thing.  I noticed that my feed contained about 80% garbage and 20% worthwhile stuff.  I decided that it’s not worth it for me to wade through the 80% garbage to get to the good stuff.  I don’t have time for that anymore.  

The second thing I did was I made a major investment in film photography.  My first purchase was a medium format Yashica Mat 124G TLR in mint condition.  I love medium format film and this move made sense for me.  I love using a TLR, it slows me down and makes me think about what I’m doing.  I also purchased a another Leica camera.  This time a Leia M6 TTL in mint condition.  It was manufactured in 2001 and is a beautiful camera.  I’ve shot a few rolls through it and I’m still getting used to it but I have to say it’s a beautiful camera. 

The third thing I’m curently working on is selling off all my Canon gear, all of it.  It sits on my shelf collecting dust and doesn’t make sense for me to keep.  I’m also selling all my other gear that I no longer use.  I recently sold my Sony RX100 MII, it was a beautiful camera but wasn’t used enough to justify keeping it.  

Who knows what will happen this year.  I want to spend less time online and more quality time with my family.

-thanks for stopping by

Football 2015

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

I don’t have any boys so I don’t get to attend football games very often.  My nephew was playing nearby so we went to support him and of course I brought my Leica along.  Even though they lost, for 8th graders they did a great job.  I wanted to catch more of the game than the details so my lens of choice was my trusty Cron 50.

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Last week of Summer 2015

Last week of Summer

Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

This has been one of the busiest summers on record for the Smith family.  We have packed our summer chock full of events that have kept us very busy and active. We spent our last weekend before school started at a wedding in Idaho then relaxing in Wyoming.  There are days I wish I could be as care free as these kids, just enjoying things day by day and not worrying about anything else.

I’m working on a few personal projects, hopefully I will be able to share them soon.  One that I’m excited about are letters that I’m scanning that my grandpa (whom I’ve never met) wrote to his family while serving in World War I.  You really get to know someone by reading something they have hand written.  Which leads me to another post I need to put together that will talk about my new system for journaling and staying organized.

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Sunset on the Steeple

      Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4

There is something special about evening light.  While walking back to our car on Catalina Island I noticed the warm sun on this steeple and couldn’t resist documenting it.  I didn’t notice the moon until I saw the image on my Macbook Pro.

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     Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

I love textures and reflections.  I was at my daughters dance recital and during a break I took a walk around the school and found lots of interesting things to photograph.  I knew immediately when I saw this it would make a great black and white image.