Strange Air


Smoke from British Colombia’s forest fires – way north of us – has blanketed Puget Sound. Here’s sunset tonight from West Seattle’s northernmost high bluff. Ferries pass in the smoke.

Backfire#70.


And the scooter shall park with the Moto Guzzi…

Sad to Sell this Lens


I’m about to post this Canon 100mm f2.8 lens on CraigsList so someone else can enjoy it. I don’t use it enough, but it’s fun when I pick it up and explore. Or show that unique detail at a wedding. I found a few examples. I’ll shoot these images on Fuji when needed going forward. Mushrooms discovered at dusk in my yard so in dying light cranked a Canon 5DMark3 up to ISO 12800 and got away with 1/25 shutter at f32. I was lying down with elbows braced against the camera body strap. The bird skeleton and dried ironwood […]

Liner Notes


I’m tellin’ ya, Doc, I’m seein’ lines all over the place. Doc, Doc, what’s wrong with me?

Seattle at f1.4


I shoot my personal work with Fujifilm camera bodies. Recently I’ve been grabbing the XPro-1 body with Fuji’s stellar 35mm f1.4 “normal” lens. This lens on the Fuji APS-C (“crop”) sensor has the field of view of a 53mm lens used on full-frame format. The wide open aperture of f1.4 creates a super-shallow zone of sharpness. If we are close, you, the viewer, see the subject sharp against a softer surround. Sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle. It is very hard to achieve focus on the tiny slice of the scene you want to show perfect sharpness. There’s a rumor that Fuji is developing a 33mm […]