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Favorite Photos Week: State Fair at dusk


State Fair at dusk

Margaret and I walked toward the midway at dusk. It can’t be happenstance that the setting sun provides the arch’s evening backdrop, indigo and blush, drawing people in.

We had been drawn to each other this night, our third or fourth date. We walked and talked, occasionally pausing for a photograph. I carried my Olympus XA; I gave Margaret my XA2.

But upon this scene I let go Margaret’s hand. I wanted to frame this photograph properly. It might have been the only time all night I wasn’t touching her.

State Fair at dusk • Olympus XA • Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800 • August, 2013


Favorite Photos Week: Early spring crocus


Early spring crocus

I wonder how many photographers can remember the moment when the bug hit. I can: this was it.

I had been shooting film on my early road trips, but processing costs were killing me. I figured that an inexpensive digital camera would save me a bundle over time. I chose the affordable Kodak EasyShare Z730 for its fine Schneider-Kreuznach lens.

Fooling around in the yard with my new camera, I photographed this fresh crocus. I was thrilled that the camera could focus so closely. I went right inside to look at the image at full size on my computer. I couldn’t believe the great detail it captured, and how well it rendered the purple petals. Why is purple so hard for many cameras to get right?

My curiosity was deeply triggered. I’d collected cameras since I was 9, but never before had the possibilities of photography itself captured my attention. I wanted to take more pictures to explore this camera’s limits. I wanted to renew my collection to explore other cameras. And so I did.

Early spring crocus • Kodak EasyShare Z730 • March, 2007

Welcome to Favorite Photos Week


This week, all week, I’m sharing some of the photos I’ve taken that I like best.

Through Friday, I’ll share three photos every day and tell what makes it my favorite, or memories from the moment I took it, or stories from my life that the photo evokes in me.

I hope you enjoy it.

Recommended reading


Welcome to Saturday! And welcome to August. Enjoy the blog posts I liked most this week.

Gerald Greenwood likes cemeteries. And cheesy British horror movies. (I didn’t know there was such a genre!) And when the two come together, it’s magic. Read Kensal Green Cemetery

It sounds counter to the American narrative, but a kid can’t actually be anything s/he wants to be. Some things require extraordinary talent or extraordinary preparation, and a ton of good luck. Penelope Trunk elaborates. Read Essential advice to kids: You cannot be anything you want to be

Every july in London, the chaps come out to play. Stephen Dowling calls it “a celebration of style over skill and sartorial elegance over sports kit.” I call it perfect! Read The Chap Olympiad 2015

Jeff Atwood tells of his programming epiphany: “I slowly, painfully learned that the truly difficult part of coding is dealing with the thousands of ways things can go wrong with your application at any given time.” Sadly, too many programmers never learn this. Read Doing Terrible Things to Your Code

Captured: Rokkor PF


Minolta Hi-Matic 7

I have more cameras than I can possibly shoot. That’s why I’ve been slowly listing many of them on eBay and shipping them off to collectors and photographers who might actually enjoy them. One by one, I’m reducing my collection to just those cameras I enjoy shooting and those with which I’ve formed some emotional connection.

My Minolta Hi-Matic 7 falls into both categories. It was the first camera I bought when I started collecting again in 2007, which gives it a special place in my heart. I’ve shot it but twice: in 2008 and again in 2011. The first time, I couldn’t find a battery for it so I tried shooting Sunny 16 for the first time. I was lucky to get usable photographs. But in 2011 I did find a battery so I could use its autoexposure system. Also, I’d gotten better as a photographer. With that roll I learned that my Hi-Matic 7 is a wonderful performer. I got stunning color and sharpness. See the entire gallery, good and bad, here. I photographed the camera in 2008 using my Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom.


Nikon F2AS, 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor
Fujifilm Neopan 400


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