Hats off to the level-headed folks who pulled together an impromptu, peaceful, counter-protest to make it clear that white supremacists are not welcome in Durham.
Did a bit of research and we ended up with a pair of Soma products. Launched on Kickstarter, the Soma filters are plant-based and for every filter sold they kick some money to charity: water.
A fascinating novel built from a whole pile of short stories from Lavie Tidhar.
I toggled my iPhone to Airplane Mode and stared four hours of internet “disconnectivity” in the face.
What could I do? More interesting, what would I do?
Favorite shots from the North Carolina Museum of Art's Rolling Sculptures exhibit.
Visiting lemurs and the value of the sneaker zoom.
Earlier this spring we had a chance to hang out with friends and family up in Brooklyn. These are just snapshots from running around the city with the little Fuji X100-T.
That little monster is quickly becoming my favorire camera of all time. More on that later, meanwhile, enjoy a completely random sample of shots from the city.
I've tried to work around it. I really have, but man, there are times the opposed buttons are my undoing. Which buttons? The volume and wake/sleep buttons are opposite each other. The volume buttons serve as great, physical shutter buttons for the iPhone's camera. Most of the time.
With the iPhone 6, they frequently aren't. Imagine, waiting for the exact moment. You've set up the shot and you're simply bidding your time. There it is. Click.
Instead of capturing it, the phone goes dark. It's annoying.
Clip from Ronin, a fantastic and underappreciated film you should check out. If you want a a bigger taste right this minute the whole scene is solid.
Woke up to 2015 as a winter wonderland. Over breakfast we decided to explore around uptown on foot. Getting the car out would be a challenge. More importanly, we were cautiously optimistic that our back country Jeep tour would be greenlit by the U.S. Forest Service. It was a good plan. As it turned out we wouldn't be heading to the backcountry because of the weather. Conditions never improved enough to cut us loose.
Since we were flying out the next day, we opted to jump on a paved tour. Which was fun, but next time, it'll be back country. There's a lot more to see.
So, there we were in Sedona on New Year's Eve. To close out 2014. Start 2015 in a new, old place. Well, it'd be dramatically different place then just the day before.
A pretty solid snowstorm would roll in and proceed to camp out. Before the 2014 was finished, the storm would dump nearly a foot of snow into Sedona. What else are you going to do, but jump in the rental Chevy Malibu and see the sites?
The pictures on this trip would be nearly entirely from the Fuji X100T a friend had loaned me. I'd been so curious about that camera since the first generation. More on that later, but I will say, for this kind of trip? It was ideal.
We drove all over Sedona that day. Using Uptown as our hub—since that's where we were staying. We covered a lot of ground actually, closing the day out by nearly overstaying our welcome down Red Rock Loop in the state park.
A few shots from our first day in Sedona this past December. The weather would change pretty dramatically over the next 24 hours.
Last year Laura treated me to spending far too much time in the Porsche by Design exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Since they were allowed, of course I dragged my camera with me.
I'm not sure what the final exposure count was to yield these 10, but it was up there. Turns out, I married a very patient woman.
In hindsight, I think I fell into the trap of shooting against what I was working with. Instead of working so hard to isolate the objects on display, maybe I should have worked to include the audience. It'd have yielded a very different set.
I'm goint to chalk that up to not shooting as often as I'd like and the rust that comes along with that.
Had a tough time picking a shot for this month, then stumbled into this from the (still yet to be finished) pictures from Lebanon this year.
Same routine. Hit the link below for a big wallpaper sized image and enjoy.
This month's wallpaper from the Grand Tetons. I was torn on whether to post in color or black and white, but I'm in a run of black and white images it seems. Why stumble now? (And, I think I'll finish the year on that run, so consider that a December spoiler.)
The other news is that the image was drafted for the next cover of boundary 2. And that might be my favorite rendition of the image seeing as it's printed in just two colors—a brown and metallic green.
The next issue—40:3—of boundary 2 also marks a full decade's worth of covers we've produced together.*
Which seems like a very long time indeed, but only in hindsight. Truth be told, it's flown by.
_*You could split some hairs on that since I worked on a few while I was at Duke University Press, but 10 is a nice, round number.
A while back, on a long weekend in the mountains, for grins I took a handful of pictures of Caroline. This was ahead of her debut record Potential. Which is pretty damn awesome and if you don't have one already, you should likely go get a copy immediately.
In fact, go do that now and we can look at the pictures below when you get back.
Nicely done. Okay, so back to me, I feel like I'm still struggling with what I want to do with portraits. More on that later, I need to explain the deer.
We were shooting by the remains of this old house. And by remains, I mostly mean chimneys off the side of the road. We heard some crashing, the sort of crashing that implies something is coming toward you at a good clip. This deer appears—and she might have been as surprised to see us as we her. She passed us—less than twenty feet away—and continued right along.
Okay, so a little less late. Shot this in June while we were in Lebanon. Up above the cedars we stopped. There's off to the left and right. You can see the melt coming down in to the road.
There's no effects on this other than a little contrast, exposure and converstion to black and white with a red filter.
Anyhow, I've gotten into the Lebanon set and have managed to get them edited down pretty well. I promise not to release them one a month for the next three years. . . .
Until then, enjoy the view.
Better late than never?
In honor of dealing with old electrical stuff in our house last month, I went into my stockpile of urban decay and found this gem. Which will, hopefully, be part of a book later this year.
To be, completely and entirely clear, this is not our house. We keep most of our paint chips on the outside.
It's the usual, click on the image below for a wallpaper sized version. Enjoy.
Okay. So, made it back from Lebanon. And, now I'm on the road to Arkansas for the SCCA Summer Nationals. But, of course, I've pulled together a wallpaper for July.
After three trips to Lebanon and driving past this monastery we made it up. I've got pictures from our hike up to the monastery proper—just haven't done my edits yet. But in the meantime, here's a wallpaper with the view from the road.
Usual routine, click the link below and grab a wallpaper size.
You'll never guess who was standing over my shoulder when I was figuring out this month's wallpaper. Okay, you might. She's the reason the door to our house is purple.
The only thing I could weigh in on was which collection it came from. And since we're hitting the road for Lebanon later this month, that's where I was looking.
Which reminds me I need to think about packing.
The usual routine. Hit the image below for a wallpaper sized image and enjoy.