May 15, 2020

     The governor's quarantine hit downtown in late March.  Like most places, people went home, except for a few panhandlers.  You could still buy a slice of pizza, or a beverage for a hot day, but you had to take it outside.  Most retail stores were closed.  A few were open to receive packages from UPS or FedEx, but were closed to customers.  Construction on the new nine story...

February 15, 2019

     The eye and the brain want something to look at, and sometimes a puzzle is just the thing. That's what reflections do - they give the brain a problem to solve. What's going on in the reflection? Where am I standing? What am I supposed to be seeing? Am I looking inside or outside? Am I missing something? Does any of it matter, or is it enough to have some pleasing color and light? Here are som...

December 15, 2018

     This week is part two of the shooting at f/2.0 exercise. Many of the 500 keepers at f/2.0 could have been chosen for this post, but the ones chosen here provide an exercise within an exercise. Take a walk and see if you can make the objects along the way worth looking at because they were photographed at f/2.0. Is the scene better or worse? Is f/2.0 obvious? Sometimes it is, an...

April 15, 2018

     There are two can’t miss shutter stops on I-95 between Virginia and Florida: South of the Border and any fireworks store. Pick one or the other, and, night or day, you'll find something to frame in vivid color. SOB is a living postcard from a bygone era. It's been on the NC/SC border for nearly 70 years. It's a melange of eateries, tourist shops, them park attractions, and a motel. Somehow, i...

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