July 1, 2019

     The beaches of Corolla, N.C., cover some 20 miles along the northern Outer Banks of Currituck County.  About 5,000 vacation rental houses dot the landscape. A summer population of tourists escape to Corolla from cities along the east coast.  Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Nags Head lie to the south.  Corolla is remote enough to separate your mind from the cares of daily life, and yet co...

June 15, 2019

     This post continues a previous series on shooting 500 keepers with the Zeiss Milvus 35 mm f/2.0.  The idea was to set the lens to f/2.0 and keep photographing until I had 500 photos worth keeping.  Some were very similar and will never see any further light of day.  Some photos formed a continuous series for a post on a single topic, such as the posts on reunions and...

June 1, 2019

     By early June, The University is mostly vacant. Graduation is over, and The Lawn is recovering from the thousands of graduates and parents that paraded down the middle of it just weeks before.  The summer quiet descends, and it is possible to forget the modern world. During this time, alumni visit the Grounds and re-live a little bit of University life.  If the weather is favorable, it can be...

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...

December 1, 2018

     Peter Karbe, expert Leica lens designer, says that Leica lenses are designed to be shot wide open. Karbe says:


                “…shoot the lenses wide open. Do not stop down for exposure control. STOP IT. Use an...

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