Ein Qiniya Field Notes I

Ein Qiniya Field Notes I

With so much turmoil and sadness surrounding us as Israel escalates its oppressive colonialist policies towards Palestinians, I decided to take a walk in the open fields of Ein Qiniya near Ramallah to re-acquaint myself with a small piece of ancient Palestine. The landscape I observed couldn’t have changed much in hundreds of years. I stood in awe. (Technical details below)   Technical Details: Canon 5D MkII Various Carl Zeiss ZE lenses

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Ramallah Walks IV

Ramallah Walks IV

More of Ramallah in spring. Taking a hiatus for a while, see you when I see you. (Technical details below) Technical Details: Leica M9 Leica Summicron 2/35 (Type 3) Leica Summicron 2/50 Leica Summicron 2/50 Rigid

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Ramallah Walks III

Ramallah Walks III

This time around my regular walks have taken me beyond the walls of Ramallah, to the lovely Old City of Nablus and to one of the oldest nature reserves in the region known as Wadi Qana northwest of Ramallah. No matter where I went signs of Spring were in abundance. I hope you’ll enjoy. (Technical details below)   Technical Details: Leica M9 Leica Summicron 2/35 (Type 3) Leica Summicron 2/5

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Ramallah Walks II

Ramallah Walks II

My regular camera walks continue almost daily on the streets of Ramallah- and occasionally other surrounding cities. They have become my way to re-acquaint myself with a place I have not lived in for 17 years. In the process I’m trying not to judge but merely observe and let the mosaic slowly inform me. I’ve decided on a title for this ongoing blog entry, I shall call it simply “Ramallah Walks” even though it may contain images from other cities. Of note the last image was taken in Bethlehem. I’m also curious if you have a perference towards this format of sequenced

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Ramallah Walks I

Ramallah Walks I

This was perhaps the most difficult post I’ve put together, with much perseveration over what to include and exclude and how it could be interpreted. Ultimately I’ve decided to take out several images that I liked for fear of being judged or interpreted the wrong way. In the meantime I’ll keep this blog light and simple. Once I have enough material to paint a somewhat more ‘wholesome’ picture I’ll share those as part of my next series on Ramallah. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this mish-mash of daily musings! To view the rest of this series click on

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Ramallah Snowstorm Of 2013

Ramallah Snowstorm Of 2013

Snow started falling and it wouldn’t stop for days– big, heavy flakes impregnated with moisture. They said it was going to be a major storm, but no one forsaw what was coming especially this early in the season. Histeria came in the form of keywords: “Alexa,” “Siberian,” and “polar.” The amounts were staggering, even by my usual Minnesota standards. A foot, then two, then I lost count. Older folks were recalling the historic storms of the olden days, with this coming out on top. Power outages were common for days. Old propane and kerosene heaters came out of the woodwork.

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Twin Cities Camera Walks VIII (Final)

Twin Cities Camera Walks VIII (Final)

Well it looks like I lied to you when I described my previous Camera Walks post as my last from Minnesota. It turns out I had a few more shots left in me in the final days as I said goodbye to my beloved Twin Cities. As of Tuesday Dec 10, I’ve become a resident of my original hometown and birthplace, Ramallah, a small city in Palestine only 12 miles (20 km) north of Jerusalem and 40 miles (65 km) east of the Mediterranean Sea. I’m posting these final Minnesota images from Ramallah, and this shall be my seventh and

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Twin Cities Camera Walks VII

Twin Cities Camera Walks VII

It’s been a hectic Fall– I’ve been preparing for a permanent move to my beloved home in Palestine. Minnesota has been a wonderful home for me over the past 12 years, and I’m forever grateful for the beauty and happiness this place and its people have brought into my life. But the time has come to make the trek back to my birthplace, to the place I’ll always call my final home, where I’m hoping to find a peace of mind that’s been eluding me thus far. I’m sure that while there I will be trying to make sense out

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Banning State Park In Fall

Banning State Park In Fall

This was a colder camping trip than usual. Destination was Banning State Park in the Northern part of Minnesota. We woke up to 27 F (-3 C) and flurries. Snow eventually picked up and we found ourselves scrambling to take down our campsite in the freezing weather. After warming up with a cup of coffee and fire, we headed down to the Kettle River to pluck some ‘eye candy’ shots. I hope you’ll enjoy! (Technical info below) Technical Details: Canon 5D MkII Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/85 ZE

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Minnesota North Shore Summer Trip

Minnesota North Shore Summer Trip

This trip was different from past ones. It marked my return to the Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior since my accident last Fall, and it also included a wedding! Paul has been my partner in North Shore adventures for years. Together we’d hiked many miles along the Superior Hiking Trail, which he was happy to report is now fully connected for thru-hiking all 200+ miles of it. What an accomplishment! Paul got married to Cory in a lovely and intimate ceremony at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, and you’ll see a couple of pictures of that. Then I spent a

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Twin Cities Camera Walks VI

Twin Cities Camera Walks VI

The sixth installment of my “Twin Cities Camera Walks” blog series was entirely shot in Minneapolis over the past month. It’s been a sunny and comfortable Summer in Minneapolis so far but we are ‘far’ enough into it that we are becoming aware Fall is around the corner. As much as I’ve loved the Twin Cities this may be my last Summer here, and with that I will try to get out as much as possible and shoot this beautiful City and its people and preserve for myself the wonderful memories. (Technical details below) Technical Details: Fuji X100S Leica M9

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Five Reasons Why I’m Disappointed With The Fuji X100S

Five Reasons Why I'm Disappointed With The Fuji X100S

I’ve been a Leica M6 shooter for several years. I love everything about the M6, from feel and handling to the confidence it instills in me, to the character its various lenses possess, and not least for the pure pleasure I get from using it. At some point I decided it would be convenient to have a digital alternative to the M6 when not in the mood for film work flow, especially for my regular camera walks. Since the M9 seems absurdly priced for its aging sensor I was obviously drawn to the Fuji X-series line of cameras, namely the

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Twin Cities Camera Walks V

Twin Cities Camera Walks V

It’s truly been a long winter this year in Minnesota. It’s April and there’s still some snow remaining on the ground. It’s also been a long winter for me personally, having suffered an accident last Fall which I’m still healing from. The accident meant I couldn’t walk much so the camera walks had to be shelved for a while. However in the interim I managed to catch a few pictures  since December, which you will find compiled in this post. Some were shot digitally and others on film. It will still be a couple of months until I can return

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Twin Cities Camera Walks IV

Twin Cities Camera Walks IV

This is the second half of the 5-roll batch I’ve recently developed and scanned (see previous post). It takes place around the Twin Cities area. I hope you’ll enjoy. (Technical info below) Technical Info: Leica M6 TTL Carl Zeiss c-Biogon 2.8/35 ZM Leica Summicron 50 Rigid Ilford HP5+ film

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Twin Cities Camera Walks III

Twin Cities Camera Walks III

I haven’t been shooting much lately due to a minor health issue that’s kept me off the streets, but what I’ve finally accomplished is to have 5 rolls of film from mid-late Summer developed and scanned. It was exciting to look at those negatives for the first time, after months have passed since shooting them. Film is wonderful for so many reasons; this is certainly one. I’ll be posting my picks from these 5 rolls in this and the next blog posts. You can see the other posts in this series here: Twin Cities Camera Walks. (Technical info below) Technical Info:

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