Travel

Charming Lafayette

Charming Lafayette

What is Lafayette? It’s my new hometown for the foreseeable future, one hour’s drive north from Indianapolis and two hour’s south from Chicago. Lafayette is full of charm- it has a quaint little downtown with a Main street and many little ‘mom and pop’ shops. Walking down Main street with a Leica and vintage lens circa 1950s, I took these images with a romantic eye towards a bygone era this town may have once enjoyed. Hope you enjoy! Technical details below. Don’t forget to signup for my blog alerts here. Technical Details: Leica M9 Leitz Summicron 35mm V.3 Leitz Summicron

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Madrid: A Grand City

Madrid: A Grand City

After recently spending 9 days traveling in the City of Madrid I was left with the impression of a truly grand city. This is a city that perhaps leaves nothing for the urban-life-seeker unsatisfied; from its world-class public parks and botanical gardens, to the impressive selection of accessible world-class museums and art exhibits, to the fantastic selection of restaurants and tapa bars- many of which Michelin Star, and of course I cannot forget the theaters which seemed as abundant as pubs and cafes. But perhaps two things in particular shall stick with me from Madrid: people and color. Madridians are

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Beautiful Fethiye

Beautiful Fethiye

Fethiye is a small Turkish town on the Mediterranean which I recently was lucky to visit while on vacation. I took along one camera and one lens, my Leica M9 and an old 70s Summicron 35mm V3 (6 element). Following is a selection of some of the pictures I was able to grab while there. Many of these were shot as I was riding my bicycle. I hope you’ll enjoy!  

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The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands

It’s been a long hiatus for me from the blog as I’ve been busy this summer with personal matters, but my recent vacation to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos has provided me with the relaxation I needed along with a good chance to dive back into photography and test my newest lens, the Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/25, with which all these pictures were taken. This is a rather new lens from Carl Zeiss and the widest focal length I’ve ever used. Simply put it’s the best of the four Zeiss lenses I own (2/35 Distagon, 2/50 Makro-Planar, 1.4/85

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Iowa Farm Life

Iowa Farm Life

I got to spend two special days this summer at my friends’ farm in Iowa, it was thoroughly rejuvenating. The farmhouse has been standing for 100 years. The farm had sheep, a chicken coop, bee houses, a large vegetable and herb garden, and a recently-installed solar panel to generate electricity. I’m sure maintaining a farm like that involves hard daily work, but I certainly can see why some people are drawn to this way of life. The farm stood in contrast to the otherwise homogeneously-planted and over-fertilized land extending as far as the eye can see. I got to learn

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2014

Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2014

I recently had the fortune of spending a couple of nights at Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), this was my 7th trip. We entered at Sawbill Lake, portaged to Smoke Lake, and again to Burnt Lake where we set up camp for the rest of the trip. These are some of my impressions of the trip. (Technical details below)   Technical Details: Canon 5D MkII Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/50 ZE Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE

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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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Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Long overdue, but here are some pictures from my recent Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) trip in August. We only made it as far as Lake Disappointment and managed to find a beautiful campsite facing South. The main hardship we encountered was weather, in the form of strong gusting wind that prevented us from going far on Snowbank Lake, hence our modest destination of Lake Disappointment. It turns out that our campsite was beautiful with a rocky point at the entrance that allowed us to observe sunrise and sunset. We heard wolves, loons, observed star-studdend skies, spotted warblers, and

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New York City Streets

New York City Streets

I recently spent 5 beautiful Spring days in NYC, of which I took full advantage to explore all things artistic. I visited The International Center of Photography, Aperture Gallery, MOMA, Yossi Milo Gallery, and others. But the true highlight of my visit was walking the streets of New York for hours each day with my Leica strapped around my shoulder and my pockets stuffed with rolls of film. Coming from a relatively small city like Minneapolis I found it exhilarating to see so many people everywhere I went, as if I had a front-stage seat to a Broadway show unfolding

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