Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its sixth year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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February 8, 2014

"OFFICIAL" D7000 DEBUT

... yesterday evening i took my new d7000 downstairs to amy's "we're the new owners" party at the framemakers ...

... a non-biologic flower ...


... my friend, robert, practicing to be a hat model ...


... amy's husband, who doesn't like having his picture taken so i had to be sneaky ...


... today alison and i shared a little wanderabout down to the peabody museum in salem, massachussets, so we could see the "impressionists on the water" exhibition ... we arrived a few minutes before the museum opened, so i spent some time exploring the building ... i was fascinated by the snow clouds atop the skylights ...


... one of the definers of great architecture is that it allows for mystery ...


... and never fails to serve frame for humanity ...


... we saw birds playing guitars (no photography allowed), and then enjoyed the impressionists' exhibit (no photography allowed) ... in the chinese culture area i found this happy fellow ... the illumination level was quite low, such that this was one of the first pictures i'm not sure i could have taken with my d200 ...


... although behind glass and in the shadows, my new camera's sensor had no problem capturing this tiny figurine ...


... i was stunned that i was able to capture the colors in this 8" glass globe ... the d7000 produces excellent images even at i.s.o. 1600 ...


... the same holds true for this ceramic of two japanese wrestlers (hmmm, well, i hope that's what they are) ...


... there were eight or nine shelves upon which dozens and dozens of "mr. nobody" were aligned in rank and file ...


... not quite japanese art ... actually, alison wanted to explore a rather junky consignment store on salem's main street and while waiting i found this little fellow ...


... the museum has an all-time great stairwell ...


... while alison examined the stuff in the museum's gift shop, i sat in the cafe atrium and enjoyed a bit of performance art ...


... after the museum we walked to the other end of town to visit the only building in salem that was involved in the famous witch trials ... actually, the structure was owned by one of the men involved in getting the "possessed" hung (or, for one unfortunate guy, "pressed" to death) ... these are the original icicles from 1629 ...


... finally, with a huge dynamic range, a scene that would have been pretty much impossible to do justice using my d200s ...


... final evaluation ... some buttons are awkwardly located, the mode button should have a lock of some sort, and i'm going to have to glue shut the little rubber access door at the base of the handgrip ... but, overall, this camera's a keeper ...