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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December 8, 2014

X-E1 STUDIO WORK

... alison said she was coming over for our annual christmas picture taking session ... as usual, i expected bella to be the star of the show ...


... the thumping on the stairs should've been a clue that was more than alison and bella arriving ... soon my apartment was filled with alison's people ... as an experiment, i decided to use my new fujifilm x-e1 for the picture taking ...

... jakob and trinity ... mechanically, the x-e1 was clearly out of it's element doing this sort of photography ... its image recording buffer is rather limited, so it's difficult to shoot sequential images quickly, and it's a bit slower focusing than my nikon d7000s ... when it comes to the quality of the image it records, however, it holds its own, if not actually surpasses, the nikons ... these pictures were taken using a thirty year-old olympus zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens ... a very impressive performance, if i do say so myself, but, then again, it's pretty hard to go wrong with this amount of cute ...

X-E1 1ST WANDERABOUT

... 20°f outside, windy, but i needed run errands and i figured today would be a better time than tomorrow, when it's predicted a nasty rain-to-freezing-rain-to-rain-then-finally-to-freezing-rain-again storm is supposed to hit central maine ... i put the just in from japan 16-50mm lens on my fujifilm x-e1 (dōmo arigatōgozaimashita, mr. chifumi sato), and drove down the east river road to augusta ...

... i'm not sure, what with the cover of snow and ice, but i think that a long, long time ago pa may've owned this car ... we used to snuggle in sleeping bags atop the roof to watch the northern lights (automobiles were once made of very thick metal) ...

... across the road, one of central maine's many dairy farms ... the kennebec river runs its course in the steep valley behind the buildings ...

... here's the same interpreted in black and white ... you can use the little comment box to register your vote ...

... last night i watched a movie while i practiced manipulating the x-e1's many control dials, knobs and buttons ... having already focused upon my floor lamp, i decided to direct my attention to one of my shelf racks ...

... during the day i found a portrait of robert as he did a bit of research concerning a new consumer product that i think is going to make some astute investors very, very rich ...

... the x-e1 and i, we're getting much better acquainted ...