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How The Mighty Have Fallen


The America’s Cup on display at the annual sailboat show
Annapolis, Maryland — October 2015
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

This trophy once represented the very pinnacle of American pride, ingenuity, and sportsmanship — the America’s Cup sailboat race.  At one time, it represented the longest winning streak in the history of all sports, as it was successfully defended by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) for 126-years — from 1857 to 1983. Continue Reading →

Serene And Peaceful Now


Gettysburg Battlefield in the spring
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — May 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.

While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.

A New Day For General Grant


Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.

Fort Lincoln At Point Lookout


View from the northwestern side
Point Lookout State Park, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

My dad and I were in this exact spot yesterday… I wonder if he’ll recognize this shot?

We dashed down to the tip of southern Maryland to explore the Civil War history of Point Lookout (it was the largest Union prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers, holding some 20,000 at one point), and it was his first visit to the area — it’s always a plus for me to take him somewhere he’s never been to before.

Vintage Look


Interior room of Fort McHenry
Baltimore, Maryland — September 2015
Leica IIIf + Voigtländer Ultron 35/1.7 ASPH
Arista Ultra 100 + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I was totally surprised by the dated appearance of this image, as it looks like this straight from the negative and without any heavy Photoshop editing done to it.  In fact, the whole roll of film looks like this.  I seriously doubt if I can repeat the results again.

Best In Show


Ford Model A
Central Maryland — September 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

We had a classic car rally to support a good cause, and this was best in show — a really fine specimen of a 1930s-era Ford Model A coupe.

Through The Window At Fort Lincoln


View from the enlisted barracks
Point Lookout State Park, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Point Lookout State Park, at the very tip of southern Maryland, has Fort Lincoln situated at a strategic location within the park.  Built just before the end of the American Civil War, the fort never fired its guns in anger; but today — over 150-years later — it is slowly losing the battle against rising seas and shore erosion.  Originally constructed as a four-sided earthen fort, now only three of the four walls remain — and the rest of the fort will eventually disappear in the coming decades as well.

Art — Then And Now


I thought it would be worth trying to see if I could replicate the viewpoint that I had when I painted the watercolor scene in the upper left en plein air back in 1989. Continue Reading →