Friday, August 28, 2009

An old retiree

Seen in a storefront window in downtown Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Shot with a Leica MP, 35/2 Summicron ASPH, and Kodachrome 64 film.

More Kodachromes from Madison Farmers Market

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kodachrome in Madison, WI

Here's one from my Kodachrome project. A street musician playing around Madison's Capital Square, taken this past spring.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Free Kodak film!

When it comes to Leica, I'm mostly a film shooter. I do have a Panasonic LX2 that I occasionally use, and it sports the Leica name on its lens (whatever that means). But this post is really nothing more than about some film I just received form Kodak...some free film!

It's part of a Kodak flickr group expired film give-away to promote Ektar. The first 400 people to respond to the offer received 10 rolls of expired Kodak color film, and one roll of fresh Ektar film. This is what my friendly UPS driver delivered today!

Time to load up the Leicas!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Practicing lines

Shot with a Leica MP, 50/f1.4 Summilux lens, and Kodak BW400CN film @ EI 200.

Friday, August 14, 2009


The piece we sang was called "Glorious".
And my wife was too. :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Oh, that legendary Leica glow!

The latest pictures of Zoomer (aka: Captain Z), taken with my Leica MP, 50/1.4 Summilux (pre-asph) lens, and Kodak BW400CN film. I have used the Leica Summilux lens more than any other over the past year. I am constantly amazed at the beautiful way it renders portraits. It has a type of "old world" feel with it's subtle vignetting and the famous Leica glow.

The first two pictures I took after giving Zoomer his daily massage. This is to help his rear leg and back from getting tight. His body gets a lot more stress in this area since the amputation, and helps him from getting painful cramps.

This one my wife took when she came home and saw us lazing around after the massage/bonding session. I would say she does quite fine shooting that manual rangefinder Leica. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Promise of Living

My wife (left) and her friend sing, "The Promise of Living", from the opera The Tender Land by Aaron Copland.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Verdi's Quartet

This was my first time singing opera!

From left to right:
Femi, Mike, yours truly, and Byron.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Eastbrook Orchestra Concert 2009

The orchestra concerts that I mentioned last week ran for two nights, with our performances in two different venues. Wednesday night, we performed at Milwaukee's Washington Park bandshell. I hadn't lined up a photographer for that location, but I did have two at work for the next evening at another, newer bandshell. Fortunately, one of them was also at the first night, but unfortunately I had spotted him after my part in the program was over. But he will be dropping off a CD for me, so I'm hoping to see some of the first night's performance on it also.

Washinton Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscape architect who designed and supervised the creation of New York’s Central Park. I believe the park was created around 1892, and the bandshell was built about 1938. During it's heyday, the concerts held here were heavily attended and hosted legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. But that was a different era, and for a long time, the bandshell stood vacant and stood in a state of sad decay. Several years ago work began to restore this beautiful gem.

And this is what it looks like today. It was an incredible place to sing, with acoustics that could easily be described as heavenly. The evening was truly perfect. The temperature was not too hot. And the air was still, allowing the sound to come through clean and clear. The experience was a LOT of fun, and I felt so priviledged not only to sing in this venue, but also to be able to sing with the level of singers I did. It was truly an evening I will never forget for the rest of my life.