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when winter comes, you won’t be sorry for “wasting” a sunny autumn day

And there is no better companion for a time wasting walk than a camera.  Playing around with a very narrow depth of field in the garden on the corner, with sort-of-impressionistic results … the striped ornamental grass is cheerful and … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: mysterious objects from the distant past

Do you know what these things are, and what they’re for?  If you know, can you remember the boxes they came in, the sounds they made, the way they smelled?  How ridiculously angry you would get when one worked only … Continue reading

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red, green and bronze

Red, green, and bronze: Virginia creeper in the rain.  I was exercising the weather resistance of the K-30 and the DA* 55mm f/1.4 lens we call the Mouse (Or maybe “Maus”.  I’m not sure yet.)  in the backyard this morning, … Continue reading

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the mystery of the missing bedroom

Two visits to the Art Institute two weeks apart enabled me to discover a secret passage leading to a mystery.  The secret passage is the one connecting the second floor of the new Modern Wing to the Impressionist galleries on … Continue reading

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the temptation of the byzantine dog mosaic

I could resist the human figures, the stag, the camel, even the giraffe, but I snuck my phone out of my pocket to take two illicit photographs of the Byzantine mosaic with the little dog. Can you blame me, really? … Continue reading

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old school photography to blow. your. mind.

No, we’re not talking about film here.  No Instamatics or Polaroids,  not even a box Brownie.  No, we’re talking daguerreotypes, a marvelously complex system for making a photographic positive on a mirror polished metal plate. The year is 1848.  The … Continue reading

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you save big money, big, big money …

Almost all Americans who live in the part of that big, big country we call the Midwest can complete that sentence with the phrase “when you shop Menards”.  Menards, for those living elsewhere, is a regional big box store. 90% … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: magritte in photographs

More Magritte photographs– not photos of his work, but photographs of the man himself, all connected with his famous painting “Attempting the Impossible”.  (See previous post.) There is a famous photograph of Magritte posed in front of an early version … Continue reading

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today in my mailbox

These are the twilight years of two great American cultural institutions: the daily “snail mail” home delivery and the print magazine.  Fortunately for those of us who grew up with, and are very fond of, both of them, the desperation … Continue reading

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truth in surrealism

As I get my notes organized to write about the Magritte early works I saw at the Art Institute last week, here’s a favorite later work of his that hangs in the regular galleries where photography is allowed.  “The Banquet” … Continue reading

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