Faces in the Crowd

BTW, I did look at the cars…A LOT OF CARS, at the Chicago Auto Show. The crowds were exceptionally good for people watching on opening day. My cameras did a fine job of capturing many of the beautiful humans enjoying the show.

SCUBA Gear

Nothing spectacular. Just having fun playing around the SCUBA gear with my Leica QP. I am loving this little camera!. I shoot RAW+JPG. I use the monochrome JPG setting. The JPGs never need adjusting. I crop them a bit here and there and that’s about it. The colors are great too. I just love the Leica black and white.

Nemo! Found!

Albert fulfilling a life long dream…SCUBA! So happy we finally accomplished this. The process stressed him out a bit. Scenes like this made it all worth it. So glad the dive master grabbed a few shots!

Mid-Winter Warmup and SCUBA!

Albert’s Christmas present for 2018 was finally making a decades old bucket list item happen. PADI Open Water SCUBA certification. Mission accomplished! We picked the coldest week we’ve had in years to go to Maui to make this happen. Lucky us.

Ice Carving!

Fun to watch these artists. Beautiful art accomplished with chainsaws, chisels, awls, sanders and other tools. Hunter Ice Festival, Niles, Michigan.

Wandering the Hotel

There are fun shots just about everywhere, especially where you find people!

More Leica Fun

I sat sipping a coffee. I’m sure they thought I was reading my new camera manual. It was certainly being leafed through occasionally as I picked up the camera. fiddling with this and that. The touch screen will focus where you touch it and take the image. I know other cameras do this. It’s just cool to see it happen. It also works great with the Leica Q-P app from my iPad or iPhone. I know you can see the differences, besides the colors, in these two sets of images. Stay tuned.

Messing Around with the New Leica

The camera found some interesting stuff while I was roaming around a local cemetery.

A 50 Year Old Bucket List Item!

It’s been almost 50 years ago! It was 1969. I was a 16 year old kid standing in a camera store in Nairobi, Kenya, with my own money, buying my first camera. I had used my dad’s Yashica-Mat 124g and Nikkormat for a couple years. I got the photography bug…from concept to all the darkroom stuff. There weren’t m(any) places to get your photos processed out on the plains bordering the Maasai Mara where we lived. We had a closet that doubled as a dark room. When in use the chemicals stunk up the tiny house in which we lived.

That was such a memorable day. I could take you to the spot today, assuming it’s still there, around the corner from the New Stanley Hotel. I knew I was getting the beautiful black Nikkormat and the 50mm f/1.4 lens. It’s what I was familiar with. However, I had to at least put a legendary Leica in my hands, hold it, feel it, touch it. I admit, I may have fondled it just a little bit. I was a kid. Don’t judge me!

The Leica just wasn’t in my price range. I knew it was a stretch but hoped that one day I would have one. New Years Day 2019 was the day! 

I am fortunate and grateful to have not had to work for several years. 1/1/2019 was a special day. Late in 2018 I turned 65. I set up my pension payments to begin on 1/1/2019. Officially retired. My wonderful husband was not going to let that slip by unnoticed. His generous, loving thoughtfulness has struck again.

So, nearly 50 years after having drooled just a bit over that now ancient Leica in Nairobi, I am the proud owner of the amazing Leica Q-P! I must say, it was worth the wait.  And, my dear Albert, WAY BETTER than expected, WAY BETTER than a party…a 50 year bucket list item! Your love and thoughtfulness has no limit. I still find it hard to believe you picked me. Thank you for a wonderful life.

I intend to play with the Leica over the next few days. There will be some “not very pretty” images as I play around with the new camera. It has to be done. I love the Fuji’s. Not a big secret that I’ve become a Fuji fanboy after selling my 20 years of Canon accumulation a couple years ago. I’m getting old. I’m tired of lugging the heavy stuff around. I hope my Fujis don’t get their feelings hurt!

Christmas Eve

Messing around with the bog boy cameras. Fuji X-T3 and the macro lens. And the Christmas decorations.

A Beautiful Frost

As you know, I’m not a big fan of cold weather. Having grown up in Kenya, I’ll probably never really enjoy it. I tolerate it. I do love taking winter images. We’re a bit low on snow this year. I’ve got the cold weather coats and snowshoes ready to go. I’m not upset there’s no snow. I am ready for when it shows up. Here are a few images from a recent frosty morning.

21 Years!

My wonderful husband! We’ve been together 21 years. If you know me, it’s hard to imagine anyone putting up with me for 21 days…21 hours…21 minutes! Albert is an amazing person. I adore you!

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Big Snow Today

Thanksgiving is behind us so this is going to be a pretty common event for the next TOO MANY months. We took advantage of a day above freezing the day after Thanksgiving and got the holiday yard stuff up. Yay us!