How to. How not to.

I couldn't help it. I watched this guy fiddle with his smartphone throughout most of the whale watching. The other two? They had a wonderful time at the front of the boat taking it all in. 

How would you whale watch?

Chicago. Always a Good Time

Almost every year we end up in Chicago the week after Thanksgiving. I have a lot of fun with the cameras. A bit of Chicago street photography.


Tin Man

When we were kids we used to play kick-the-can for hours...kinda like the "alleged adults" in Washington do today except we were kids! When I saw this at a campsite in Michigan I politely asked the campers if I could take a shot of it. "Sure. Please do!" If they had known how difficult it was to control my childhood impulse to kick this thing! Now approaching my mid-sixties, that might not have ended well for me. 


A Walk Around Our City

A few images from a stroll around South Bend on a quiet Sunday morning. See more in the growing DTSB gallery.

Artbeat - Downtown South Bend

It was a beautiful day to be downtown South Bend (DTSB). The main streets were blocked off, turned into a pedestrian-only area and lined with all sorts of vendors. Each was peddling their latest art, crafts, information, food. Some were interactive, creating on-the-spot opportunities to unleash your creativity or watch an artisan do thier thing. More in the growing DTSB Gallery. 

Beware of my X-T2!

Having survived Canon withdrawal after my 35 year addiction, our two week Italy trip was the first trip with the Fujifilm X-T2. I have no regrets! It's an amazing little camera with some serious lens options and a mind blowing feature set. The blazing fast auto-focus and silent shutter option are two features that let you sit literally right beside someone and click's like having a stealth mode. It's certainly not intended for every scenario however, the silent shutter is awesome for use inside operating houses of worship and other quiet spaces; like inside museums where cameras are unwelcome...where museum security fiddles on their smartphone while you silently, discretely snap away.

Fun Kids!

I quietly worked myself into a position behind these fun-loving guys who. as you might suspect, were not exactly awed by the Palazzo Vecchio. They were sitting a few feet away from where we would begin our 416 step trek to the top of the tower, feverishly doing "incredibly important things" on their phones. I then walked around in front of them and engaged them. I told them I had a cool image of them from behind, all on their phones and asked them to give me a "pretend like you're having the best time of your life" pose. No hesitation.

Do you speak Italian?

Over our two weeks traveling in Italy we did pick up a few words that were helpful and polite. I do know what this sign means so maybe I know more Italian than I think and certainly more than some Italian drivers. 😂 #sorrento #italy @taucktravel #tauck #tauckrocks #streetbw #streetphoto #streetsnap#fujifilm_xseries #fujifilm_x #fujixseries #FujIFilmX_US

On the Streets of Italy

Some simple street shots while roaming around Sorrento and Rome. Click any image to enlarge