Double “AA”

While driving around Baltimore yesterday, these power pylons caught my eye. Looking at their shapes, with the letter “A” as part of their architectural design, as well as the fact that they were snuggled together like a couple of batteries in a giant toy, calling it ‘Double “AA”‘ seemed appropriate. What do you think?

Which way did I go?

Been on a Black & White photography kick for a few days now and really enjoying it. If I see something I want to shoot and process in color, I’ll do that I suppose. Still having lots of fun with my iPhoneography, posting daily to Instagram (you can find me there as @JacquesGude if you like). May take the X100 (and the iPhone of course) for a photowalk around the streets of DC this weekend to see what I can find. My D700 feels so unloved these days. Heh heh! I think the days of me lugging my DSLR and an assortment of heavy lenses around with me are coming to an end (except for URBEX shoots); more to follow on that topic.

Night Vision

You ever doze off in your hotel, TV still trying hard to wake you, the light of the lamps beside your bed pressing in on your closed eye lids? There’s that inevitable shock to the system as you wake, far too early, as that TV (and the lamp light) break through, your hands in front of your face, protecting against the advance, as the light slashing through your outstretched fingers bleeds through. You reach up to the switch with one had, jamming your fingers as you find the switch… fingering, pressing, twisting, twisting, off! The other hand reaches for the remote, no longer where you left it, now on the floor, fingers marching along the carpet… Found it! Pressing buttons furiously. Must… kill.. TV… Got it! Sleep…

This way up…

As I was going through my extensive backlog of Route 66 digital negatives, I came across this sign I captured with my Fuji X100 at the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas. While I loved the striking colors of the sign, contrasted against a brilliant blue sky, I also thought it might look pretty good in Black and White. Here is what I came up with. By the way, this place has some crazy good pies (quite famous, I should note). They’re know, affectionately, as Ugly Crust Pies. If you ever happen to be in Adrian, TRY THE PIE at the Midpoint Cafe!

That Little Red Dot

In my continuing effort to broaden my photographic skill set, I’ve been shooting a little bit of everything, rather than forcing myself to stick with shooting only Urbex.  Today, I decided to see what I could shoot around the house, and I’ll post some of the shots I’ve come away with here on the blog.  Just like I spent some time playing with my 50mm lens recently, I chose, this time, to shoot with my 90mm Macro lens.  This allowed me the chance to look at things much more closely than I usually do, which gave me all sorts of cool ideas.  Instead of wondering what to shoot, I started to see photographic possibilities in almost everything, from the tip of a knife, to the edges of a flower petal.  I might even post some of those later today, but for now I’ll leave you with a shot of my favorite pocket camera, my trusty Leica D-Lux 5.

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