Orlando in July


As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I recently spent a week in Orlando with my family. A family vacation was a long time coming, and we wanted to visit my grandparents (who relocated to Orlando several years ago to escape the winters), and take advantage of being there to visit the Universal Studios Harry Potter world–both my wife and my son are big, big Harry Potter fans.

I have spent summers in Florida previously, so I was not unaware of the heat. However, my previous trips brought me to the Gulf Coast, which is considerably cooler than the interior of the state. This is a lesson I would learn in the days I spent in Orlando.

I did write a previous entry about this trip to Orlando, which I titled a “Travel Journal”…you can see the post here, and the flickr set here.


The heat is oppressive. In the days we were there, the daily heat index fluctuated between 110-118 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s really hot. We went to Universal Studios the first two days of our trip, and it was enjoyable, despite the heat; the park is really well done, with a lot of attention to detail ensuring that every nook and cranny holds something that Potter-ites will point out and enjoy.Ā The HP section of Universal studios is divided into two sections: Hogshead and Diagon Alley, and you can read more about it here. I would say that if you’re into HP at all, you should go. It is hot and crowded and expensive, but you only live once, right?

Welcome to Universal Studios

HP World



At this point, you’re probably wondering if there was anyone at the park. Yes, in fact, there were plenty of people. It was incredibly crowded, but as my wife always tells me, I have a way of photographing loneliness–even where it doesn’t necessarily seem to exist. But as you can see by the cars in the parking lot, it was full of people. As a matter of fact, in the photography below there areĀ two people.


During our time in Orlando, we also managed to see other things. We went hiking, which despite our efforts to get out early in the morning, left us pretty drained. Still, we wanted to enjoy some of the state parks that the area has to offer. And enjoy them we did, until it got too hot; then we went back inside where it’s cool. We also enjoyed some of the coast, the Kennedy Space Center, and time with family. All in all it was a great trip!

Sweaty Kid

On the camera-geek side of things, this was the final trip for my Olympus EM1. After using it as the main camera all week, I found it lacking a few times, and sold it with all my lenses upon return. I kept the Ricoh GR, which also made the trip; that camera proves time and time again how good it is at what it aims to do. I’ll be continuing with the Sony A7ii that I bought earlier this summer. Ultimately, I didn’t find a place for the EM1 next to my A7ii, GR, and X100T.

Here are some other photographs from the trip. I hope you enjoy. Feedback is always appreciated. The full set of images from the trip can be seen here.



Atlantic Coast, Canaveral National Seashore


Travel Journal: Florida 2015

Having just returned from a week in Orlando, Florida, I have a lot of photographs to go through from my various cameras. However, on a few of my trips over the years I have done what I consider a travel journal. I take pictures on my phone each day and upload them to Flickr for friends and family to follow along as I navigate my trip each day.

Here is my journalĀ from Portugal in 2012 (the first time I did the travel journal concept), which you can go through if you’re so inclined.

Generally, when taking photos with my phone, I have a strong preference for the Hipstamatic app, which I have mentioned before. I find the combination of films and lenses to be a lot of fun to use, and I have always been drawn to the square format since I got my first medium format camera (an old Mamiya C220).

Below are a few more shots from the album, and the full set is here if you want to check that out.

Top 20 of 2013, Part 1

I am a week or so late, but I’ve decided to make another contribution to the endless “Top XX of 2013” lists that have been everywhere of late. I figured I’d post a set of my favorite images that I took last year. I debated on how to present this list; the nature of such a list means that the focus will be on single images. However, having them presented as a set means they won’t necessarily flow well, since they weren’t intended as a set. So I’m presenting a set that doesn’t fit together as a set, which makes it seem a bit disjointed. But try to think of them as individual images.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I will post the second part in the near future. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some images, but this is what is my top 20 as of today (it can change over time). I also wanted to avoid posting a set of images that only included my family and friends.

This first set isn’t in any particular order, but this is the first half of the top 20.

Wyoming, June 2013

London, January 2013

NYC, March 2013

Mount Rushmore, June 2013

London, January 2013

Annapolis, April 2013

Montana, June 2013

Delaware, March 2013

NYC, April 2013

Saint Paul, October 2013


Porto, March 2012

This is a photograph I found as I was going through my negatives trying to find things that hadn’t been scanned yet. I stumbled upon a few sheets of medium format negatives that my wife shot while we were in Portugal on my old Holga (which has since found a new home). Frankly, the Holga can be fun to play with but it wasn’t my favorite thing to use. My wife enjoyed the simplicity and playful nature of the Holga, but she isn’t really one to make photographs.

Anyway, this is an image that I quite like the more I look at it. I spend so much time behind the lens that it’s rare to get an image of myself that isn’t terrible. Part of this stems from my selectiveness with images, and with how few are taken of me. But to get a solid portrait, in Portugal, and with the Holga…what are the odds.

So, for once, here is an image on my blog that I didn’t actually take. But it is of me, so it’s okay. Right?

Classic Road Trip

Sightseeing – Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, SD

This is the final post about the road trip I took out west this summer. I spent almost two weeks with my family seeing the sites across the western United States, driving across vast expanses of terrain and covering thousands of miles in the process.

I have written two previous posts on this trip. The first was with shots taken on my iPhone, the second was with shots taken by my Hasselblad 501CM. Since I have done two previous posts on this topic, I’m going to keep things pretty short and to the point and let the images largely speak for themselves.

All the images in this post were taken with my Leica M6 rangefinder on 35mm film.

Open Road – Badlands National Park, SD

Pathfinder – Yellowstone National Park, WY

Mammoth Landscape – Yellowstone National Park, WY

As I have mentioned before, this trip necessitated a real change in style for me. With no people around, my usual style of capturing images was hard to apply. Then again, maybe it wasn’t. I found times where I slipped into my comfort zone with crowds of people around (as in the image at the top of the page), but for the most part this was for landscapes and nature photography. Neither of these sub-disciplines of photography is particularly interesting to me, nor am I particularly good at them.

But, I suppose you work with what you’ve got at your disposal. The alternative–not to make photographs at all–is, at this stage in my life, unfathomable.

Clouds – Badlands National Park, SD

Ride – Grand Teton National Park, WY

Portrait – Yellowstone National Park, WY

Two Scoops – Yellowstone National Park, WY