Good Morning St John’s

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After a night of chasing ghosts, Emily (about a year old at the time) woke up early so I decided we should go on walkabout to see how Savannah transforms from the most haunted city in America to an enthralling architectural and historic beauty. This photo of St. John’s Episcopal Church captures a little of both as the golden light of morning pushes away dark shadows hiding vengeful ghosts. Shot on Fuji Provia 400X film (sadly discontinued in 2013).

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Velvia 50 project: Backyard Sunsets

The new baby, work and life in general has kept me busy. Too busy to post more here, unfortunately. Hopefully today will make up for it. I started a project a few months ago and now it is complete and ready to share!

Not a 365 project, more like a 36 project; 36 frames of Velvia 50 to be precise. Living on a lake has the benefit of viewing beautiful sunsets over the water, so I figured since I’m homebound these days that I would load up a roll of Velvia 50 in my Leica M6, slap on the Voigtlander 21mm f4 and take a photo when one of these sunsets took place. They scanned a little darker than I would have liked, but the point is made. Enjoy!

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Dads: Five tips for the newborn baby

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Whether this is your first child, or not your first time to this rodeo here are a couple of tips I wanted to share from my recent experiences as the dad of a newborn baby. These tips may ring especially true if you are like me and forgot almost everything in the years since another baby arrived, so hopefully this helps you guys out!

1. Sleep is for amateurs – it’s true, no getting around it. You will not be sleeping well for the first few weeks (or months) after the newborn comes home. The a 2.5 – 3 hour feeding schedule which will wreck you and coffee can not save you in the morning. But, keep in mind that it gets better pretty quick and that your newborn baby’s appetite will grow and the amount between feedings will increase until it turns into an as-need basis. So, do not despair on in the timeless dark of the night (or is it morning?) as it felt like you JUST fell asleep and are up again, as this will pass soon.

As an afterthought I often mused this would prepared me for the zombie apocalypse, especially if my children are anything like Carl.

Under the Boppy and Dreaming

2. Always have a diaper under the tush – I learned this one the hard way, at 3:30am. Imagine waking, bleary-eyed and quasi-awake when the LO (little one) starts chirping, signaling the beginning of feeding time. But first the diaper must be changed and its poop of course. Wipe, clean, all set.. or so I thought. I don’t know which came out in greater force or quantity, but my ill-preparedness made quite the mess. Did I mention this took place in my bed? At 3:30am? With a baby crying to be fed? Yeah, make this a priority whenever changing a newborn and never take for granted that they won’t pee or poop on you and whatever surface they are laying on.

Was I napping?

3. Be prepared for anything at anytime – The old Boy Scout motto rings true here. Running to Dunkin’ Donuts for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Bring it all. Another hard lessoned learned as I brought a half-loaded diaper bag to grab a coffee a few minutes down the road. Sure I had diapers, but how about wipes or an extra change of clothes? Nope. By the time I arrived to claim my afternoon jolt of caffeine the baby had pooped, peed and spit out most of the last feeding. I felt terrible and could not let the baby sit in her own mess, so had to take everything off, put the baby with only a diaper in the car seat, and wound up trashing the outfit. Didn’t even make it to DD’s.  Tiny toes

4. Nothing very good or very bad lasts for very long – This is my wife’s mantra, and is a good thing to keep in your pocket for the rough times. Fever, incessant crying that you just can’t stop, trips to the doctor or hospital, are just a few of the many things that may come up during this stage, or at any stage as a parent and keeping in mind that it will get better may be the light that pulls you through.

Snuggled in

5. Take photos – I have this one in spades. Things change fast with a newborn, and it is easy to let the days slip by without capturing the precious moments that you will never experience again with this child. Believe me, it all becomes a blur very shortly after this stage and your mind goes into some kind of protection mode where it blocks the pain out (until the next one), so its a good thing you recorded all those memories as they happened. Right?

Velvia color!

Velvia color

I am back on a film kick, can’t you tell? This was from a work assignment to get relevant photos for our informational brochures and website. I have always loved this photo as it shows the amazing colors that come from the legendary Velvia 50. Shot with my trusty M6 and 21mm lens in beautiful Naples, Florida.

Kodak Ektar 100 First Batch

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Developed and scanned my first batch of Kodak Ektar 100. The photos in less then full sun took a bit of work to get the colors right, but all photos shot in full sun turned out perfectly. Will have to shoot with this film some more to get it right, and pick up a scanner with digital ICE to get those scratches out! Shot with my trusty Leica M6 and 28mm Elmarit.