My camera of choice, the Hasselblad 500 C/M, Alexandria, Virginia. March, 2016.

Many photographers collect cameras, lenses, and other bits and bobs and seem to never have the right kit necessary to be content.  Not me.  My Hasselblad 500 C/M, purchased piece by piece while working as photographic assistant jobs fifteen years ago, is as close to perfect as possible.

Another quick one from New Jersey – Lonely Zappa at Jack’s Music Shoppe, Red Bank, NJ

Yet another quick one from New Jersey, also made with the new Sigma 35mm 1.4.  Frank Zappa looking on from the racks of a great independent music store, Jack’s Music Shoppe of Red Bank, NJ. Independent music stores don’t have any easy time out there.  If you care about independent or local music, separate yourself from Amazon for a few minutes and stop in to one of the surviving indies out there.  If you find yourself in Red Bank, swing by Jack’s and check out the selection – the curated section is great.  After hitting up Jack’s, swing by Jay…

A quick one from Josh’s house – playing with the new Sigma 35mm 1.4, New Jersey

A recent visit to B&H camera in NYC resulted in me adding a new lens to my kit – the much hyped and eagerly-awaited Sigma 35mm 1.4 in a Canon mount.  The early reviews were all positive and fueled a rough bout of “GAS” (gear acquisition syndrome, for the blessedly ill-informed).  Would it meet the hoopla?  Would I dump all of my Canon glass and go Sigma all-in?  I bought the lens a few weeks ago and have been playing with it since. While visiting my friend Josh / Bullet Tooth / Trustkill (RIP), I saw an opportunity to make…

Three men and an illegal tripod – the Portuguese Cistern, El Jadida, Morocco.

While taking a break from a lazy weekend at the fantastic beach resort Mazagan, I broke away with two great buddies for a trip to El Jadida to see the Portuguese Cistern.  From Wikipedia – Built in 1514, this former warehouse (possibly an armory) was converted into a cistern in the 16th century. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from the little light there is and…