Wait, Amazon sells books? Really? Since when?? :D

Last month, I visited the Great American Train Expo at the Empire State Plaza.  The train show features working models and layouts of various train sets.  For hobbyists, there are also train ephemera and memorabilia from popular lines, so you can really have fun at these events. As I arrived at the train show, I…

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Chuck’s Best Photos of 2019

So I do this every year around this time … I go through all my photos from the past year, some that have won awards, some that didn’t but I still think they’re awesome, and I recap them in this year-end blog special.  Hopefully I’ve captured your favorites from the past year as well.  That…

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One final adventure with Leica Green

Last Sunday, I transferred ownership of my Leica M3 (“Leica Green”) to a rising photographer for her future use. But before I gave her the camera … I took one or two “final photos” of Leica Green. It’s a similar pose I used with Leica Green when I was first gifted the camera; I based…

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The future adventures of Leica Green

I’ve owned my Leica M3 (“Leica Green”) for several years now.  It was gifted to me by a wonderful blog reader, and in the time I’ve owned the camera, I’ve had it re-leathered, added a nice strap, and shot several dozen amazing images through it.  I’ve shot with print film, slide film, black and white…

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Holy crap, how did I forget that I took this photo?

I experiment with different film and digital techniques.  This is how I operate. And some years ago, I rolled some 120 AGFA Scala film onto a 620 spool, and shot eight exposures in my Kodak Medalist II camera.  I sent the film off to the only place in the world that is capable of developing…

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My first snowflake photo of the 2019-20 winter season

The snow arrived.  And it arrived in big sheets.  We have a veritable winter wonderland today. And while everyone else is racing to Stewart’s for toilet paper and beer … I’m making sure I have all my connections.  I want snowflake photos. Last year, it took a while for me to get all my settings…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train … 2019 Edition

Let’s start from the top.  The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train travels throughout the Northern United States and Canada, bringing holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of people.  If you bring donations of food or money for the local food banks to the train, attendees receive a fun 30-minute concert of holiday tracks and pop /…

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The 2019 PhotoCenter of the Capital District Members’ Show now has a theme …

The PhotoCenter of the Capital District is a great organization for experienced and first-time photographers to advance their crafts.  They hold a “Salon Night” on Tuesday evenings, and there are various “members’ shows” throughout the year. In the past, the PhotoCenter has hosted two “members’ shows” back-to-back – a “Best of the year” show (all…

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