A morning with the Hasselblad

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I had a handful of hours with this beast of a camera with the threat of imminent rain.

I chose to do fairly straight-forward panoramas of the city from different perspectives: the Incline District in Price Hill, Mt. Echo, Bellevue Hill Park and Mt. Adams.

Two snapshots below. To see them in all their printed glory and our recreation of the daguerreotype, visit the Cincinnati room on the third floor of the Public Library through October.

Recreating a panorama

Monday, September 24, 2018

On September 24, 1848 Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter—using one of the earliest forms of photography, daguerreotype—photographed Cincinnati from atop a building in Newport, Kentucky, creating a sweeping, eight-plate panorama.

170 years later, I was lucky to stand with 4 other photographers to recreate the image with a technologically advanced Hasselblad camera for a FotoFocus showing.

In addition to the recreation we had the opportunity to borrow the camera and take more panoramas behind the city. It was nerve-wracking simply to hold the camera and I blame my shaky hand for soft focus on my shots, but oh what a thrill.

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Some hat tips are in order: Chris Ashwell from Cincy Stories that put this all together, and fellow photographers Sharee Allen, Maureen France and Tony Walsh.

Leaving Las Vegas

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Up at 4am to catch the flight back to Cincinnati.

I said there wouldn’t by many shots inside casinos, but seeing these old mechanical slot machines at the airport made me give in. Plus the whole day felt like a sleep deprived zombie.

The Neon Museum

Saturday, September 22, 2018

I’ve been to Vegas, oh, three times? And I’ve wanted to visit the Neon Museum each trip. Turns out? It’s not that far away from the bustle of the strip.

There are two parts: a garden of signs mostly no longer working visible day and night, and an evening experience called Brilliant that brings signs to life with projection mapping by Craig Winslow. Sadly missed the latter but enjoyed the whimsy, type, color and overall aesthetic in the garden.

More photos from the day


Friday, September 21, 2018

Up at 4am to head to Vegas!

What you won’t see? Much interior shots of casinos or gambling.

I didn’t get that gene, but I dig all the lights and colors.

There are a few more photos from the day.

The Decemberists

Thursday, September 20, 2018


The Decemberists show at the Taft was delightful.

Also? They have a great episode up on Song Exploder.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Putting a whiteboard out to pasture is probably a difficult decision.

Erasing it beforehand seems like a no-brainer.

Waiting room

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

All day at the hospital with a family member having surgery.

Things ended up fine, but there were many moments when heaviness and doubt crept up, and everything, the time we have together, the emails piling up, the scrolling of the feeds, and even taking this selfie, were viewed with a very different lens.

Do what is good, the voice inside said. Always and whenever.