It appears it's that time again.
Most years at this time I go on a short family vacation, and as I had a family situation arise last Thursday that's going to keep me busy for a while, I think it's best if I put the Gone Fishin' shingle on the door and close the TOP shop for a week or so.
Despite the lack of forewarning, for which I apologize.
The caveat is, I'm still going to have a lot of time and I'm pretty sure I'm going to want to write a post or three. So even though I'm "away" on "staycation" and on a limited schedule, I'll most likely still do some writing. So please don't be a stranger.
We are planning a print sale for September that will feature two of Carl Weese's 7x17-inch in-camera view camera panoramic platinum/palladium prints. Like many pros Carl likes being a jack of all formats and media, but I secretly think 7x17" Pt/Pd is what he's best at. (Don't tell him I said that.) We haven't yet chosen the images (well, Carl has his candidates nailed down but I haven't rendered my 2¢ yet), and we don't have a for-certain start date yet. Carl is completing experiments on a beautiful new paper he's very psyched about.
More news when I have it.
A photographer's town
Recently I got to visit Albany, New York (capital of the Empire State) for a short time. The weather when I was there was gorgeous and I was blown away by Albany—I guess I didn't know what to expect, so it took me by surprise how beautiful and interesting a place it is. I cured my itch for a Touit by latching the XF 14mm on to the camera and getting out for three hours or so for some intensive photography. Fun. Saw pictures everywhere, most of which I didn't even take—one of those days. I'm currently in the familiar "Wow, look what I did!" stage with the pics, but it's possible a few of them might in fact survive the "Maybe that isn't so great after all" stage which comes later. If I still like any of them after a week or two I'll post more of 'em. Above is my version of a standard "this means Albany" shot, of the famous (forget it, I'm not writing "iconic" any more) statue of Philip Schuyler, the Revolutionary War general and early Senator.
I want to return to Albany (and the nearby towns of Schenectady and Troy), perhaps with a local tourguide, for some more exploring and some more photography. I met some nice people there and really enjoyed wandering the streets and public spaces, and had to leave much too soon.
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