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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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An Evening in Asheville – 12/18


My wife and I decided to get away for an evening and reserved a room at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville.  The hotel is located a couple blocks from downtown and decided we’d walk around and not have any plans per se.

As we left the hotel this construction site was in full swing.  Dust and debris was in the air.


After we got around the construction we came by the piano bar and thought the light was pretty interesting.  Since I had my perfect subject with me I took the liberty to play around some with the camera.


We continued our walk up College Street and stopped in to the Table restaurant and headed upstairs to their Imperial Bar for a couple drinks.  We still hadn’t decided if we were hungry or not but just wanted to spend some quality time together and enjoy some venues we hadn’t been to before.

While at the Imperial Bar we met someone and were invited to join her along with some others to the King James Public House.



It was finally time to get a bite and our guests recommended we try the Duck Pâté.  It was delicious.  After a bit my wife and I were anxious to cruise some more around town and wanted to find a place with music.  We hailed a ride with Uber and headed to the LAB.  When we got out of the car we couldn’t believe our eyes as the place was closed. What?  There were a couple others hanging around and we asked them where is another club that’s got some music going on?  They said they were going to the Foggy Mountain Brew Pub and that they had live music.  So the adventure continued.



Along our way to the Foggy Mountain Pub it was hard not to photograph this “Alien” mannequin we passed by.


We finally got to enjoy some great jazz music by the Mandelkorn and George Trio.  We stayed till closing and it was time to find my hotel room!  There was not a sole on the streets as we walked back to the Renaissance Hotel.


On our return to the hotel I captured this one before retiring for the evening.

2 comments on “An Evening in Asheville – 12/18

  1. nerdycanuck says:

    I loved the third photograph and the first one. The lighting made the demolition photo pop! Great job.. the third one was warm and nostalgic. The photographs you took where clear and sharp! What camera did you use? If you have a second could you take a look at my blog? Let me know what you think.. I love hearing from different photographers.


    1. Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by. I’m now following your blog and will give it a look! I shoot with a Leica M-E ( and most of the time with the Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH. lens ( When I need to get closer or for my “informal” portrait stuff I like using my Leica APO Summicron-M 75mm ASPH. lens (

      You mentioned the pop and sharpness. Leica lenses create a wonderful micro contrast that really helps define the edges in the photograph.

      A link to how they make their lenses:

      A link to Peter Karbe, Leica’s head lens designer explaining their development of their latest 50mm APO lens:

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