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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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It’s been a while …

So where do I start?  Yes, it has been quite a while since I’ve been here blogging.  I did find a photograph I made while vacationing in Florida over the Christmas Holiday to start the New Year.  I could make a lot of different excuses as to why, but they wouldn’t amount to much.  Honestly, I got a bit bored and the time I spent processing my photos was definitely impacting other parts of my life.  I have to remember, this is just a hobby.

So much has happened in the past few months it would be nearly impossible to condense it all in one post.  But, I will try and even attempt to add a few photos to help you, the reader, visualize the past few months.

At the moment, I’m sitting in my sitting at my dining room table convalescing recovering from a complete right hip replacement.  I will get back to this subject in a bit.

After arriving home from my trip to Iceland with my son I was right back on the road traveling for my pilot job.  While on the road during Father’s Day in June I get this text from my wife that she wants to buy me a motorcycle for Father’s Day but not sure what to buy!  (I haven’t driven a motorcycle in over 40 years)  I texted here back that she must want to collect on my life insurance policy!  But no, she thought I needed a little more spice in my life as she thought I’d been bored for too long since leaving the military and especially since flying tactical jets.  Ok, I thought, I will try to play this game.  Since I’d recently got her into a BMW, I knew they too made bikes.  I found our local BMW motorcycle website in Asheville, Eurosport Asheville.

Not knowing if I was really going to do this and knowing that new motorcycles are not inexpensive I looked at the shop’s used inventory.  It’s here I found what looked to be an afordable option.  A 2003 K1200GT.

2003 BMW K1200GT

On a group ride with the Asheville BMW Riders Club.

Since I hadn’t driven a motorcycle in over 40 years I didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement on my driver’s license.  On my days off I completed the written test and the next day I drove the bike home from the dealership.  Later this summer I completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class to receive my endorsement and more importantly learning to ride as safely as possible.

I’ve been tracking my rides with the Rever App.  Here’s an example of one of my rides:


I bought a tank bag and am able to carry my camera in there and have easy access.  I usually just bring it with my 35mm lens attached.  But I have room for my 75mm too.


So back to the hip issue.  For some time now my right hip has been giving me fits.  Well the x-ray said you need a new right hip.  On November 3rd I had my new hip “installed” and I’m currently in recovery.  I still have some movement limitations but progressing along just fine.  So you can see why I have’t done much in the last couple months with my photography.

5 comments on “It’s been a while …

  1. Merrill Stebbins says:

    Welcome back..Did enjoy the Iceland pics..Not sure about the bike thing.


    1. Well the bike thing has been a challenge. One has to have complete attention or bad stuff can happen.


    2. Thanks Merrill, most of my friends don’t understand the bike thing either. I didn’t either but the wife was insistent on the matter. 😉


  2. Aaaahh!! Good luck with the recovery!! Lovely to see some news from you!!


    1. Thanks Xandré, yes its been awhile and I am recovering!


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