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At The Rolling Thunder Parade: Gallery Of Images

Posted in 50mm Apo Summicron Asph, Leica Images, Leica Monochrom, photography with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2017 by johnbuckley100

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All images Leica Monochrom (Typ-246) and 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

Donald Trump may have gotten 4% of the vote in the District of Columbia, but in certain precincts over Memorial Day Weekend here in the Nation’s Capital, we’d bet his vote was higher.

One can’t help but be moved by some of those who come each year, many by motorcycle, to celebrate Memorial Day.  For everyone who comes for fellowship, a good ride, a fun weekend, there are others in possession of raw emotions, more than 40 years after the Vietnam War, and memories of their loved ones and earlier selves.  We came upon this fellow sitting by himself, a few yards from the Wall.

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This ritual each year means a lot to our visitors who roll in from around the country.

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And some wars are never over.  (We see this guy here every year.)

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While some wait patiently for the Rolling Thunder motorcycles to come roaring by, others go into the pedestrian mall set up every year, to buy food and insignia, motorcycle gear, even holsters.

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And while few are still on active duty, some carry their rank with them wherever they go.

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While others carry the burden of their lives in the sadness of their eyes.

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Tulip Frenzy’s Top 10 List Of Black and White Photographs We Took In 2016

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Last week, we published our personal faves among the various color photographs we took and published in 2016.  We understand that photographers tend to be known by a particular “look” and sensibility, that many feel the need to commit to either black and white or color.  We couldn’t if we tried.

We look deeply saturated colors — and the purity of monochrome.  We love going out some days with our Leica Monochrom in hand, viewing the world in black and white just as if we had a camera loaded with Tri-X Pan.  On those days when we are either deliberately shooting monochrome, or in the end, that’s the way we process them, we are just as happy, and in some ways even more so than when we shoot color.  We love grey scale, tonalities, the otherness and permanence of an image in black and white.

The one above is our favorite for the year.  Below, in no order, are our nine others.  And for those who like black and white photography, we think you’ll like the galleries on our sister site, Tulip Frenzy Photography.

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Leica MP-240, 35mm Summilux

 

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Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux

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Leica Monochrom, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

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Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux

SL Review-5Leica SL, Vario-Elmarit SL 24-90mm

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Leica Monochrom, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

Tulip Frenzy’s Top 10 List Of Color Photographs We Took In 2016

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 17, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Leica MP-240, 50mm APO-Summicron Asph

If we are so critical of the music we listen to that, at year end, we actually rank it into Tulip Frenzy’s 2016 Top 10 List (c), shouldn’t we apply the same sensibility to our own photographs?  Well, hard to do, especially with a genuinely self-critical eye.  So should we instead simply list our own favorite photographs from the year without necessarily a rank order? Perhaps that’s better.

With the above image certified by its positioning as our favorite color photograph of the year, let’s follow with nine other favorites that, alas, fall in no particular order.  After all, you wouldn’t really want to list your children in order of favorites, would you?

This is somewhat revealing about a life split between cities and Greater Yellowstone, about photography split between Leica Ms and the new and incredible Leica SL.  What couldn’t make a Top 10 list are photos of tulips, and our other favorite still life images.  So let’s cheat a little. Here are our favorite 10 color images we took this year, followed by a lagniappe, a special gift: two favorite images to offer an even dozen. Oh screw it, three and we will call it a Baker’s Dozen. (You’ll understand why we needed to add that third one…) And tomorrow, or soon, we will publish our favorite black and white images we took in 2016.

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Leica MP-240, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

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Leica SL, Vario-Elmarit 24-90

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SL ReviewLeica SL, 50mm Nociliux

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And now, the bonus three images we are compelled to add.

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Leica SL, 50mm Noctilux

And finally, we cannot publish favorite color images for 2016 without this one of our favorite girl, Violet, who died in September.

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The D.C. Funk Parade Is A Reason To Live In The Nation’s Capital

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 8, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Lord knows, Washington, D.C. has its problems.  But for an afternoon in May each year, they are all forgotten as the U Street corridor, from the newly gleaming, insta-neighborhood of North Shaw to the once-again de facto center of the city — 14th Street — becomes a carnival mixing young and old, African Americans and everyone else, straights and gays, families and singles.  And that doesn’t even include the Funk Parade itself, which goes from the Howard Theater to Ben’s Chili Bowl.  Just a few hours after the President gave the commencement address at Howard, and just a few hours before the Washington Capitals stayed alive by beating the Penguins at the Verizon Center, the city came together, as it does each year, in a reminder of why it’s great to live in cities, and not just cities per se, but the Nation’s Capital.  Here are some photos that should give you a flavor of what the day was like.  All images taken with a Leica Monochrom (type-246) and 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph.

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The Marigold Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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The Azalea Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 22, 2016 by johnbuckley100

Our backyard is in riot.  Washington, D.C. Leica SL, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph.

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Snow And Cold Rain A Gross Insult To The Tulips

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 9, 2016 by johnbuckley100

We took the Leica SL with the 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph out on a cold, rainy Saturday to find whether there was any sign of the Tulip Frenzy.  Found it, and my, what a nice rig this is to work with.  But tulips should not be subjected to such abuse.

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