Ogunquit, Maine

On May 7, 2016 a group of hearty photographers gathered on the Ogunquit seacoast to walk and talk photography. This was part of my annual New England Walk (NEWLK) which takes place in various towns across New England.  So far, our group has visited Portsmouth, NH, Salem, MA and Ogunquit, ME.

As an aside, we are now working on plans for our next meet in Quechee, VT for this fall's peak foliage. Details on the website.

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North Atlantic Scallops

Winter scalloping in the North Atlantic ocean is for the salty soul. With whipping winds and subfreezing temperatures, gathering the bounty is a daunting task.

I once again headed out with the F/V Rimrack crew for my favorite catch, scallops. The weather this year was much colder than last year. This time around, we cast off with the raw temperature in the single digits and the wind whipping it right down. The Atlantic was hovering just over freezing.

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New York City

I finally got to give New York City justice with the Plaubel-Makina 670 last weekend during #NYCWLK, an event created and organized by Rebecca & Johnny Patience and Bijan Sabet. As you recall, the first time I took the camera into the city, things didn't turn out as expected. But I knew to use the camera properly this time around. So, here's my quick recap on how the weekend and event went!

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Plaubel-Makina 670 Review

So, after telling you all that I was "done buying cameras forever" with the purchase of the Leica M-A, what did I do but go and buy a medium format camera. This time the 1982 Plaubel-Makina 670. To test this out, I grabbed a dozen rolls of film and headed down to New York City. I know, a little crazy of a gamble taking an untested camera (that I had no working knowledge of), and only this camera, to the city to shoot through $100 of film.

But I was feeling lucky.

And lucky I was not. You see, in my quest to quickly test out the Plaubel-Makina 670 I knew little about, I failed to notice that this bad boy is a DOUBLE-STROKE camera. Without that knowledge, I blew 6 rolls of Fuji Pro 400H.

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The Nice Guy from Rye

It's 4:15am on a bone-chilling spring morning where winter is still holding its icy grip on the partially frozen waters of a small New Hampshire harbor when I arrive at the docks to meet up with Mike Anderson, owner of the 51 foot Novi fishing vessel called the F/V Rimrack. Arriving hours before the typical 9-5 worker hits the snooze button for the first time, Mike is busy firing up the engine and loading supplies with deckhand Brian Flood to set off for the scallop fishing grounds and begin their day. There is no time for chit chat as Mike grabs my hand saying, "We'll talk once we're out of the harbor. Watch your head and don't fall over the side." The next 30 minutes are spent plotting the coordinates for the grounds and navigating the shallow waters of the harbor while filling out the federally mandated log books - both digitally and in quadruplicate on paper.

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