Roses: Macro Photo Experiment

Shooting with an iPhone and a Moment Macro lens is really challenging and fun (listening to music on some AirPods helps with the “fun” part).

It seems counterintuitive but now I see why the Moment folks suggest using burst mode when shooting with the macro lens. It’s difficult to keep the phone steady and close-up lenses are really unforgiving with focus. 

Next time I’ll bring a small, battery-powered light and I’ll shoot a few in burst mode to make sure they’re in focus. But if I forget, the “ethereal plant” look is also cool.


From everything I heard and read online, the STREET / FORM Exhibition in Rotterdam was a success.

STREET / FORM was a Shutter Hub exhibition, in collaboration with Pow! Wow! Rotterdam, that included 140 images by 70 photographers, from 11 countries. The exhibition ran from Sept. 9-15, 2019. 

Here’s the photo I took that was selected for the exhibit:

From Scott Joplin Way to The Hotel Grim. (Texarkana, Texas)

The photo was taken on the corner of W. 3rd St. and Main St. (a.k.a, Scott Joplin Way) in Texarkana, Texas. The evening I took the photo I had just celebrated having a portrait selected for the regional art council’s 31st annual juried exhibition. After the opening reception, I wanted to check out the downtown scene and see all that Texarkana had to offer on a hot Friday night in late July.

The first thing I saw, a block away from the arts center, was a lonely stretch of street that led to the Hotel Grim, in all its abandoned magnificence.

The Hotel Grim, completed in 1925, is an eight-story concrete building with a stone, brick, and stucco veneer; it was the second tallest building in Texarkana. On the hotel’s opening night it was reported that 1,200 people enjoyed dinner at the 250-room establishment. The Grim would become the place for business meetings, weddings, and graduations. Weary travelers stayed there and locals would hang out in its many public spaces and open terraces. 

These days downtown Texarkana is quiet and mostly empty on Friday nights. But the hotel’s description in the national register of historic places does give a glimpse of what a roaring good time I might’ve enjoyed had I only arrived in town eight or nine decades ago.

The photo was taken with a Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and I used the Classic Chrome film emulation.

Small Creatures

I walked around Fort Worth’s Botanic Garden this weekend to take some photos and get some exercise. It has been really hot here lately but there was plenty of shade and lots of small creatures who didn’t mind being photographed. 

Photography stuff

If you’re photo-curious, I shot these images on a rangefinder-style mirrorless camera that uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF). That’s a lot of jargon, but it means the camera, in some ways, approximates the experience of using an old film camera. The difference is that the camera uses autofocus and the EVF helps you “see” the image as the camera does.  

These photos are uncropped, and I made some contrast and exposure adjustments in Lightroom. Per the Garden’s photo rules, I didn’t use a tripod or artificial lights, and I was careful to stay on the labeled walkways. 

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