Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Makin' Coffee

Trying out a new way to make good coffee using a Chemex flask.  First you weigh the coffee beans and use about 2 grams of coffee beans for each ounce of water.  Works out to about 1 cup of beans to 3 cups of water.  Then you grind the beans.  Only takes about 3 minutes to hand grind the beans.  Put the grounds in the cone filter in the top of the Chemex.  Pour a little hot water over the grounds just enough to wet them and watch them swell for about 30 seconds then slowly pour the rest of the hot water over the grounds as the water trickles through.  Makes great coffee and it was real easy, even as a first try.  Kind of fun grinding your own beans too. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fuji X100

Well, I tried out the Fuji X100 but just couldn't quite fall in love with it (but it was close).  The two main reasons I decided to sell it over my existing Olympus E-PL2?  For me the lack of image stabilization is the main negative and of course the inability to change lenses is the second negative.  In comparisons between the two at slower shutter speeds (around 1/30 to 1/60) I was consistently getting sharper pictures with my Olympus.  The fixed lens I could live with but I have grown to love image stabilization.  It truly adds a couple of stops to your low end for usable pics.  If this was a micro four thirds body with image stabilization I would be in heaven and would never have to buy another camera again:o)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Horny Toad

Taken a few months ago.  I'm packing right now.  I have to be up at 3am for a 6am flight to Oklahoma City (via Denver). 

Friday, May 13, 2011


This is a picture that I took yesterday of my dog Missy down in North Carolina (back in Baltimore now).  This was taken without a lens on the camera.  I just used a piece of plastic with a hole in it for a lens.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Flight attendant Susan with Dennis Hopper (God rest his soul) last year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


This is John Dillinger's actual car, a 1933 Essex Terraplane, as seen at Baltimore Washington International Airport this morning.  It's a gorgeous car that I would love to be driving.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Live for Today

This was the old Palmer House Restaurant at 100 N. Eutaw St. in downtown Baltimore.  It was a hotbed of activity for 50 years with politicians, reporters and the theater crowd.  Now just one of the many boarded up abandoned buildings which are everywhere.