Ballard with my MP

Took a short trip to Seattle last weekend to attend a couple of Leica events at both Glazer’s Camera and Leica Bellevue. Both presentations were well worth the drive north from Portland. While I was there I also tagged along on a photowalk, put on by Glazer’s, through the neighborhood of Ballard, north of the city center.

I wanted to only use black and white film which can be a challenge when Farmer’s Markets are so colorful, but back in the day we had no color film so I was committed to doing this. I’m pretty happy with my results even though, at times, I struggle with using a range finder. My eyes aren’t the best for manual focus.

I usually use Ilford film but this past weekend I decided to switch and try some Kodak TriX 400. It’s a bit grainy but I am okay with that. I find 35mm can be a bit that way.

Glazer’s Camera offers monthly photo walks, presentations and educational opportunities. They are a great resource for new and used cameras plus everything Leica. I plan to attend more of these events in the future as I grow accustomed to my Leica MP camera.












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I recently returned from traveling in England over an eight-week period. I didn’t blog on my trip because my WiFi connections were spotty at best. So I will start at the beginning, looking back on some of the highlights of my trip.

While visiting my friends in London I spent a day out exploring the manor house, Knole, now owned by the National Trust. Knole sits on a 1,000 acre park SE of Sevenoaks in Kent. It is an easy train journey from London. Knole ranks in the top five of the largest homes in England. The house itself occupies 4 aces of land.


gate houses

approaching through the gates

For me, its most famous occupant was Vita Sackville-West, who went on to design the famous garden at Sissinghurst, not far from Knole. As a woman she was unable to inherit  Knole from her father. It is something that caused her much grief and resentment.


Knole passed through many hands during the centuries beginning with Robert de Knole in the 1290’s. The house and land was given to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset in 1547 at the start of his nephew Edward VI’s reign. When Somerset was executed it reverted to the crown. In 1560, Elizabeth I gave it to her rumored lover, Robert Dudley, but he returned it to her in 1566. At some point it was passed on to Thomas Sackville and his descendants have lived there ever since. In the long gallery you can view the portraits of past and current owners. Unfortunately the National Trust does not allow photos to be taken of the inside of the house.

You approach the house through a deer park that has been maintained for over 400 years. It’s a lovely walk up to the house.



I have visited this home four times and each time new rooms are open to the public. The house is always undergoing more restoration. Keeping the place dry and protecting the many paintings is of utmost concern of the National Trust.



door detail


detail of one of the many downspouts on the house


view of the clock tower


a view from the tower


creatures on the roof


slit windows, perfect for using for your bow when you want to shoot your enemy


the orangery taken with my Lensbaby Trio lens


saying goodbye to Knole until we meet again

I know I will return again. The house is only open a few hours each day and I still have much to explore.

(I’m waiting for 30+ rolls of film to be developed, taken with my pinhole camera and a Widelux panoramic camera. I will post those photos after I have time to scan them all.)

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WiFi problems

While I was in England my WiFi was hit and miss, mostly miss. That is why I have not been able to post anything for weeks. Soon I should have my 30 rolls of film developed and scanned and then I’ll be able to start posting again about my amazing trip.

Along the way I did some sketching and will share here. I’ve never been able to draw or paint and because of that I put a camera in my hand instead. However, I have found I can get much pleasure by copying from my photos. It was enjoyable and relaxing.

I made a lot of photos of the different post boxes I’d come across.

Must include a phone box:

Visited Cleeve Abbey and discovered these very old floor tiles:

Love the golden glow of Cotswold stone:

Stayed behind these gates in a lovely Bakewell cottage:

For a week I Enjoyed a daily walk past the painted houses in Norwich:

And no trip is complete without the bathroom, loo, picture:

Loved every minute of my trip and can’t wait to see my film photos taken with a Widelux panoramic camera and a Reality so Subtle Pinhole Camera. Stay tuned.

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Finding an ancestor

I found the church where my ancestor, Christopher Barrett, is buried but not his tombstone as most of the stones have disappeared. The church, St. Andrews in Norwich, England is only open one day a week so I’d like to go back and learn more.

The highlight was finding the home he lived in for several years just across the street from the church. He was sheriff of Norwich and then became the mayor in 1634 and again in 1647. He died in 1649. His daughter married Simon Huntington. My Mom is a Huntington. Samuel Huntington signed the Declaration of Independence.

The home was built in the 1500’s and owned at that time by the Suckling family. Many of the original features can still be found in the house, which is now part tea room and also houses the City Cinema.

I sat in the window seat of the once Great Hall thinking how he may have sat here more than 400 years ago probably not drinking tea but ale. Or walked across these floors as I have now done.

His family crest can be seen in the beautiful window I was sitting under.

Thee are so many beautiful architectural details in this home. I seriously was giddy and awe struck. My family was HERE.

I’ve been told that his name also appears on the wall in City Hall so I hope to make it there soon. He married at St Peter Mancroft church so that is also on my list of ‘to dos’ while in this magnificent city.

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Beckenham Hill Park

I have not blogged in ages and want to get back to it. So today I am sharing photos of one of my favorite parks in SE London, Beckenham Hill Park.

It is located just down the street from my friend’s house and I love walking through it on the way to the town of Beckenham Hill. It is quite large and part of the Green Chain walks through parts of London. It is made up of golf course and open walking spaces.

On this particular morning the daffodils were finishing their bloom, the main house was still being renovated as it was in 2015, and the club house was finally finished. I will post photos of it later.

For you film photographers, my film photos will have to wait until I get them back from processing. These photos were taken with a Sony a6500.

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Pinhole meetup

Back on January 28th I took part in a pinhole meet-up with a few photographers from Portland and Seattle. We met at a Chinese restaurant in Portland and then moved on to the Lone Fir Cemetery to make some pinhole images. We lucked out on the weather and so it was a very pleasant day with friends.

These are the photos I made with a Reality So Subtle pinhole camera. The one I used on this day has two pinholes so you can choose a higher or a lower perspective. If you open both sliders then you get an interesting double exposure.

Reality so Subtle

This is the Reality So Subtle 6×6 camera

Lone Fir Cemetery, in SE Portland, has some wonderful old mausoleums and tombstones that got our attention. Many of the Russian stones had photos of the deceased. I don’t know why I didn’t make an image of any of them, but I find them a bit creepy. I’ll  have to go back and get over that and make more images. I hope you enjoy my images.


lunch time. 45 second exposure


Some of our group. I’m on the left. 20 second exposure


deep in thought. 2 second exposure


angels. 5 second exposure


markers. 20 second exposure


One of the mausoleums. 2 second exposure


Long gone but not forgotten, 1939. 1.3 second exposure

I decided to try using a film with 400 ISO so I chose Kodak Portra 400. Some of the exposures were so short that it was difficult to close the slider over the pinhole that quickly. So since these were taken I have added a Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole with thread so that I can add a ND filter and make longer exposures in bright sunlight.

If you haven’t tried pinhole photography I suggest you do. There is no viewfinder and no lens. I am always surprised how many people come up to me and ask about the camera and then ask if they can see the photos on the back. There is no LCD screen. this is not digital. This is old school. Film, a box and your eyes. using a pinhole camera will cause you to slow down, take fewer photos, but you’ll get interesting and sometimes unexpected results. Try it. It will make you a better photographer when you do use a digital camera because you will learn to pre-visualize your photo.


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Widelux in Astoria

Made a little trip to Astoria, Oregon, last weekend to see the amazing Platinum-palladium prints of Austin Granger being shown at Light Box gallery. If you are in the area and get a chance please go see his beautiful work.

I decided to try out the Widelux panoramic camera. this was the first time I had used it. I hope you enjoy my results.

The camera

The most difficult thing using this camera is keeping your fingers out of the way


The Veteran’s memorial


the trolley


The bridge connecting Oregon and Washington




a motel on the right and a derelict building on the left

(I used Kodak Portra 160 film and had my film developed at Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon)

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