The Dean

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Dan Burkholder © Steven Willard

Informal portrait of Dan Burkholder at a workshop on alternative photo processes before COVID forced him to move classes to the internet. Dan is a well known lecturer, teacher, author of several books on photography processes, and master printer. I have attended several of his workshops and enjoyed them all. I look forward to the time things return to normal and I can join him for another class.

Olympus Pen-F with  Lumix 42.5 f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.

What’s Left

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What’s Left © Steven Willard

We had a storm come through here Christmas Eve night, wind gusts up to seventy miles an hour. Even so, there were a few leaves clinging to this tree.

Olympus Pen F with 15mm Lumix DG Summilux f1.7, processed in Snapseed.

Boston Underground


Boston underground © Steven Willard

Olympus OMD-EM1 MKII with 12-40mm f2.8 Pro zoom, processed in Snapseed and PS Express.

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Landscape with Chair

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Landscape with chair © Steven Willard

iPhone SE with DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal processed in PS Express and Snapseed.

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“Hosta” la vista

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“Hosta” la vista

After an overnight frost it is time to say goodbye to the hostas that grow near the front door.

Olympus OM-D EM II with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom processed in Snapseed.

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What’s left


What’s left © Steven Willard

Thanksgiving week and this is what is left of the lily pads on our little lake, another indicator that winter is on the way.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150 f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed

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Halloween impression

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Halloween impression © Steven Willard

Those gray skies and bare branches are a reminder that it must be time for Halloween.

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The elevator is out of order

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Elevator is out of order © Steven Willard 

British Museum, New Haven, Connecticut, designed by Louis I. Kahn.

I-phone image processed in Snapseed

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The Russians were here

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St. Sergius Chapel, Southbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Just off Interstate 84, in Southbury, Connecticut, is a small collection of houses that look a bit out of place, and the focal point of that collection is this tiny Russian Orthodox chapel that was built in 1930, financed in part by aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky.

Churaevka, named after a mythical village in a book by George Grebentschikoff,  was imagined, along with friend Count Illya Tolstoy, son of Leo Tolstoy, as a getaway for Russian expats to get together in woods that reminded them of home. The cottages, laid out along streets with names like Russian Village Road, Kiev Drive, and Tolstoy Lane, were originally planned as a retreat for a collection of artists, writers, musicians and dancers who had managed to escape the revolution and World War I. Here they entertained guests like composer Sergei Rachmaninov and the actor Michael Chekov. In addition to the chapel and cottages, there was also a print shop built by Grebentschikoff, which published a Russian language newspaper.

The Historic District counts 46 buildings, some converted from summer cottages to year round residences.

In my numerous visits to the chapel, I have never been able to gain access to the interior. While I sometimes find the door open, there is a grill that keeps visitors out, that, and the dimmly lit interior, has thwarted my efforts to photograph the inside successfully. I haven’t given up.

Olympus OMD-EM 1 with Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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How things are

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Not what we’re used to © Steven Willard

Greeted at the door wearing a face mask with hand sanitizer. It’s hard to feel welcome. This is Rhinebeck, New York today, streets blocked to make space for merchants to bring their goods outdoors and restaurant tables out on the sidewalks.

Olympus Pen F with Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.

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