The New Year

I love the turn of the year.  It's a great moment to pause and take stock of what's working well and what needs adjustment.   Last year I wrote a post called  Staying Balanced and think it's a good time of year to bring up this conversation again.  I had a good conversation with my friend John about the post.   We are all busy and sometimes one of these projects needs to take a much bigger priority.  

The Leica M10: A Visual Review

As I mentioned, my Leica M9 and Leica Monochrom have finally met their maker, quite literally since I traded them back in at Leica Ginza.  Those cameras have treated me extremely well over the past 7 and 5 years, respectively, and will be missed.  I've been shooting with the Leica M10 for a few weeks now.  The short answer: I love it. 

Time for a Change (Part 2)

This is the final post with my Leica M Monochrom.   This camera has served me well for the past 5 years.  It has traveled the world with me.  But, I'm really enjoying shooting the Leica M10 and ready to move on.   I'll start posting some M10 images soon.  More on why I'm changing in my last post

Time for a Change (Part 1)

I've been noticing a lot of spots on my images when I am shooting at f/11+.  I could really notice it when I am looking at the images large.  I brought in both my Leica Monochrom and my Leica M9-P to Leica Ginza to have the sensors cleaned.   My long time Leica customer service rep Naoki came out looking a bit concerned. 

After the Storm

Amazingly Japan has 17 public holidays.   The way the holidays fall this year I end up with 6 three day weekends this fall.   They have arranged them in such a way that you get a lot of long weekends.  This weekend happens to be one of them; 文化の日, or Culture Day was on Friday. 


I looked at the images I've collected on my Monochrom after the past few weeks and they were all more or less of modes or places of transportation; Trains, Subways, Airplanes, Train Stations and Airports with very little scattered in between.   It's understandable given the amount of travel I have been doing. 

Recent Cities

I just got back from recent trips to Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne Australia.  Both are places I haven't been to in a really long time.   I was last in Ho Chi MInh was on a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with my dad.  It has changed and developed so much since that time.  It has been even longer since I have been to Melbourne.

Around Jiyugaoka

I have been reading Angel by Jason Calacanis this past week.  It is a book I have been waiting to be released for a long time.  Jason is a well know Silicon Valley Investor who turned $100K USD in investments into $100M USD.  He was an early investor in Uber, Thumbtack, Wealthfront and a few hundred other companies.

Constantly Moving

My wife says I'm like a little mouse that can't sit still.  When I'm not physically moving my mind is moving a million miles an hour.   This year has been no different.  I've had a lot of travel so far this year with trips to London, Mumbai, Osaka, Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, LA and Singapore twice.

Spring Focus

I have been very focused on a pet project for the past few months using what little free time I have on it.   20 minutes here, 30 minutes here, a Saturday afternoon here.   It's amazing how much you can get done with little focused amounts of time. 


The week before last I was in Mumbai for the week for business.   I think this was my 20th trip to Mumbai in the past 15 years.   It's amazing to see the massive transformation this city and all of India has been on.   

Moving Forward

Life has kept me very busy lately without much personal time.  I have had a few business trips to start my year.  I had a trip to London in January and a short trip to Singapore in February.  Unfortunately both had very packed schedules that didn't get a chance to get out and shoot.

The Start

I'm wrapped up 3 weeks of leave yesterday and headed back to work.  I never used to be able to take time off at year so it's nice to finally be able to.  I travel and work a lot throughout the year so I really cherish this time to unwind and catch up at home.  

The End

I have officially stopped traveling for 2016 with my final two trips of the year to Bali and Taipei completed.   My traveling has come to an end for the year.  My total travel for the year 174,660 miles.  Wow what a year of travel!

Analog Future

I'm in a film phase right now and I am going to try to shoot film for the foreseeable future.  I have a small wine refrigerator filled with a few hundred rolls of film waiting to be shot.  I have a few really cool expired ones in there too. 

Eventually they stop laughing

I like people who stick to their convictions in spite of opposition.   I think all too often people either stay with the norms or quickly adapt to the popular opinion or approach when facing challengers.   People should feel comfortable and confident to stand up for what they believe in and prove others wrong with their actions and results.


I have continued to focus on my guitar playing as of late.   I'm still not very good but it's something I am really enjoying.   I go to lessons once a week and try to practice for a least 30 minutes each day.  I can see slow and steady progress which is very satisfying.