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You'll see from the galleries here that travel photography is a special passion.

I've been doing that since 1968, when posted to a NATO headquarters in Izmir, Turkey for service in the U.S. Army. That's where I bought my first SLR cameras, two Minolta 101s.

For years my only auto focus film camera is the Vectis S-1... received as a gift and not valued until the first travel trip in 1997 when the reduction in size and weight was much appreciated. The APS format had limitations (film choice, negative size if you want prints larger than 8x14, and slow aperture lenses) but used with 100 ISO film and a tripod when needed, this was my preferred travel kit unitl about spring 2010 ago when I purchased a Panasonic G1.

The G1 and lenses has similar size and weight advantages as the S-1 (to my surprise, it is lighter than the S-1) and a magnificent view finder if you don't mind waiting as it refreshes itself between shots. With an adapter, I use some old Minolta MC lenses while a collection of Lumix lenses grows. The G-1 does not often see service now as I've added a GF-! and then a GX-1.

I travel often in my work. A Contax Tix APS camera came with me for a few years. Probably the best lens on any APS camera. In 2009 I purchased a new but ancient in digital terms Contax Tvs Digital. Yes, I'm a bit fascinated by unusual cameras. The Tvs did yeoman service on a visit to Denmark in 2009 but the tiny LCD screen expired early in 2011. Since then I've stayed with the Panasonic and micro 4/3 format.

My personal favorite gallery here? The Albany Rural Cemetery.

If you decide to use Smugmug services after visiting here, go to to start your account... you will receive a $5 credit to your fee.

Enjoy the photos. Travel well. Photograph often!

Bob Johnson

Featured Galleries

Travels in Provence

Images from a September-October 2008 visit to areas of Provence.

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 11:53am PST


Eyes of a Raptor

The owl and the hawk were at the Audobon Society's annual Carefest exh ...

Updated: Oct 18, 2007 10:11pm EST

Blue Ridge Mountain Scenes

Mid-May in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, near As ...

Updated: Dec 28, 2012 10:06pm EST


Updated: May 30, 2006 9:18pm EST

Travels in Maryland... Sanctuary Birds

Updated: Aug 01, 2005 6:20pm EST

Paris Scenes

Paris is, as many of you know, an astounding city. I have been three t ...

Updated: Dec 27, 2010 4:14pm EST

Monet's Gardens

A rainy April day not far from Paris... on the way to Normandy. Commen ...

Updated: Jan 25, 2005 10:35pm EST

D-Day in Normandy

D-Day photos taken during a 1999 trip to Normandy and Brittany and sep ...

Updated: Oct 26, 2004 2:28pm EST

Travels in Oregon

Updated: Feb 07, 2005 1:21pm EST

Vectis 17mm

Photos taken with the 17 mm lens on a Minolta Vectis S-1 camera. Origi ...

Updated: Sep 22, 2014 9:35pm EST

Flowers of 2005

Flowers are everywhere, including the home gardens where these images ...

Updated: Jul 29, 2005 1:21pm EST

Travels in Provence

Images from a September-October 2008 visit to areas of Provence.

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 2:53pm EST

Florida Wildlife

Updated: Mar 28, 2009 10:15pm EST

Florida Wildlife (new)

Updated: Mar 28, 2009 9:37pm EST

Charleston 2010

Updated: May 22, 2010 8:39pm EST

Travels in Paris and Alsace... 2010

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 4:06pm EST

Detroit Kennel Show 2011

Updated: Mar 05, 2011 10:41pm EST


Updated: Dec 31, 2012 4:48pm EST

The Swag -- Fall 2011

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 4:25pm EST


Updated: Apr 26, 2012 1:03pm EST


Updated: Apr 26, 2012 5:57pm EST

Venice at Night

Updated: Jul 06, 2012 9:37pm EST

Quebec City August 2012

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST


Updated: Dec 31, 2012 4:50pm EST

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