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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. I continued to use manual focus Minoltas regularly, either the original SRTs or an XE-7 and an XK acquired in 1999 to "update" my kit until just a few years ago.

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 has 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 just a bit as it refreshes itself between shots. With an adpator, I use some of my old Minolta MC lenses while a collection of Lumix lenses grows.

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.

My personal favorite gallery here? The Albany Rural Cemetary.

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 7:11pm PST

Blue Ridge Mountain Scenes

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

Updated: Dec 28, 2012 7:06pm PST


Updated: May 30, 2006 6:18pm PST

Travels in Maryland... Sanctuary Birds

Updated: Aug 01, 2005 3:20pm PST

Paris Scenes

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

Updated: Dec 27, 2010 1:14pm PST

Monet's Gardens

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

Updated: Jan 25, 2005 7:35pm PST

D-Day in Normandy

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

Updated: Oct 26, 2004 11:28am PST

Travels in Oregon

Updated: Feb 07, 2005 10:21am PST

Vectis 17mm

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

Updated: Sep 22, 2014 6:35pm PST

Flowers of 2005

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

Updated: Jul 29, 2005 10:21am PST

Travels in Provence

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

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 11:53am PST

Florida Wildlife

Updated: Mar 28, 2009 7:15pm PST

Florida Wildlife (new)

Updated: Mar 28, 2009 6:37pm PST

Charleston 2010

Updated: May 22, 2010 5:39pm PST

Carewords Dublin 2010

Updated: Sep 25, 2010 11:20am PST

Travels in Paris and Alsace... 2010

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 1:06pm PST

Detroit Kennel Show 2011

Updated: Mar 05, 2011 7:41pm PST


Updated: Dec 31, 2012 1:48pm PST

Australia Visit 2011

Updated: Oct 10, 2011 3:54am PST

The Swag -- Fall 2011

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 1:25pm PST


Updated: Apr 26, 2012 10:03am PST


Updated: Apr 26, 2012 2:57pm PST

Venice at Night

Updated: Jul 06, 2012 6:37pm PST

Quebec City August 2012

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 12:30pm PST


Updated: Dec 31, 2012 1:50pm PST

Cranes... Michigan

Updated: Nov 26, 2012 7:13pm PST

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