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Trans Siberian Orchestra Concert

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Heavy Metal meets Christmas! While in Connecticut last week, I attended a concert by my favorite Christmas group, Trans Siberian. The auditorium at Mohegan Sun was alive with their sound. From the balcony I managed to get these few shots. . .

"TSO Rocking"


"Dueling Strings"

"TSO Solo"

"First Violin"

"Female Soloist"

"Hot Licks"

Most Expensive Photograph!

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Surprisingly, it was not taken by Ansel Adams or Amy Leibowitz but it fetched a mere $4,3000,000 at a recent auction. I wondered how this image would fare at any local camera club competition.  Without further ado, here is Andreas Gursky’s  ”Rhein II”

Am I missing something here????


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November / December, 2011 Monthly Challenge

              Challenge Record – Twenty-one Nature Patterns!


Show Me the $$$$$$. . .

“The Night” was not a good showing as only seven of us took our cameras in the dark for the Challenge. Let’s see if anyone has a few extra greenbacks or some loose change to shoot. Times are tough but can you at least put in your “two cents?” Images must be shot between between November 1 and December 31, 2011.


“Looking Inside of My Loose Change Jug” – Joe

Steph’s “Yankee Swap Gift” – Quite generous of her!


“Spare Change” – Tom



                     “All In!” – Jim


“Elizabeth II” – Jac



“Changing Traditional Money” – Al


“Old Money!” – Dena


“Leaving Penny Behind!” – Carl



“Foreign ExCHANGE” – Pat



“Money Tree” – Greg



“Half Eagle” – Ron


“The Best Things in Life Are Free” – Diane

Jac MacDonald

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Jac MacDonald


since 2007
In Newfoundland
My 1st camera was a Kodak Retina IIIc with
55mm lens

Fifty-four years of taking pictures. . .

It all began out of utter boredom. I was on temporary duty in Newfoundland, flush with money making
$222 a month! I was unable to drink it all up so I bought a good camera .

And the rest, as they say, is history .

I carried that camera and it’s replacement for the next 21 years behind the Iron Curtain, in combat over the Ho Chi Minh trail, and 48 countries along the way .

Proudly serving our country!


Aerial of Bangor , ME

Stationed in Bangor , ME - Dow AFB - 1957 - 1962


1963 Rouen, France

1963 Rouen, France - Marian and I would picnic at this site. Vienna sausage, Ritz crackers, and a bottle of wine .



Berlin at the height of the cold war - looking into East Berlin .

Stationed at Evreux AB, Normandy France – 1962 – 1964.

Supplied all United States’ interests from Norway in the north to

Kenya in the south, east to India, and all points in between .

Prime responsibility – keep the Berlin corridors open!



1964 - Athens and the Acropolis


Experimental Drop

1967 - Fort Bragg, NC experimental drop including 6 - 100 ft. parachutes, 23,000 # armored personnel carrier, and a tactical nuclear weapon.


At the Airbase

1971 - 72 Ubon Royal Thai Airbase AC 130 gunship in a revetment One of the planes I navigated in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict (as it was called)


Refueling the F-100 fighter

Refueling the F-100 fighter


Daughter Michele

1981 Our daughter Michelle on a 100 mile endurance race.


Back in the USA. . .


Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

The White House Canyon de Chelly, Arizona


Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Jac and Marian on Mt. Hood

Jac and Marian on Mt. Hood

Tout est finis!