Leaving in a couple of days to attend the Look3 Photo Festival in Virginia, so all of my posts for the next week will be 'from the road.' But in prep, I shot a couple of tests using my 4x5 digital camera - really my D3, in 5/4 format, Barry Andersen's 35mm Nikkor and a Nikon Soft 1 filter. I think I'm going to shoot a photo essay on river towns with this technique. The book, in the second photo, is by Charlottesville poet John Casteen, who I struck up an email conversation with a couple of years ago. He used to make tables from reclaimed barn siding and I was hoping to buy one - but he went back to writing and sold all of his woodworking tools. Ah, the power of the written word.