Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

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Controlled Chaos


Old City, Morocco -- Sony NEX-5 16mm @F/9.0

Celebrating the release of Bunyan Velo issue number 04, this is another shot from my Morocco bikepacking trip.  A speeding Moped races down the narrow stalls full of people, vendors, goods and bikes.  A crazy scene, which could be described as 'Controlled Chaos' is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. 

You can read about the trip in the current issue and then next week I will upload the full Photo Essay.


February Portland Photo Walk

We met up in the chilly winter air of Portland Maine for some beer tasting and an opportunity to explore the city with our cameras.  Learning to see at night is especially challenging given the extremes of light and dark.  For me, the Leica Monochrome simply excels at this environment.  The camera, with its high ISO capabilities and its beautiful rendition of tones, simply eats up the night light and spits out stunning images.  I love this camera more and more with each passing moment. 

Attached are some of my favorites from our evening walk.  I will be scheduling more walks as the year progresses so please stay tuned.  Part social, part teaching, all Fun.

Portland Photo Walk - 2/08/14

I am planning a photo walk, this coming Saturday, 2/08 in downtown Portland Maine.  The goal is to simply walk the city, sample some of the local beers, and have fun taking pictures.  Any and all are welcome to join in.  Start time will be 6:00 and we will meet at Eventide.  Please email me or comment here if you are planning on attending. 

Below are some images captured on my last Portland Photo Walk.  A beautiful city to photograph at night.

An ode to TMAX

It was my favorite film to shoot during 'those' days.  I don't know why, maybe the grain structure or the big dark contrast, or the way the blacks could really block up on you adding to that intense contrast .... I may actually never know, but in any event the TMAX look very much influenced the way I see B&W. 

With B&W I can focus on blacks and whites and shades of gray, structure, form, shapes and subtleties.  It becomes easier for me to tell the view exactly what it was that I saw and therefore, hopefully, easier for them to see what I saw. These 4 images from yesterday, developed in SEP using the TMAX filter and some of my own adjustments, were captured during my winter ride. 

I brought the trusty Trangia with just enough denatured alcohol to warm up my Snow Peak TI pots and make a lovely cup of tea.  It wasn't cold, but instead raw from the moisture in the air.  Having a cup of tea as I sat overlooking the water was a fitting way to end the day.

2013 Autumn Gales - In the Books

Another successful gathering of paddlers and coaches down in Stonington CT. This event, hosted by Greg Paquin of Kayak Waveology, has become the go-to premier rough water paddling event on the East Coast.  For the 3rd year in a row I have attempted to capture the event to the best of my abilities.  Lots of images left to edit, and as with the AW1 review, I hope to get them all done by Monday.  In the meantime, a few teaser images to get things going....

Mirrorless updates - Going Light, final bits

It has been a while since I totally dedicated myself to traveling with just a mirrorless camera on a trip that I knew would have a great deal of photographic opportunity. For the upcoming Lost Coast trip, in an effort to go lighter and to do a more realistic evaluation I have chosen to fore-go the big Nikon/Zeiss gear and instead travel with a set of small cameras.  The Fuji X100s, the Fuji XE-1 and my small fun&gun Nikon V1. 

It will no doubt be interesting to see if this collection of cameras and lenses can provide me with the coverage and IQ that I typically require or even demand.  There has been much written in the blogo-sphere about people making the switch from DSLRs to Mirrorless cameras.  Well, I can say for a fact, as of right now, there is NO way I would make that a permanent switch -- It would require giving up way to much IQ for my purposes (The Nikon D800/Zeiss combo is simply incredible).  Instead, I choose to view these cameras as tools.  Each having a utility and a purpose along with pros and cons.  Weight and bulk typically versus IQ and focus speed/accuracy.

I wanted to go light on this trip and yet I still want a range of focal lengths.  I want something small, quick and relatively disposable (the Nikon V1) for my 'grab' camera and I want something with more meat, more flexibility, and yes, better IQ -- the X100s and the XE-1 paired with the 35 and 60.  I have always preferred the concept of two cameras with different focal lengths paired together over switching out lenses in the field.  Traveling in lightweight mode, it is simply not possible to carry two D800's, which is surely another great benefit to these small little cameras.

It will be a real life experiment with real life images and a real test to see how this all works out.  From a bulk standpoint they are collectively almost the size of my D800 with Zeiss lens.  From a risk standpoint, they are a fraction of the cost of that kit, which, having destroyed a few D3's on trips, is a relief. 

I have also added a few other bits to the kit, just to try and sort out a few answers for myself.  The RRS L plate for the X100s gives me a nice grip and a quality L plate all in one modular kit.  I have also added the Gorrilla Pod Focus unit mated to a RRS UL ball head.   New SanDisk memory cards and a manual cable release fill out the remaining parts. 

On a bike note, the Fargo has not arrived, so it will be the Ti Mukluk configured as lightweight as I could set it up.  My riding partners are going skinny and I am going Fat -- we will see how this all works out at the end.

Two days and counting so follow along, it is going to be a beautiful ride!!   

The Path

I talk about it quite a bit, the path of life.  It takes us to unknown places no matter how much we try and control it.  Right now I find myself a bit busy, not getting out on the bike or even out on the water in the Yak.  A few moments here and there behind the camera, but definitely not enough to fill my soul...

Yet the path keeps on moving, it takes us where it will. There is no controlling the path-- I can't fight it, just gotta go with it, see where it leads, where it ends.  

The Path