Some Photos

Here I get to share some of my photos. I would call myself a self-taught, experienced amateur photographer with a lot to learn

Nearly all of the images you'll see here were shot on 35mm, mostly color negative film. My primary camera now is a Canon 7D digital SLR with an assortment of zoom and fixed focal length lenses. Every now and then I shoot with a 6x6 Yashica Mat.

Some of my photographs taken on the island of Martha's Vineyard are available for purchase as digital files at I also have an Etsy store where you can purchase prints and cards. I hope you'll take a moment to visit those sites. My personal site is, and is quite often in some state of disrepair (!)

Sadly in this day and age, I need to also be clear that the photos displayed here electronically are still my property even though you're welcome to look at and enjoy them.

These photos are © Ron M. Hoffmann.

Fourth of July in Boston

This was shot from the bedroom window of a friend who has a very nicely situated apartment. Most years we con him into having us over for a party for the occaision.


Alexis is one of two cats who live with me. She and Pepper (her soul sister) were both adopted from the MSPCA shelter in Boston. Alexis loves to pose (Pepper decidedly does not) and also likes a certain spot on my bed.

Edgartown Light, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Each year for at least the last five running now, I've spent about a week on the island of Martha's Vineyard. This past year I finally photographed Cape Pogue light but that picture will wait for another time.

Coleus plants, Martha's Vineyard, MA

I really enjoyed that one audacious pink flower poking its way through the coleus.

Boston Harbor, MA

An astonishing sky over an otherwise hazy Boston Harbor cruise sponsored by Cisco Systems. All I had was my point and shoot camera; it did OK.

The Swordfish Harpooner, Martha's Vineyard, MA

This striking scuplture by Jay Lagermann can be seen adjacent to the working fisherman's dock at Menemsha. The story of this scuplture can be read at Jay's website. It's a dynamic piece which changes character from beautiful to downright menacing, depending on your viewing angle. Take a walk around it!

Nobska Light, Falmouth, MA

This lighthouse is actually on the mainland, a very short drive from Woods Hole, where the Martha's Vineyard ferry docks. It's well kept as it's the residence of the U. S. Coast Guard honcho for the area. This was shot late on an October day during my return trip from my annual Vineyard trip.

Square Dancers at MIT, Tech Squares, Cambridge, MA

Western square dancing is one of my other hobbies. I've seen very few good pictures of dancing; it seems to be a real challenge to express movement in the inherently static medium of still photography. This is my first attempt. I hardly ever take dance photos since it gets in the way of my dancing!

Thunderbird, Hanscom AFB, Lexington, MA

I'm not a real military aircraft afficionado but I do like going to air shows. I don't take many pictures at the shows, mostly because it seems like a specialized kind of craft, and typically requires bigger lenses than I own. Sometimes I luck out though.

Goodale Orchards, Ipswich, MA

From a roll of test shots with my Yashica Mat 6x6. The place is filled with little vignettes like this on fall days.

Hancock Building, Boston, MA

Shot from the Cambridge side of the Charles river. I've taken lots of these, most of which don't move me in the least. I liked the sky here though.

Fountain, Public Garden, Boston, MA

Taken on a cold day near the end of winter in March 1980. I was carrying the print home after framing it and an acquaintance paid me the compliment of asking me where I had bought it.

Sunset at Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA

This barely captures one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I started after it from 20 miles and a 2-mile hike along the beach away. Then I kept watching for over an hour as the show unfolded. I couldn't have afforded to pay for what I got to see.

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