Friday March 17, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Still shooting with the tiny 28mm Summaorn lens, a Leica re-issue of a lens introduced in 1955. It really has rekindled my interest in this focal length, which I’ve been neglecting for a while. Good light in Manhattan (which is covered by dirty snow drifts – the residue of the blizzard) and an image of an image.

Day 2,710 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Manhattan
Manhattan
Manhattan

On this day two years ago (day 1,980): Thornwillow Press

Thursday March 16, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – The highlight of my day was a visit to our doctor’s office for my annual echo cardiogram. There was nice light on Park Avenue.

Day 2,709 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Manhattan
Manhattan

On this day two years ago (day 1,979): Kitchen I was definitely hard up last year – reduced to shooting a vase of tulips.

Day 1979 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Venini Vase

Tuesday March 14, 2017

WARREN CONNECTICUT – We had a major blizzard today – not an uncommon occurrence in these parts at this time of year. Both images taken with my Leica Monochrom and1955 replica 28mm lens.

Day 2,707 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Warren Ct
Warren DT

On this day two years ago (day 1,977): Another storm If you need proof that March isn’t spring in New England, here’s another blizzard from two years ago.

Storm
Storm

Saturday March 11, 2017

WARREN CONNECTICUT – This was a working inside kind of day – hanging pictures and cleaning out closets. I took a break from household drudgery to do a series of test images to assess the quality of the out of focus portions of the image (the quality of so-caled “bokeh”) for every 50mm lens that I own: a 1945 f1.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar, a 1962 Leica f2.0 “rigid” Summicron, a modern Leica Summicron, a Summicron Asp. and an f.95 Leica Noctilux.

There was no clear winner but the rigid Summicron, Summicton Asp and Zeiss Sonnar excel, and the Noctilux has a very special character. In this context what I mean by “excel” is smooth transitions from the in focus and out of focus portions of the image, and a creamy quality in the latter. Images below are from the modern Summicron Asp. at f2.0 and the Noctilux at f.95.

Day 2,704 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Warren CT
Warren CT

On this day three years ago (day 1,608): Chambers Street

Day 1609 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Manhattan Borough Hall