AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS – We’ve met up with ten friends from all over Europe who share a common bond: the are (or are married to someone who is) celebrating a major birthday right about now. With a lot of help from Maria we’ve organized ourselves to come here for three of four days to visit the Rijsmuseum , which has been closed for eleven years for renovations, and generally to have fun. Obama was here last week; thank God we weren’t because security rendered this city immobile; his photograph speaking in front of The Night Watch, the most prominent picture in the Rijsmuseum’s collection, was widely published in the US.
Anyway, enough idle chit-chat. The new surroundings have energized me so I’m suffering a bit from shutterrhea. The landscape images today are from the first few hours after my arrival, in the lovely light that inspired Vermeer. The final two images are of our group of friends in the library of the Rijsmuseum.
Day 1,626 of one photo a day for the rest of my life.
On this day two years ago (day 896): Dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson’s iconic masterpiece.
Dinner at the Four Seasons
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Baby V gets wet. Big event today: our granddaughter, Victoria, was christened at St. Ignatius. Here are some images.
Day 1,591 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
More Baby V
On this day one year ago: Dark.
SOUTH KENT, CONNECTICUT – We got together with some friends this evening at a Jason Wright’s house for a New Years Eve celebration. Most of the lighting was provided by halogen down lights, which make the art look good but aren’t great for photographing people (look at the pattern on the wall in the background below). I struggled a bit but finally ended with a nice images of John Novogrod, taken with my Leica Monochrom and Noctilux lens.
On this day last year: Junk Truck.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – This is more like it. Children and grandchild have arrived so the pace has picked up. Basil the Norwich Terrier seems to be in the middle of everything, looking for food in the Christmas wrappings.
On this day last year: Luke’s junkyard.
WARREN AND ROXBURY CONNECTICUT – Another foggy, winter day shot with my Leica Monochrom and 135mm APO Telyt lens – two frames stitched. Later, a party with the same camera and Noctilux lens.
On this day last year: New old lens.
New old lens
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Here’s where the week delay between shooting and posting hurts. Here’s a perfectly fine, if boring (tedious, really) Christmas image take four days before Christmas when it was timely and posted today, when it is stale. Oh well . . . I live and learn. Not a great day photo-wise.
Hmmm . . .
On this day last year: Subway via an antique Zeiss Jena lens on my Monochrom:
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We attended a birthday party for Alberto Vitale, with my ever-present partner my Leica Monochrom and Noctilux lens.
On this day last year: Robert.