Saturday September 24, 2016

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Here we go with the construction again. Progress isn’t really visible at this point because we’re at the point where the plumber, electrician and heating and A/C guys are doing their jobs.

Day 2536 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Warren CT
Warren CT

On this day four years ago (day 1075): Union Square.

You need a bigger one than that to impress her
You need a bigger one than that to impress her

Thursday August 11, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m shooting with different equipment for the next week. I’ve become very concerned about Leica service, particularly through their New Jersey service center. In April I sent Leica: my 50mm Summicron Asph. lens for cleaning, lubrication and adjustment (after three years of hard, daily service – this why I’m shooting with different 50mm lenses now); my 135mm for “six bit coding” (a routine Leica service); and my new second Monochrom body to have the frame lever replaced because it had fallen off. Here we are in mid-August and these items still haven’t been returned. Only pro-forma communications. They don’t return email. You can’t leave a voicemail message because their voice mailbox is full. This is frustrating enough that I’m considering alternatives to Leica.

Starting today for a week I’ll be shooting a Sony a7rii, the current leader among mirrorless “SLRs”. The terrific thing about it is that adapters exist for almost every type of lens ever made, so it opens a broad range of legacy glass. It has a good 42 meg sensor that delivers resolution comparable to the Leica Monochrom. I own this camera for the occasions when I absolutely need to shoot color, when I really need autofocus, for odd legacy lenses (like my rangefinder Carl Zeiss lenses from the ’30s and ’40s) and when I need a backup. I’ll converting images to black and white.

Here is my first day’s effort with the Sony, starting in the kitchen as I defamiliarize myself with the Sony’s overly complex controls.

Day 2492 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Kitchen

Window

Bike

Museum

School

On this day two years ago (day 1763): Classic.

Mallorca
Mallorca

Saturday June 18, 2016

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’m experimenting today with HDR – that is using software to combine multiple exposures to achieve expanded tonal range. I hate most HDR images. Many are found in Instagram and other online venues. They usually look badly over-cooked and artificial. My objective is to use this technique to save subtle highlight and shadow detail, and to amp up local contrast, but only slightly. The technique require combining multiple exposures so I’m starting today on a tripod – thus the somewhat academic look to the images. I’ll give hand-held a go tomorrow. Shooting with my Leica Monochrom and 21mm Super-Elmar lens.

Day 2438 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2438 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
HDR experiment
Day 2438 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
HDR experiment
Day 2438 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
HDR experiment

On this day last year (day 2073): Alley. One of my better images from my ongoing alleys project.

Day 2073 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Alley redux