WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’m writing this in New York where we live most of the time. The images from February 15 and 16 were taken in Connecticut where we have a weekend house. I edited the February 15 and 16 images in Connecticut and somehow only brought a portion of them back to New York. This may not be the best image of the day. I’ll be back in Connecticut next weekend and will update this post if I find something better. This photo-a-day thing is very demanding in terms of having a set and consistent workflow. I’ve edited this entry to include the first two images below. I was separated from these files when I first prepared this post.
Day 1,584 of one picture a day for the rest of my life.
On this day four years ago: Field in Warren Connecticut.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We have an antique linen pillow case framed over our bed – it’s elaborately embroidered in white on white (actually creme on creme). Its very hard to read, let alone photograph. Today I shot it with an iPhone app called TurboScan that is meant to scan documents. TurboScan shoots in very high contrasts and actually rendered the text, “Sempre Uniti,” which in Italian means “Always United”, a declaration of love.
Day 1,544 of one photograph a day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year: Santa Monica Beach.
Santa Monica Beach
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A busy day with my cameras. We drove back to New York (from Warren) to get Maria to a doctor – she’s had a hacking cough for two weeks now. When I arrived I found that FedEx had delivered two packages, one with my 2x tele-extender for my Leica R 280mm lens (which I can use on my Leica M camera), one of the great long lenses of all time. I also received a 75mm Leica Summicron Asph., which it turns out is a marvelous lens. The first two frames below are Baby V (our granddaughter) taken with my Monochrom and the new 75mm. In the next image I’m experimenting with the quality of the out-of-focus portions of the image (so-called “bokeh”), which is creamy and lovely, a real accomplishment for such a highly corrected lens. Finally a couple of out my windows with the 280mm and 2x tele-extender set up on a tripod. Looks fine but this combination is really fussy in use.
Apologies for the gear talk. What’s more important here is that Baby is making the transition, at just short of two months old, to having a personality. You begin to get a bit of that in the series of pictures below, taken over about a five minutes period.
Mother and child
On this day last year: Lipstick building. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 5cm. Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar from 1945 – this lens rocks.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – New Years Day is a quiet day. A time for reflection and list making. My resolutions this year include improving my mastery of my Twitter account and having more fun in the office. Also more time with our grandchild, Baby V, who is in the process of turning into a “who” rather than a “that” and is pretty well documented here. Anyway, I did take a picture today with my Leica Monochrom and 1958 Dual Range Summicron:
On this day one year ago: Maria grunged up. The only usable (on technical grounds) image last year was this genuinely pedestrian picture of Maria, so I resorted to trickery on my iPhone to try to make it more interesting.
Maria and Basil
NEW YORK NEW YORK – One of those busy, distracted days. Here’s an image of some baby debris taken with my Sony RX 100 II.
On this day last year: After Sandy.
Après le déluge
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Packing for Germany and wrapping up in the office. I spent an hour in our apartment shooting down at things with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochron lens.
Tao of the Living Room
On this day last year: Bright day.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Today I’m documenting the most elaborate gift that we have ever received. We have a friend of very long standing who is a London-based architect. For our wedding anniversary he painted in miniature a copy of Tiepolo’s Anthony and Cleopatra with Maria’s face on Cleopatra and mine on Anthony. No kidding. And then he built an elaborate frame to house it. Tiepolo is one of my big three Italian artists of all time. The image Guill selected is lush and voluptuous, full of Tiepolo excesses. Operatic. Just like Maria and me. Wow. (Let’s leave aside the fact that things ended badly for Anthony and Cleopatra.) Here it is in living black and white shot with my Leica S2 medium format camera and a 120mm macro lens from a tripod (I got serious with this one). Actually two frames stitched to maximize detail.
On this day one year ago: gas station.