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.
ANTIGUA – Today I worked with my Leica Monochrom and Leica 50mm Summicron Asp. lens (which I call the “Luxochron”), shooting wide open with a .9 ND filter (three stops). The out-of-focus rendering of this lens is amazingly appealing (to my eyes) for such a highly corrected lens. The close up of the water lily flower was taken with my iPhone 7, which gives good service as a close up camera.
Day 2,689 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK and ANTIGUA – A travel day – not usually my best. I caught good light in our apartment before we left, and some sea grapes and a tree at dusk in Antigua. The tropics are a major challenge for me: how many ways can you photograph a palm tree. The solution clearly is to get out into the community which we’ll try to get a start at this trip. Shooting with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asp lens.
Day 2,683 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Tomorrow we’re leaving for Antigua for a week, so this was a “get organized” day. I actually got an OK image around the apartment. Shot with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summiicron ASP lens – my go to combination.
Day 2,682 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here’s an shot from a window on Sixth Avenue of a neighboring Mies van der Rohe knock off. Six frames stitched with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron FLE lens. Also an image from the reception area of my office.
Day 2678 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.