Friday February 5, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – So my Sony A7ii is back from being converted to infrared light. Its bandpass is designed to let in some visible red light which converted to black and white produces a fairly subtle infrared effect. Adding an R72 filter in front of the lens cuts out all visible light and leads to extremes looking effects. I’m shooting today with legacy Leica lenses and an R72 filter.

Day 2304 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2304 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Snow Storm
Day 2304 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
After the snow
Day 2304 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
After the storm

On this day last year (day 1939): Jodhpur

ay 1939 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Hidden beauty

Wednesday July 15, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – This as a catching up with my life day. Fortunately there was a moment of very good light around the evening golden hour so I used a long lens to stitch four frames of a construction site out our window.

Day 2099 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

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On this day four years ago (day 638): Urban abstract. Chain link.

Chain link
Chain link

Friday May 1, 2015

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Not much activity in the photo world today. We had an emergency with Basil the Norwich Terrier – he was badly injured by a neighbor’s dog, which cast a pall on the day.

Day 2024 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Door
Door

On this day last year (day 1659: Cherry blossem bokeh. Not a lot going on last year either. Beware May Day.

Cherry Blossems
Cherry Blossems

Monday April 27, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m very busy preparing for a whole series of meetings. My limited time outside today yielded little in the way of images, but there was a moment of amazing light out my window that I managed to capture in two images.

Day 2020 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Out my window
Out my window

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On this day three years ago (day 925): Spring in NY. As I went back through the various April 27s in the past five years I observed that I shot them all in color and they are all flowers. This is what I call the “Spring trap” and I evidently fall into it this time of year. I’ve re-imagined the image from three years ago as black and white. Interestingly the converted files always look a little plasticy, not as authentic as the Leica Monochrom files.

Spring in NY
Spring in NY

Thursday March 12, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m xperimenting today. I bought an 85mm Nikkor P f2.0 lens on eBay; it arrived today so I decided to try it out. This is a famous lens. It’s from the mid-1950s. David Duncan Douglas was on assignment in Japan in 1950s; his Zeiss Contax 85mm lens developed a problem so in desperation he bought and shot with the Nikkor 85mm. He and his editors at Life Magazine were amazed at the quality of the images; the lens became a photojournalist workhorse and Nikon’s business took off. This lens is in a Nikon rangefinder mount, which is an approximate copy of the Contax mount. I have an adapter the lets me use Contax mount lenses on my Leica gear (an extremely exotic item) but the rangefinder doesn’t couple so I attached the lens to my Leica T which focuses through the lens. There is also an issue with infinity focus that the Leica T permits me to address.

The images are crisp with terrific micro contrast in the midtones. It’s sharp corner to corner by f4.0 – it’s quite impressionistic at f2.0. Bokeh is lovely. Today’s image is a test shot out my window taken with this impressive 70-year old performer mounted on my Leica T and converted to black and white.

Day 1,974 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.

Out my window
Out my window

On this day three years ago (day 878): Flatiron. Shot with a Phase One IQ 180 back on a technical camera.

Flatiron
Flatiron