NEW YORK NEW YORK – This was a day largely spent preparing for meetings happening next week. So I took some images out my window with my Leica T and the marvelous 280 mm Leica Telyt-R lens. We stayed in town this evening to attend an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Lucy at the Explorers Club.
Day 1,856 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve been living with my new website look for a few days now. I like the way it runs on tablets and smartphones. I’m less enamored with the three column look that it presents on a computer. I’ll go back to the drawing board on this over the weekend.
Today I experimented with my Leica T (which has good live view and adapts well to Leica manual focus lenses). Today I shot out our window with a Leica R 280mm f4.0, a long lens that has remarkable charisma. Here you go.
Day 1,826 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I shot out my window today with a long lens, a Leica R 280mm APO, adapted for my Leica M. It’s essentially perfect. I’ve converted the images for today into black and white. I almost never shoot long lenses – this is a rare exception.
Day 1,673 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year (day 1,308): No dogs. I generally avoid pets and babies, but here is an exception.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Tax day. This is ordinarily a pretty grim day. “The ides of April?” But today was actually visually interesting. A trip to our daughter’s office provided a new angle on the local cityscape; a new lens provided a fairly energetic rainy cityscape out my window, and I got some decent images of our granddaughter.
Day 1,643 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day one year ago (day 1,278): Building. Obscured by a tree.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A clear day at last but I’m not fully in the moment so blah images. I sometimes shoot infrared in the winter – rarely in the summer because I don’t like the white leaves effect. Here’s an “out my window” with a digital camera that I had modified a few years ago so that it sees infrared only.
Day 1,586 of at least one photograph a day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I shot this afternoon with a long lens. This usually doesn’t work for me – I see best with a wide angle in my hands. The lens is a 280mm Leica R with a Leica 2s tele-extender. These are out my window in the early evening. The last image required hand stacking two images to get shadow detail in the brick.
I’ve done a careful recount of total days on this project without a missed day. I’m going to start posting the running total daily. Here you go
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.
On this day last year: Lipstick building. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 5cm. Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar from 1945 – this lens rocks.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More experimenting with odd lenses. Today I attached a Leica 280mm lens designed for the dearly departed Leica reflex camera to my Leica M via an adapter and used the M’s electronic viewfinder to focus an frame. This lens has a sensational reputation, which based on this brick wall torture test, it deserves. But it’s a handful and the Leica M’s EVF isn’t very good so it is quite hard to work with.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent the photo part of my day experimenting with my new 28mm perspective correction lens. (Perspective correction lenses let you shift the lens position so that you can shoot a building for example without tilting the camera up; tilting the camera up results in converging vertical lines.) This lens was made for the Leica R single lens reflex camera. It was made by Schneider for Leica and is Leica-branded. The electronic viewfinder on my Leica M lets me use it with an R mount to M mount adapter (mine is made by Novoflex; Leica makes one but they are backordered everywhere). I spent a good part of the day shooting junk, getting familiar with the lens, which does have a bit of a learning curve.
I suffered a near disaster in producing today’s images. Somehow I lost the files. There was a 22-number gap in my Leica M files that included all of June 14. I looked at every possible way of finding and recovering them (including using a utility that recovers erased files from SD cards). No luck. I’m writing this from Connecticut a week after June 14. It turns out that I moved the files from the camera to my laptop in Connecticut, but later deleted them after I thought that I had transferred them to by desktop setup in New York, but actually hadn’t. I routinely empty my trash because trash photo images actually take up a lot of space. Ugh. But it turns out that my laptop backs up wirelessly in Connecticut and miraculously I was able to recover the missing 22 files with Time Machine. You can’t be too diligent about backing up!
Here’s what I had prepared to post for today when I thought that I had lost the files:
On this day one year ago: More trouble. Ironically one year ago was another day plagued by production problems – I walked around all day with a camera that didn’t have an SD card in it. I noticed the error at 10:30 at night and used the last bit of charge in my iPhone to capture this: