NEW YORK NEW YORK – Most Sunday evenings we have a “family dinner” with our children, and now grandchild. We generally try to cook but sometimes resort to takeout. This presented an opportunity to catch up with my imagery of Victoria Campbell, now six weeks old, and known to me now on these pages as “Baby V”. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochron lens.
On this day last year: Gate.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – More of Baby V. Shot with my Leica S2 and a speedlight.
On this day last year: Won’t these people ever leave Mustique? Selfie with the Monocrhom and Nocti.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Laura, Alexander and Baby V joined us here for the weekend so you’re getting . . . a gallery of baby pictures. The first is with my Leica S2 medium format camera and 120 macro lens. Focus with the lens hunts like the devil in an application like this. It’s frustrating. I’m tempted to chuck the whole thing and buy a Nikon. The rest are with my Leica Monochrom and f.95 Noctilux lens. Remember that I have a love hate relationship with this lens.
On this day last year: Still on Mustique. Also taken with my Monochrom and Noctilux.
NEW YORK NEW YORK and HUTCHINSON RIVER PARKWAY – I shot out the window while driving earlier today at the worlds ugliest cell tower, which is located at the pit stop on the Hutch. Then back home with Laura, Alexander and baby Victoria. I freshened up my collection of images of our granddaughter with my Leica S2 medium format camera.
On this day last year: Hay.
Luke Tanner’s Hay
tNEW YORK NEW YORK – A day of experiments. There’s a scanner app for the iPhone called Turbo Scan. It’s a document scanner that I use to scan documents (often after I’ve annotated them) and send them to people. Very high contrast. So using it as a camera is like photographing with a copying machine. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s weird. Here’s a selfie done with Turbo Scan.
I’m putting a second image up today. I walked around all day with my Leica M with my f.95 Noctilux attached. For those of you who don’t know about it the Nocti is a very, very fast 50mm Leica lens. I had a 3-stop neutral density filter on it so I could shoot at f.95 in daylight. The Nocti is very large and heavy. It’s the devil to focus at f.95; I’m using it on the M with an an attachment that lets me focus through the lens. Just seeing if this combination works. It was just ok. The look of this lens, which I’ve always had an ambiguous relationship with, isn’t really me. As you will see below it is quite distinctive, rendering from the 1950s. For now I’m going to stick to Luxochron (the Leica 50mm Summichron Asph.) as my main normal lens. Of course I’ll continue to hold the Nocti as an investment (one of the best that I’ve ever made). The second image below is with the Nocti.
The Nocti steps out
On this day last year: Bride of Franenstein lighting.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Baby Victoria Campbell enjoying a leisure moment. This is my screen saver on every digital device that I own. Feel free to use it as your screen saver. Taken with my Leica S2 medium format camera and 70mm lens (normal focal length on this camera).
On this day last year: Birding.
NEW YORK NEW YORK = Another weekend not in Connecticut. This was for a good reason though: Andrew Solomon’s birthday party. Many interesting images with my Sony RX100 II – here’s one of the best:
Andrew’s Birthday Party
On this day one year ago: Peter Cooper.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More of baby Victoria Campbell with my Leica S2 medium format camera.
More of Victoria
On this day one year ago: big rat.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve mentioned that Laura and Alexander are living with us while their kitchen is being finished, right. And that her due date is Friday and we’re timing contractions and going back and forth to the hospital. I started to give up hope on seeing a baby today so I went out on the street with my medium format Leica S2 and caught a dog’s eye view picture that I had noticed earlier while walking Basil. But mid-day Laura went into the delivery room in a definitive fashion, and . . . Welcome to the world, Victoria! Here’s our first grandchild, about 30 minutes old in these pictures, taken with my Leica S2, 70mm lens and a speed light.
Basil eye view
On this day last year: Partners.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A selfie taken in Dr. Lodge’s office. I’m here for a flu shot but in the process we found a deer tick so I get a blast of antibiotics (against Lyme disease) as well.
On this day last year: Tractor pull..
Antique Tractor Pull
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.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Cocktails with our friends Doug and Judy Hamilton and Pilobolus, a dance company. All taken with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochron lens.
On this day last year: Bermuda.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – A perfect day for a lovely party put together by some neighbors. As you scroll down you’ll see an Aunt Alice shot – a lineup of people squinting into the setting sun. I object to these in principle but have decided to start taking them as a documentary record. Complain to my editor if you don’t like it. All images take with my Leica S2 and 70mm lens.
On this day last year: Urban poetry. A construction site in Manhattan. Proof that color has a function, despite by bias toward black and white.
KENT CONNECTICUT – We had lunch with friends in Kent. I took my Leica S2, which is a very large camera – eccentrically so in an era of iPhones and professional photographers moving to mirrorless compacts. People didn’t seem to mind. Interestingly, even at web resolution you can see that the medium format S2 offers an advantage in three dimensionality and texture.
On this day last year: Pool.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – I didn’t feel like photography today so I procrastinated and ultimately found myself at the far end of the day here with my iPhone in my hand. Some 20 years ago I paid $3500 at an out of the way auction for a set of 18 Edward Curtis gravures from his North American Indians body of work done around 1905. (This is a lifetime best for me in terms of purchasing photographs.) Interestingly Curtis’s project, which ultimately included 1500 photographs, was commissioned by JP Morgan. By 1905 the Native American way of life was badly impaired so the images are often posed reenactments. Here’s a Nez-Perce man photographed by Curtis via my iPhone:
On this day last year: sunlight redux. A continuation of a theme.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – This is not another cheap shot of Basil the Norfolk Terrier. It’s actually a picture of Francesca. She’s the out of focus one in the back with the top of her head cut off.
Taken with my Leica S medium format camera.
On this day one year ago: Scouting.