GASPARILLA ISLAND FLORIDA – A boating day. All with my Leica Monochrom but three different lenses: the first with my 18mm Super Elmar; the second with my 50mm f.95 Noctilux; and the third with my 35mm Summicron pre-Asph. v.4 (the Bokeh King).
TOBAGO CAYS – We chartered a fast boat for the the day to take us down to Tobago Cays where we snorkeled and had a picnic lunch. The trip back and forth was exceptionally rough. Altogether a fund day. Images with my Leica S.
WAAREN CONNECTICUT – We had some fun today. We were approached by a film production company called Lost Highway Films. Lost Highway is producing a television commercial for State of Connecticut tourism folks. They came across our new old boat (the 1952 Chris Craft) on this website. After some negotiation on fees, insurance and so on we agreed that they could film the boat in action in a segment of the commercial that they were shooting on Lake Waramaug. Today was the day. We had a stressful hour dealing with a dead battery but finally got things running.
I was surprised at the number of people involved. There must have been sixty or seventy in total. So the “talent” (five actors) got costumed up in into the boat, and we spent four hours running around the lake being filmed from a pontoon boat. A lot of fun. I’ll post a link when the commercial is finished, probably around the end of September.
Anyway, here are some images, all taken with my Leica M9 and Noctilux.
The Pontoon boat.
The production company had a still photographer on the team. He had set up a Profoto with a soft box which I borrowed (along with some off duty talent) for this.
Riding back to the barn.
On this day one year ago: A mud slide caused by the remnant of Hurricane Irene. We subsequently built a retaining wall here.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – It’s a relief to be back home. Salt Lakers (and people from almost anyplace else in the country) find it hard to understand how New York can be home. It’s hard to explain but browsing through these pages may give you a sense. I celebrated my return by seeing a Yankees game with Alexander. That’s my fourth baseball game for the season – an unprecedented level on interest for me, driven more by the strong sense of place that Yankee Stadium (and Fenway) have, than an abiding curiosity about the game.
So here’s a street scene and Yankee Stadium, taken with my Leica M9 and a 12mm Voigtländer lens. As a non-fisheye this wide it’s amazing that it even produces an image. It produces serious color shifts with digital cameras, shifts that I correct for by “developing” the images in C1 with an llc correction. No veiwfinder is necessary – I just assume that it takes in everything in the general direction of the front of the camera. Focusing is redundant because of the long depth of field. Results can be weird and unpleasant because of wide angle geometric distortion – I tend to get a lot of junk with it but also an occasional gem.
I got film back today so I’ll be including a few film images each day until I run out of them. Generally taken with my Leica M4, Ilford Delta 100 film, and a dual range Summicron lens.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I stopped by Francesca’s apartment to help her put it back together after a paint job. Then a Yankees game against Texas. This was a sensational day for baseball (but the Yankees lost 10-6) – through a friend we had Legends seating which as you will see is about as good as it gets. Both images with my Leica M9 and 18mm Super Elmar lens.
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS – I had a couple of hours fee this morning in Boston, and actually did pretty well with my Fuji Xpro-1 and an 18mm lens (28mm equivalent). In the evening we were guests of a client at their box at Fenway Park – I caught the Green Monster with my iPhone – five images stitched in photoshop. The Red Sox lost to the White Sox (who in Chicago actually follow this team – I’ve never met a Chicagoan who isn’t a Cubs fan), but we had the pleasure of watch balls carom off of the wall.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – We took our new old boat out for a sunset cruise on Lake Waramaug. The spotlight on this think is irresistible – I’m going to have to break it off to eliminate the temptation to include it in every image taken from the boat. Take with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux.
NEW MILFORD CONNECTICUT – Over the past two years I have occasionally included on these pages pictures of a 1954 Chris Craft that I own with a friend (neither of us get enough use out of it to justify sole ownership). It was having some reliability problems so we have traded it for a new old boat, another Chris Craft. I drove up here this afternoon to check the new boat out with Roger, our friend who restores Chris Crafts. Feels like a silly indulgence, but Maria told me this evening that a very close friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer (which appears to have been treated successfully) so repeat after me: “carpe diem, carpe diem, carpe diem . . .” Images taken with my Sony Nex-7 and 24mm Summilux lens.
Here a corner of Roger’s shop. I got dozens of images like these today. Where to start? Do a project on shops?
The boat’s engine looks great.
More boat. I’m going to try a crop of this to exclude Roger (I often crop to square format – probably as a result of my long experience with a Rollei 2.8 F and Hasselblad film cameras). I’ll post it tomorrow.
On this day last year: Hongqiau Airport. A travel day between Shanghai and Beijing.
NEW YORK NEW YORK = Alexander’s birthday. We made the pilgrimage to Yankee Stadium for a game with the Minnesota Twins. There’s no better experience on a balmy summer evening. It’s not summer but the weather has been unseasonably warm so the evening was in fact balmy. Here’s Yankee Stadium as landscape taken with my iPhone plus a couple taken by Francesca (guest photographer) with the Hipstamatic app.