WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA – A worse than usual travel day. The Federal Government seems to have started a job action in pursuit of the “sequester”. This has left air traffic controllers short-handed leading in our case to a three and one half hour delay for a two and one half hour flight from West Palm to LaGuardia. Here’s the inside of the bus from the car rental lot with my iPhone:
Car rental bus
On this day last year: Rock Center.
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS – This was a travel day to Boston. I had an hour or two to walk around with my Leica Monochrom in dull, flat, uninteresting light. Not much came of it. Here we are at the entrance to Chinatown, Boston-style, taken with my Leica Monochrom and 21 mm Super Elmar lens.
On this day one year ago: Flatiron Building. Actually the Flatiron Building’s shadow.
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.
Life on board
On This day one year ago: Lava lamp.
Lava Lamp and Jim Dow
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – A long travel day from New York to Mustique, our favorite island paradise. If you’ve been following these pages you know that my work on air travel days generally sucks. This, taken with my iPhone, is not as bad as usual. I’m down to three cameras at this point (probably a lifetime low): my Leica S, my Leica Monochrom and my iPhone. This simplifies travel but it means that I really depend on the iPhone because it’s my only “pocketable” camera.
On this day last year: Magical light transforms Naples Florida.
Magic light trumps banal subject
SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA – We started the day in Manhattan and ended it in Santa Monica. Maria is here on business and I’m tagging along to explore Santa Monica and Naples and to drive up to Camera West in Rancho Mirage to trade my extensive Phase One and Alpa technical camera gear for a Leica S medium format camera. The technical camera actually brings out the worst in me – my shooting gets cramped and stilted (to my eye) once I put the camera on a tripod. More on this in future posts. For today I shot this fellow artist on the Santa Monica pier (a refuge for harmless sleaze) with my Leica Monochrome and a 35mm Leica Summilux wide angle lens.
Here’s a no-no. A pet. Basil, our splendid Norwich Terrier. I’ve sworn never to post pictures of pets or cute kids, so this is bad behavior on my part. Taken with my iPhone and processed a bit.
On this day last year: a travel day at Midway Airport.
BETWEEN NEW YORK and BARBADOS – More insides of airplanes. I seem to spend a lot of my life supporting the air transportation system. We are on our way to Barbados, where we will connect to a small plane for Mustique. Here’s Maria in repose (a rare sight) captured with my iPhone.
Maria in repose
On this day last year: Weird science from Paula Hays.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here I am on a US Air shuttle on my way to Boston. Guess what? Rain delayed departure. We’re held on the tarmac because of the very low ceiling. Lucky that I’m on the first flight of the day – the incoming aircraft for later flights aren’t going to be able to land. So here’s the weather out the cabin window with my iPhone. I don’t usually recommend shoot out of airplane windows (the results are usually miserable) but this might be my only chance to photograph today. The second image shows the same storm from 30,000 feet. Point of view matters.
Rain delayed departure
Olympian view of rain
On this day last year: birthday party.
PAGET BERMUDA – We’re staying at the Coral Beach Club, which we were given an introduction to by a friend’s aunt way back when we were first married. We’re actually here with our children to celebrate our anniversary (today) and Maria’s birthday (yesterday). Still chugging along with my Monochrom. The weather was cloudy today – remember what I said about the reliability of the weather in Bermuda? Anyway, some images, first of the church of the oldest Protestant congregation in the Western Hemisphere:
The oldest church
An interior of the same church (done with the Monochrom and my 18mm Super Elmar):
Oldest church interior
The barista gets athletic:
The athletic barista
On this day last year: Food.
Chicken Eggplant Swiss Chard
PAGET BERMUDA – Still here. The great thing about Bermuda is that it’s close for us: two hours flying time from New York. The not great thing is that it’s too far North (the same latitude as North Carolina) to have reliable weather. Anyway, here are a few more images with the Monochrom.
On this day last year: Maria has a birthday.
Maria has a birthday
PAGET BERMUDA – I’ve done something weird. Here we are on this island paradise and the only camera in my bag is my Leica Monochrom. That’s the one the shoots only in black and white. Here in pastel mecca. But for better or worse I’m here with the Monochrome and four lenses, a terrific light travel kit.
I’ll start with a sunset and then move on to a mini gallery of images from today without comment.
On this day last year: Morgan Library.
AMTRAC TRAIN SOMEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT – I took the train back to New York and had a chance to catch up on editing photos and writing posts. Here’s from my seat on the train with my Fuji Xpro-1 and an 18mm Fuji lens:
More film scans from Italy, all taken with my Leica M3 and 50mm Summilux lens on XP-5 film.
On this day last year: Home sick.
MILAN ITALY – One last day of tourism in Italy. Maria has finished her meetings so she was able to join me visiting Villa Necchi, Pinacoteca di Brera and shopping on Via Spiga and Via Montenapoleone. One this is clear: these Milanese do design and retail like no one else.
So here are my captures for the day, tank with my Leica M9 and 24mm Lummilux lens.
Maria sees the big picture
On this day one year ago: a sick day. I’ve cropped this to be one of my favorite headers for this site.
Chinese porcelainChinese procelain
SWITZERLAND FROM GUARDA AND ZUOZ – No, I’m not making these place names up at random. Zuoz is a real place. We got to some pretty high altitudes today. I felt in a Black and white mood once we left Guarda. All taken with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.
On the trail
On this day one year ago: Carl Schurz Park.
BETWEEN SCUOL AND GUARDA, SWITZERLAND – A day of practicing yodeling. Actually not really, I can’t sing at all. We hiked for a bit, took a chairlift to gain some altitude then set off on a serious hike. We typically cover 8 to 15 miles in a day. Our sensational guide, Ken Fuhrer, does a great job of assessing what we can do and then pressing us for just a bit more.
Bunches of pictures – once posted I’ll come back to try to edit these down a bit. All taken with my Leica M9.
Chair lift taken with Leica 35mm Summilux.
Taken with a Leica Wide-Angle Tri- Elmar at 16mm.
Taken with my 90mm Elmarit:
Taken with my 35mm Summilux:
Cheese on the hoof
More wild flowers
On this day one year ago: Sergei.
Dinner in the kitchen
LAS VEGAS NEVADA – I’ve chosen not to dwell on the looniness of this place – it’s been amply documented by others. Here we have an image caught with my Sony Nex-7 while leaving town.
On this day last year: Portland Oregon parking lot.
Parking Lot Portland
BOCA GRANDE FLORIDA – A sad morning. We’re packing to go back to New York. We took a pre-breakfast walk down to the beach. We’re on the Gulf of Mexico facing West, so phnotography is better in the evening here than in the morning. This is what I got at the beach club with my Sony Nex-7.
Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
On this day last year: Caboose Gallery.
Kent Caboose Callery