UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 414 – Travel days are hard for me as a daily photo blog guy. My gear is compacted into travel order so I do a lot with my iPhone. Here’s a surprise: there were major God-rays as we climbed out over the Central Valley from San Francisco.
This is day 1,562 in an unbroken string on my daily photo blog.
On this day one year ago: Third Avenue.
UNITED FLIGHT 1120 – Well here I am on the way to San Francisco where I pick up a rental car to drive to Groveland California, which it turns out is the home of the oldest continuously operate saloon in California, the Iron Door, which dates to 1849, the first year of the gold rush. I’ll be joining a group of kindred spirits there to photograph Yosemite. The plan was to shoot Yosemite with a snow cover, but under current drought conditions there isn’t a single flake in evidence. This was taken on the flight to San Francisco with my iPhone.
Day 1,556 of one image a day for the rest of my life.
United flight to SF
I caught this more conventional image before leaving for the airport with my Leica Monochrom camera.
On this day last year: Looking uptown. This is the image that I posted last year:
This is an image taken on the same day that I wish I had posted.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – This is my fourth anniversary. I’ve posted a picture every day since October 16, 2009. I’ve reproduced below my October 16, 2009 picture, a Jean DuBuffet sculpture, that was my first post. This is my 1461th consecutive daily post. (I’ve written a dozen or so posts more than 1461 because on one of our Africa trips I wrote more than one post a day.)
I’m planning on continuing until they bury me. There’s no point to this work other than the blog itself. I get occasional revenue from it as magazines ask for publication rights to images – this just about covers the cost of my hosting service. I have no plans for commercializing it.
For today we’re still at Schloss Elmau with perhaps one of the best pictures of our stay here. It’s a joint portrait of Maria and me.
On this day one year ago: Second Avenue Subway.
Second Avenue Subway
The first picture in my now four-year photo a day effort, from October 16, 2009:
Jean DuBuffet “Four Trees” One Chase Manhattan Plaza
SCHLOSS ELMAU GERMANY – A couple of observations. Some days are better than others. This was not a better day. Despite the alpine scenery my photographs were meh.
Every day before I leave home base I take a picture to make sure that the camera has a memory card, a charged battery and settings that are not off in outer space. When I shot film every roll began with a picture of my shoes. Today the random image from our room at the schloss was the best of a poor lot so I’m posting it. Don’t blame my Leica Monochrom for the results.
On this day one year ago: Red Rooster Drive-In.
Red Rooster Drive In
PORTLAND OREGON – Back to New York on an early morning flight from Portland. I had a window seat (I usually prefer isle) so I shot pictures out the window with my Monochrom and 50mm APO Summicron Asph. This usually doesn’t work but today it did because of interesting morning light on the ground and interesting late afternoon light above the clouds.
HUMLEBÆK DENMARK – We went to Louisiana today (the modern art museum, not the state). I find this place irresistible. It’s sited on a commanding hill overlooking the Øresund Sound, which separate Denmark and Sweden. There was an exhibit of Yoko Ono’s work that I ignored, preferring to be outside on a perfect day. This is a mini gallery of work from the day (the first in an office in Copenhagen, the balance at Louisiana), all taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron lens. I’ve edited this overly long post to include some iPhone images from our dinner at Noma, ranked this year as the second best restaurant in the world (I’ll post reactions to it in due course).
On this day last year: On Broadway around Rock Center taken with my Leica M9 and Noctilux lens.
Walk on the West Side
COPENHAGEN – Another dullish day. I went to Tivoli but found it less charming than I remembered, a bit tawdry actually. I’m sure that there’s a lot to photograph here but I’m not finding it. In my wanderings to and from I ended up taking a solo person and a colonnade, topics that I’ve covered endlessly for as long as I’ve been shooting (starting with my grand tour of Europe in the 1970s and most recently here yesterday and in Paris two days ago). I was in Tivoli then then so maybe the association triggered these images in the style of À la recherche du temps perdu. With my Leica Monocrom and 50mm Summicron Asph., three frames stitched in the case of the solo man.
Seen this before
On this day one year ago: Subway stairs shot with my Noctilux and ND filter.