Monday August 6, 2018

MANHATTAN – I had an active day of walking around Foley Square and the financial district in good urban light with my Sony A7riii and the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens. It’s not my style to shoot zooms because they never perform at the same level as the best primes, and they are large and heavy. But this one is good. Corner to corner stitches with the lovely Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 are better, but you can’t reliably stitch in many situations. This lens is a keeper.

I’m running through my inventory of Sony E-mount lenses to decide which are keepers – this one clearly is.

Day 3217 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Near Foley Square
Manhattan near Foley Square
Manhattan near WTC II
Chambers Street

On this day three years ago (day 2121 of one photo every day): Melancholy day

Long Island
Long Island

Wednesday August 1, 2018

MANHATTAN – I spent the day sorting photo gear.

I’m selling most of my Leica M gear. My work with Sony E-mount cameras during the past four or five months has convinced me that my eyes aren’t fully up to the Leica’s rangefinder manual focus, that the best new native glass for the Sonys is at or very close to Leica standards, and that my black and white conversions of the 42 meg Sony A7riii files can be as good or better than the native black and white 24 meg files from the Leica Monochrom. I’m keeping some favorite Leica lenses (in case Leica comes out with a compelling camera offering in the future) and I’m keeping my lovely double stroke Leica M3 as a film camera.

I often shoot out of our dining room window – the cityscape is a brick wall torture test of lens quality. I spent a good part of the day shooting lens comparisons out the window – I’m also thinning my Sony lens inventory to what I actually like and use. It turns out that that means selling some of the lighter, more compact Sony offerings – all of the best native Sony lenses are large and heavy (with the exception of the lovely 55mm f1.8).

The image below is with the very nice Sony 35mm FE f1.4 lens shot at f5.6.

Day 3212 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Out my window

On this date two years ago (day 2482 of one photo every day): Sunflowers in Todi, Italy, shot with my former Leica Monochrom.

Sunflowers

Monday July 30, 2018

MANHATTAN – I found myself today at the small Lever House plaza in the early morning.

Day 3210 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Lever House Plaza
More Lever House Plaza

Later, from on high.

East 52nd Street

On this date seven years ago (day 653 of one photo every day): Dhow Lamu

Dhow, Lamu Kenya

Thursday July 26, 2018

MANHATTAN – My hat inventory needs some help – I loose hats and summer Panama’s get tatty after a few years of use. So . . . I went to JJ Hat Center on lower Fifth Avenue to stock up. Since I don’t do selfies you’ll have to guess at what i bought.

Day 3206 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Hats!
Mondrianish

On this date three years ago (day 2110): Sixth Avenue

Sixth Avenue
Sixth Avenue

Wednesday July 25, 2018

MANHATTAN – I spent the day shooting with my Carl Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 lens, basically to decide whether to keep it. I also own the Sony 90mm f2.8 macro, which I tend to use much more that the Zeiss, despite its greater weight and the fact that it’s a stop and a third slower. I think the 90mm Sony wins this, for reasons that I can’t really put my finger on.

Day 3205 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Garage
Street
Abandoned

On this day two years ago (day 2475 of one photo every day): Near Parma, Italy.

Polesine Italy

Monday July 16, 2018

BRONX NEW YORK and NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT – From the Acela on my way to Boston. I’ve worked a bit with my technique to deal with the moving train, imperfectly cleaned windows and reflections from the second layer of glass in the windows.

Day 3196 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Bronx
Bronx
New Haven

On this date two years ago (day 2466 of one photo every day): Arles France

Day 2466 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Grafitti