NEW YORK NEW YORK – A heavy package arrived from Leica today. It was my 50mm Leica Noctilux f.95 lens back from repairs. This is a major object. The f.95 isn’t a typo – it’s the fastest 35mm format lens ever. It’s a beast – heavy and it blocks the lower left-hand portion of the viewfinder, so as I’ve reviewed images taken with it there are occasional surprises. This lens renders magically wide open, but is very demanding in terms of focus. Perfect images take a lot of practice. Stopped down it performs similarly to the widely-acclaimed Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux. This is one of the reasons why I go through the expense and bother of owning Leica. I’ll be keeping this lens on my camera for the next week.
I’ve gotten rusty with this thing since the repairs have taken four months. I shot around home with it at f.95 practicing focus and seeing whether it really can work magic with every day objects. Here you go:
Day 1,847 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day two years ago (day 1,117): Movie poster. Two frames stitched; shot with a 35mm lens on my Leica Monochrom.
NEW YOKR NEW YORK – I’ve had a busy day of catching up after my trip to San Diego and the weather is miserable so we didn’t go to Connecticut this weekend. So I shot around the house here, practicing with my new iPhone 6S, which really does have an improved camera.
Day 1,844 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 748): Abstraction. three years ago I was disappointed with this image – now it’s one of my favorite “abstract urban” images, a thread that I’m pushing fairly hard.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m flying to London this evening. As a travel day this is rare as I actually had a chance to capture some images as I went about my day – travel days are usually a disaster for me from a photographic standpoint. Here are a few from close to home.
Day 1,737 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Tax day. This is ordinarily a pretty grim day. “The ides of April?” But today was actually visually interesting. A trip to our daughter’s office provided a new angle on the local cityscape; a new lens provided a fairly energetic rainy cityscape out my window, and I got some decent images of our granddaughter.
Day 1,643 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day one year ago (day 1,278): Building. Obscured by a tree.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A day of getting very close with my iPhone – which does well as a macro camera. Today I shot light sources around the house. The stripes on the wall of the square one are an artifact of a 60 cycle flicker of the LED light source. This was a “make something out of nothing” day.