NEW YORK NEW YORK – From a visual standpoint the recent run of savage weather here has created a real winter playground, but I’m getting tired of it. Call it windchill fatigue. I tried to shake things up today by digging out my superwide 15mm Carl Zeiss superlens. It’s ok but doesn’t do much to hide my disgust with my surroundings.
Day 1,951 of one photo a day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – It’s so bitterly cold today that I didn’t venture out of our apartment. I worked from home and shot around the house. I keep an inventory of these in the back of my mind for shut-in days, and wait for interesting light and shadows. The vase is from Spin in Shanghai – this is not the first time that I’ve photographed it.
Day 1,911 of a picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve had an iPhone 6S for a month or so – I bought it because of the improved camera but really haven’t used it much. This morning I shot around the house with an updated version of ProCamera, a camera app, to get to know it a bit better. It does a marvelous job; the app has a very good implementation of HDR, which helps solve many exposure problems. Here are some samples.
Day 1,894 of one photo a day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year (day 1,592): Fog. This image really pushes to fog concept pretty hard.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Another day shooting with my f.95 Noctilux lens. I’m using this lens mostly in daylight, so I keep a neutral density filter on it (in effect sunglasses) so I can shoot it wide open, which provides its special look. Today I did a still life at home with mirrors, one my favorites of this sort of thing in the past five years. I also shot a detail from our building, and a “lone person” in midtown.
Day 1,868 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day five years ago (day 41): Riverside Drive from the bottom.
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.