Thursday April 10, 2014

Thursday April 10, 2014 2.67/5 (53.33%) 3 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here’s an image of the courtyard in our building in mottled light.

Day 1,638 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.

Courtyard

Courtyard

On this day one year ago (day 1,273): Treasury. I posted this image in color last year. In subsequent edits I decided that I preferred the black and white version below.

Treasury

Treasury

Friday November 22, 2013

Friday November 22, 2013 4.50/5 (90.00%) 2 votes

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.

Light Bulb

Light Bulb

Light fixture

Light fixture

On this day last year: Mustique.

Hike

Hike

Saturday November 16, 2013

Saturday November 16, 2013 5.00/5 (100.00%) 3 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – More with the 18mm lens. I’ve decided to shoot straight up for a week. I mean really straight up – using a spirit level in the camera’s accessory shoe to orient it. Here’s one in our courtyard, again with the Leica Monochrom and 18mm Super-Elmar Asph.

Look up

Look up

On this day last year: James Beard Gala.

Kitchen at the Four Seasons Restaurant

Kitchen at the Four Seasons Restaurant

Friday November 15, 2013

Friday November 15, 2013 4.00/5 (80.00%) 1 vote

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve been a bit dull in the past few days. The baby Sony is convenient but it lacks charisma and just doesn’t move me. In a project like this (one photograph a day for the rest of my life) a switch in approach can help break out of the doldrums, so I switched back to my Leica Monochrom, this time with a very wide lens, the marvelous Leica 18mm Super-Elmar Asph. I’m using it with a level in the accessory shoe (to help avoid weird wide-angle distortions) instead of a viewfinder. Shooting with the lens I can point in a general direction and just assume that it gets everything. I like shooting wide. Sometimes I worry that it’s a gimmick but this really has helped me to get out of a rut and back into my groove.

Trash bin

Trash bin

1185 Park

1185 Park

On this day last year: An abstraction in our offices. I took this last year with my Monochrom and a Dual Range Summichron lens from 1958. Of course I’m reminded of what a charming lens this is. I may turn to it next.

Picture

Picture

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Tuesday October 22, 2013 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Housebound today with work. We’ve also got a baby watch going on here. Laura and Alexander are staying with us while some work on their kitchen is being completed. She’s had some contractions (her due date is Friday) so we’ve got a baby watch going on. Today I put my f.95 Noctilux lens on my Leica M and practiced focusing around the apartment. Here’s an example:

Sisters

Sisters

iPhone shot of dinner at 11 Madison Park:

11 Madison Park

11 Madison Park

Here we are at 11 Madison Park, shot by a server with my iPhone:

11 Madison Park

11 Madison Park

On this day last year: David.

David

David