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Monday June 24, 2013

NEW YORK – A new lens arrived today: a Leica 50mm Summicron Asph. Leica announced this lens last year. It’s specs are daunting: it is diffraction limited at f4.0 and nearly so at f2.0 and f2.8 across the full 35mm sized frame. “Diffraction limited” means that it has the highest resolution permitted under the laws of physics. It’s also tiny, about the same size as my Leica 50mm Summicron.

Here’s an image with it from today taken outside our office. I’ll be using this lens a lot over the next month. “Induro” is evidently a new restaurant – I think of Induro as a brand of high end carbon fiber tripods.

Enduro
Enduro

On this day last year: Photo shoot.

Photo shoot
Photo shoot

Wednesday December 5, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – We had a moment of brilliant light just outside of the building that my office is located in. One of the lessons that I learned on a four month photographic excursion in Brazil a decade ago was whenever good light arrives stop and shoot whatever is at hand. Anyway, the following are taken with my Leica Monochrom and am 18mm Super Elmar lens.

919 Third Avenue
919 Third Avenue
919 Third Avenue
919 Third Avenue

On this day last year: Shake Shack.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack

Monday February 7, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent most of the day in the office, so I spent a bit of time lurking around the halls with my Leica M8.2 and an IR filter, looking for things to photograph.  I caught this in the elevator lobby on my floor.  Shot with a 35mm pre-aspheric Summicron v. 4, known as the “Bokeh king” for creamy quality of the out of focus portions of the images it creates.  If you think I’m kidding on the Bokeh king thing try Googling it and see what you get. This lens is also an outstanding lens for infrared.  Here’s the image:

pLIMPton
pLIMPton

On this day one year ago: Too cold to go outside

Warren

Tuesday January 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I spent most of the day in the office. Fortunately in the late afternoon there was a moment when the light was wonderful, so I caught this image looking south from 919 Third Avenue with my Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux II lens. It’s two frames stitched.

South from 919 Third Avenue
South from 919 Third Avenue

On this day last year: Dinner at Le Bernardin.

Le Bernardin

Monday November 16, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 919 Third Avenue, where my office is located.  Got this walking to the office this morning in brilliant, encompassing late fail light.  For the week of November 14 through 21 I’m using a single camera and lens: a Leica M9 with a 35mm Summicron Asph.  This is a wonderfully flexible combination.  When I need wider I shoot to stitch multiple frames together.  I rarely need longer.   919 Third Avenue is a Skidmore Owings & Merrill building completed in 1970.  It closely resembles an earlier Mies van der Rohe design.

919 Third Avenue
919 Third Avenue