AIRBORNE between NEW YORK AND DUBAI – Well here we are with another travel day. If you are a loyal follower of this blog you know that travel days aren’t good for me, at least in terms of the one photo every day project. I deal with time changes by taking images in the middle of the day so there isn’t any controversy whether the new or old time zone applies. We have’t figured out how to handle crossing the international date line from West to East, but logically I should be permitted to skip a date without having skipped a day.
Day 1.919 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
UNITED FLIGHT 1120 – Well here I am on the way to San Francisco where I pick up a rental car to drive to Groveland California, which it turns out is the home of the oldest continuously operate saloon in California, the Iron Door, which dates to 1849, the first year of the gold rush. I’ll be joining a group of kindred spirits there to photograph Yosemite. The plan was to shoot Yosemite with a snow cover, but under current drought conditions there isn’t a single flake in evidence. This was taken on the flight to San Francisco with my iPhone.
Day 1,556 of one image a day for the rest of my life.
I caught this more conventional image before leaving for the airport with my Leica Monochrom camera.
On this day last year: Looking uptown. This is the image that I posted last year:
This is an image taken on the same day that I wish I had posted.
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – A long travel day from New York to Mustique, our favorite island paradise. If you’ve been following these pages you know that my work on air travel days generally sucks. This, taken with my iPhone, is not as bad as usual. I’m down to three cameras at this point (probably a lifetime low): my Leica S, my Leica Monochrom and my iPhone. This simplifies travel but it means that I really depend on the iPhone because it’s my only “pocketable” camera.
BETWEEN NEW YORK and BARBADOS – More insides of airplanes. I seem to spend a lot of my life supporting the air transportation system. We are on our way to Barbados, where we will connect to a small plane for Mustique. Here’s Maria in repose (a rare sight) captured with my iPhone.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here I am on a US Air shuttle on my way to Boston. Guess what? Rain delayed departure. We’re held on the tarmac because of the very low ceiling. Lucky that I’m on the first flight of the day – the incoming aircraft for later flights aren’t going to be able to land. So here’s the weather out the cabin window with my iPhone. I don’t usually recommend shoot out of airplane windows (the results are usually miserable) but this might be my only chance to photograph today. The second image shows the same storm from 30,000 feet. Point of view matters.
NEWARK AIRPORT – This is one of those dreaded (photo-wise) travel days. Remember? I generally struggle to find an interesting image in airports, cabs and the like. Well actually the iPhone helps a lot – it’s always at hand and post processing apps provide entertaining (in reality silly) modifications of images. Who said that the photo-a-day gig has always to be serious.
We flew Southwest Air to Albuquerque. The “we” is me, Maria, Alexander and his wife, Laura, and Francesca. A three hour drive put us in Taos Ski Valley, one of the highest and frankly most difficult mountains in the US. Anyway here are two images taken in the aircraft as it prepared for takeoff. iPhone images. The first percolated and the second grunged up slightly.
On this day one year ago: Windswept field. In last year’s image from this date I used tilt to decrease the apparent depth of field: