NEW YORK NEW YORK – Today’s post is about New York but I’m actually writing it three weeks later from Todi Italy. My internet connections have been sketchy for the past few weeks so I’ve gotten behind on posting – I’ll catch up to date over the next few weeks by posting twice a day.
In actual fact July 11 was a distracted day in New York as I prepared for a trip to Boston followed immediately by three weeks of vacation in Europe.
Day 2461 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Shooting around home in the late afternoon (after catching a Mets day game) I had a chance to shoot a number of subjects that required both HDR to lengthen the gray scale, and required multiple image stitches to create a filebigenough to correct perspective without loss of quality. The results were lovely in the case of the first image below. This far exceeds anything that I could have done in film shooting 4×5 and controlling perspective with view camera movements. The image required 18 exposures and about an hour’s work in post.
Day 2442 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life. Nice: 2442 is a palindrome.
On this day last year (day 2077): Villedieu France. This is a cat. I don’t photograph cute pets and I don’t care for cats. There do need to be occasional exceptions, however.
NEW YORK NEW YORK and MARBLE DALE CONNECTICUT – It must be a summer Friday. The morning found me on Madison Avenue near home in the 90s running errands; lunchtime found us in Marble Dale stopped for a burger at a local roadside joint named Clamps. No McDonald’s here! Lovely light in both place captured with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochron lens.
Day 1,708 of one photograph a day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We found ourselves on a roof terrace of a neigboring building looking at an apartment with Laura and Alexander. The situation begged for a very wide lens but I only had my 35mm Summicron Asph lens with me. I don’t use zoom lenses on my Leica, so I take multiple frames and stitch as a substitute for zooming to wider angles. The first image is two frames stitched and the second is nine frames stitched. For complex projects like this I find that a piece of specialized stitching software called PtGui is better that Photoshop because it provides for direct control over perspective distortion.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – One way to kill the blahs (at least for me the notorious gear slut) is to try a different camera. My Ricoh GRD IV arrived today. The Ricoh GRD series has a cult following of street shooters. This is a tiny (shirt pocket sized) camera with a fixed 28mm f1.9 lens equivalent that produces very high quality images within its limitations (the small sensor limits you to roughly 8×10 inch prints, but they are beautiful). I started out by reading manual (God forbid!) and messing around with it around the house. It really does fit into my pocket so I took it to my daily workout on an elliptical machine and shot from the hip while walking the dog.
It’s me, it’s me oh Lord . . . . Here I m again, this time at 10:07 AM on February 14, 1999. I’ve clearly survived my all nighter shooting myself every hour and I’m refreshed from my shower.