Tuesday February 21, 2017

ANTIGUA – My photo-a-day project was helped along today by an absolutely Biblical sky a bit after sunrise. Shot with my Leica Monochrom and 21mm Super-Elmar lens. Two frames stitched.

Day 2,686 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Antiqua
Antigua

On this day seven years ago (day 129): Walpack NJ. A miniature house here – you have to stoop to get in the front door. Shot in infrared.

Day 129 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Walpack New Jersey

Friday October 16, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – This is the sixth anniversary of this project. I began my daily photo odyssey on October 16, 2009 with an image of the Jean Dubuffet sculpture at One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Day 2192 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2192 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
Look up near Broadway

On this day six years ago (day 1): Day one of one picture every day.

Day one of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
Jean DuBuffet “Four Trees” One Chase Manhattan Plaza

Thursday February 6, 2014

ANTIGUA – I took a walk on the beach with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm lens. The actual picture that presented itself was a very large cloud that demanded very wide angle, so I shot 12 overlapping frames and stitched them together. It actually worked. I shot very, very quickly because my experience suggests that the movement of the surf from shot to shot can make it very hard to stitch. Here it is. This is a very high resolution file that could be printed to billboard size.

Day 1,575 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.

Beach
Beach
Pareo
Pareo

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On this day last year: Gumbo. Curtesy of Diana Fisketjon.

Gumbo
Gumbo

Monday August 6, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A new lens arrived from Japan today: MS Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 Mark II. I heard about this forum that I subscribe to and through the miracle of the internet got to the site of the Japanese company that makes them, ordered one and PayPalled some Yen to Japan, and voila the lens appeared a few weeks later via Japan post.

This is a fun lens. It’s tiny – very cool looking – I’ll post a picture tomorrow. The tiny controls and eccentric form facto take some getting used to. Rendering is very, very contrasty. Resolution is ok but pretty soft in the corners wide open. The triplet is a typical 1930s optic (the Cooke triplet is a famous large format lens) – back in the day these lenses were uncoated so the small number of elements and air-glass transitions was important. The Perar is completely free flare – the glass modern coatings.

For some reason it tends to show off spots on the sensor.

Some examples on an M9 from an urban walk about. I’ve done a great deal of lightening shadows and spot adjusting to compensate against the contrast. A little more veiling flare might not be a bad thing. All taken with my M9.

Look up!
Look up!
Massive
Massive
Goddard
Goddard
En Plein Aire
En Plein Aire

On this day last year: Still life.

Still life
Still life