Monday April 3, 2017

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I had an extremely productive day with my Leica Monochrom and a 10mm Voigtlander lens. 10mm is as wide as it gets. I mean it’s really wide. It basically takes in everything that you see. It’s rectilinear (ass opposed to a fish-eye) which means that straight lines appear straight, but the size and shape of objects near the edge of the frame are distorted. It’s a handful to handle because it has to be absolutely level and orthogonal – otherwise the wide angle distortion produces weird images.

Day 2,727 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Really wide
Really wide
Really wide
Really wide
Really wide
Really wide

On this day three years ago (day 1,631): Park Avenue

Racquet Club
Racquet Club

Thursday April 21, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I showed up at 30 Rock today to take a look at the Van Gogh’s Ear installation, a swimming pool tipped up on end. Cool but poor light so I went home with only a poor image. I caught some reflected light on Park Avenue on my way home.

Day 2380 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2380 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Van Gogh’s Ear
Day 2380 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
World Headquarters

On this day two years ago (day 1649): Reservoir

Day 1649 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Central Park Reservoir

Tuesday April 19, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A truly good day today on Fifth and Park Avenues in soft light. All images shot with a 1958 Dual Range Summicron lens (50mm), which has a lovely signature, on my Leica Monochrom camera.

Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Construction
Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Park Avenue
Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Construction
Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Guggenheim
Day 2378 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Guggenheim

On this day two years ago (day 1648): New Preston Church.

Day 1648 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
New Preston Congregational Meeting House

Tuesday October 13, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I found myself on Fifth Avenue early this evening with my Leica Monochrom and a 50 mm Summicron Asph. lens. Those of you who follow this site know that I’m usually a wide angle shooter and of course the 50mm is not a wide angle lens.

I get wide images with a norma focal length lens by shooting multiple overlapping frames and stitching them in Photoshop. I typically shoot three, four or six frames. This gives me very large, very good files to work with, so I can make perspective changes without unacceptable quality loss. In effect this technique turns the 50mm into a wide angle zoom. Good technique is important: all frames have to be exposed consistently and a single mistake in one frame ruins the whole image.

I don’t use a tripod, even at night. I brace against a street light or other structure and take advantage of the Leica lens’s good wide open performance and the camera’s good high ISO performance.

Here you go. The third image, by the way, is an iPhone shot of a platinum print of an image taken in May 2010. This was a three frame stitch of images taken with a smaller-sensor camera, a Leica M8.2

Day 2189 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2189 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
New York New York 2015
Day 2189 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
New York New York 2015
Citicorp Center New York 2015
Citicorp Center New York 2015

On this day two years ago (day 1459): Schloss Elmau. Taken with the same camera and lens combination (Leica Monochrom + 50mm Asph. Summiocron).

Day 1824 of one picture every day for the rest of my life
Bavaria 2015

Friday September 19, 2014

NEW YORK NEW YORK – This is more like it. I had some time today at last to get in the moment and try to find my photo mojo. The results were ok – I’ve actually had some trouble editing September 19 so I’m presenting multiple images.

Day 1,800 of one picture every day for the rest of my life. 1,800! Fancy that.

Sculpture
Sculpture
Morning Light
Morning Light
Broadside
Broadside
The new Swiss bank account
The new Swiss bank account

On this day three years ago (day 704): Crane at Hong Kong container terminal.

Crane
Crane