WARREN CONNECTICUT – More fog. Leica Monochrom and a major legacy lens. I’ve told the story of this lens previously. The lens cell was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in 1945. The Soviets relocated the Carl Zeiss business to Kiev as war reparations. The lens cell was put in a Leica screw mount focusing mount and sold in the west, probably on the gray market. It’s a remarkably high performance lens with a lovely signature, one of few in existence. It’s rendering works particularly well on gray days.
Late fall planting
On this day last year: The Opera.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Marvelous light this morning with sun and fog together here. I caught this on my way to buy the paper. It’s good enough that I’m using a slightly edited version as a banner. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochrom lens.
On this day last year: Oldest Protestant Church in the New World.
The oldest church
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Day four in a long weekend of rain and fog. And of course the toothache from hell. I’m abusing Tylenol to be able take pictures at all. My liver hates me.
I’ve moved to color today – rain and fog can actually yield lovely saturated hues. I’ve swapped my Leica Monochrom for a Leica M. Still shooting through the Luxochron: the 50mm APO Summichron Asph. Somehow I made a couple of images. I didn’t go very far.
On this day one year ago: On board the Chris Craft.
WARRN CONNECTICUT – Fog. Lots of it. It’s atmospheric and it simplifies composition, muting backgrounds. It’s a pretty common phenomenon here in Warren. We’re on a hilltop that seems to be a fog magnet. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summichron lens.
On this day one year ago: Yawn. A water tank. Whoopee. In New York. Imagine that. An example of why I shouldn’t shoot color. I find the mixed lighting here very unattractive.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve shot the cityscape out of our dining room window thousands of times. Most often as a brick wall torture test of a lens or camera. But sometimes because the light is perfect or interesting or whatever. Today there was a lovely “Time and Again” moment when the snow muffled the sound of the city and buffed the visual edges down, simplifying the scene. This is with my Leica Monochrome and an 18mm Super Elmar M lens. The look that I’m getting with this camera reminds me of medium format film (such as the Rollei 2.8F, one of my favorite cameras ever).
On this day one year ago: foggy day. We seem to get a lot of these here.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A truly crappy day. Out my window with a Leica Monochrom.
Out the window
On this day last year: Faux percolated.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Egads, more fog. Will this ever end? Taken with my Leica S medium format camera out our living room window.
On this day last year: Belgique.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – More moody. This is one of my favorites of the year so for. I was driving along a local road; spotted the image; stopped and shot it with what was at hand (my Leica Monochrom and 21mm Super Elmar lens). Perspective was corrected in Lightroom.
Even more fog
On this day last year: Friday the 13th.
Driving to Connecticut
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Another foggy day. This seems to be going on forever. Here I am talking about the weather, but remember that my photographic interests tend towards landscape and the weather really does play an important role out here. At least in Connecticut I can do moody, which is greatly in evidence. Here are two images with my new Leica S – the first with my 35mm Summarit lens and the second three frames stitched with my 120mm Maco lens. The files are big. My aging Apple desktop tower is straining under the load.
On this day one year ago: Colorized infra red.
IR on Lexington
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m looking for some of those winter days with lovely brilliant light to give my new Leica S medium format camera a chance to shine. No luck. More freezing rain and fog. So I put it on a tripod and shot out our window, here with a 120mm macro lens.
On this day last year: Staples. January 11 is clearly another undistinguished date on my calendar.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – An unseasonably warm, foggy day. This kind of weather rubs me against the grain. I’m an optimist. My glass is never far from full. I like sunny days with dark blue skies and puffy white clouds. None of that today. Here we are in the fog. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and a vintage 50mm Summicron lens, three frames stitched. By the way I’ve temporarily disabled my star rating system and my Facebook integration because they both play badly with a new version of WordPress that we installed a few days ago. We;ll get it sorted out eventually.
On rhis day one year ago: Bill and Bunny.
Bill and Bunny
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Still photographing fall color without color. There was a moment of sensational light at sunrise. Captured with my Leica Monochrom and 50-year old Dual Range Suumicron (18mm Super Elmar in the case of the third image). These are some of the best images that I’ve gotten so far from the Monochrom.
On this day last year: Fall arrives.
Fall arrives in Connecticut
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A physically miserable day – rain, fog, low flat sky. This is from my office window with the Leica Monochrom.
Rain and fog
On this day one year ago: citicorp center.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – A rainy foggy day. I’ve done quite a few “distant barely discernible trees in the fog” but that pretty much defines the landscape today. So I took the Alpa closer to home. This with my Alpa TC handheld at knee level, with my new Rodenstock 32mm lens. I was skeptical when I shot it be seeing it here I kind of like it.
On this day last year: early days with my Alpa TC.
Post office building
WARREN CONNECTICUT – It was rainy and foggy today. The fog provides an opportunity to isolate elements of the landscape that might otherwise be lost in clutter. Here are three trees at the top of Tanner Hill Road in Warren. Taken with my Alpa TC and 72mm Schneider XL. Three frames stitched. I was unfortunately in flip flops (I was just on my way to buy a paper when I saw this) and there was poison ivy underfoot.
Rainy day on Tanner Hill Road
Sunset in Warren
Warren Connecticut sunset
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Back to photographing in the actual world (as opposed to taking pictures of cameras). There was a lovely, fleeting moment at sunrise in Connecticut to today when the first rays of the sun caught the ground fog. I grabbed my Alpa TC with the IQ 180 and Schneider 3mm XL attached and captured the moment.
Later in the morning I went to the town of Warren to experiment with my new 120mm lens, capturing the Warren Congregational Church from a slightly different angle.
Fog at sunrise
Fog at sunrise
Warren Congregational Church
On this day last year: The beginning of our safari in East Africa. One year ago things start getting really interesting for the next week or so. The Cliff Notes version of our safari is the top gallery on the right of this site.
Sunset Chyulu Hills