Thursday February 28, 2013

Thursday February 28, 2013 2.50/5 (50.00%) 2 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – This evening we went to a celebration at the Knickerbocker Club for Words Without Boarders, a not-for-profit that Maria is involved with. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summicron v. 4 lens (the Bokeh King).

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On this day last year: the Chrysler Building, a favorite haunt of mine.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Friday November 16, 2012

Friday November 16, 2012 2.75/5 (55.00%) 4 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Tonight is the annual James Beard Foundation Gala. Nice evening at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Since I’m no longer Chairman I have the freedom the just enjoy the event. An interesting table – my photo opportunities for the evening came in the kitchen and at our table. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Noctilux lens.

Kitchen at the Four Seasons Restaurant

Kitchen at the Four Seasons Restaurant

James Beard Gala

James Beard Gala

James Beard Gala

James Beard Gala

James Beard Gala

James Beard Gala

On this day last year: Boston Harbor.

Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor

Friday May 4, 2012

Friday May 4, 2012 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I got a new lens today. A Leica Noctilux – affectionately known as a “Nocti”. Further evidence of my infatuation with exotic gear. The Nocti has been backordered for a year or more. At f.95 it’s the fastest still camera lens around. Big and heavy. The point of this lens is to shoot it wide open so I also bought a neutral density filter which permits shooting at f.95 in daylight. I clamped the Nocti onto my Sony Nex-7 and took a walk up Broadway. The focusing with the Nex-7 was a little disappointing. F.95 demands very accurate focus and the Nex didn’t deliver – only about half of the images from the day were technically good. Here is a sampling.

Broadway

Victoria

Victoria

I ended up at the James Beard Foundation Media Awards:

Beard run-up

Beard Book Awards

On this day one year ago: Rain.

It rains on Lexington Avenue

It rains on Lexington Avenue

Tuesday April 3, 2012

Tuesday April 3, 2012 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Tonight we went to a benefit for the Paris Review. I usually hate these things and most often send a contribution rather than attending. But this was a lovely evening. It was quite dark so my Sony Nex-7 and Leica Summilux struggled at bit. I’ve got a Leici Noctilux on order – the extra stop and a third would have been meaningful here. I’m generally find this camera easier to focus in poor light than my Leica (aging eyes). Anyway here’s one of many images from a long evening.

Paris Review benefit

Paris Review benefit

On this day last year: Look up! I don’t know what happened to the blues in this image – it looks like they were mugged on the way to the web.

White oaks and sugar maples

White oaks and sugar maples

Tuesday June 7. 2011

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NEW YORK NEW YORK – Some days I go out to photographs a specific project (often after having scouted it); other days I try to meet my phot0-a-day by carrying a camera as I go about my other business. This was one of the latter kind of days. The risk of course is that I don’t see anything of interest, never get in the moment visually, and have to settle for an image that’s only ok or worse.

This, by the way, is my 608th daily post, without having missed a day.

Today the James Beard Foundation had an event for members at Lincoln, Jonathan Benno’s fabulous restaurant at Lincoln Center. This was was with my Panasonic GH2 and a 20mm pancake lens.

Lincoln

Lincoln

On this day one year ago: Citicorp Center.

Citicorp Center