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Friday November 16, 2012

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

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

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