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).
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.
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.
I ended up at the James Beard Foundation Media Awards:
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.
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.