NEW YORK NEW YORK – More shooting super wide today, with the lovely 15mm Carl Zeiss on my Leica Monochrom. This lens excels at near/far super-wide images. I used it to much better effect today than yesterday.
Day 2395 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Over the past weekend the third and Northern-most segment of the High Line Park opened. I took a walk on the new segment today. Not as interesting as the other portions of the High Line, which snakes through a number of colorful and changing (actually mostly changed) neighborhoods. The last segment snakes around the Long Island Railroad marshaling yard. Interesting to see once but it doesn’t offer much variety.
Day 1,803 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 707): Spin, Shanghai.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m using the big camera (the Alpa with the Phase One back) for snapshots. It actually works pretty well – I zone focus, the light is pretty consistent outdoors so one or two exposure setting suffice and I keep it cocked and ready to shoot.
The big files permit extensive computer manipulation, in this case an aggressive perspective correction:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Back home from Boston. I actually feel almost fine for the first time in over a week. I grabbed my Leica M9 and a few lenses and headed out to explore the second section of the High Line that opened while we were in Italy. For some reason I was in the moment and “on” – some fairly good work after a week of blah. Here are some samples, all taken with my M9 and a 24mm Summilux lens.
Someone left a Post-it note on the High Line. It says, in lovely cursive script, “The most popular US pet name is ‘Max’.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I’m experimenting with equipment again. This time with a 72mm Schneider Digitar on my Alpa TC. I’ve been shooting primarily with a 35mm Schneider with the camera. 72mm is the “normal” focal length for this camera. The question is whether it’s possible to hand hold this combination – the longer focal length requires shorter shutter speeds and the 60 meg digital back needs a lot of light and punishes minor errors in technique.
I took a walk on the High Line and things worked out very well. I brought back a dozen or so keepers and very few technical disasters. Here’s a view from the High Line: