Wednesday February 10, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – At last a lucid day on familiar turf. Still shooting infrared with my Sony a7ii – today without an R72 filter so the infrared effect is less extreme. These aren’t half bad. The third image is mostly out of focus, demonstrating the very good “bokeh” of this camera’s native 85mm Carl Zeiss lens.

Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Bokeh
Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Citicorp
Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Citicorp

On this day six years ago (day 118): Blizzard

Day 118 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Madison Avenue in a blizzard

Monday January 4, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Out again with the old lenses. Today I’m shooting with a Carl Zeiss Jena 3.5 cm f2.8 Biogen from 1937. Pre-war Zeiss lenses quote focal lengths in centimeters, rather than millimeters – this is a 35 mm lens. It was about as wide as things got back then. I have 28mm Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar from 1937, but its maximum aperture (f8.0) and tendency to flare make it a bit of an odd ball. The 3.5cm lens that I’m using today is uncoated so it’s prone to flair but produces lovely transparent shadows. A real winner in the high contrast world of Manhattan. Today I found myself on Lexington Avenue in the 50s with Citicorp Center acting as a gigantic reflector.

Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Lovely light
Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
More lovely light
Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Sunken plaza

On this day two years ago (day 1542): Looking up on 94th Street

Day 1541 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
94th Street