MUSTIQUE ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – There are exactly four places to get food or drink on this island. One of them is Firefly where we went today for a cocktail at sunset. Here are some images taken with my Leica Monochrom and a 50mm Summilux lens.
On this day last year: Warren in good light.
More Warren in good light
WARREN CONNECTICUT – New Years day. Slightly hung over and out of sorts. I took exactly one picture today, a picture of Maria walking the dog. On reviewing it I was horrified to find out that it looked like a terrible ’50s snapshot – harsh and over exposed in the bright sun. This with my Leica MM and 35mm Summilux lens, demonstrating that good equipment doesn’t make good pictures. I downsized it, moved to my iPhone and processed with Plastic Bullet, which adds a bunch of grunge. It looks pretty much like a ’50s snapshot badly processed.
On this day last year: Taos mountain.
MUSTIQUE – Our last day in the Grenadines. I’ve gotten a strong positive reaction to the photo of Maria’s bathing suit below (taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Noctilux lens), probably because that it carries a suggestion that Maria has shed it and is nearby sunning. Actually she’s off packing and the swimsuit is just on the post drying off. Context is all. Then a selfie of me in a mirror that I quite liked.
On this day one year ago: Thanksgiving.
BETWEEN NEW YORK and BARBADOS – More insides of airplanes. I seem to spend a lot of my life supporting the air transportation system. We are on our way to Barbados, where we will connect to a small plane for Mustique. Here’s Maria in repose (a rare sight) captured with my iPhone.
Maria in repose
On this day last year: Weird science from Paula Hays.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here we are in Williamsburg at a launch party for a book by our old friend Antonio Monda. Captures with my Leica Monochrom and f.95 Noctilux lens.
On this day one year ago: Francesca has a new hat.
Francesca has a new hat
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I traveled to Boston today but caught some details of our life at home at sunrise. As I’ve noted in the past that we have collected some Venini glass - some of it is in the photos that I took before leaving. I stopped at the Venini store on Via Montenapoleone in Milan on our recent trip – prices have doubled since I last looked at them a year or so ago. This is ruinous. Most of the stuff on eBay now is junk being held out by sellers as Venini or like Venini.
Here are the pictures, taken with my Fuji Xpro-1 (my in-a-hurry camera – I saw the light as I was running out the door to catch a plane) and 18mm Fuji lens.
More scanned film from an earlier date. Have I commented before that a photo-a-day blog would be very difficult shooting film because of the time lags developing film and scanning? Taken with my Leica M3 and a 50mm Summilux lens.
On this day last year: Portland Maine.
1904 Workingmen’s Club
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Still suffering from a bit of jet lag. Maria and I both woke up very early – in plenty of time to to watch the sunrise illuminate our living room. Maria picking up after an early morning of catching up on magazines and newspapers. Taken with my Fuji XPro 1.
As I write this my Milan film came back from being developed, and I’ve started to scan it. Here are some samples taken with my Leica M3 and Ilford XP5 film. What I notice most? The grain. I’ll be leaking these out into my daily posts as I scan them.
Duomo taken with 50mm Summilux, two frames stitched (yes, once you’ve scanned film you can stitch it!)
On this day last year: Home in Warren.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Packing for a trip to Europe. This one is a challenge. Hiking in Switzerland, followed by a wedding in Todi and then work in Milan. Anyway, here’s Maria toward the end of the process relaxing with her email. Taken with my iPhone.
Maria checks her e-mail
On this day one year ago: Alexander pounds the hell out of a golf ball.
Alexander tees off
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Yes, it’s Fathers Day. Originally conceived of as a way for greeting card publishers to scam the public I’ve taken on the task of marketing my family on the concept that Fathers Day is the most important holiday on the calendar. Our adult (really) children organized lunch at Balthazar. Maria and Francesca were the first to arrive. Here they are taken with my Sony Nex-7 and Leica 24mm Summilux lens.
On this day last year: Rest stop. Pretty cool image, actually.
Rest Stop Brewster New York
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well here we are, back here again. This time with some old friends as weekend guests. I cooked up a storm on my Big Green Egg. More on this in a later post. Here are a couple of images taken with my Sony Nex-7 and Leica 35mm Summilux.
ON this day one year ago: Two icons.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – On our way to a Pen benefit Maria studies the guest list. We are deeply in the heart of the spring gala season. Taken with my Sony NEX-7 and a 24mm Summilux lens.
On this day last year: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
It rains on Lexington Avenue
ACELA BETWEEN WASHINGTON DC AND NEW YORK – We took the Acela back to New York early this PM in time to get ready for the New York premier of “Warhorse” (the movie version) tonight. I caught Maria on the Acela with my iPhone.
On this day one year ago: Washington Congregational Church
BROOKLYN NEW YORK – Today is Maria’s birthday. We had a small dinner at Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn (that’s not a typo – it’s owned by two guys named Frankie). Shot with my Leica M9 and 50 mm Summilux lens.
Maria has a birthday
On this day one year ago: Citicorp.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Antonio Monda’s birthday party. Antonio’s Wikipedia entry. At parties I work with a Nikon D700 and an 85mm f1.4 lens, shooting wide open. I never use flash. The advantage of the D700 is very, very good low light capability – it’s much better than the Leica that I use in other circumstances. Shooting the 85mm lens wide open results in very selective focus, which suits my shooting style.
Here’s Antonio and his daughter.
Here’s a part of the crowd cheering Antonio on as he blows out his candles. The woman who the focus is on is Donna Tartt. Behind her to the left is Maria Campbell, my wife; to the right is Jay McInerney>.
Donna Tartt, Maria Campbell, Jay McInerney
On this date one year ago: October 19, 2009
WARREN, CONNECTICUT – Water skiing on Lake Waramaug.
Panasonic GF1 with 20mm “pancake” lens.
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL – A travel day from Porto Seguro to Paraty via Sao Paulo. This from the Porto Seguro airport. I’m shooting with the 35mm Summicron pre-Asph. version IV lens, the “bokeh king”, which is noted for the quality of the out of focus portions of the image.
Porto Seguro Airport
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron pre-Asph. version IV lens.