NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m deliriously happy being back in New York where there is some visual content to life. I wandered around the Second Avenue Subway construction today, where the work now seems to be focused on relocating the water, power, septic and other infrastructure displaced by the subway line.
Day 1,992 of one photograph a day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YOUR – Visually it’s a relief to be back here. I spent the day reveling in mundane New York details. But of course this isn’t a tropical paradise, and winter temperatures continue. I had trouble selecting the best image today so I’m posting four, with apologies for stressing your bandwidth.
Day 1,991 of one photograph a day for the rest of my life.
On this day five years ago (day 165): Emmet Gowan. A photograph of Gowan’s daughter, Nancy, in Danville. I posted this picture as March 28, 2010 but according to the file’s exif data it’s actually March 29. The camera date could have been wrong – I’m not certain. As this project has developed I’ve become more careful about setting the camera to the correct date and time because with 60,000 or so images so far in this project it’s hopeless to keep track of dates if the exif data in the files isn’t correct.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I had some fun today. I rented a Phase One IQ260 Achromatic back. This is a 60 megapixel medium format back that is monochrome only and has very wide spectral response (which means that for non-scientific use it needs to be used with an IR-blocking filter in front of the lens). It came attached to a Phase One body with a 45mm moderate wide lens. The body and lens are made by Mamiya – competent but not my favorite. It took me an hour to sort the ergonomics (I’ve shot with this camera on a variety of occasions but not recently, and I’ve owned a Phase One back). I shot around Bryant Park, which is under construction at this point.
The Phase One back really is monochromatic. Resolution is remarkable – better than three frames stitched with my Leica Monochrom. The back over samples the rest of this system – in other words the resolution of the back shows up the shortcomings in the lens. Very interesting to work with. I produced some vey large files stitching two or three frames with the Phase One. Overall I prefer the look of my Leica files (and greatly prefer the lenses) – I’m certain though that if I spent some time with these files and Capture One (the Phase One software) that I could get good results. As it was most of my images had a slight plasticy feel – probably my ignorance in post processing.
Anyway, here you go.
By the way I’m posting this before I posted my image for March 18 because I’m traveling as I write this and had forgotten to upload an image for March 18 before I left my New York home base. I’ll post for March 18 when I get back to New York this coming weekend.
Day 1,981 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m xperimenting today. I bought an 85mm Nikkor P f2.0 lens on eBay; it arrived today so I decided to try it out. This is a famous lens. It’s from the mid-1950s. David Duncan Douglas was on assignment in Japan in 1950s; his Zeiss Contax 85mm lens developed a problem so in desperation he bought and shot with the Nikkor 85mm. He and his editors at Life Magazine were amazed at the quality of the images; the lens became a photojournalist workhorse and Nikon’s business took off. This lens is in a Nikon rangefinder mount, which is an approximate copy of the Contax mount. I have an adapter the lets me use Contax mount lenses on my Leica gear (an extremely exotic item) but the rangefinder doesn’t couple so I attached the lens to my Leica T which focuses through the lens. There is also an issue with infinity focus that the Leica T permits me to address.
The images are crisp with terrific micro contrast in the midtones. It’s sharp corner to corner by f4.0 – it’s quite impressionistic at f2.0. Bokeh is lovely. Today’s image is a test shot out my window taken with this impressive 70-year old performer mounted on my Leica T and converted to black and white.
Day 1,974 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 878): Flatiron. Shot with a Phase One IQ 180 back on a technical camera.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Oddly, yesterday’s image of Papaya King was popular on Twitter. No accounting for taste. Maybe it just seems mundane to me as a result of familiarity. Another similar image today – when the city is covered with snow recycling gets backed up.
Day 1,967 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year (day 1,602): Dive. Return from a dive in Turks.