NEW YORK NEW YORK – I flew back from Boston today to JFK hoping to catch up with Maria and an event in Brooklyn. The flight was badly delayed so I missed the event, which I had counted on for my day’s photo activity, so I ended up shooting out of the window of a taxi stalled in traffic in the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens.
Day 3163 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
MANHATTAN – I’m now shooting regularly with my Sony A7rii that has been converted to black and white imaging by removing its Bayer filter. This plus some specialized image processing effectively double the resolution of this camera to 84 megs -far into medium format land. This only works with the very best lenses – lenses that perform well at 42 megs resolution don’t necessarily look great with resolution doubled. The Zeiss 25mm Batis lens that I’m shooting with today is more than up to the task. More on these topics as I develop more experience with this camera.
Day 3156 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
MANHATTAN – Still shooting wide. A poor day for me visually – I had trouble getting into the moment.
Day 3142 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this date last year (day 2777 of one photo every day): Bokeh again. Shot last year with a Leica Q, a camera that I owned briefly and didn’t care for. It has a fixed 28mm lens, actually an excellent lens, but a focal length that I don’t care for because it’s the equivalent of an iPhone perspective and is accordingly “common”. As you will see the lens’s bokeh is slightly edgy.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More studies today, continuing another thread that I’m working on: shooting very wide. Shooting the Sony A7riii with the excellent Sony 12-24mm zoom. Today’s images are shot at 16mm and 21mm. This lens’s theoretical performance fades when zoomed higher that 18mm, but in practice the 21mm image looks fine. I enjoy working wide; I like this lens a lot.
Day 3140 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 2044 of one photograph every day): Look up
MANHATTAN – Another day shooting real wide with my new 12-24 Sony G lens. One issues shooting cityscape or landscape with a very wide lens is the following: the lens really needs to be level or the perspective gets weird. That generally means that there is too much foreground – half the frame filled with the ground. The solutions are to crop to square, cropping the foreground out, or as I’ve done today, find something to fill the foreground. Working wide results in a lot of near-far images.
Day 3132 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this date eight years ago (day 211 of one photo every day): Citicorp Center One of my favorite images from this project.