Friday July 11, 2014

Friday July 11, 2014 4.17/5 (83.33%) 6 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Still shooting really, really wide with my 15mm Zeiss lens on my Leica Monochrom. Today I was in Union Square shopping in the greenmarket for groceries for a dinner party. The picture below was the best of a poor lot for the day. Another square crop (planned that way in shooting) to get rid of a too-large foreground. It looks “meh” to me but has actually been quite popular on my Twitter feed. I guess I got it wrong on the editing end.

Day 1,730 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.

Union Square

Union Square

On this day two years ago (day 1,000): District of Columbia.

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Thursday July 10, 2014

Thursday July 10, 2014 3.89/5 (77.78%) 9 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – More familiar territory with the ultra wide 15mm Zeiss lens on my Leica MM. This lens continues to interest me, but I am looking forward to the end of the week that I’ve committed to keep it on my camera. I reshot Citicorp this morning and 1185 Park Avenue this afternoon. The lens let me shoot all of 1185 without stitching (a reshoot of June 30, 2014). I had to point up a bit, however, to get the top of the building, which meant that I had to correct sharply converging vertical lines in Photoshop. The resulting “stretching” of the top of the image magnified the Zeiss 15′s very slight “mustache” distortion to the point where it is visible, especially in the upper right corner of the image. I really have to shoot level with this lens.

Day 1,729 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.

Citigroup

Citigroup

Reshoot

Reshoot

On this day last year (day 1,364): Venice Biennale.

Biennale 6

Biennale 6

Tuesday July 8, 2014

Tuesday July 8, 2014 4.29/5 (85.71%) 7 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – More work with the really wide lens, this time on Park Avenue in the 50s. For the first image below I shot level in portrait orientation and cropped the foreground out, resulting in a square format. This is a common technique shooting very wide – the need to level almost always results in too much foreground. I grew up shooting 2 ¼ inch square so this isn’t a burden for me – I tend to see in squares anyway. I shot the same tree looking up a bit and it was much less successful at every level. The commonplace look up and view of GCT demonstrate this lens’s lovely rendering.

Day 1,727 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.

Square crop

Square crop

Look up

Look up

Been here

Been here

On this day two years ago (997): Alexander, at our weekly Sunday family dinner.

Alexander Campbell

Alexander Campbell

Friday July 4, 2014

Friday July 4, 2014 3.20/5 (64.00%) 10 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Not a typical Independence Day for us. Maria is in Italy on business. Alexander and Laura have plans with her parents. Francesca is on vacation in Italy. The weather forecast is poor for Connecticut so probably no fireworks on Lake Waramaug. So I stayed here and cleaned out my closet. I’m an introvert so this is ok. I did take a walk in an overcast midtown with pretty good effect from a photographic standpoint. I seemed to have my A game on today – I had trouble editing so I’m posting three images.

Day 1,723 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.

The Plaza

The Plazaq

9 West 57th Street

9 West 57th Street

Vest pocket park

Vest pocket park

On this day three years ago (day 627): Funicular. Translated from the color image that I posted two years ago.

Funicular

Funicular

Thursday July 3, 2014

Thursday July 3, 2014 3.57/5 (71.43%) 7 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – This time of year, for whatever reasons, I tend to clear our my closet and renew my wardrobe. Today I found myself at Bonobos on 25th Street trying on pants. Here’s the view out their window. Three frames stitched.

Day 1,722 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.

Building

Building

On this day last year (day 1,357): San Cassiano in the Italian Alps.

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