NEW YORK NEW YORK – this post is dated March 14 but as is typically the case I’m actually writing this about a week later (it takes me that long to edit, upload and write a post). My web hosting service, Bluehost, had had some major service issues this week and last week (including a couple of periods of total shutdowns). They now appear to have things under control. I apologize for any bad experience that you may have had in terms of page loading times and so on.
I went out today with my Leica S and a 35mm lens. This is four frames stitched, with a lot of overlap. This is the Municipal Asphalt Plant, an architectural icon that now serves as an indoor swimming pool. As you can see it is being renovated.
municipal asphalt plant
On this day last year: 4:30 AM.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Around this time last year we had a heavy snow storm. Today we’re having . . . a heavy snow storm. Early March isn’t quite Spring here in the Northeastern US. Four frames stitched taken with my Leica Monochrom and 135mm lens.
On this day last year: Here I am shooting street stuff with my Alpa. Probably not that good of an idea.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Not much going on today visually in my life. Walking home from the office I worked on generating some abstractions from Bloomingdale’s facade. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 1945 50mm f1.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar lens. The out of focus points of light are rendered by the Sonnar as little doughnuts. I’m not certain why.
On this day last year: I can shoot in color. I just don’t do it that often.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A truly crappy day. Out my window with a Leica Monochrom.
Out the window
On this day last year: Faux percolated.
NEW YORK NEW YORK = Remember my periodic poker game? It was tonight. Here are some images of friends at the game taken with my Leica Monochrom and f.95 Leica Noctilux.
On this day one year ago: Tanner’s Farm.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We had dinner with some friends at Pizza Fresca, a local pizza joint in the ’20s with a truly remarkable wine list. Snapshot with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm f.95 Noctilux lens.
On this day last year: Beach club.
Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
NEW YORK NEW YORK – This morning I found myself on 11th Avenue with my Leica S medium format camera and a 35mm lens. I’ve been shooting this thing on and off for two weeks without changing the battery – it’s a real camel in terms of battery life. Here’s a reflection, three frames stitched in Photoshop.
On this day one year ago: Lever House.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – It’s St. Valentine’s Day. I walked across Central Park to shop for valentines gifts, carrying my Leica Monochrome and a 24mm Leica Summilux lens. I put a .9 neutral density filter on the lens permitting it to shoot in daylight wide open at f1.4, giving very narrow depth of field, but requiring exacting technique. Three examples.
On this day one year ago: Painting.
NEW YORK NEW YORK A sculpture installation at Lever House shot with my Leica Monochrom and 18mm Super Elmar lens.
On this day last year: Reflection.
NEW YORK NEW YORK. I love shooting Manhattan at night. My Leica Monochrom and a fast 24mm Summilux f1.4 lens let me produce very interesting night images working without a tripod. I spend a lot of time shooting straight up.
On this day last year: Light snow.
Very light snow
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More urban landscape (here from the West end of 14th Street) with my Leica S, but less stylized than yesterday and thus less successful. This is three frames stitched in Photoshop.
On this day last year: Painting.
NEW YOR NEW YORK – As I may have mentioned before I’m in the process of getting my sea legs with a new camera, a Leica S medium format camera. This is always lengthy process. It obviously requires familiarity with the controls, but also an understanding of the camera’s capabilities and how to get the most out of it. This requires months of intense usage. Some of my early images have been uninteresting but I’m starting to hit my stride working back over some familiar territory. Today it was skyscrapers in dramatic light, something that I’ve done a lot of given my inclination toward landscape and my residence in Manhattan.
On this day last year: hay bales.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Some barely ok images with my Leica S. I’m hard a work figuring out how to get the best results from this thing, which as I have mentioned before has replaced my Phase One 80 meg digital back and tech camera.
On this day last year: Belgique.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Egads, more fog. Will this ever end? Taken with my Leica S medium format camera out our living room window.
On this day last year: Belgique.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m looking for some of those winter days with lovely brilliant light to give my new Leica S medium format camera a chance to shine. No luck. More freezing rain and fog. So I put it on a tripod and shot out our window, here with a 120mm macro lens.
On this day last year: Staples. January 11 is clearly another undistinguished date on my calendar.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 18mm Super Elmar lens – one of my very favorite lenses.
On this day last year: Earthship.