NEW YORK NEW YORK – This was a day of eccentric behavior. I shot color. That’s right. Color. You don’t see much of that around here for good reason. I grew up shooting black and white film. Processing it myself. Printing in a darkroom. So I tend to see in Black and White. The camera I currently use most, the Leica Monochrom, only shoots in black and white so it encourages this behavior. But today I took out my Leica M which like almost all digital cameras sees in color so if I want black and white I have to convert the files in Lightroom or Photoshop. But this was a colorful day so I decided to leave the images in color. Here we go, taken with my Leica M and a Leica 24mm Summilux lens. The lens is wearing sunglasses, a .9 neutral density filter. This lets me shoot at f1.4 in daylight leading to very thin depth of field. Wide open this lens has a slightly edgy “bokeh” (the character of the out of focus portions of the image), a common trait of highly corrected modern lenses.
What on earth . . .
Does anyone know what this is?
On this day last year: Racquet and Tennis Club.
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 walked around our neighborhood today looking for pictures. These are taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summilux lens. This is three frames stitched:
No stitching here:
Local Law 10
this with my 90mm Elmarit lens, two frames stitched:
On this day last year: Wheeler Wilderness.
On the trail
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We found ourselves on a roof terrace of a neigboring building looking at an apartment with Laura and Alexander. The situation begged for a very wide lens but I only had my 35mm Summicron Asph lens with me. I don’t use zoom lenses on my Leica, so I take multiple frames and stitch as a substitute for zooming to wider angles. The first image is two frames stitched and the second is nine frames stitched. For complex projects like this I find that a piece of specialized stitching software called PtGui is better that Photoshop because it provides for direct control over perspective distortion.
On this day last year: Christmas party at the Knick.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Our local Presbyterian church in New York, Brick Church, celebrates the beginning of Advent every year with a ceremony on the Church steps lighting the trees all up and down Park Avenue, and singing carols. We’re members of Brick but not currently that active because of our weekends in Connecticut. When our children were younger we were very active – I joked at that time that at one time or another I held every non-paying job at the Church. A lovely community. Anyway I took my Leica Monochrom and Noctilux lens to this year’s carol sing.
On this day one year ago: Still life with iPhone.
Still Life with iPhone
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Well, here we are in front of the Seagrams Building. A typical hangout for me. I often have meetings in the area and the plaza between the Seagrams Building and the Racquet and Tennis Club is one of the great urban spaces in the country. The plaza is presently featuring sculpture by John Chamberlain – works that look like they are made of crumpled up aluminum foil, but on a really large scale. Here’s one taken with my every-present Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summilux lens:
John Chamberlain sculpture
On this day last year: Matthew Marks Gallery.
Matthew Marks Gallery
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Another dinner at Pizza Fresca, so I found myself on foot in the rain on lower Park Avenue at dusk. Here’s some interesting light captured with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.
There’s probably a rainbow somewhere
On this day last year:Storm Clouds.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More of Niki de Saint Phalle’s work on the Park Avenue divider betwen the Seagrams Building and the Racquet and Tennis Club. See my post of: July 26, 2012. Taken with my Leica M9 and 18mm Elmar lens. Later in the evening we trekked out to Brooklyn for dinner at Peter Lugar, the Chartres Cathedral of steak. Images taken with my Fuji X-Pro1 and 35mm lens.
Niki de Saint Phalle
At Peter Lugar
Desert is Finished
On this day last year: A tree grows in Lamu.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A day of errands took me to Park Avenue in the 50s. The begonias on the Park Avenue islands are a nice innovation. Taken with my Fuji X-Pro1 and a 35mm Fuji lens.
On this day one year ago: bush walk.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More interesting public art. There’s a new installation of a work by Dan Colen called “A Crack in the Clouds” in front of the Seagrams Building. It’s a bunch of Harleys that looked like they’ve been knocked over in parking lot. I spent an hour exploring them this afternoon. Here’s a sample, taken with my Leica M9 and the Nocti.
On this day last year: Rocks and ferns.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve been thinking about what it is to photograph landscape (whether urban or otherwise). Let me describe the experience. There comes a moment when you physically experience some remarkable aspect of the light. For me the world seems to grow quiet and I work without thinking, intuitively. Time seems suspended. I reach this state of mind on those rare occasions when the light is very special and combines with the scenery in front of me to create a heightened sense of reality. It’s good to have a camera in hand when this happens. I’m not wildly successful seeking these moments out with a tripod.
there was one of those moments this morning in the space between the Seagrams Building and the Racquet and Tennis Club.
Racquet and Tennis Club
Rafael Barrios sculpture “Acrobatic”.
More of the same:
Seagrams Building lobby:
On this day last year: Forsythia in the shape of Italy.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – It’s leap day. Also known as Sadie Hawkins Day. Another busy day at my day job but I managed to get out to incorporate a new sculpture in the garden of Lever House into a straight up cityscape. Shot with my Sony Nex-7 and a 24mm Summilux lens.
If you are expecting a picture from this day last year of course you will be disappointed because there wasn’t a February 29, 2011. But I decided to look back four years in my archive to 2008 (before I started the one photo every day project), and I found some images from a wine tasting hosted by Christian Moueix at Dominus vineyards in California. Christian owns Chateau Petrus and a number of other Pomerol and Saint-Emilion properties. Here are the wines that were served at the tasting. Taken with my Leica M8 and a Leica Wide Angle Tri-Elmar lens.
A not too shabby wine tasting
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Well. Another long day at my day job. I managed to get out for a few minutes and catch this at Lever House with my Sony Nex-7. Not brilliant (the light was flat and ugly today frustrating my attempt to get something decent on the street at sunrise, but it’s a picture and I’ve promised you a picture a day.
On this day last year: the lady wears red.
The lady wears red
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – So here I am on Park Avenue, lurking with my Nex-7 and 35mm Summilux lens in gorgeous morning light, capturing the run up to St. Valentine’s Day.
Run up to St. Valentines Day
On this day one year ago: Park Avenue Straight Up. Day two of the film experiment.
Park Avenue straight up
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Out on the street on a bright day between meetings with my iPhone. This image has been altered; I took a number of images in rapid succession; I added the shadow to the image of the walking man.
Park Avenue Pedestrian
On this day one year ago: snow drifts. This seems odd, now. This winter we haven’t had any real snow since the end of October.
Wind blown snow, Warren Connecitcut
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A pair of Bryan Hunt sculptures, Flume I and Flume II, have been installed on the island on Park Avenue between the Seagrams Building and the Racquet and Tennis Club. The look like gigantic gnarly metal cobras. Here’s one of them, captured with my ever-resent Ricoh GRD !V.
Continuing on the theme of variations on the 24 hour self portrait series here’s one where I sliced the images into 24 slivers, and built a composite with a sliver from the earliest time starting on the left and reading hour by hour as you move to the right.