NEW YORK NEW YORK – I got up early and walked down Park Avenue — my morning commute — to a day of meetings. I got sunrise out our window with a Leica M and 280mm lens (which is fussy to use because focus is critical and it demands good tripod technique), more sunrise on Park Avenue with my Leica Monochrom, and a grid within a grid out the window of a conference room later in the day with my iPhone. I’ve posted them in reverse order because I like the grid image best.
On this day last year: The Grenadines.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – On foot on Park Avenue today with my Leica Monochrom and Luxocron lens. Pretty typical stuff, but not bad.
Seagram Building Plaza
On this day one year ago: At Basil’s bar.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – One characteristic of Leica shooters is that we are likely to have multiple versions of the 50mm standard focal length lens. In my case I’ve lost count – six or seven – with the oldest dating to the mid-1930s and the newest being the f2.0 Summicron Asph. which is backordered and difficult to find. Today I’m shooting with a 1958 dual range Summicron which I have had modified for use on digital Leica M cameras. This is the classic Leica lens. Here’s what it’s images looks like:
On this day last year: Mustique.
Maria swims some laps
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More with the 18mm lens. I’ve decided to shoot straight up for a week. I mean really straight up – using a spirit level in the camera’s accessory shoe to orient it. Here’s one in our courtyard, again with the Leica Monochrom and 18mm Super-Elmar Asph.
On this day last year: James Beard Gala.
Kitchen at the Four Seasons Restaurant
NEW YORK NEW YORK – On Park Avenue again very early in the morning walking to meetings. Later in the day a time out from meetings in a telephone room that I call the penalty box. Shot with my baby Sony, which does the job but is a bit short on charisma.
On this day last year: Boston. Not much on an image. Meh squared.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Walking down Park Avenue very early this morning (6:00 AM . . . really) I spotted this very large number five in the window at the Phillips auction gallery. This sort of display is thought to burn a work for serious collectors – I wonder why Phillips did this?
On this day last year: rain drops.
Rain delayed departure
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Busy day of meeting. I need a compact camera kit so I’ve strapped my 35mm Summicron v.IV onto my Leica Monochrom. This lens is called the “Bokeh king” because of its attractive out of focus images. Here you go with some roses in the garden in front of St Barts on Park Avenue. By the way I’ve gotten a day or two behind my usual schedule for posting because of a quirky internet connection here. I’m working on it. By the way in editing this post I decided to toss in a few more images from around St. Barts (the church, not the island) – what the hell, let’s live it up.
On this day last year: Blizzard. A reminder that things can get nasty around here this time of year. When I searched this site for "Blizzard" I found more than a dozen images.
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NEW YORK NEW YORK – Our lovely warm Autumn has permitted the begonias on the Park Avenue islands to grow longer and larger than I’ve ever seen them before – they are actually chest high. Taken with my Sony RX100 II, which I’m still carrying around after last night. Kind of a mundane image but keeps the photo a day thing alive.
On this day last year: Fall color. A lot of these this time of year. A lot of them in black
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Packing for Germany and wrapping up in the office. I spent an hour in our apartment shooting down at things with my Leica Monochrom and Luxochron lens.
Tao of the Living Room
On this day last year: Bright day.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I walked today. First on Park Avenue where the light was doing good things with some of the Albert Paley sculpture on the islands. Then into Central Park where I fairly predictably got some mundane images – Central Park is tough. The best image that came out of walking most of the length of it was a detail that looks like a nose.
On this day last year: iPhone light.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I shot a bunch of different cameras today. My iPhone, shooting an anniversary present: a silver Tiffany bowl from the early 1930s; the engraver misspelled Maria as “Marcia”; this would be hard to explain to Maria so I sent it back to be re-engraved; it won’t be ready for our actual anniversary on September 29. Tough luck. My Leica Monochrom with my Luxochrom lens on the street; I’m consistently getting my strongest images from this combination. My Sony RX100 II: the setup for an anniversary party (given by us for us) at the Knickerbocker Club. Same camera: an image of me and two friends at the party taken by one of our guests. I didn’t shoot at the party because I really did have to connect with everyone there and photography gets in the way. It’s the difference between being and observer and a participant. I’m usually happy to be an observer (delighted, actually, being an observer feeds my inner introvert) but tonight I need to participate.
Not taken by me
On this day last year: Park-like area in Warren.
Park – Black and White
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Hmmm . . . you’ve seen this one before – yesterday. I decided to go back and reshoot yesterday’s image to get a technically better image. Indeed this time I got a sharp picture of the former Pan Am building, but the light, framing and composition aren’t as good as yesterday. Interesting right brain – left brain contrast.
While walking from a meeting I saw a composition in a trash container that seemed to have a bit of poetry.
On this day one year ago: At the Knick. We were at a party for a close friend at the Knickerbocker Club one year ago – we’re giving a party for our wedding anniversary in the same room two days from now.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – The former Pan Am Building and the former New York Central Building were illuminated by nice morning light so I caught them with my Sony RX100 II. This was a nicely seen image, but poorly executed: using dummy settings the Sony selected a shutter speed that was a stop too slow so the image is not perfectly sharp. I’m still working my way up the learning curve.
On this day last year: Tenderloin.
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS and NEW YORK NEW YORK = I started the day in Boston with a walk at sunrise to get the cobwebs out and to collect some pretty conventional images with my Sony RX100 II. Back in New York I shot snap shots out of the window of a taxi and got an nice purple street light along the stretch of Park Avenue that deviates around Grand Central – a very difficult area to photograph because there’s no pedestrian access.
On this day last year: Solitary figure.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Well . . . here we are another year past 9/11. I was sitting at my desk in midtown in a corner office with a southwest view that included the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers. I turned and saw: smoke pouring out of one of the towers, the second plane hit, and both towers collapse. Our son, Alexander, was working downtown and was one of the people how sought refuge in a building lobby as the streets were engulfed in asbestos-laced dust. It was hours before we made contact with him.
Traffic is a total snarl today. I stayed in midtown near my office photographing a new installation at Lever House with my Leica Monochrom and Luxxochron. Actually, this isn’t a completed installation, just the construction of some new walls to display a new installation, but who would know.
On this day one year ago: Bendel.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Can you tell that I’m distracted from photography. Hanging on by my fingernails here in photo-a-day land. I caught this odd sign with my iPhone.
On this day one year ago: a pretty commonplace view of the Citicorp building. I liked this a year ago but it seems a bit pedestrian today.