Friday August 30, 2013

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Forbidding gray day number two. This sucks.

A friend who restores quilts brought an example over for our consideration. It’s from 1910 or so and unusually has a detailed provenance. We’re interested so she’s going to finish the restoration and put a back on it. She should be done in time for Christmas.

Did you know that Mallomars have a season? (A Mallomar is a piece of graham cracker with some marshmallow goo on top; the whole thing is coated with a hard dark chocolate shell.) They have a real following. Witness this example of usage from the online Urban Dictionary:

Jane: “Tanner do you want to come over and bang?”
Tanner: ” No way it’s MALLOMAR SEASON!!”

Of course we would need to know more about Jane and Tanner’s relationship to assess how important Mallomar Season actually is to Tanner.

There’s a Mallomar Season because Nabisco doesn’t make them year-round. For example today is not Mallomar season; I haven’t been able to get a straight answer as to when it actually is. At our poker game tonight Marty attempted to synthesize a Mallomar (he’s a fan) by shooting Miracle Whip onto fragments of chocolate doughnuts. I believe that this gets the nutritional values right, but doesn’t actually taste much like a Mallomar.

The quilt taken with my Leica S2 and the Mallomar man with my Leica Monochrom.

Quilt
Quilt
Marty simulates a Mallomar
Marty simulates a Mallomar

For some reason I had trouble linking to my image from a year ago. It wasn’t that good so we’ll skip “On this day last year” for today.

Thursday August 30, 2012

WARREN CONNECTICUT – A big day on the Fedex box front. MyLeica Monochrom arrived today thanks to Jeff Hirsch at Fotocare. Here are a couple of other links:
Jono Slack. Farkas Review. This is a dream come true: a digital camera that only shoots black and white. Farkas refers to it as an iconic camera. I’ll be shooting with it exclusively for the next few weeks. Also packing up some of my other gear to sell.

It will take me a while to sort out image quality on this thing – particularly at high ISO values.

Examples taken with my 35mm Summilux.

Wingdale
Wingdale

From my poker game:

Robert
Robert

On this day one year ago: Hopper light.

August 29, 2011
The Village

Monday May 2, 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A busy day – this evening was another installment in my periodic poker game – with me acting as host. So of course I had to invest significant time in counting chips, planning Chinese takeout food and of course sorting the wines out and planning on what to do with my winnings. Here’s an image as the game broke up. Another one of those days when I just squeaked under the wire in terms of getting my picture before the day was over. Taken with my Panasonic GH2 and a 20mm pancake lens.

Poker game breaks up
Poker game breaks up

On this day one year ago: Connecticut spring, taken through my 5″ Astrophysics refractor.

Connecticut Spring