WARREN CONNECTICUT – A rainy day. I guess this is what we’ve been saving for. Out with my Monochrom and 18mm lens catching rain and fog with a wide lens. Visually it’s hard to make headway against the sameness of days like this. Here are three tries:
On this day one year ago: Maria in repose.
Maria in repose
WARREN CONNECTICUT – I drove up here this morning – my first time in Connecticut in over a month (apart from a flash trip to fetch Basil). Boy do I need this. I missed the most beautiful month of October in New England history, and arrive here today a driving rain. That’s the first image. Oh well. It cleared up later so I caught up with the end of the fall color. All taken with my medium format Leica S2.
On this day last year: la Durée.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – The conversations around here today were about people’s bad drive – the Saw Mill Parkway was closed because of flooding from torrential rains. Build an ark. Today is midway through what turned out to be three days of steady, heavy downpour. Demotivating to a guy who likes blue skies and puffy clouds. I’m going to push a bit on the technical side this weekend, so watch out for gimmicks. Today I tried to cut the gloom by using on-camera flash for landscape with my Leica M and Leica S, shooting for either very wide or very narrow depth of focus. Here are some example:
Out our front door
On this day last year: Why did I take this? Allow me a moment of public self-flagellation. Why on earth did I take this? I guess every year needs a worst picture but this looks like I was out to establish a low point.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Driven inside, mostly, by a freezing rain.
On this day one year ago: Out my window.
Out my window
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Sandy passed by here last night. It was noisy, but up here on Carnegie Hill we didn’t loose power (or anything else). We think of Carnegie Hill as a neighborhood on the Upper East Side, but it’s actually on a hill. We stayed in until the weather quieted down and then took a walk in the neighborhood. Not much drama here. The FDR Drive is closed, which permitted getting some angles that I’ll never be able to photograph again. All taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summilux FLE lens.
Municipal Asphalt Plant
Joggers on the FDR
On this day one year ago: Fall colors after the blizzard. As I said . . . we had a freak storm last year on this date.
Fall colors after the blizzard
KENT AND WARREN CONNECTICUT – We’re showing our age: Maria and I went to a birding class in Kent this morning. We took a walk with the group behind the Kent town hall. Interestingly there were fewer birds that normal (our guide reported) because they had gone to ground feeling the low pressure as Sandy approached. Later in the day I experimented at bit with high ISO landscapes – shooting at ISO 5000 and f16 to maximize depth of field. Both images taken with my Leica Monochrom and 28mm Summicron lens.
On this day last year: S. Feldman Hardware.
S. Feldman Housewares
WARREN CONNECTICUT – So here’s an experiment. I’ve been shooting almost solely for the last six weeks with my Leica Monochrom, a digital camera that shoots only in black and white but offers enhanced resolution and a distinctive film-like look (after some processing). It’s fall here and I’ve been working against the grain, generally a good idea, and shooting the New England foliage in black and white. I thought that I’d show you what the foliage looks like both ways today. First a black and white image taken with my Monochrom and a Leica 28mm Elmarit lens, and then an images taken in color with my M9 and the same lens. First the black and white:
After spending a bit of time with this I’ve decided I like it – it has the grittiness of a 1940s image shot on orthochromatic film.
Here’s the color images, taken a half mile from the first image and in color.
Not bad. Captures the moment but a bit pedestrian. For now I’m sticking with the Monochrom.
On this day one year ago: Thames Street.
Old Equitable Building, Thames St.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A physically miserable day – rain, fog, low flat sky. This is from my office window with the Leica Monochrom.
Rain and fog
On this day one year ago: citicorp center.
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.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – “So Woody, how do you feel about this rainy day?” Well not bad, actually, because we really need the water. Also the rain is a nice opportunity to explore some colors in a perennial board with my Fuji X-Pro 1.
On this day one year ago: Lemarti’s camp, Kenya.
ON THE TRAIL TO SILS MARIA – We had some rain along the way here – one of two rainy days on the trip. A little rain is a good thing because otherwise we would have been carrying out weatherproof layers in vain. The view from the trail back toward St. Moritz taken with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.
On this day one year ago: Pool Warren Connecticut.
Pool Warren Connecticut
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A rainy day, but the wetness made the colors delicious. Here’s the Zen of Citibank. Two frames stitched taken with my Sony Nex-7 and a 24mm Leica Summilux lens.
The Zen of Citibank
On this day last year: Nan Graham.
Nan Graham at Pen Gala
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A dreary rainy day. I finally got out with my Nex-7 and a Leica 50mm Summilux lens in the early evening. Grim.
On this day last year: Central Park reservoir.
Central Park Reservoir
NEW YORK NEW YORK – It poured all day. I walked from 56th Street to 27th Street on the East Side with my Leica and a 35mm Summilux Asph. II lens. The first image is a stitch of three frames. Both are taken at f 1.4, which severely limits depth of field (in general a good thing and one of the reasons to own this lens).
Post office building
On this day last year: Waling to the office.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A very wet day. I went out in the rain with my Leica and a 35mm pre-ASPH version IV Summicron lens, known as the bokeh king. (Here is Ashwin Rao’s terrific article on bokeh). “Bokeh” for you non lens nuts is the causality of the out of focus image; good bokeh is creamy with smooth transitions between in-focus and out of focus areas; bad bokeh is crunchy with abrupt transitions between in-focus and out of focus. Modern highly corrected designs tend to have poor bokeh; older designs tend to have good bokeh.
S. Feldman Housewares
From 3:03 AM on February 14, 1999.
3:03 AM February 14, 1999
NEW YORK NEW YORK – More rain. Really. A lot of rain. I walked around with my Leica and a 90mm lens looking for rain themes. The Leica isn’t billed as being “weatherproof” but it does tolerate the rain, especially if you sheild it with a coat or your body when you’re not shooting. A couple of examples:
On this day last year: Andy Berkman.