MANDU INDIA – Mandu is a ruined city of lakes and pavilions about an hour’s drive from Maheshwar built in the early Fifteenth Century and abandoned in the early period of the Mughal Empire at the beginning of the Sixteenth Century. There were vast, complex waterworks which are dry today, at least in the non-rainy season.
Later in the day we attended the music festival at Ahilya Fort which is owned by this area’s Maharaja, Richard Holkar, who had an American mother and was educated in America.
Day 3049 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life. This is one of those days when it was hard to get down to one.
On this date eight years ago (day 127): A pinhole image out my window converted to black and white.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – New Years Eve. We’re planning a quiet evening at home tonight, a relief given the high level of activity around here since before Christmas, so no pictures of drunken revelers today.
Every morning I load a card into my camera, format it, put a freshly charged battery in and then check it by taking a shot of my feet or whatever else is around to make sure that the camera’s settings are all inbounds. That way I know that I’m ready to shoot for the rest of the day. When I deviate from this routine I get into to trouble. Sometimes the random morning test shot its pretty good. Here’s the rug in my study here. Later in the day ruins somewhere near the town line between Morris and Warren, CT; there light was really dull so nothing of great interest here.
Day 1,903 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day two years ago (day 1,173): Mack. I’ve rethought the crop on this one. I shot with a Rollei 2.8F for many years, then a Hasselblad 501. Both have square frames, so I often see things as squares. Two years ago I put this image up uncopped. Today I’ve cropped it square.
ANTIGUA – We went to Half-Moon Bay this afternoon. This gave me an opportunity to explore the ruins of a hotel that was abandoned after it sustained major hurricane damage. A bit later, walking down some steps, I heard a periodic clicking. It was the sugger, clicking as the camera bounced against my body. This is an example of what I call a “purse shot” after purse dialed calls – calls that are made by a mobile phone as it bounces around someone’s purse.
1,573 days of daily posting a picture for as long as I live.
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.