Saturday January 16, 2016

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’m shooting today with my Leica Monochrom and an 85mm Nikkor from 1956 or so. This lens was made for the Nikon Rangefinder camera and has roughly the same mount as Contax. David Douglas Duncan (a prominent Life Magazine photojournalist) discovered the Nikokors, and this lens in particular, while shooting in Japan; his editors at Life Magazine were stunned by the images. This was the start of the international ascent of the Nikkors and Nikon.

This its still a remarkable lens. Here’s a Steve Huff review: Huff review

The second image below is 8 frames stitched.

Day 2285 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2285 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Trees
Day 2285 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Trees

On this day six years ago (day 93): Terry Tanner’s barn Originally posted in color – it’s stronger in B&W.

Day 93 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Terry Tanner’s Barn

Saturday January 9, 2016

WARREN CONNECTICUT – More images with my Carl Zeiss Jena 5 cm (50mm) f1.5 sooner lens, an antique from 1936. This lens, which has many limitations and is a major POA to shoot with, does render beautifully. The second image is six frames stitched in Photoshop.

Day 2277 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2277 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Hardware
Day 2277 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Snow?

On this day six years ago (day 86): Drifts Taken with a digital Hasselblad, which I subsequently sold in favor of more compact Leica gear. Originally posted in color. The black and white conversion is a much stronger image.

Day 86 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Barn

Friday January 8, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK and WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’m shooting today with an antique lens, a Carl Zeiss Jena 5 cm f1.5 Sonnar from 1936. Both of today’s images are stitches from multiple frames.

Day 2276 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2276 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
1185 Park Avenue
Day 2276 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Oak

On this day three years ago (day 1180): Santa Monica

Day 1180 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Sunset

Saturday January 2, 2016

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I spent a few hours in the actual town of Warren today. In keeping with my New Years resolution, these images are made with a 1936 Carl Zeiss Jena 5 cm f1.5 Sonnar lens, which is interesting in that the optics are coated, making this one of the first coated lenses ever.

The first image is of of a presently-closed inn. It’s four frames stitched in Photoshop, which might run slightly counter the spirit of shooting with an antique, but whatever. I’m a wide shooter and as we will see the wide lenses from this era just aren’t very good. The grave marker is in the Warren town cemetery; I found it moving that someone is bothering to maintain (with a flag) a marker for a young soldier killed in the Civil War in 1862, and that his body found its way back home to Warren. Litchfield County was an hotbed of radical Abolitionists, so many young men volunteered for service and many died.

Day 2270 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2269 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Out of Business Inn
Day 2269 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Grave marker

On this day four years ago (day 809): TaosSki Valley

Day 809 of one picture every day for the rest of my life
On the trail

December 31, 2015

WARREN CONNECTICUT – We had some old friends up as houseguests and put on a major meal for New Years Eve. Self-catering on a large scale is a bit involving, and I didn’t feel like photographing the party, so I made a few quick runs outside for views of a bleak day.

New Years resolution: I have a small collection (actually four) of Zeiss Ikon lenses from the 1930s. I’ve resolved to fill out some focal length gaps on eBay – these lenses sell for very little, and spend the month of January shooting only with Carl Zeiss Jena lenses from the 1930s.

Day 2268 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2268 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Pool

On this day three years ago (day 1172): Luke Tanner’s Truck. I was obviously having a similar experience three years ago.

Day 1172 of one photograph every day for the rest of  my life
Junk truck

Wednesday December 30, 2015

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Today it’s warm a foggy. Three years ago it was cold and snowy. Strange weather here.

Day 2267 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2267 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Fog
Day 2267 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Fog

On this day three years ago (day 1171): Snow taken with my Leica Monochrom and a Dual Range Summicron lens from the 1950s.

Day 1171 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Winter