WARREN CONNECTICUT – More snow. This weekend I’ve been shooting almost exclusively with my Leica f.95 Noctilux lens. Today I used a 1.8 neutral density filter, which provides six f-stops of darkening and permits me to shoot wide open at f.95 in the brilliant snowy landscape. This provides for a distinctive look that can’t be obtained any other way. The first image is two frames stitched.
Day 1,871 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – So we’re here for a long Thanksgiving weekend with Alexander, Francesca, Laura and Baby V. This is turkey hash day: I turn 100% of the leftover turkey into hash, serve it for dinner, and toss the carcass – I don’t fid turkey stock to be especially useful. More snowshoeing and enjoying a perfectly clear, not-too-cold, winter day.
Day 1,870 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 774): Really wide. Four frames stitched.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – This has turned out to be two days of perfect late Autumn weather. The light is enveloping and glorious. I shot very wide (with my 16mm Zeiss lens); I’ve found that very wide lenses sometimes do a good job of conveying a sense of the quality of light.
Day 1,837 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Here I am once again shooting fall color in black and white. I’ve gotten a bit behind in posting – as I write this I’m actually in Western Virginia with very poor internet access – I’ll catch up when I get back to NY.
Day 1,815 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Soe here I am experimenting with a Leica APO-Telyt 135mm lens. This lens has a legendary look and strong performance but it is the devil to use on a digital Leica M because the depth of focus is so thin and the 135mm frame in the rangefinder are small. I’ve put a 1.4x magnifier on the viewfinder and I’ve been practicing all day with focus, until I think I have it. Both images below are two frames stitched.
Day 1,794 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – This is the final day of my one week forced march with my now less-new 15mm Zeiss lens. Today I’m exploring the lens’s “bokeh”, the character of the out of focus portions of images. This is actually fairly difficult since with a 15mm lens not much is out of focus. So I got really close to some flowers (8 inches or so) and took advantage of the cloudy day to shoot wide open at f/2.8, with a bunch of stuff in the background. The answer: this lens has lovely, creamy Leica-style bokeh (typical of lenses from the Walter Mandler era) with gentle focus to out of focus transitions. Very nice if you can find a situation to use it.
Day 1,732 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.