Wednesday March 6, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Not much going on today visually in my life. Walking home from the office I worked on generating some abstractions from Bloomingdale’s facade. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 1945 50mm f1.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar lens. The out of focus points of light are rendered by the Sonnar as little doughnuts. I’m not certain why.

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On this day last year: I can shoot in color. I just don’t do it that often.

Two Guys
Two Guys

Wednesday February 20, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A day for abstractions. I fit photography around practicing law today, finding mostly abstractions. Shot with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summicron version IV lens (aka “the bokeh king”). Below you will see a long exposure from a taxi moving up Park Avenue, a “Where’s Waldo?” looking painting in an office and a piece of sculpture at Lever House.

In motion
In motion
Picture
Picture
Lever
Lever

On this day last year: Gasparilla range light.

Gasparilla Range Light
Gasparilla Range Light

Monday February 18, 2013

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’ve been working a lot recently with my fastest lenses, my Leica 50mm Noctilux (f.95) and my Leica 24mm Summilux (f1.4). I often shoot the 24mm with a .9 neutral density filter which permits it to be used wide open in daylight. The rendering is lovely, turning mundain subjects into magic:

Drifts
Drifts

On this day one year ago: Purple Heart.

Purple Heart
Purple Heart

Sunday February 17, 2013

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I decided to push shooting in the dark as far is it can go -more exploration in the dark with my Leica Monochrom and 24mm Summilux lens. This is hand held shooting straight up. This looks boring but is actually quite revealing – star images can be used to diagnose lens quality issues (actually star images are the classic tool for these purposes). In this case examination of the detailed star images in the corner of the frame reveal “seagull” shaped stars, which indicates uncorrected coma.

Dark
Dark

On this day one year ago: Good gas. From Gasparilla island.

Good gas
Good gas

Saturday December 15, 2012

WARREN CONNECTICUT – What a terrible day. I spent my time dodging my computer and the television because the news on the slaughter in the elementary school in Newtown Connecticut was everywhere. This is one too many of these. We don’t know anyone who was directly affected but the landscape, the accents and the faces are all familiar – Newtown is about a 25 minute drive from here. It’s really time for some fundamental change here – perhaps an amendment of the Second Amendment. This will take wide-scale grass roots political action – our “political leaders” aren’t capable of taking us where we need to go. Perhaps a Million Mother March on Washington for starters – this is a family issue.

I took a few picturds today but decided not to post them (I’ll post one tomorrow for the completeness of my one-photo-every-day record). For now I’m posting this:

In memory
In memory

On this day last year: Meeting.

Meeting
Meeting

Wednesday June 13, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I get several calls a week that are “purse dials”. Probably my daughter. I’m a speed dial on her iPhone – as she bounces through life the phone in her purse is accidentally activated and directed to dial my number. When I pick it up I hear random background noise.

Today my iPhone did the equivalent only it took a pictures. I had been experimenting with an app that simulates various cameras – in this case I had set it to be a Hasselblad. It turns out that it gives you an images that replicates what you see in the viewfinder (which hs a distinctive cross in the middle) as opposed to what comes out on film (which has two distinctive notches in the corners). Somehow the iPhone took a picture aimed at nothing in particular. I was struck by the strength of the iPhone’s composition and the textures it caught. It’s not a bad photographer. I have no idea what this is.

Purse shot
Purse shot

On this day last year: walking the dog. The dog’s eye view.

Park Avenue
Park Avenue