Wednesday July 21, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Today was packed with activities. Meetings in the morning, a business lunch and cooking all afternoon for a dinner party at home. I was planning on getting my picture for the day at dinner, but realized after the last guest had left that I had gotten so involved in conversations that I hadn’t picked up a camera. 11:00 PM and no picture. I’ve vowed never to post a picture of our dog, so that’s out. I tried shooting out the window at the dark city scape without much success. Finally I shot a pair of images on our wall by Penny Umbrico – blown up images from a curtain catalogue. Here’s a link to Penny’s work: Penelope Umbrico

Curtain catalogues

Nikon D700 with 85mm f1.4 lens.

Sunday July 4, 2010

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well here I am in Warren for the Fourth of July.  A quick personal inventory:  Maria, my wife, is in Capri at a literary festival (no kidding); our son, Alexander is in Puerto Rico on vacation proposing to his girlfriend (she said “yes” so she’s now his fiance); our daughter is in Southampton with an old friend of hers.  So I’m here by myself doing the lonely guy thing.  After the excitement of Ecuador this seems dull.  I picked up a different camera hoping for inspiration – not much came of it.

Sunset Warren

Hasselblad H3D 39 with 35 – 90mm lens.

Friday July 2, 2010

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Our travel from Quito finally ended this morning after an all night flight with a layover in Miami. I managed to keep a lunch date with my son, and I managed to stay awake during the drive to Warren to arrive in time for dinner with some old friends.

Here is the sign for our house that we put out on Rabbit Hill Road after a number of guests were unable to find us. We used the wild turkey theme because . . . well we have a lot of wild turkeys.

Wild turkey sign

Leica M9 with 28mm Summicron.

Friday June 4, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I spent a few hours today getting to know some new equipment.  Most of the images on this blog are taken with a Leica M9, which has the advantage of sensational image quality but is very much a traditional Leica.  The manual rangefinder focus and limited high ISO capacity has presented issues for me in poor light like Martha McPhee’s book party.  I also shoot Hasselblad digital medium format, but it’s unwieldy at parties and events.  I’ve been experimenting with a Nikon D700 and fast prime lenses for parties and events – this is the new (to me) equipment that that I referred to above.  This is a torture test for lens flare but I liked the image well enough to post it.  An Andrew Moore photograph, a Venini ice cream glass, a Venetian candle stick form 1914 or so and a Deruta cachepot.
Link to Andrew Moore
Link to Venini
Link to Deruta

Andrew Moore and Murano Glass

Nikon D700 and Nikon 35mm f2.0 lens.