Friday October 8, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In midtown for meetings. This was a good day for photography. The light was soft and encompassing – about 4:00PM is a great time of day to photograph Manhattan this time of year. I had enough good ideas that I had trouble selecting a single photograph. I initially posted a a new take on an old friend, the iconic Seagrams Building, with a very wide Voigtländer 12mm lens. After further review of the images I edited the post (on October 13) to include an additional image. I get feedback offline from a number of sources who help out as an informal editorial board (for example the Leica forum on

Seagrams Building

Here’s the second image captured with a Leica M9 and 54-year-old 50mm Dual Range Summicron (modified for M9).

Local Law 10 Work

Saturday October 2, 2010

NEW MILFORD CONNECTICUT – This is the First Congregational Church in New Milford. It was founded in 1716; construction on the first meeting house was started in 1719 and was finished in 1731 (construction delays were evidently as common then as they are now); Construction of the present building commenced in 1831, and was completed in 1833. The lovely Greek revival facade was typical of the era.

First Congregational Church New Milford, CT

Taken with a Hasselblad H3d-39 and a 35-90mm zoom lens.

Wednesday September 29, 2010

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – I spent the afternoon today at Brooklyn Bridge Park – a park under construction that’s transforming the Brooklyn waterfront. There was a lot of stuff to photograph. Really. Some tourist shots – the view of lower Manhattan is incomparable; some construction; some people. I’ve had real difficulty sorting it all out so I’m posting a bunch of images. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia entry on the park: Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Manhattan Bridge seen under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Leica M9 with 135mm APO Telyt lens.

South Street Seaport.

South Street Seaport from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Same camera and lens.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – tidal pool

Brooklyn Bridge Park

New Trees

Same camera and lens.

Tuesday September 28, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – An overcast day with intermit clearing. The sky is really low. Here’s Citicorp center out my office window. I’m using a “new” old lens: a 40mm Leica Summicron-C from 1977. This lens was designed for use with the Leica CL, a “budget” camera produced in a joint venture with Minolta. Leica CL. I found this lens, which is in perfect condition, at a very good price on e-bay – I’ve been watching for one for some time. It has the advantage of being the most compact Leica-built lens for M-mount cameras. It appears to be very, very good. I’ll be exploring its capabilities over the next few days.