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Family and friends Landscape

Saturday July 2. 2011

CAPRI ITALY – We spent the day at the da Luigi at the Faraglioni, one of those rocky places where people congregate to bathe in the sea in Capri. The link above says that you get there via a “pretty little path through the coastal pine trees that leads down to the sea”. That may be a fair description of the descent but the return is a very long uphill slog in the heat of the day with hundreds of steps. We’ve always gone to da Luigi and going there maximizes our opportunity for chance encounters with family and old friends. But I maintain that the real reason we go there is that walking back up the mountain burns any calories that might have been added by a truly superb plate of spaghetti alla vongole.

Anyway, lunch at da Luigi:

Lunch at da Luigi
Lunch at da Luigi

Da Luigi and the Faraglione from well less than half way up the path (three frames stitched).

da Luigi
da Luigi

On this day one year ago: Our new sign in Connecticut.

Wild turkey sign
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Events and holidays Family and friends Landscape

Friday July 1, 2011

CAPRI ITALY – Still no bag from Air France. They say it should arrive late afternoon. Anti-French images crowd out every other thought. “Cheese eating surrender monkey” doesn’t begin to capture it. The wedding is at 6:00 PM. This is no joke. I’m in Italy. These people take their wedding seriously. Everyone is beautiful and well dressed. I have a theory that on Capri the Carabinieri round up all of the ugly people every night, take them out to sea and drown them. You actually can’t show up at a fancy Italian wedding in jeans and a three-day polo shirt.

We made the most of the day. I bought a swimsuit and spent the day with my family on the “beach”. Beach is in quotes because there are no actual sandy beaches on Capri. People pay mega-euros to lay out on the rocks near the water. I’ll cover that beat in tomorrow’s post. Anyway at exactly 6:00 PM my bag arrived at my hotel room door. I dressed and was out the door in 15 minutes and got to the church by 6:30. This was the full mass version of a wedding so things were just starting to move along. I’m posting several images from the wedding, not necessarily in narrative order, all taken with my Leica.

The enthralled crowd at the Piazzetta.

Piazzetta
Piazzetta

All kidding aside the bride, Emanuela Volpe (Maria’s niece and perhaps Francesca’s closest friend), was radiant.

Emanuela
Emanuela

Some ambience.

Wedding party
Wedding party

Francesca and her great aunt.

Two hot girls . . .
Two hot girls . . .

On this day one year ago: Quito.

Demonstration - Ecuador National Assembly
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Icon Landscape Urban

Monday June 27, 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – So I took the subway downtown to return the IQ 180 to Digital Transitions. They are on 35th just off of Fifth Avenue so this gave me a chance stalk one my favorite icons, the Empire State Building, in very interesting light with my Leica M9 and a 90mm lens. Three frames stitched.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

On Fifth Avenue:

Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street
Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street

On this day last year: Festival

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Landscape Religion

Sunday June 26, 2011

KENT and WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well the IQ 180 (see my posts from the previous two days) is starting to sing. I went for a hike today carrying my Alpa TC with the 36mm Schneider Digitar and the Phase One IQ 180. This is a compact, hand holdable combination. The form factor and functionality are very similar to the legendary Hasselblad Superwide C (one of my favorite film cameras ever), but the 80 meg digital back delivers much higher resolution than medium format film. The trick is mastering this oddball combination of exotic stuff to the point where I can stop thinking about it and start really shooting.

I joined my old friend John Novogrod for a hike on the the Appalachian trail.. I’m posting three images from the hike.

Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail

Earlier in the day I shot the Warren Congregational Church again.

Warren Congregational Church
Warren Congregational Church

On this day last year: Hacienda Zuleta

Chicken offering
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Garden Landscape

Saturday June 25, 2011

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Second day with my loaner Phase One IQ 180. Very high performance photo equipment is like a very high performance car – the photo equivalent of noise, vibration and harsh ride are part of the experience. This thing doesn’t auto anything, and getting the most out of it takes some work. I spent part of the day experimenting with shifting the back on my Alpa Max technical camera. Initial results are technically good but uninspiring as I focus on technique rather than seeing. Here’s our pool in Warren and the perennial border next to it with the IQ 180 on the Alpa Max and my 47mm Schneider Digitar.

Pool Warren Connecticut
Pool Warren Connecticut

On this day one year ago: Baptismal Iglesia de San Roque

Iglesia de San Roque

Baptismal Iglesia de San Roque

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Icon Landscape Urban

Friday June 24, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I had the opportunity to borrow a demo Phase One IQ 180 digital back for the weekend. This is the latest and greatest in digital backs, with an 80 meg sensor and a sophisticated iPhone-like interface that makes it particularly well adapted for use on a tech camera. I’m considering trading my collection of Hasseblad gear for the IQ 180. After picking it up at Digital Transitions I got it set up my Alpa TC and went for a walk. Unfortunately the weather turned grim – as issue because these high end digital backs need a lot of light (or a sturdy tripod and a long exposure). I got as far as the Guggenheim Museum when it started to rain. Anyway, here is an early effort with it:

Guggenheim
Guggenheim

On this day last year: Quito Ecuador.

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Landscape Urban

Thursday June 23, 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Another rainy afternoon exploration of Carl Schurz Park, on the East River near Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s official residence. I am again working with my Alpa technical camera, a 35mm Scheider Digitar lens and my 60 meg Hasselblad digital back. The overcast sky was quite bright – not the best conditions for a guy who is essentially a landscape photographer.

On this day last year: RFK Bridge.

RFK Bridge