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.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I went to Morningside Heights today to meet my daughter for lunch (she’s a student at Columbia Law School). It was pouring rain. I arrived a bit early and ducked into the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine. A really interesting subject – I’ll be back in better light. Here’s a link to St. John the Divine; here’s a Wikipedia link St. John the Unfinished. Construction continues on this vast structure, which was started in 1892.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well here’s where thing get tough from an editing point of view. I got out at sunrise on this sensational day. The foliage is sensational in the morning light – so I’m posting three images for today.
Here’s a local farm stand. Taken with my Leica M9 and a 28mm summicron lens. Two frames stitched in PTgui.
Woods, take with my Leica M9 and a 90 mm elmarit lens:
More woods. Same camera and lens. Three frames stitched.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well autumn appears to be here – early this year – probably because it’s been extremely dry for the last six weeks (although it pouring as I write this). Here I’ve stitched six frames as a panorama. i’ll use this as a banner for the Daily Photo Blog if I ever get tired of the wildebeests and zebras. Taken with my Leica M9 and a 90 mm Elmarit lens.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK = Still stuck in all day meetings. The morning light as a walked cross town to my first of the day was sensational – one of those crystal clear Indian summer days that make life in the North Eastern US worthwhile. Here’s an image from the street. Shot with my Leica M9 and a 28mm summicron lens. Two frames stitched in Photoshop.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Well here I am whining about a tough week again – I’m reduced to grabbing shots on the street between meeting (rather than, say, deciding to go to Bay Ridge to shoot, getting there early and waiting to watch the light develop). Here’s Grand Central Terminal from the outside. It’s an odd building in this respect. The inside (which I photographed earlier in the week) is iconic, but it has no discernible outside – it’s as if it’s a huge cavern hacked out of urban clutter. This is the one point of view, the middle of Park Avenue, where you can actually see it.
This is taken with my Leica M9 and 90mm Elmarit lens. I’ve reproduced it here smaller than usual because it’s slightly blurry – I was dodging traffic on Park Avenue.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I met a friend at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central for lunch – he’s a restaurant reviewer and his mission was to determine whether the Oyster Bar still has its mojo. Well, the Oyster Bar is about the oysters. There were 28 varieties on the menu so we ordered two of each variety: 28 oysters for each guy. Fair warning to our wives. A fabulous lunch. I was too preoccupied with slurping to photograph so I caught this image in Grand Central after lunch.
Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens. Stitched from three frames.