Tuesday November 21, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I bought a 1948 Kodak 35 camera on eBay last week It arrived yesterday so yesterday I cleaned a half century of grime off of it and shot a test roll out my window and around the house. Shutter speeds appear to be ok. The rangefinder is an unusable kludge. There’s no meter. This model was replaced in the Kodak line-up by the well-thought-of Retina line around 1950 or so.

I bought this camera because my mother had one and it was the camera that I used through high school and college. Here’s an image from 1965 – as you will see nothing is in focus, which is typical of this camera.

Canyonlands National Park Utah 1965

Finding this camera on eBay was a Rosebud moment for me. I won’t use it much but it’s nice to have around. Here’s what it looks like, shot with my iPhone. I’m busy with Thanksgiving prep today so Ive taken exactly one image. Most days I have six or eight ideas.

Day 2,959 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

On this day eight years ago (day 38): Washington CT meeting house

Day 395 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Congregational Meeting House

Wednesday May 3, 2017

ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA – A travel day – a dispirited one because the usual three hour Acela trip from New York to DC actually took six hours. I was reduced to shooting with my iPhone in my hotel room to get my daily capture.

Day 2,757 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

On this day seven years ago (day 200): Lincoln Center.

James Beard Awards rehearesal

Friday December 16, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I did some further work today understanding the capabilities of the native Sony and Zeiss lenses for the a7rii. Today I considered “bokeh”, the character of the out of focus portions of an image. Here are images taken with my Leica Monchrom with a 50mm “Luxochron” lens, which sets the benchmark for lens performance to my eyes (top), and a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZA lens (bottom), which has lovely character both in front of and behind the focus point. In the Zeiss image the out of focus portions are more out of focus because it’s an f1.4, as opposed to the f2.0 Leica. The Leica bokeh is more “jittery” than the Zeiss, which puts in a very strong showing.

Day 2619 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Leica
Zeiss ZA

On this day seven years ago (day 62): Citibank

Infrared