Thursday May 13, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Fabulous late afternoon light in midtown, with light reflected from buildings adding nuance.  I’m shooting with my backup Leica, and M8.2, because I left my M9 at Gary and Diana’s the previous evening (symptomatic of wine consumption).  I had a number of good images to choose among.  This is Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram building – part of my effort to do a new take on iconic structures.  I have an ongoing project on the Seagram building and the plaza formed by it and the Racquet and Tennis Club (McKim Mead and White) and Lever House to the northwest (the “Hello Kitty’s” come from there).  Image taken with my M8.2 and a 90mm lens – three images stitched in Photoshop.

Seagram Building

Wednesday May 12, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Dinner with Gary and Diana Fisketjon.  Photographically there was a lot of interest – the Fisketjons recently moved to a loft on the very top floor of a building in the financial district (next to the New York Fed) that has been converted to residential use.  Out the windows there are marvelous eagle gargoyles and views of lower Manhattan.  I concentrated on the gargoyles (which face outward, so from the apartment we see their backs).  What I learned on editing the pictures is that the backs of gargoyles are no more interesting than the backs of people.  So out of a large group of photos from the evening I selected one of Gary.  Nikon D700 with 50mm f1.4 (my usual night interior kit).

Gary Fisketjon

Tuesday May 11, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – My meetings are at Park Avenue and 53rd Street so I managed to commune with my old friend Hello Kitty for a few minutes.  You will remember from previous posts that  Hello Kitty is Tom Sach’s statue in the sculpture garden at Lever House.  See  March 19 blog entry and April 20 blog entry.  There may be enough going on at Lever House to make a project out of it.

Hello Kitty

Monday May 10, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This is going to be a rough week in the photo-a-day department.  My day job is invading this space.  I’ve got round the clock meetings Tuesday through Friday and heavy preparation for them on Monday.  I won’t have much time for posts, so they will be delayed for a few days.  Mostly work dinners that I can’t photograph.  I managed to walk a couple of blocks in the morning on Lexington Avenue I got this.

Lexington Avenue

Saturday May 8, 2010

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – Well I’m going to have to apologize for this one.  I’ve said that I never shoot sunsets.  The problem with them is that they happen every day.  It’s hard to find an unusual angle or an edgy point of view.  What am I going to add to the lore of sunsets?

A few years ago an artist friend painted a trompe-l’œil sky on the ceiling of our living room in Connecticut.  We asked for a Tiepolo sky.  Instead he painted an El Greco – a gray, brooding sky – because that’s what the sky looks like in Connecticut.  Well the May 8 sunset was pretty much a Tiepolo sky – the light was sensational.  Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm Summilux lens, four exposures stitched together and cropped to a 2×3 aspect ratio.  I desaturated the blues in Photoshop – they were over the top.  I’ve pasted a copy of Tiepolo’s Allegory of the Planets and Continents for comparison.

Tiepolo sunset
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Allegory of the Planets and Continents

Friday May 7, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This afternoon I walked over to the Guggenheim Museum to take a look at the new restaurant there, The Wright (get it!).  The Wright and its architect, Andre Kikoski, won best restaurant design at the James Beard Awards earlier this week.  Link to James Beard Award winners. I ended up not photographing the restaurant, but caught a detail from the Church of the Heavenly Rest (occasionally referred to as “the church of the overly dressed” referring to its Fifth Avenue location) a block north of the museum.  Image taken with a Leica M9 and a 24mm Summilux f1.4 lens.  I took more details of the Guggenheim – I’ve attached one of the images in a comment.

Church of the Heavenly Rest