Thursday September 23, 2010

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.

East 51st Street

Wednesday September 22, 2010

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.

Grand Central Terminal

Tuesday September 21, 2010

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.

Grand Central Terminal -ramp from the lower level

Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens. Stitched from three frames.

Sunday September 19, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND – I had a chance to take a walk in Hyde Park before leaving for the airport for the flight home. This specimen tree was photographed at about 8:30 local time, an hour and a half past sunrise. The image is stitched from 15 separate frames, all shot with my Leica M9 and the same 30-year-old lens referred to in yesterday’s post. I’ve included a 1:1 crop to give an idea of the detail that can be captured with this technique. Stitching was done in Photoshop.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park Crop

Saturday September 18, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND – We spent the day dodging the Pope who is here on a historical state visit (but if I want to see the Pope I’ll go to Rome and security measures here snarled up traffic). We spent the day on foot, starting at the sensational Eadweard Muybridge show at the Tate Britain; catching a street food lunch in Chelsea near the Saatchi Gallery; a few well-spent hours in the Saatchi Gallery; and finally tea at the V&A. I had difficulty selecting so I’ve posted three images – I may winnow a bit further with a future edit. All images are with a Leica M9 and 30-year old 35mm Summicron lens.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Saatchi Gallery, London
Saatchi Gallery, London