Wednesday September 15, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Another day of meeting complicated by an early evening departure for London. My best shot at getting a daily images is in the early morning. I went by Lever House to take another look at the Mike Bidlo sculpture show. See this link for my Sept 1 photo Turns out the the sculpture has been packed up – the show has been taken down, with only the descriptive placard left behind. This becomes a very deep conceptual work: Mike Bidlo appropriating Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes, but without the Brillo boxes.

Bidlo sans Brillo boxes

Leica M9 with 90mm Elmarit lens.

Monday September 13, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I’m confined to midtown Manhattan for the next several days, occupied most daylight hours in meetings. I had a chance to further my exploration of Manhattan architecture and an icon or two in early morning and late afternoon light. Here’s one in late afternoon light on Park Avenue:

Park Avenue sunset

Leica M9 and 90mm Elmarit-M.

Saturday September 11, 2010

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – I’ve grown up in a landscape tradition of photography, where, like paintings of landscape, everything is in focus. Edward Weston accomplished this by stopping his lenses down – shooting at f64 to compensate for the inherently narrow depth of field of his 8×10 inch medium. One of the threads that I’ve been pursuing on this blog is exploration of the out of focus portions of the image (for example in my September 5, 2010 posting). The quality of a lens’s out of focus image is referred to as “bokeh” or “bo-ke” which is the Japanese term for blur. One of the lenses in my Leica kit is 35mm Summicron version IV (made between 1979 and 1997) – a lens that it known as the “bokeh king.” Think of shooting with this lens as riding with the king. It’s probably my most used lens.

Here’s in image from our garden in Warren, Connecticut: