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