WARREN CONNECTICUT – I spent a good part of the day shooting with the big camera around our place in Warren. This is once again an exercise in getting to know my new 32mm Rodenstock lens. How it performs at various f-stops. How it handles on the Alpa. The whole setup is pretty eccentric. Most people get along with their iPhones. But I love the rich, detailed files that the combination provides, and the lovely large prints that I can make from them. Worth the trouble. Anyway, here are two images taken handheld with the 32mm Rodenstock and my Alpa TC.
WASHINGTON CONNECTICUT – I went out looking for barns this morning and found a local farm with a really nice collection. Here’s a sample taken with my Alpa and 35mm Schneider XL lens. It was late for this sort of shot and the light was not noteworthy. Have to get up earlier as longer days approach.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Still working the kinks out of the Nex-7. I spent the morning shooting familiar things in Connecticut, including a small barn on our property that I use as an informal resolution test. Here I’m shooting it with the 24mm Sony Zeiss lens, which produces a superb result (at least in terms of image quality).
WARREN CONNECTICUT – We drove across the valley to visit our friend and neighbor Tim Angevine, who owns a Christmas tree farm and is playing an important role in preserving the rural character of Warren. His family used to be in the egg business – here’s a shot of his chicken coop – We’ve also done this as a panorama which will periodically appear as the banner for this site. Taken with my Alpa TC and a 72mm Schneider lens.
MILTON CONNECTICUT – We had weekend house guests in Connecticut. I cooked osso bucco, which with other activities gave little time for photography. I spared our guests exposure on this blog. A barn in a neighboring village caught with my Hasselblad.
On this day last year: Saks Fifth Avenue window. This was taken with a long lens from across Fifth Avenue. One of my favorites from last year.
BRIDGEWATER, CONNECTICUT – Well I had a great plans to solve the autumn color blues today. I have friend who annually hosts a variety of lunatics who bring catapults, and who compete at catapulting pumpkins across the landscape. We headed out that way mid-afternoon but as a result of a mis-communication with my daughter (my fault) we arrived after it was over. Tough luck. Really tough luck. But I saw this barn on the way back to New York. I shot it primarily because of the complete absence of yellow, red and orange. Leica M9 with 50mm Summilux lens. Six images stitched.
This may be my favorite image from the last 12 months. The light was magical. The name of the building, Pacific Gateway Medical Center, conveyed ironic grandeur. The name of the town, Drain Oregon, suggests hair balls and the like. Wow.
LITCHFIELD CONNECTICUT – We visited Arethusa Farms, a dairy farm owned by our friend Tony Yurgaitis and George Malkemus. Here’s a link: Arethusa Farm. Arethusa is serious about improving Jersey and Holstein breeding stock. We met Veronica, a charismatic Jersey and, in dairy cow show circles, one of the most famous cows in the world. The light and angles were poor in Veronica’s barn so I had to settle for this outside of one of the barns.