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Still Life

Wednesday October 7, 2015

PINE PLAINS NEW YORK – I had a busy, fragmented day today. I’m driving up here on a weekly basis working on settling matters in an estate that I’m executor of. I don’t find much to inspire me in Pine Plains. Today I shot around with my iPhone 6.

Day 2183 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2183 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
Pine Plains NY 2015

On this day four years ago (day 722): Guggenheim Museum in NY, Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-50s masterpiece. We live just down the street from the Guggenheim so I see it almost daily but I’ve struggled photographing it. This is my favorite of the images that I’ve taken of it.

Guggenheim
Guggenheim
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Landscape Urban

Saturday September 24, 2011

SHANGHAI – Back in Pudong for some images from the early morning. This is a travel day, usually a disaster for my photo-a-day project, but my departure time is a civilized noon, so I had time to get out in the good morning light before going to the airport.

Pudong at sunrise
Pudong at sunrise
Pudong at sunrise
Pudong at sunrise
Street art
Street art

20 hours later, but still Saturday, we’re back in Connecticut in time to catch a sunset with my Alpa:

Sunset in Connecticut
Sunset in Connecticut

On this day last year: Out my window. I’ve taken quite a few of these. I have to resolve to stop it. Or find a new window.

Out my window
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Home Interior

Wednesday July 6, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Fair warning here, we’re going to hit a rough stretch. I arrived back from italy with a severe case of the flu characterized by a high temperature and an overwhelming feeling of lassitude. So what happens to “one photograph every day” when I get sick? The answer (I hope) is “Keep on shooting – no excuses.” Anyway, I used my few waking moments today to take a focus stack image of some porcelain that we brought back from China. It’s not perfect. It may not be the best idea to try a technical project like this when I’m delirious. Six focus stacked images with my Leica M9 and a 90mm lens.

Chinese procelain
Chinese procelain

On this day one year ago: one of many Hello Kitty images.

Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty
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Travel

Sunday April 24, 2011

BEIJING – On the way back to New York. Leica M9 and a 24mm Summilux lens.

Lounge Terminal 3
Lounge Terminal 3

On this day last year: A spring day.

New England spring

Categories
Icon Landscape

Saturday April 23, 2011

GREAT WALL and BEIJING – We got an early start to drive out to the Great Wall. We joined the Wall at Mutianyu, about an hour and a half’s drive from central Beijing. A few things to note about the Great Wall. It’s crowded with Chinese tourists so go early. It’s really up and down, and in some places high and steep. Come prepared for a vigorous walk. I suffer from vertigo so there was one very steep and narrow segment that I skipped (rather than risk freezing and creating a problem for myself and others. Maria did it all and considered it a good training day for her planned trip to climb Kilimanjaro later this year. The approaches to the Wall are crowded with hawkers and vendors.

With my Leica M9 and a 24mm Summilux lens, shot at f1.4 with the aid of a neutral density filter.

Great Wall
Great Wall

In the afternoon we spent a few hours at the Summer Palace, an extensive network of parks and buildings around a lake on the outskirts of Beijing.

Summer Palace Beijing
Summer Palace Beijing
Maria
Maria

On this day last year: 1211 Park Avenue.

1211 Park Avenue
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Culture Interior Landscape Portrait

Friday April 22, 2011

BEIJING – We spent the morning in the 798 Art District. It started out ten years ago in a gallery in disused factory that had previously been used by the military to manufacture electronic components – 798 was the number on the building. It has expanded to 300 or so exhibition spaces, all privately owned, in an eclectic jumble. The streets were packed with artists, patrons, tourists, wannabes and so on. Wedding frequently take place there. The vibe is similar to New York’s SoHo and the prices are the same – there is apparently a truly global art market. There are major spaces operated by major players. Pace is there, for example, in a monumental space that featured works by and about Diane Von Furstenberg

The following two images were taken with my Leica M9 and a 35mm Summilux lens.

798 art district, Beijing
798 art district, Beijing
798 art district Beijing
798 art district Beijing

Two images with my 24mm Summilux lens.

Kendall Geers at Galeria Continua in 798 Art District
Kendall Geers at Galeria Continua in 798 Art District
Marie
Marie

Finally, back in central Beijing taken with my Leica M9 and a 50mm Summilux lens – this is two frames stitched.

The Apple Store, Beijing
The Apple Store, Beijing

On this day one year ago: my blog crashes.

My blog crashes!
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Landscape Street Travel Urban

Thursday April 21, 2011

BEIJING – We visited the Forbidden City this morning in heavy rain. This monumental collection of parks and buildings was built in the early 15th Century as the “home” of the Emperors. It is remarkably crowded with Chinese tourists there to soak up their national heritage. Go early. We started at the North Gate at opening time (most people start at the South Gate on Tiananmen Square) and moved South through the complex, giving us a few hours of relative peace until we ran into the the throngs that started at the same time that we did, but at the South gate. This is a standard view of the North Gate from Jingshan Park which abuts the Forbidden City to the North. Taken with my Leica M9 and a 90mm lens, two frames stitched.

It rains on the Forbidden City
It rains on the Forbidden City

Here we are at the South Gate five hours later. The South Gate faces Tiananmen Square, the giant square that is the heart of official China. Tianamen Square is accessible only through subterranean passages with security checks; there are security cameras everywhere; sentries march prescribed routes through the square.

South gate  of the Forbidden City
South gate of the Forbidden City

South of Tiananmen Square is the new Qianmen Walking Street. This had been a vibrant shopping street in the 1950s. The street and the area to the East of it were recently demolished – the walking street consists of new storefronts built in traditional style. The impression is that some Disney virus infected the urban planners who put this here. To the West of it is still a dynamic area old side streets and alleys. Here’s Maria trying to get unlost. Taken with my Leica M9 and a 50mm Summicron.

School girls help Maria
School girls help Maria

On this day one year ago: fundraiser at Gustavinos.

Benefit at Gustavinos