Monday February 25, 2019

MANHATTAN – I’ve been experimenting for the last few days with simplifying my equipment. I’m carrying my Sony a7riii with one lens, the Sony GM 24-70 f2.8 zoom.

I generally don’t like zooms, they suffer from image quality issues relative to prime lenses, and they tend to be bulky. This lens is indeed bulky but it’s easier to manage than three primes and it covers the focal lengths that I use on a daily basis. Also if I want tighter than 70mm the camera’s 42 meg sensor facilitate cropping in a pinch, and for wider than 24 I can stitch frames (which I do all the time).

It turns out that this lens performs well corner to corner by f4.0 at focal lengths 35-70mm and at 50 to 70mm is actually fine wide open (“fine” is high praise from me). It’s very good corner to corner at 28mm but much less so at 24mm, so a decent strategy is to limit wides to 35mm and stitch. I’ve been torturing it with back lit situations and shooting bokeh oriented images – it’s actually excellent to my eyes in both respects. So I’ll keep going with it for a while to further understand its quirks in actual use. The images below are both at 24mm.

Day 3420 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Fifth Avenue
Knickerbocker Club

On this date nine years ago (day 133 of one photo every day): Times Square at night.

Times Square

Monday September 23, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I shot a bunch of different cameras today. My iPhone, shooting an anniversary present: a silver Tiffany bowl from the early 1930s; the engraver misspelled Maria as “Marcia”; this would be hard to explain to Maria so I sent it back to be re-engraved; it won’t be ready for our actual anniversary on September 29. Tough luck. My Leica Monochrom with my Luxochrom lens on the street; I’m consistently getting my strongest images from this combination. My Sony RX100 II: the setup for an anniversary party (given by us for us) at the Knickerbocker Club. Same camera: an image of me and two friends at the party taken by one of our guests. I didn’t shoot at the party because I really did have to connect with everyone there and photography gets in the way. It’s the difference between being and observer and a participant. I’m usually happy to be an observer (delighted, actually, being an observer feeds my inner introvert) but tonight I need to participate.

Anniversary Present
Anniversary Present
Pedestrian
Pedestrian
Knickerbocker Club
Knickerbocker Club
Not taken by me
Not taken by me

On this day last year: Park-like area in Warren.

Park - Black and White
Park – Black and White

Thursday May 30, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A foodie day. A friend and I sponsor an annual Edwardian dinner so here we are after a great deal of wine. Still standing at least. Leica Monochrom and 35mm lens.

Edwardian dinner
Edwardian dinner

Halal dog? Same camera.

Halal dog
Halal dog

On this day last year: Joe Kanon.

Joe Kannon
Joe Kannon