Wednesday February 10, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – At last a lucid day on familiar turf. Still shooting infrared with my Sony a7ii – today without an R72 filter so the infrared effect is less extreme. These aren’t half bad. The third image is mostly out of focus, demonstrating the very good “bokeh” of this camera’s native 85mm Carl Zeiss lens.

Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Bokeh
Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Citicorp
Day 2309 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Citicorp

On this day six years ago (day 118): Blizzard

Day 118 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
Madison Avenue in a blizzard

Monday January 4, 2016

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Out again with the old lenses. Today I’m shooting with a Carl Zeiss Jena 3.5 cm f2.8 Biogen from 1937. Pre-war Zeiss lenses quote focal lengths in centimeters, rather than millimeters – this is a 35 mm lens. It was about as wide as things got back then. I have 28mm Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar from 1937, but its maximum aperture (f8.0) and tendency to flare make it a bit of an odd ball. The 3.5cm lens that I’m using today is uncoated so it’s prone to flair but produces lovely transparent shadows. A real winner in the high contrast world of Manhattan. Today I found myself on Lexington Avenue in the 50s with Citicorp Center acting as a gigantic reflector.

Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Lovely light
Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
More lovely light
Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life
Sunken plaza

On this day two years ago (day 1542): Looking up on 94th Street

Day 1541 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
94th Street

Tuesday October 27, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent some time on Sixth Avenue (nee Avenue of the Americas) and Lexington Avenue today, of course with my Leica Monochrom over my shoulder. I’ve been experimenting with using the 90mm Summichron (a lovely lens) as a walk around tool. Since I shoot primarily wide this means that I’m doing large (9 frames or larger) stitches. This seems to be working ok.

Day 2203 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Day 2203 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
Sixth Avenue
Day 2203 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
Citicorp Center

On this day four years ago (day 742): Madison Avenue in the Rain

Day 742 of one photograph every day for the rest of my liife
Madison A venue in the Rain