Thursday December 9, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I’ve decided over the next few weeks to spend more time shooting with my Hasselblad. It’s a terrific tool for landscape, urban or otherwise. It’s poorly adapted for quick shooting in poor light so on days when I’m counting on getting my photograph at an evening event I’ll continue to rely on my Nikon or Panasonic.

Here’s the view straight up on the extension of Riverside Drive South from 72nd Street with my Hasselblad H4D-60 and an HCD35-90 lens at 35mm.

Riverside Drive South

On this day one year ago: A not so interesting shot from my dining room window. Every day can’t be great.

Friday December 3, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I took a walk today on the Lower East Side, ending up at Frankies on Clinton Street for an excellent lunch. Frankies Spuntino. The Lower East Side maintains its sruffy vibe well into the 21st Century, although some streets like Clinton Street are edging cautiously toward gentrification. This is a storefront on Delancey Street taken with my Leica M9 and my ever-present Voigtlander 12mm lens.

Delancey Street

On this date last year: Lexington Avenue and 93rd Street.


Tuesday November 23, 2010

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – We had dinner with our friends Kimball and Patrizia Chen. I’m using my Panasonic GF1 now in situations where the light permits. Here’s Kimball declaiming on a bottle of Gaja Barbaresco (I think a 1997).

Kimball Chen

On this date last year: Guggenheim Museum, New York.

This is one of several not very successful images of this iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building that I’ve attempted over the past year.

The Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan

Monday October 25, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK and CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Well I’m two for two on out the window shots for the day. I started the morning in New York with a lovely sunrise. Yes, I’ve said that I don’t do sunrises and sunsets but this seemed sufficiently spectacular to warrant and exception. Out our dining room window with my Leica M9 and 28mm Sumicron Asph. lens.

Manhattan sunrise

Midmorning I left for Chicago to attend an two day mutual fund directors’ conference. By the time I got to my hotel and registered for the conference the day’s rather poor light was failing. I took a walk along the Chicago River but didn’t take anything that I liked. When I got back to my hotel I got this out the window. Leica M9 and 90mm Elmarit lens.

Chicago River Tour Boat

On this date one year ago I was in Portland Oregon at a farmers market: October 25, 2009

Farmers Market Portland Oregon

Friday October 8, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In midtown for meetings. This was a good day for photography. The light was soft and encompassing – about 4:00PM is a great time of day to photograph Manhattan this time of year. I had enough good ideas that I had trouble selecting a single photograph. I initially posted a a new take on an old friend, the iconic Seagrams Building, with a very wide Voigtländer 12mm lens. After further review of the images I edited the post (on October 13) to include an additional image. I get feedback offline from a number of sources who help out as an informal editorial board (for example the Leica forum on

Seagrams Building

Here’s the second image captured with a Leica M9 and 54-year-old 50mm Dual Range Summicron (modified for M9).

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