NEW YORK NEW YORK – I caught an early Acela to Boston for some meetings, so I found myself in the vicinity of Penn Station (the most vile portal on any major city anywhere in the world) pre=dawn in the rain. I actually got some ok images.
Day 2239 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day six years ago (day 48): The Seagrams Building at night from the balcony of the Racquet & Tennis Club.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I found myself on Fifth Avenue early this evening with my Leica Monochrom and a 50 mm Summicron Asph. lens. Those of you who follow this site know that I’m usually a wide angle shooter and of course the 50mm is not a wide angle lens.
I get wide images with a norma focal length lens by shooting multiple overlapping frames and stitching them in Photoshop. I typically shoot three, four or six frames. This gives me very large, very good files to work with, so I can make perspective changes without unacceptable quality loss. In effect this technique turns the 50mm into a wide angle zoom. Good technique is important: all frames have to be exposed consistently and a single mistake in one frame ruins the whole image.
I don’t use a tripod, even at night. I brace against a street light or other structure and take advantage of the Leica lens’s good wide open performance and the camera’s good high ISO performance.
Here you go. The third image, by the way, is an iPhone shot of a platinum print of an image taken in May 2010. This was a three frame stitch of images taken with a smaller-sensor camera, a Leica M8.2
Day 2189 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day two years ago (day 1459): Schloss Elmau. Taken with the same camera and lens combination (Leica Monochrom + 50mm Asph. Summiocron).
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I got out to Central Park at dusk on this foreboding, overcast day. Interesting. It turns out that dusk to early evening is actually good light – a fine insight for days that offer otherwise hopelessly dull light.
Day 1,909 of a picture a day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I visited a gallery on the far West Side with a group of friends from the ICP this evening. Photographing photo shows is not really that productive for me, but I caught a neighborhood auto repair shop on my way there. Not my best day ever.
Day 1,818 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 722): Guggenheim. This on the other hand is one of my favorite images ever, and the only really satisfactory image that I’ve been able to make of the Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue.