Sunday September 3, 2017

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I took a walk today in a neighbor’s woods where he stores disused farm equipment. Shot with my Sony A7rii and my Leica f.95 Noctilux lens (used wide open in this image), which results in characteristic edgy bokeh. Converted to black and white with my own formula, an attempt to match film response. The Nocti is actually easier to focus on the Sony than it is on a Leica body.

Day 2,880 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

On this day seven years ago (day 323): Infrared abstract on 57th Street.

57th Street

Tuesday August 29, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I strapped my Leica 50mm f.95 Noctilux onto my Leica Monochrom camera today and went out to the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. The concept was to shoot it wide open with an neutral density filter, using live view to focus, rather than the rangefinder which isn’t that reliable at f.95. From a focus standpoint the results were fine, but I’m finding that I don’t really care for the swirly bokeh – the look of the out of focus portions of the image – that characterizes this lens. Judge for yourself.

Day 2,875 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

On this day seven years ago (day 319): Food Market, Nairobi

Thursday May 7, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A lot of images today. I bolted my f.95 50mm Noctilux lens onto to my Leica Monochrom today and headed out into the world shooting my usual stuff. This is a very special lens, remarkable actually. I used a three stop neutral density filer which permits shooting in daylight at f.95, which permits very selective focus and demonstrates this lens’s unique out of focus signature. I could decide which image I like best so I’ve posted four.

Day 2030 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Nocti
Nocti
Nocti
Nocti
Nocti
Nocti
Nocti
Nocti

On this day three years ago (day 934): World Trade Center II

WTC II
WTC II

Friday May 4, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I got a new lens today. A Leica Noctilux – affectionately known as a “Nocti”. Further evidence of my infatuation with exotic gear. The Nocti has been backordered for a year or more. At f.95 it’s the fastest still camera lens around. Big and heavy. The point of this lens is to shoot it wide open so I also bought a neutral density filter which permits shooting at f.95 in daylight. I clamped the Nocti onto my Sony Nex-7 and took a walk up Broadway. The focusing with the Nex-7 was a little disappointing. F.95 demands very accurate focus and the Nex didn’t deliver – only about half of the images from the day were technically good. Here is a sampling.

Broadway

Victoria
Victoria

I ended up at the James Beard Foundation Media Awards:

Beard run-up

Beard Book Awards

On this day one year ago: Rain.

It rains on Lexington Avenue
It rains on Lexington Avenue