Monday June 24, 2013

NEW YORK – A new lens arrived today: a Leica 50mm Summicron Asph. Leica announced this lens last year. It’s specs are daunting: it is diffraction limited at f4.0 and nearly so at f2.0 and f2.8 across the full 35mm sized frame. “Diffraction limited” means that it has the highest resolution permitted under the laws of physics. It’s also tiny, about the same size as my Leica 50mm Summicron.

Here’s an image with it from today taken outside our office. I’ll be using this lens a lot over the next month. “Induro” is evidently a new restaurant – I think of Induro as a brand of high end carbon fiber tripods.

Enduro
Enduro

On this day last year: Photo shoot.

Photo shoot
Photo shoot

Monday September 24, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Fuji has furnished a firmware update for the XPro-1 which I installed last night so I took the Fuji out for a spin today. The autofocusing is improved as promised. The problem with this camera, though, is that there are not a lot of lenses for it – the 50mm equivalent is terrific but that’s about it. Later in the day I met up with Maria and some friends for dinner and carried my Leica Monochrom and an f.95 Noctilux lens. The Monochrom fits my shooting style much better than the Fuji – I suppose that I’ll be putting the Fuji up for sale soon.

First with the Leica Monochrom:

iPhone light
iPhone light
Candle light
Candle light
You'll need a bigger one than that to impress her
You’ll need a bigger one than that to impress her

Now with the Fuji:

Apple store
Apple store
745
745

On this day last year: Pudong at sunrise.

Pudong at sunrise
Pudong at sunrise

Sunday April 1, 2012

NEAR NASHVILLE TENNESSEE – We woke up after a monumental night’s sleep to a lovely, soft, late spring day. I spent an hour in the morning shooting around Gary and Diana’s house before we took off looking for cowboy boots and barbecue. This was with my Sony Nex-7 and 50mm Leica Summilux lens.

Tennessee
Tennessee

So after driving a while we found a joint (actually a dive) that advertised barbecue. Here’s their sign. This struck me as pretty promising and not bad for an April Fools day (of course the joke is on the pig).

BBQ Joint
BBQ Joint

Inside it was clear the the ole boys who populate this place are drinkers (quiet and deliberate), not foodies. The barbecue was very disappointing – it completely failed to live up to the low-down vibe. You just can’t trust appearances any more.

BBQ Joint
BBQ Joint

Later in the evening I experimented with photo booth (an app) on my iPad and with some of Gary’s local whiskies. This is how my head felt.

Photobooth
Photobooth

On this day last year (April Fools day 2011): The High Line makes a feeble attempt at Spring.

A hint of Spring on the Highline
A hint of Spring on the Highline

Friday March 16, 2012

NEW YORK NEW YORK – We stayed in town tonight (rare for us on a Friday) to take some Swedish friends to the Red Rooster, a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. “Celebrity chef” is used without irony here. Marcus is a sensation and his success is well-deserved. Think of the dinner as an “event” in very poor light. I shot the following with my Sony Nex-7 waring a 50mm Leica Summilux lens.

Owner of the Red Rooster
Owner of the Red Rooster
Dinner at the Red Rooster
`Dinner at the Red Rooster
Wine list at the Red Rooster
Wine list at the Red Rooster
Discussion at the Red Rooster
Discussion at the Red Rooster

On this day last year: The familiar view out my window. A brick wall torture test for a new lens.

Out my window
Out my window