Wednesday October 13, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This evening I took a walk on West 12th Street. I arrived here just before sunset, catching the long shadows on a bar.

I’m writing this post on the evening of October 17 – the delay is a consequence of shooting a lot of images over the last few days (requiring a lot of time and effort to edit) and a power failure in Connecticut this weekend which left us in the dark and without computer power. One consequence of the delay is that the previous day’s image (October 12), an image that I don’t much care for, has been at the top of my blog for a long time. Memo to self: in the future I have to be much more disciplined about getting posts up following an image that I’m not proud of (the photo a day format insures that there will be some of these).

Anyway, the bar in the West Village shot with my Leica M9 and a 50 mm Summilux Asph. lens.

West 12th Street

Thursday July 22, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – At last a decent landscape image. I’m primarily interested in landscape, which for me often means urban landscape because I live in New York. You can’t dress, stylize or direct landscape. You have to wait for it. The best light is often around sunrise or sunset. Sometimes when it happens no one is looking. Sometimes you wait for it and it doesn’t arrive. This is my 281st daily post since i started this project last October. About half of the images are in New York. No more than a dozen of them are landscapes that are actually of interest.

This was an unusually productive sunset, looking East out the windows of our apartment. I’ve posted my favorite out of the group. Some of the outtakes are interesting enough that I’m posting them in a comment – click on the date above to see and add comments.

Moonrise over Lexington Avenue

Nikon D700 with 70-200 f2.8 lens.

Saturday May 8, 2010

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – Well I’m going to have to apologize for this one.  I’ve said that I never shoot sunsets.  The problem with them is that they happen every day.  It’s hard to find an unusual angle or an edgy point of view.  What am I going to add to the lore of sunsets?

A few years ago an artist friend painted a trompe-l’œil sky on the ceiling of our living room in Connecticut.  We asked for a Tiepolo sky.  Instead he painted an El Greco – a gray, brooding sky – because that’s what the sky looks like in Connecticut.  Well the May 8 sunset was pretty much a Tiepolo sky – the light was sensational.  Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm Summilux lens, four exposures stitched together and cropped to a 2×3 aspect ratio.  I desaturated the blues in Photoshop – they were over the top.  I’ve pasted a copy of Tiepolo’s Allegory of the Planets and Continents for comparison.

Tiepolo sunset
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Allegory of the Planets and Continents

Sunday April 18, 2010

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – Another gray, rainy day.  But at the end of the day something amazing happened.  Just as the sun set it briefly broke through the clouds.  It was as if the landscape had been bathed in a red spotlight – one of those “It’s remarkable to be alive” moments.

Sunset after the rain