MANHATTAN – I had an active day of walking around Foley Square and the financial district in good urban light with my Sony A7riii and the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens. It’s not my style to shoot zooms because they never perform at the same level as the best primes, and they are large and heavy. But this one is good. Corner to corner stitches with the lovely Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 are better, but you can’t reliably stitch in many situations. This lens is a keeper.
I’m running through my inventory of Sony E-mount lenses to decide which are keepers – this one clearly is.
Day 3217 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 2121 of one photo every day): Melancholy day
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent the better part of the day downtown in the World Trade Center area. Some good images at the 9/11 Memorial. Some touristy images around the Oculus transportation hub. All images shot with a 24-70 zoom on my Sony A7Rii. I don’t ordinarily work with zooms because they are never as good corner to corner as the best primes shooting wide open, which is where I like to work. This one is pretty good, but is heavy and bulky, negating the small size advantage of the Sony.
Day 2882 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 1786): Hmmm . . .
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I made it down to the World Trade Center today, where the light, like the air, was very hot. I had trouble sorting down to a single image so you’re stuck with a mini gallery. All shot with my Leica Monochrom and a variety of lenses, mostly an 18mm Super-Elmar and 75mm Summichron.
Day 2377 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day five years ago (day 551): Shanghai Tang. Originally in color, but stronger in black and white.
NEW YORK NEW YORK -I read a glowing review of the World Trade Center Memorial in the New York Review of Books so I made a reservation and made the trek down there. It’s huge. The memorial is the foundations of the two towers – recessed (by 50 feet or so) pools where the foundations were. Water cascades down the four sides of the foundations holes to the pools. The water disappears into black square holes in the center of the pools. The falling theme is powerful given the context. The central hole evokes a grave. The names of all of the 9/11 victims were cut into the railing around the pools. The Memorial owes a lot to Maya Lin and at the same time is totally unique. Images taken with my Leica M9 and a 12mm Voigtlander lens and 24mm Summilux lens.
Another take on the Old Equitable Building taken with my Leica and a 24mm Summilux lens:
8:00 PM February 13, 1999 from my series of hourly self-portraits over a 24-hour period.