absolute

canon 1dx. Zeiss 135mm apo sonnar

Absolute quiet. Absolute stillness. This is a rarity in the city that never sleeps.

This was taken in the middle of the night from a high vantage point looking east out over the East River towards Queens with a long 25 second exposure. I used a Zeiss 135mm manual focus lens mounted on a Canon 1DX and a tripod with a remote trigger. My focus point was on the solitary street lamp in the center of the image which produced a beautiful sun star effect. Sometimes this image looks like there’s a secret meeting going on down there within that little group of trees, and other times it just looks calm, still, quiet, and cold.

I love the clarity and detail that this lens captures invariably… this may end up being one that I frame for my personal collection.

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snowmage

Since we’re having a very white holiday season this year, I decided to try my hand at cold-weather photography and see what I could come up with. The hardest part of shooting in the winter is the lighting, especially while it’s snowing. Everything is so monochromatic that it’s almost impossible to get an interesting shot with color photos. The sky is grey, the clouds are grey, the ground is grey, and even the light has a grey tone to it. To get around that problem, I decided to play with contrast instead of color, with out-of-focus areas instead of in-focus, and with an old-school nostalgic look instead of a sharp modernistic one. Before I started thinking out-of-the-box with this project, my photos were totally uninteresting. Turning to the idea of using the camera like a brush instead of like an instrument got me a nice winter collection… a snowmage if you will…

burning

Zeiss 28mm f2 lens

The brilliant red orange sunset contrasted with the muted soft grays and blues of the late evening sky really set this photo off for me. If you allow your eyes to look through the bridge, which is where the spot focus of the camera is, it almost looks like the horizon is on fire, which in a way it is since the sun is what is creating that intense glow.

The Zeiss 28mm f2 lens that I shot this with draw warmth like this so well, especially on the Canon 1DX with its incredible metering capabilities. Wonderful combination for late evening photography, especially with long exposures on a tripod.

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window pane

Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro Planar lens

Sharply focused rain drops on a glass window taken in the very early morning during a storm. Beautiful out of focus background with the silhouette of the Queensborough Bridge acting like a photograph within a photograph. Captured with a Zeiss 50mm Makro-Planar lens mounted on a Canon 1DX, f/5.6. Zoom in and check out the amazing detail on the rain drops.

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