the last days of summer

Photo take with a Leica M9P camera and Leica 90mm f2.0 pre-ASPH lens.

This photo was taken on an empty boat dock during the “golden hour” where the evening sun has a certain warmth and comfort that can’t be felt at other times of the day. This gentleman was alone on the dock enjoying the last warm rays of the summer sun on the last day of August, and this candid photograph of that moment is one of my favorites in my entire collection.

I used a Leica M9P and a Leica 90mm f2.0 pre-ASPH lens manufactured in 1983 for this shot, and I think this is an excellent example of the sense of realism that these vintage devices are capable of capturing. I’ve never been able to convey such a sense of warmth and relaxation with more modern equipment, and I’m tremendously pleased with my decision to switch from Canon/Zeiss to vintage Leica for this reason.

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early fishing

Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Distagon menaul focus lens photos

There is a wonderful energy and light in the early mornings in New York, especially in the summer. The city is at it’s quietest, and there are usually only a few other people around who all appreciate this feeling. I came across this gentleman waiting for a bite on his series of fishing poles under the Queensborough Bridge while enjoying the view of Manhattan. The rising sunlight silhouetted the whole scene, and allowed this image to feel warm and quiet, just like it actually did at the time I was standing there. Taken with a Zeiss 21mm f2.8 wide angle manual focus lens at f/2.8.

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blue on black

Zeiss 28mm f2.0 Distagon lens

This image turned out so much more interesting than I thought it would thanks to the use of a red filter that turned the clear blue sky into a dramatic cloud-free black backdrop for Midtown Manhattan. The details of these buildings and their spatial relationships to each other often go unnoticed in color, especially on a clear sunny day like this when the sunshine itself tends to wash out most of the detail. The simple foreground lawn also makes for a very interesting composition against the complexity of the city. Taken with a Zeiss 28mm f2.0 Distagon manual focus lens at f/11.

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morning paper

Zeiss 28mm f2 distagon lens

Just what you want to see on a beautiful Sunday morning… the New York Times neatly rolled up and standing on your doorstep. Lovely B&W image with a tremendous amount of fine detail in the grain of the cement, and small amount of lens distortion pulling the paper out towards your eye just ever so slightly. Taken with a Zeiss 28mm f2 Distagon manual focus lens in Sutton Place.

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from above

Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens

Beautiful B&W photograph of the evening sky opening up to illuminate a single spot on the ground in Long Island City. The cross shaped structure gave the scene a very spiritual appearance, especially because this ray of sunshine was so fleeting and disappeared back into the clouds just a few seconds later. The walkway along this park in LIC was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy, and the new stairs around this cross were just completed a short while ago. Taken with a Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens.

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magical

Zeiss 55/1.4 Otus manual focus lens for Canon

Gorgeous cloud display and incredible details in the structure of the 59th Street Bridge shot in B&W with a red filter. The morning light created this unbelievable pattern in the sky, and highlighted the beautiful lines, arches, and angles of the bridge. The scene disappeared to into a formless dark cloud less than two minutes after this photo was taken. This would make a magical medium sized archival print displayed in a simple black frame. Zeiss 55/1.4 manual focus lens.

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saturday sunset

Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Distagon manual focus lens photos

Weekend sunset over Midtown Manhattan that slowly changed from beautiful, soothing, pastel pinks and blues to a more dramatic and colorful version of itself as the sun moved lower into the sky. Click the ‘Read more’ link below to see how this scene evolved over the course of about 5 minutes. Taken with a Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Distagon lens at f/11.

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