morning run

Zeiss 21mm f2.8 manual focus lens with B+W ND Vario filter

This is one of my favorite photos, not because of the lovely colors or the wonderful city backdrop, but because of the motion. I find motion in still photography to be one of the most challenging techniques, especially when the motion has to do with people. Traditionally, long exposure photography that captures motion is in a nature setting where the photographer places his camera on a tripod and then exposes the shot for 15-30 seconds so that water and clouds will take on that lovely smooth appearance we’ve all seen in those beautiful landscape images. Capturing motion with people requires a completely different skill set. You have a use a neutral density filter on your lens so that you can increase the exposure time without letting too much light in. You have to have your focus just right, which is quite difficult with moving subjects and manual focus lenses. You have to have the exposure just right or your subject will end up so blurry that you can tell it’s a person, or not blurry enough so that it only looks like the image is out of focus rather than in motion. You have to keep your camera VERY steady so as not to blur the background, which is quite difficult when you’re not using a tripod and shooting at f 1/10 or 1/20. And you have to do all of this in less than a second before your subject runs away and makes your shot impossible. The whole thing sounds like a big hassle, and while it does lead to quite a few messy photos, when you get it right the results make for really interesting and original photographs. Taken with a Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Distagon manual focus lens with a B+W XSPro ND Vario Filter, handheld at 1/30, Shutter Priority mode with vario filter adjustments to ensure an aperture of at least f/8.

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parasol

Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar manual focus lens photos

Memorial Day of 2014 was one of the most beautiful days of the past few years… warm, sunny, just perfect. I came across this young woman using a parasol while strolling through Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and just had to capture the image. There is a very long stretch of pure white marble on the Western side of the park facing the city where the sun gets reflected so brightly that it created this wonderful scene of highlights and shadows that was perfect for a B&W photo, and the out of focus background has an almost dreamlike quality to it that I love. Taken with a Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar manual focus lens.

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spring bride

Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens

a cherry tree bride*
elegant limbs dressed in white
her groom; the city

-haiku by k.a.r.-

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cloud cathedral

Ziess 15mm f2.8 wide angle lens

If there’s one thing that I’ve grown to appreciate since I started in artistic photography, it’s clouds. I never realized what interesting images clouds can produce, and this is one of my favorite example. This photo reminds me of all the wonderful images of the airy, bright, and incredibly detailed cathedral ceilings that we’ve all marveled at. The wide angle lens with it’s signature distortion creates the “shape” of this photo with the clouds and the city skyline all appearing to reach towards a central point. This was a very rare opportunity to capture this photo from such a perfect vantage point, and this would display beautifully in a simple gallery frame or floating canvas. Taken with a Zeiss 15mm f2.8 lens at f/5.6.

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queens crescent

Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens

Crisp, clear black and white photograph of a lovely crescent moon over Queens taken in the middle of the night with a very long 25 second exposure. If you look closely, you can spot Venus in the top right corner, and if you look even more closely, you can see the slight celestial motion that the long exposure captured. Venus is not a distinct spot of light, but rather a small dash, and the moon is not a thin well-defined crescent, but rather a thicker version of itself. It’s amazing that there was enough motion of the sky during the 25 seconds that the camera shutter was open, but it’s there, and it’s beautiful. Taken with a Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens.

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white on black on grey

zeiss 35mm f2 distagon lens

Stunningly clear reflections in the cold winter water with a perfect balance of light and dark. This is one of my favorite photographs with it’s incredible balance of tonality and composition. It displays beautifully in a medium sized print with a white mat and black gallery style frame. Available as 1/50 Limited Edition prints. Taken with a Carl Zeiss 35mm f2 Distagon lens.

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keep it real

Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Distagon lens

This guy had the right idea last summer… taking a peaceful nap in the shade of one of the gorgeous trees in Madison Square Park. I love the grainy-ness and the deep blacks in the image… they make it more interesting and artistic than just a standard sharp focus photo that you’ll see much more often. Street photography is so difficult in New York, but when you nail one, you really get something special. Taken with a Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Distagon lens at f/2.

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