Posted on February 17, 2014
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.
Posted on December 15, 2013
Streams of traffic that look like cords of electrical energy moving through a New York City street on the Upper East Side at nighttime. Very long 30 second exposure through a Zeiss 135mm APO Sonnar lens mounted on a Canon 1DX camera.
Posted on December 14, 2013
“This reminds of me of being little” is the first thing I heard when I showed this photo, which is ironic because that’s exactly the nostalgic feeling I was going for.
Taken with a Carl Zeiss 135mm APO Sonnar lens mounted on a Canon 5DIII, f/2, 1/125.
Posted on December 9, 2013
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.
Posted on December 8, 2013
This is the exit of the 59th Street Bridge coming into Manhattan on a Monday morning early in the fall when it was just starting to get cold outside.
The irony of this photo is twofold: 1) the dark clouds and harsh colors of the lighting are so ominous and spot on with the daunting feeling that entering the city for a new work week can produce, 2) this photo was taken with a lens that I purchased, tried for one day, and returned the very next day because I didn’t like it at all (but I love this photo!).
The photo was taken with a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II zoom lens which has rave reviews consistently across the board. I decided to give it a try because of all the hype, and I ended up returning it within 24 hours. The optics were exceptionally good for a zoom lens, but it could not compare in any way to my standby wide angle street lenses, the Zeiss 25mm f2 and the Zeiss 35mm f1.4. The Canon focus ring was short and stiff, and it felt like an overpriced piece of plastic in my hand. The 70mm focal length is awkward and particularly unaesthetic, and the optics start to suffer at the most useful end of the zoom, 24mm.
Great photo. Not-so-great lens.
Posted on November 21, 2013
New York is full of characters like this guy.Set up in the middle of Central Park with everything he needs to enjoy the day… and showing off his patriotism while he’s at it. I actually tried this shot with several different compositions, but the vertical space above the subject gives it something special. It makes it look like this guy really is in his own little world there with his umbrella, American flag, and roller skates.