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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cherokee

Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus lens photos

Lovely architecture tucked away in the Upper East Side on Cherokee Place. Walking through this section of the city had a very European feel to it, and definitely felt unique in it’s own setting far off to the East in the mid-70’s. I lived on the Upper East Side for seven years, and this is the first time I’ve appreciated the fabulous detail here… the masonry, the ironwork, even the lamp post is a work of art. This image is available as a Giclee print, and would look beautiful in any New Yorker’s apartment. Taken with a Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus 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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see what this sunset turned into

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go fish

Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus

“No Fishing” could just as easily be “Go Fishing” here, and as usual, the devil is always in the details. Other than the wonderfully ambiguity that someone created here, the shallow depth of field, and the 3-dimensionality are just as beautiful as the subtle shades of blue. Taken with a Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus manual focus lens.

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see this as part of the beautiful blues collection

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sunshine shelter

Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens

There’s something special about cherry blossoms, and even though I’ve seen them bloom year after year in NYC, it somehow never gets old. If you look closely, nothing is in focus except the most distance part of this beautifully sheltered path under these blooming cherry trees. This creates an illusion of motion and the sensation of knowing where you would be headed if you were the one who had the pleasure of taking this walk. The morning sunshine illuminated this scene just perfectly, and the muted, alternating pinks, purples, and whites in the ceiling of this this blossom tunnel are just stunning. Taken with a Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar lens at f/2.

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looming

Zeiss 25mm f2 Distagon manual focus lens

This is one of those cherished instances when a photo turns out so much better than you thought it would, and when it captures an image that’s even more interesting than what you saw with your own eyes. This ominous looking storm cloud sat over Midtown Manhattan without letting go a single drop of rain, and the day was actually a bright one as you can see from the shadow of the 59th Street Bridge being cast into the water. The brightness from the sun behind this cloud actually gives the photo an unusual effect of fading off into white space at the top of the image, and I think this would make for a very interesting display piece in an all-white gallery frame with a white mat. Taken with a Zeiss 25mm f2 manual focus lens that is just a wonderful compromise between the drama of a wide angle view and a minimal amount of distortion that is much more pronounced in most other wide angle lenses. This photo would not have turned out this way with a 21mm or a 35mm… the 25mm was just perfect for this scene.

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the ride home

Zeiss 28mm f2 Distagon manual focus lens

B&W hip shot of a man enjoying the relaxing view from the Roosevelt Island TRAM at the end of his work day. The TRAM is one of the most civilized forms of public transportation in New York City, so if you haven’t taken the trip yet, you certainly should. The views of stunning, and most of the TRAM regulars believe in keeping the ride quiet as they decompress from their days on the “big island”. Taken with a Zeiss 28mm f2 Distagon lens from the hip with the focus point planned for the gentleman’s reflection in the window, and then cropped to a square 1:1 format.

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