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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all american

Zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar manual focus lens

This huge evening ray of sunshine spotlighted the American flag in Midtown Manhattan and created a dramatic contrasty scene that would make any New Yorker proud. Such a rare opportunity to capture light like this between the skyscrapers. Taken with a Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar lens.

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drinks

Zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar lens ZE mount for canon

TGIF! Friday is finally here, and this image is probably on everyone’s mind already.

Wine glasses are one of the first things I photographed when I was first learning how to use a DSLR camera, so even though this image was taken recently, it is still a little nostalgic for me. I love the contrasty detail in the reflections. I love the mirror-like transparency through three rows of hanging glasses. And I love the hints of soft blue and purple out of focus in the background. This photograph is a perfect piece for a dining room, a wine cellar, or a restaurant. It would look stunning in a simple gallery frame.

Taken with a Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar ZE mount lens for Canon.

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snowsuit

Zeiss 135mm apo sonnar f2 manual focus lens

What is is that makes us want to run our hands through the snow whenever we get the chance? Is is the little pile that it makes in front of our hand? Is is the clear path that gets left behind it? Is is the impending snowball that’s bound to get made? Or is it just the warmth of our favorite snowsuits and gloves when we get to run out to play in the first snow of the season as children… I think that’s it…

Taken with a Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 APO SONNAR lens mounted on a Canon 1DX DSLR camera.

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energy

Zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar lens

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.

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sentry

Zeiss 135mm f2 lens

I don’t know why, but this photo makes me feel as though there is something either dangerous or precious being guarded behind this scene. It’s a very interesting photo with the intense detail and contrast within the branches of the tree, and the subdued turquoise of the old street lamp.

I shot this in the evening light on a very cloudy day with a Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 APO Sonnar lens, and I don’t think any other lens could have pulled this much color and quality out an ordinary scene that was terribly washed out by the cloudy grey light of the day. This is straight out of the camera with no processing of any kind.

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unfiltered one

Zeiss 135mm f2 manual focus lens

Crisp, clear winter mornings bring on some of the most stunning sunrises imaginable, and not only do you have to get up early enough to see them, but you only have about 20-30 seconds to capture each stage of it’s evolution.

This photo is the first of a two part mini-series, each part taken with a different lens for a different perspective at a different stage of the sunrise. I had to use two cameras to get these shots because the colors were changing so rapidly that I didn’t have time to switch my lenses. And as most of you know by now, I am a prime manual focus shooter, so time is truly of the essence.

I’m all about capturing pure moments with my photography, and I despise photo filters, so this series of sunrises is ‘unfiltered‘. Both are straight out of the camera with no processing or filters of any kind. ‘unfiltered one’ was taken with a Zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar manual focus lens with the aperture set to f/5.6 and -2/3 EV. This lens renders colors so beautifully… you can almost feel them, and I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

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