Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's time for roses

The rose garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now open for the enjoyment of all.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Remains of the fair

Little has remained from the two world's fairs held in Flushing Meadow Park here in NYC. This is the US Steel contribution to the 1964 fair and it has mercifully survived and has become a new symbol of the big apple. It is a magnificent structure.
This was shot with the original Canon 5-D, my first full frame DSLR and the 16mm Canon 16-35mm F 2.8 L lens.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Simple studio light

Let's face it, the best light is from a window facing north [in the northern hemisphere] of course. If this light is not available, a simple umbrella will do nicely. A white reflector is useful because film or digital has a limited dynamic range. These two old photos were shot in my studio on East 26th Street in Manhattan, many years ago. The camera was the Nikon Ftn with the Nikkor 105 f 2.5 lens on Tri-X Pan. I used to employ this technique on location when shooting corporate portraits to the surprise of my subjects  were used to being photographed by lesser mortals who used a plethora of lighting equipment only to impress. I must state that one they saw the results my costumers were duly impressed by my simple technique. I learned this from my teacher Josef Btreitenbach.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial day long ago

This is a shot dating from Memorial day 0f 1971. It was shot with the Leica M-4 and the 90 mm Elmarit F 2.8 on Ektachrome that I developed with Unicolor chemicals. This was a sad situation because this old veteran was in the reviewing stand watching a very poorly attended parade. It was during the height of the Viet Nam war and  many people were not interested in such events.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Strasburg, PA

This lovely town in the heart of Amish country is absolutely a must see place. I love it's classical American architecture. Even the poles that in many places can be rather ugly, appear to belong here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The fascination with trains

There's on ongoing fascination with rail roads but an even stronger one with steam trains and engines. These images are from Strasburg, PA in Lancaster County's Amish country. A fascinating area to visit.