Saturday, July 24, 2010
What you do in a wintry day? Go buy some flowers and shoot them. I was testing the Sigma 50mm F2,8 Macro. The results are nice and on a hot day its nice to think of winter. But on second thought, I rather have the summer. The light was provided by the ephemeral February sun.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Atlas at Rockefeller Center must be on of the most photographed sculpture in New York. I shot this in December of 2007 with the iDII and the 16-35 F2.8 L. I gad it at it's widest position. I love how the lighting of the sculpture and the buildings work. You know, before you know it it will be Christmas. What a scary thought.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
One of the greatest side to my business is meeting interesting and famous people. It's the spring of 1976 and I'm covering an event at the Plaza Hotel. In the VIP cocktail reception stood Luciano Pavarotti. As I was waiting for the people to move to the ball room, I struck a conversation with Luciano about Italian politics. He was one of the most pleasant person I have ever met and photographed. He was a darn great singer also. That Cavoradossi ot that Alfredo and who can top his "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot? He is missed and will always be missed.
For those who care about this data. The lens was the 50mm F1.4 Nikkor and the film was as usual, Tri-X developed in G 76 full strength.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Yes indeed, tag along, does have a touch of the blase' indicating an incipient and not subtle "I do not care at all about taking photos on my vacation," attitude. I still love photography as it's my life, but there are those times when the camera should take a secondary role. My trips to Italy are such times. I no longer take my DSLR's with a cache of lenses. I only take a point and shoot albeit a good one. The Canon G-11 fits that bill. Its small, so it does not get in the way, it has not to many mega pixels as not to get noisy, the lens is very good and it takes little space on my carry on. I only take a carry on when I travel. In my preliminary encounter with this camera, I have found it to be a competent travel partner. I will have it on hand but it will not be the raison d'etre of my trip. I will enjoy, the food, savor the atmosphere, bathe in the Thyrrenian Sea, converse with my friends and charge up my depleted ethnic batteries. That is why I go these days. If there's a good photo to be taken I will try to capture it but I will not make the "photo" the centerpiece of my travel. Life is just to short to limit it just to photography. Basically , no matter how full of ourselves we may be, we are just picture takers, anyway. Did I fail to mention the relatives; yes I did.