Saturday, February 8, 2014

This should help on a wintry day


The lure of the sea



I am fascinated by the sea. I was born where I could hear the stormy sea at night and wherever I looked, I saw the sea.  This is why I love New York, it's surrounded by the sea. These are very early digital images dating from the fall of 2001 and are shot with the Fuji S1-Pro whose puny 3.3 mega pixels could capture magical images. Alas, the body was really bad and the focusing hard so it was not really suited for heavy professional work. But it was a really great camera whose color rendition reminds one of Kodachrome II.
The photos were shot on Long Island's North Fork

Friday, February 7, 2014

it looks like a serious camera

New from Panasonic

GH4_H_FS14140_slant_MS2_YAGH-thumb-470x666-22782.jpgPanasonic's  has a new Lumix DMC-GH4, the most  impressive of the G-series camera with  high end features crammed into a somewhat compact frame. For still photos, there's a  new 16.05-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, working in tandem with their new quad-core Venus. Engine processing unit.  For videos, this same combination makes the GH4  the world's first "DSLM" (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera able to record 4K video [together with several full HD video settings] up to 96fps! This makes the GH4 very appealing to both photographers and  videographers. Yet the bottom appears to be  somewhat too large, strictly from an aesthetic point of view. No price has been announced so far.

Will it ever be this way?

 Lilacs at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Full moon over East River bridges




This is s a straight shot, no Photoshop. It was a full moon in October a few years ago and I was shooting an event at Harbor Lights at the South  Street Seaport. That same night, there was a lunar eclipse.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I just love the look

Talking about a confident look. This boy was photographed a few years ago at an event at the Hagedorn Family Resource Center run by Family and Children's Association, my client.

Back to the Seaport

I am in the process of repairing the database where the data on the digital media disks is located. Crashes, different operating systems and other problems of the digital age have created havoc. Nevertheless, no images were lost as I keep everything on digital media and backed up. The problem was finding the location of where they are stored. But the upside is that I  have found many items that I feel  are worthy of posting.
These shots are from October 2006. I was early at a shoot so I took advantage of the early evening light.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Long Island's Wine Country








The north fork of Long Island has become an absolutely world class wine region. It produces some excellent wine and so close to home. When  first saw the grapes I was very moved. To know that I live in an island that grows grapes and produces wine, priceless. We go there several times a year to stock up and we have a great time. As can be seen, the area is very well suited for outings and in the summer and fall it's a great place to go to have a wonderful day and taste the wines, buy some and have a ice lunch. What can be better.
All images were shot with a Nikon D-70 with a mere 6 mega pixels. Go figure.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Archival shots from Tangiers




These Kodachrome II scans date from 1974 and are from the casbah in Tangiers. The color from the old Kodachromes  has fared  well. The Kodachrome 25 that followed it was not as stable originally. Kodak did improve it later on and even brought out a Kodachrome 200. Super fast for those days.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The candid portrait



During my work, there were many assignments that bordered on the prosaic but I always tried to leave with a few good shots of people. These were usually candid portraits that tried to capture some sort of emotion in the subject.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Have a beautiful week


Selinunte
















Selinunte lies on the southern coast of Sicily. This once rich and powerful city was totally destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC. The help from Syracuse arrived too late and only about 2500 people escaped to Agrakas, modern day Agrigento. The day the photos were taken back in August of 2003, was one of the hottest days that I remember and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The photos almost convey this feeling of heat. Some of the shots were made with a cheap Spiratone semi fish eye lens attached to a Fuji S-2 Pro.