Friday, December 30, 2016

Archival medium format

These images were shot with a Rolleiflex with a Planar 75mm F 2.8 lens on Tri-X Professional 120. This is an old barn in north East Pennsylvania that has always intrigued me.
 



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Archival black and white images

These shots were made on East 38th street between Park and Lexington Avenues in the mid seventies. I used to pass by each time I walked to my Studio on 26th And Lexington from the subway station on 28th and Park. A wonderful area that today is full of restaurants and trendy shops. These images were shot with my Leica M-4 on Tri-X Pan. The lens was the 35 mm Summicron F 2. A combination made in heaven.





Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Not a very blue Pacific

Not by a long shot was the Pacific blue on this winter late afternoon nor was it very peaceful. It did provide with this interesting composition.



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A winter walk

An early morning winter walk in Corvallis. Very relaxing.


 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Time to take a break

There's no better place to relax than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Have a relaxed week.

 

 



Sunday, December 25, 2016

What can I add

Except to wish you all Merry Christmas and say that this is not my home. It's one of these over the top houses in which the decorations reach almost insane proportions. But it's all in fun and creates photo ops.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's that special night again

Have a wonderful Christmas eve. I hope Santa Claus is good to all of you.


 

Friday, December 23, 2016

What a beautiful city

Paris is beautiful under any light but it's even more wondrous in interesting light.




 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wildlife refuge

It is hard to believe but the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge is in New York City. Located in Queens it is part of the National Seashore and is close to  Rockaway Beach and across the bay from Kennedy Airport. It makes for a wonderful escape from the pressures of urban life and hassles.




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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Foggy weather

Here in Corvallis Oregon the weather is rather moist and foggy but it allows me to take a few interesting shots.


Italian regional dishes

Italian food is regional food although there are some least common denominators it's best to call Italian cuisine as regional  cuisine. Here we have three regional dishes. Pasta alla Norma named after the Great composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania, Sicily and loved this dish so it was named after Norma, one of his best opera. The aria Casta Diva when sung by Maria Callas leaves one awed.  This dish was prepared in Sicily with the local eggplants and tomatoes that are to die for. The Salade Nicoise is also Italian from Nizza a region that was always Italian but was ceded  to France by that poor excuse of the Savoy king of Piedmont who was fooled by Napoleon III for help that was never given.  The area is still somewhat Italian  and much of the food is Italian in flavor and style. This salad is a meal in itself. The pesto alla Genovese is of course the famous pesto sauce that is very popular these days. Nothing compares to the real one of course and to be authentic, the  water must have a potato cut in small pieces and a few string beans along with the pasta. Splendid and actually simple but you need  the basil from Genoa,  the olive oil from Liguria  and the Parmigiano Reggiano from Parma to really pull this dish off. Italian food is after all a celebration of nature. It's magic reveals itself omlu if the finest and freshest ingredients are used.

Pasta alla norma


Pesto alla genovese


Salade nicoise

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lago D'Orta

This is the smallest of the famed Italian lakes in northern Italy i.e. Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. However it is truly beautiful and not over developed. The town of Orta is a charming  place worth a visit.




Monday, December 19, 2016

Urban winter wonderland

These images were made on Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside Queens in front of a flower shop. The whole area is decked out for the holidays and it's quite pretty.



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The countdown to Christmas has begun. Have safe week


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Have a sweet Sunday


The glory of Italian cakes, the Cassata siciliana. A true masterpiece.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Have a splendid weekend


Sunrise

This is the view of Manhattan I get early in the morning at sunrise that is quite late on this period, at about 7:AM. The buildings in the background become golden. This shot called for a tele but I like the whole feeling and contrast with the foreground, not to mention that the digital zoom on the iPhone is not really usable.


iPhone image

Friday, December 16, 2016

A man and his dogs

This is my friend Michael Gully one of the people with whom I walk my dog early in the morning. These are his two German pointers, Otto and Axell who are as wonderful as their master.

iPhone image
 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The most beautiful building in New York

I have nothing to add. This is still the most wonderful structure in the Big Apple and I cannot stop photographing it.




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A little nuts?

I usually take no editorial positions because this blog is a place to avoid strong opinions and a place to take a brief rest from all the noise out there. Nevertheless, there are images that cry out for some sort of opinion. The Christmas decorations that are so prevalent at this time of the year can become a little over the top to put it very mildly. The word nuts is apropos here. These are two separate homes in Queens that are absolutely unbelievable. I cannot help to wonder where all these items are stored after it's all over. However, they make nice images for the blog.

iPhone image

iPhone image

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A new color scheme for Christmas

This new color scheme is to welcome the Christmas season and to wish all of my visitor all the best for the holidays whatever they may be.Thanks for visiting.

Fooling around


Followers of this blog realize that I am not one of those manipulator of images. I earned my right to be a photographer on film so there really was not much manipulation other than basic darkroom practices necessary in those days  I really avoid gimmics. BUT, there are times when  I'm tempted and because I have an Instagram account I, on rare times, use their so called filters to play with an image. This shot is such an example. I know it.s silly but why not. Photography should really be fun.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wonderful Siena

Two late day images shot in Siena's main square. Here is where the annual palio, horse race, is held. This is a truly wondrous must visit city in Tuscany. The food is absolutely out of this world.


Have a beautiful week


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Classic architecture

This beautiful classic red brick house is emblematic of that wonderful classic American architecture that continues to fascinate me.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Have a beautiful weekend


Coney Island a few years ago

Actually many years ago. These shots date from 1972 and were shot on Kodachrome II with a Leica M-4 and a 35mm Summicron F2 lens.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

East 26th Street

This was the view from my studio. Classic shots from the seventies.