It's been a while, five months to be exact, since my last blog entry. I somehow got caught up in work and completely neglected my blog and photography. Perfect opportunity to restart and share photos from my recent trip up to Cape Cod / Nantucket, participating in Ray's NEWLK #5.0. Ray's photowalks are always a lot of fun and great opportunity to catch-up with old friends, and to form new friendships. This edition of NEWLK was no different.Read More
The benefit of visiting a city or place that I've been to before is that there is no pressure to go sightseeing and work down a list of major tourist attractions. I can be spontaneous and just wander around, something I did on this trip.Read More
Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. -Honoré de BalzacRead More
Sometimes you have to be spontaneous and just go for it without thinking about it for too long. That's exactly how I felt about a week ago (Saturday 8/27). "It" in this case was booking a spot on a door-less New York City helicopter ride with FlyNYON.
I've been on helicopters before (Grand Canyon flyover and on other occasions); however, FlyNYON promises the ultimate helicopter experience - a ride on a helicopter with no doors. As you can imagine, access to a helicopter with no doors is a photographers dream, and an even bigger one if it involves New York City.Read More
"Warum in die Ferne schweifen? Sieh, das Gute liegt so nah." - Based on "Erinnerung" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When I was a teenager and talked about my upcoming travel plans, my grandmother sometimes responded with the above words. A rough translation is "Why look into the distance? See, the good is so close" (thanks Google translator). The words are based on a poem by Goethe called "Erinnerung". Recently, when I went on a day-trip during my visit to Germany, the words popped up in my mind and left me with a smile.Read More
For me, no visit to Germany is complete without a visit to Hamburg. Whilst I was not born in Hamburg, it is my favorite city in Germany and one of the few places that I make absolutely sure I stop by whenever I fly back home to Germany. When asked by friends or strangers which places to visit in Germany, Hamburg is at the top of my list of recommendations.
Hamburg, or Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as it is officially named, is a port city that is located in the northern part of Germany, close to the North Sea and by the River Elbe.Read More
First held in 1996 the Greenwich Concours D'Elegance is an annual event that takes place in Greenwich, Connecticut. The event kicks off Friday afternoon with a car parade down Greenwich Avenue, and is followed by the Concours Americana and Concours International on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.Read More
London has always had a special place in my heart. I first visited London years (decades) ago in seventh grade during my stay in a small southern town called Christchurch, while attending a three-week intensive English course. I remember being in awe during my first visit. Years later I would return to England to study at Lancaster University and I began my career in London itself in the Covent Garden area. London was then my "home base" for three and a half years before I moved to the New York City metropolitan area.Read More
First weekend in ages without any work or particular plans. What better way to spend a sunny spring day than riding through NYC on my bike and explore? Here are a couple of snapshots I took this weekend in Brooklyn.Read More
A few snapshots taken from the observation deck at the Empire State Building earlier in the month. All photos were taken with the Leica MP, Zeiss Sonnar and Kodak Tri-X 400.Read More
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner".
President John F. Kennedy - June 26, 1963Read More
“Graffiti is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me”
— George Lee QuiñonesRead More
A few random snapshots taken on a November evening in and around Grand Central Terminal.
Camera: Leica MP
Lens: Zeiss Sonnar T*1,5/50
Film: Kodak Tri-x metered at 400
Processing: XTOL, pushed one stop
It never fails, right after Labor Day temperatures drop in the tri-state area. Gone are the warm and cozy days of summer. The drop is not extreme, but enough to remind you that the cold fall and winter days are fast approaching, waiting around the corner. The same applies to traffic, gone are the days of easy commutes into NYC. The streets are jammed again with stressed drivers, school buses, and stop-and-go traffic due to stalled cars, construction or accidents. Leaving only ten minutes later than usual makes all the difference. Luckily sunshine, endless beaches, sanity and relaxation are only a short flight away.Read More
Bleach bypass, as the name suggests, is simply skipping the bleach step when developing color film using C-41 chemicals. Skipping the bleach step results in higher silver retention in the film, essentially muting the colors and increasing the grain and contrast. Similar to imposing a black and white image on the color image. Results vary depending on the film stock.
I thought I should give it a try using a roll (Cinestill 800T) that I shot in New York City on a September afternoon recently. Here is a summary of my workflow, as well as a few examples...Read More
In early July I was offered the opportunity to beta test Rebecca’s upcoming Pro Set III for LR4/5 on my images and to review it on my blog. Following is an overview of Rebecca’s Pro Set III, my review, as well as samples edited with the beta and final version of the Pro Set III.Read More
Great Captain Island is a small, ~17 acres, and beautiful island right off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut on the Long Island Sound. It’s a sanctuary because there are no cars or stores, just pure nature and it is entirely surrounded by water.Read More
Inspired by Johnny Patience's Death Valley blog post back in April I jumped on the opportunity of a short trip to Las Vegas at the end of July. I am not into gambling at all, so I planned a couple of short roadtrips to places "relatively" close to Las Vegas. In total I only spent, hold your breath, a full $1 on gambling. I figured, rather than blowing my money at the casino it would be more fun to rent a car and head out to explore nature and some of the state parks. Las Vegas for me is a "been there, done that, don't need to do it again" place. I can see why people like it, but it is not for me.Read More
Coney Island, home of the (in)famous Cyclone roller-coaster and annual world famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Difficult to imagine, but this past Memorial Day was the first time that I ventured out there for a visit. I had seen and heard about it many times on TV, in photos, and read about it in the newspaper, but never had the urge to visit. When my mum came for a visit we decided to head out there. She has seen the majority of NYC and I wanted to show her something new. It was well worth it.Read More