Anne reflects on iPhone

Anne reflects on iPhone

I was so stoked on the Degas mono print show at MoMA we’d just seen that I forgot that I snapped a picture of Anne reflecting in my iPhone which somehow got moved to the middle of the table (an unlikely place for it to be with beer, wine, and food around).

When you see a shot like this you have to quickly take it. Not a lot of time to fiddle with camera settings but more and more I’ve been leaving both cameras in spot metering mode which is essential for a shot like this in order to get the surface of the iPhone exposed correctly on the white (paper placemats) background.

This happened to me once before and I liked the results then as I like them now.

Water in booth

Water in booth

Pershing Square Cafe, across the street from Grand Central Station.

We took a quick trip into New York to see the Degas Monoprint show at MoMA which is ending this weekend. If you’re within striking distance, this show is highly recommended.

Degas was one of the first artists to really let out all the stops on multiple types of manipulation(s) to a print after it comes off the press. A single etching comes off, then he draws on it and it’s a one of a kind. That’s what a mono print is all about.

The show is incredible, well worth seeing.

I had planned to see this show earlier in the summer but as many of you know, my mother passed away and we got busy with all that that kind of event brings (burial, dealing with her house, belongings, and “estate”).

We came back from Los Angeles just in time to catch this show and both Anne and I loved it.

So, this high contrast Ricoh GR shot of a glass of water at dinner last night is my reference marker for Degas’ amazing mono prints.

The show catalog is up on Amazon ($5 cheaper than it was at MoMA) and while I don’t think it’s anywhere near what the show was, it might be worth checking out if you’re into this kind of printmaking.

Anyone who shoots high contrast images with the Ricoh GR needs to see this work for sure. It pre-dates the current crop of high contrast work by 150 years and Degas was a master of moving composition (he’s famous for his ballet dancers but he drew all kinds of people doing all kinds of things).

South rim of the Grand Canyon

South rim of the Grand Canyon

Flying out to Los Angeles to empty my mother’s house.

I was deep in a much needed nap when my wife Anne started poking me and saying “I think this huge hole in the ground is the Grand Canyon.”

I woke up, peeked over her and indeed it was. I’m so out of the habit of taking window shots on planes it didn’t occur to me until we were almost past it to attempt one, but this is the one good shot I got.

That’s the south rim and the Colorado River and I must say, this was the cleanest window and the best view of the Grand Canyon I’ve ever seen in the hundreds of times I’ve flown over it. I was surprised the pilots didn’t come on the intercom and announce it, it was simply breathtaking.

I had the Ricoh GR II easily accessible and I didn’t have a lot of time to futz around with it so I shot and prayed. This is the high contrast monochrome JPEG pretty much straight out of the camera. It’s a more dramatic image than the RAW version, even heavily processed so I’m using it here because indeed, it was a dramatic sight.

Dense forest on the Appalachian Trail

Dense forest on the Appalachian Trail

Between Sage’s Ravine (CT/MA border) and Mt. Race.

I hiked the section of AT that I’m responsible to maintain in Massachusetts to clip brush and check for problems. The largest “bubble” of thru hikers is about to come through so I put some time in on both of my sections to make sure things are ready.

This is such terrific section, with dense forest and great views on the south shoulder of Mt. Race. It’s a joy to hike it.

Met about a dozen thru hikers today, some of whom I met down in Connecticut last week on my section there.

Note: I set the Fuji X70 to black and white with a red filter. This is straight out of the camera. I’m impressed with what this camera did.