Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L

Backlit water

Backlit water and restaurant

New York City. A group of us had dinner in New York over the Holidays and Gary and I spent a considerable amount of time attempting to photograph this glass of water with a candle behind it. It was a lot of fun and while my wife and our other friends rolled their eyes and talked about other things, Gary and I got deeper and deeper into it. Soon others in the restaurant were looking over at us wondering what was so interesting to get two people to spend so much time photographing at the table.

Backlit water

Field of daffodils

Field of Daffodils

East Litchfield, Connecticut. For each of the twenty years I’ve lived in this area I’ve been going to see the daffodils on a farm in East Litchfield. There are acres of them between rock walls in various fields. Flowers like this on this scale is not something you see every day. Now that I’ve been taking pictures of flowers for a few years, I have to say that daffodils are not my favorite and I don’t find them very photogenic singly. However, a field of them is another matter.

Northeast corner of the IBM Building

Northeast corner of the IBM Building

New York City. I love the seemingly impossible overhanging structure of big glass tower buildings like this, Citicorp and others. In a sense it’s like having a covered vestibule on a tent or a house: the building is providing weather cover. But think about it, there is no external vestibule here, nothing sticking out. In fact, the vestibule is created by negative space. Genius.

Northeast corner of the IBM Building

Southwest corner of Central Park

Southwest Corner of Central Park

New York City. I was with some friends from Denmark who are Beatles fans so we walked up Central Park West to The Dakota to pay tribute to John Lennon. As we worked our way through the park, aiming toward 5th Avenue and 59th Street we came upon this view looking southwest toward Columbus Circle. The day was cold so the lawn was empty and the light was great and had I not been acting as tour guide I’d have spent a lot more time here taking many more pictures in changing light. As it was I took this single shot over a fence and got lucky.

Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle

Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle

New York City. I have to admit, a room high up in this tower would afford incredible views of Central Park and the city. For us regular folks the tower itself will have to be the view.

I have an idea: why don’t a bunch of us photographers get together and rent a room high up for a day/night and have some fun shooting the city and ordering room service. I’m semi-serious.

Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle

Butterfly on tripod

Butterfly on Tripod

Washington, Connecticut. My friend Gary and I got up very early to catch the morning light at the Macricostas Preserve of the Steep Rock Land Trust which is right down the road from my house. After hiking around we set up in a small clearing near a bend in Bee Brook to do macro and general landscape work. Almost immediately a small butterfly landed on Gary’s leg and continued to fly and land (touch and go) all over him and me for the next hour. Another butterfly came by as well and between the two of them we had our hands full shooting them, each other, our equipment, everything. An elephant could have been bathing in the brook next to us and we’d have missed it, we were so focused on these butterflies.

Butterfly on Tripod Head

Note: I took over 100 RAW images of this and the other butterfly. Many of them turned out quite well which is a good day for me (been a while). I have to say, I’m having a renewed love affair with the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L, it’s a wonderful lens, useful in a variety of situations. This is Gary’s most excellent tripod which is a set of medium weight Gitzo legs with an Arca Swiss B1 ballhead. This butterfly has good taste in equipment.

Sycamore leaf

Sycamore leaf

Pasadena, California. Sycamore trees are one of the wonders of the world, not just because they grow large with limbs that twist and turn in sculptural ways, but because even small trees produce gigantic leaves. Sycamores produce the largest leaves of any trees in North America, this leaf is well over ten inches wide.

This was taken on the granite wheelchair ramp outside the Norton Simon Museum.