Month: June 2006

Sky’s the limit

Sky's the limitGary Sharp using my Canon 20D, 300mm lens and tripod on a rooftop in Little Italy, NY. Gaining access to a rooftop in NY in any neighborhood opens up huge possibilities, both for telephoto shots but also for wide angle (this shot). I’m using his Canon 5D and 24mm lens and this full-frame/wide angle combo gives a great feel for the expansiveness we felt on this rooftop. There were so many shots it was hard to get them all or even see them all.

Looking over Gary's shoulderGary shooting downtown toward Chinatown.

Charlie Rose Interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson

Charlie Rose Interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson and they cover a lot of territory. Well worth watching when you have an hour to spare. Cartier-Bresson’s remarks are nuanced but right on the money. The late Richard Avedon’s remarks at the beginning that Cartier-Bresson is the greatest photographer in modern times is a wonderful backdrop for Cartier-Bresson’s spirit, which is wide open, generous, and gentle.

Source: Dale Allyn

Gary Shooting on the Brooklyn Bridge

Gary Shooting on the Brooklyn Bridge

New York City. Gary Sharp with his Canon 5D slapped onto my 300mm lens clamped to my tripod. We shared bodies, lenses and this tripod and just switched cards around so I got to use his 5D and 24mm prime and he got to use all of my stuff. You don’t want to do this with just anybody but Gary is meticulous and a good friend and I trust him completely. He loved my tripod, head, lenses and I loved his 5D and 24mm prime so we were in a great place to share. After using the 5D I have to say it’s one heck of a camera and I can tell there will be one in my future. Wow. I’ll post some of the images I took with it a bit later. This was shot with my Canon 135mm f/2 which is a wonderful lens. So wonderful in fact that Gary ordered one today. I think it will be fantastic on the full-frame 5D.

Brooklyn Bridge, West Tower

Brooklyn Bridge, West TowerNew York City. This is the west (Manhattan-side) tower on The Brooklyn Bridge and just one of the two massive arches that unite the three vertical columns (like an “M”). Most modern bridges have two columns that are connected like an “H” and some of the most modern bridges in both Europe and Asia have a single column on each tower with the roadway suspected under it (like an “I”).

The size and weight of these towers is impressive even in modern times; I felt like I was looking at The Great Pyramids and wondering how on earth the engineers of the time built this thing, let alone got the bridge put together. Maybe it’s time to rent and re-watch the PBS special on the building of this monster of a bridge (in its time).