Month: December 2006

Sierra Nevada in Warren

Sierra Nevada in Warren

Warren, Connecticut. Anne and I will undoubtedly be asleep when the clock strikes midnight here tonight. We’re new year’s eve duds for sure. We had a wonderful dinner with friends here in Warren last night and that, for us, will be it.

However, I’d like to toast all of you and wish you a happy new year.

Erin watches the service

Erin watches the serviceWashington, Connecticut. Erin attended her first Christmas eve service at the First Congregational Church. We went to the early service which is tailored for kids and the place was teeming with them. I think she had a good time although she was a bit tentative in this picture.

Christmas EveThe minister is Cheryl Anderson who’s a fantastic person: charismatic, worldly, liberal (in the best sense of the word) and articulate. She dealt with the semi-chaos of having the church full of little kids with great poise. Erin can be seen right in the middle looking back at grandpa taking this picture.

Aaron shooting up

Aaron shooting up

New York City. Aaron and I did a lens swap for a bit, he got my 24-70 and I got his 50mm f/1.2 and the first thing I did was shoot him shooting with my lens. The Canon 50mm L is a very nice lens and while there’s no way I’m getting one any time soon, one can dream.

I’ve been out shooting with both Aaron and Janel numerous times, both in New York and up here in rural Connecticut and we have the best times and almost always come away with great images. They’re easy, don’t rush around, answer my novice questions and are generous with their equipment. When you’re with the right people any place is a good place to take pictures.

Two Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lenses “bokehfy” Times Square

Two Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lenses "bokehfy" Times Square

New York City. These two Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lenses, when pointed at one another amplify the blur and bokeh between them enough to stop everything in Times Square. No one had ever tried this before and it had an immediate effect: Times Square ground to a halt struggling to move through the thick bokeh blur.

The police behind asked Aaron and Janel to pull their cameras apart so regular movement and traffic could resume.

Officer: "You have lot of nerve bokehfying Times Square this time of year. If I catch you using those lenses here again I’ll put kit lens bracelets on your bodies for 30 days."