While in Seattle we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and visited the historical museum. Bainbridge Island was host to a vibrant Japanese community and was the source of the first internees during WWII. They had an exhibit of portraits by Ansel Adams who later felt like his work had been misused for propagandist purposes.
Also, an exhibit of a local portrait photographer’s work in the bathroom… (space was at a premium, I guess)
Bainbridge Island, Washington
I recently broke down and purchased a gewgaw I’ve been coveting for some time. Fuji lenses were on sale and I bought the superlative 56mm f1.2, portrait lens. Here is the very first shot I took with it, a quick snap to demonstrate to my wife the beautiful de-focusing effect of the lens wide open. Note how her eyes are in sharp focus but by the time we reach her ears the focus is already softening.
100th St and Central Park West, New York
I passed them by, then stopped and went back to ask for their picture. They smilingly assented, commented on the nice Fuji camera, said the picture came out good and told me they were a brother and sister.
W 100th Street, New York
This one’s not such a great photograph technically, but it’s always been one of my favorites: my daughter crawling through a school street fair fun-house created out of decorated cardboard boxes. Also from late 2003.
Hopefully the last of these archival ramblings. Image taken through a mottled shower door of one of my sons with, evidently, lots of color noise and other types of artifacting from poor photoshopping of the original jpeg. Back in New York and hoping to find I’ve got a few decent new images from the past week.
86th St and West End Avenue, New York
I took a lot of pictures of my daughter when she was young and she invariably gave me the are-you-seriously-taking-my-picture-now? look
Here’s me with my first digital camera, a Kodak 2MP point and shoot with about a 3x zoom that cost about $700 in 1999 dollars. Since I was shooting jpegs and they weren’t very good, I played around in Photoshop using artistic filters to see what I could get. Not something I’d be terribly likely to do today.