Bliss at Night

The Bliss Street Subway station with the Empire State Building in the background, Queens, New York

The Bliss Street Subway station with the Empire State Building in the background, Queens, New York


Another example of low-light photography with the Olympus Pen E-p1 and the Zuiko 17mm pancake lens. I shot this at ISO 5000 and this is the jpg from the camera.

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Queens Noir

A grainy night under the Bliss Street Subway station on Queens Boulevard.

A grainy night under the Bliss Street Subway station on Queens Boulevard.

The Olympus Pen E-p1 with the Zuiko17mm Pancake lens makes for a very nice unobtrusive night street shooter. Here is a scene from under the Bliss Street Subway station on Queens Boulevard, taken hand-held. I converted the RAW file to BW with a photoshop plug-in.

The Day after Black Friday

A mannequin, stripped bare, stands lonely and discarded  outside a store on Madison Avenue, New York City.

A mannequin, stripped bare, stands lonely and discarded outside a store on Madison Avenue, New York City.


Olympus 35SP rangefinder, Zuiko 42mm f1.7, Fuji Superia 200

Black Friday

Heels and shopping bag on Madison Avenue, New York City. Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Heels and shopping bag on Madison Avenue, New York City.
Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

I took this with my Olympus OM-2n and the lightweight Zuiko 40mm f2.0 lens on Ilford XP2-400 film. The Zuiko 40mm is a perfect street photography lens with its near normal angle and compact size.

Autumn in Central Park on Film #15

A lonely biker on the 72nd street drive in Central Park, New York City.

A lonely biker on the 72nd street drive in Central Park, New York City.


I have not been shooting with my old Olympus rangefinder for a while because of a problem with it, but recently I bought a second one and I’ve just finished a roll of film. Here is one of the results. The camera, with it’s sharp 42mm f1.7 lens is a joy to hold and use.
Olympus 35SP rangefinder, Zuiko 42mm f1.7, Fuji Superia 200.

To Pelham Bay

On the IRT train to Pelham Bay, New York

On the IRT train to Pelham Bay, New York


The OM-2n with a small and lightweight sharp Zuiko 40mm f2.0 pancake lens is a perfect street photographers tool. Here is a shot I took unobtrusively by pre-focusing and taking it without looking through the viewfinder. It takes a little practice to judge the right angle and I had to straighten it a little in Photoshop, but otherwise this is how it came out of the camera.

Taken with an Olympus OM-2n and a Zuiko 40mm f2.0 lens on Ilford XP2-400 film.

Autumn in Central Park on Film #14

The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.

The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.


Continuing my series of pictures with the legendary Olympus Trip 35 in the Ramble in Central Park, New York City. Not only does the Trip work well in low light, but it does very nicely with back-lit scenes as well. The automatic exposure is right on target, and the Zuiko 40mm lens creates a beautiful sharp image without any noticable flair.
Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra

Autumn in Central Park on Film #13

The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.

The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra

Autumn in Central Park on Film #12

A fork in the path; The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.

A fork in the path; The Ramble in Central Park, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra

How can We help?

East 86th Street, New York City.

East 86th Street, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra

Autumn in Central Park on film #11

View over the Upper Lobe and the newly installed Oak Bridge (or Bank Rock Bridge) taken during twilight; Central Park, new York City.

View over the Upper Lobe and the newly installed Oak Bridge (or Bank Rock Bridge) taken during twilight; Central Park, new York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra

Consumer Angst

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Rockefeller Center, New York City


Here is another example with the Olympus E-p1 and the 17mm pancake lens under low-light circumstances. Also taken at Rockefeller Center.

Rock Silhouettes

Silhouettes in the concourse of Rockefeller Center, New York City.

Silhouettes in the concourse of Rockefeller Center, New York City.


Back to some shots with the Olympus Pen E-p1 and the 17mm pancake lens. I find the E-p1 to function very nicely in low light circumstances, and shooting RAW you have a lot of control over the dynamic range. In this shot the background was very bright while the foreground was fairly dimly lit. By adjusting the curves I managed to get detail in both areas.

Autumn Rock Music in the Park

Autumn at Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City.

Autumn at Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City.


Here is the second from a series of shots with my Minox. This was taken at sunset near the Lake and Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City.
Minox 35ML, Minotar 35mm f2.8, Kodak Gold 800 color film.

A Trip to Ron Arad

Ron Arad "No Discipline" exhibit at MoMA

Ron Arad “No Discipline” exhibit at MoMA


Here is one of the pictures I took with my Olympus Trip 35 film camera. This was very low light and the Trip worked well set to manual f2.8 on Fuji Superia 400, converted to BW.

A new friend

Olympus 35 SP

Olympus 35 SP

I’m a sucker for Olympus cameras and here is a shot of a new friend I picked up today. I’ve had one of these since 1975, but it had succumbed to mold. Today I found a new one and am very excited to put it to work. Stay tuned..!!!

A sidewalk affair

Avenue of the Americas, New York City.

Avenue of the Americas, New York City.


Some people think that the Olympus E-p1 is hard to focus, but actually I’ve found no problem. Here is an example of a split-second shot with the 17mm Pancake lens. It focused instantly and I was pleased with the results. Taken on Avenue of the Americas, New York City.

Under the Trump Umbrella

A rainy day on Fifth Avenue, New York City

A rainy day on Fifth Avenue, New York City


The Olympus E-p1 with the 17mm pancake lens is the perfect street shooter. Here is an intimate street shot from under a girl’s Trump umbrella during a rainy day on Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump tower, New York City.

Help…I’m stuck

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum


When I looked up at the Guggenheim museum shop in New York City, this woman appeared to be stuck in Frank Lloyd Wright’s curves. I snapped a quick shot with my Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, on Fuji Superia 400. This picture seems to work better in BW, so I converted it in photoshop.

Autumn in Central Park on Film #9

Beech tree along bridle path west of the Great Lawn, Central Park, New York City.

Beech tree along bridle path west of the Great Lawn, Central Park, New York City.


This was taken at dusk under fairly low light. The atmosphere was somewhat damp and the colors just sparkled. The film brings that out very nicely I find.
Beech tree along bridle path west of the Great Lawn, Central Park, New York City.
Minox 35ML, Minotar 35mm f2.8, Kodak 800 color film.

It was a Grainy Dusk

The reservoir and midtown skyline at dusk

The reservoir and midtown skyline at dusk


I recently dusted off my Minox 35ML film camera and loaded it up with some Kodak 800. Here is a view, converted to BW in Aperture, overlooking the reservoir in Central Park at dusk, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The film grain is very pleasing to me in this shot.

Autumn in Central Park on Film #8

Glen Span Arch, (contructed in 1865 and designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould), gateway to the Ravine in northern Central Park, New York City.

Glen Span Arch, (contructed in 1865 and designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould), gateway to the Ravine in northern Central Park, New York City.


Continuing my set Autumn in Central Park on film. This is a view I’ve shot many times in digital, but I’m much more pleased with the results on film. Taken with a digital camera the view through the arch tends to be washed out if you want to keep some details in front of the arch. Negative film with it’s much higher dynamic range works much better under these circumstances.
Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400.

Autumn in Central Park on film #7

Fountain at The Secret Garden in the Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York City.

Fountain at The Secret Garden in the Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400.

Autumn in Central Park on film #6

Tupelo tree in the Ramble of Central Park, New York City.

Tupelo tree in the Ramble of Central Park, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35 vintage camera on Fuji Superia 400 film.

Autumn in Central Park on film #5

Central Park, New York City.

Central Park, New York City.


Another example of my set on Autumn in Central Park, New York City taken with the Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Fuji Superia 400. The negative was scanned on a Nikon Coolscan V ED. The color was not altered or adjusted.

A Line in the Clouds

An interesting pattern of clouds over the Great lawn in Central Park, New York City.

An interesting pattern of clouds over the Great lawn in Central Park, New York City.


The Fuji Superia 400 film used in this picture, taken with my Olympus Trip 35, seems to give an extra dimension to this interesting cloud formation over the Great Lawn in Central Park, new York City.

Autumn in Central Park on film #4

Leaves on Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York City.

Leaves on Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York City.


I took a series of photographs of autumn in Central Park with the legendary Olympus Trip 35 film camera with its sharp Zuiko 40mm f2.8 lens. As film I used some basic Fuji Superia 400. Here is an example. The stone, Manhattan Schist, is shaped this way by the ice-age glacier and seems to flow like water.

Surround Sound

Organ player at the Church of The Holy Trinity, East 88th Street, New York City

Organ player at the Church of The Holy Trinity, East 88th Street, New York City

Taken with the legendary Olympus Trip 35 film camera on Fuji Superia 400 film. The light in the church was very dim, but the Trip did a good job on manual setting f2.8. The exposure on manual is always 1/40 sec. with this camera.

Keeping Up

These shoe-sized dogs were trying to keep up with their mistress at the Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York City.

These shoe-sized dogs were trying to keep up with their mistress at the Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York City.


I saw this woman with her two tiny dogs jogging by and decided in a split second to snap a picture with my Canon G9. I was lucky enough to catch the soul of her shoe with the wonderful yellow curved line, which in my opinion make the shot.

Colors and Sky Scrapers

View from The Ramble over the Lake in Central Park, New York City.

View from The Ramble over the Lake in Central Park, New York City.


Olympus Pen E-p1 and the Panasonic 45-200mm lens @ 45mm

Autumn in the Ramble

Auntumn colors in the Ramble of Central Park, New York City

Auntumn colors in the Ramble of Central Park, New York City


More Central Park autumn colors taken with the Olympus Pen E-p1 and the Zuiko 17mm pancake lens.