A Wide View of a Sanctuary

The glow of votive candles in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

The glow of votive candles in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City.


Olympus E-p2 with the Lumix 8mm fish-eye.

Night Marbles

Metropolitan museum at night

Metropolitan museum at night


I recently was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after hours and luckily had my Olympus Trip 35 with me loaded with Fuji Superia 400 film.

Tunnel Vision

53rd street and Lexington Ave subway station

53rd street and Lexington Ave subway station


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

The End of the Tunnel

Getting to the exit at the 53rd Street Subway Station, Lexington Avenue, New York Cit

Getting to the exit at the 53rd Street Subway Station, Lexington Avenue, New York Cit


Of all the cameras I currently own, The Trip 35 is absolutely my favorite. The ease of use, quality of lens and ability in low-light continues to amaze me. Here is a quick shot as I moved toward to exit at the 53rd street subway station on Lexington Ave in New York City. Under extremely challenging light, the Trip, on manual exposure at f2.8, loaded with Fuji Superia 400, gave me an interesting and moody image.

City Glow on Film

Central Park, New York City.

Central Park, New York City.


A few weeks ago I posted this view taken with my digital LX3. At that time I took the same shot on film, and here is the result. This was scanned from negative as is, with a Nikon coolscan V ed.

Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8, Kodak Portra NC 400.

City Glow

The warm glow of Midtown Manhattan seen from the frozen landscape of the Ramble in Central Park, New York City.

The warm glow of Midtown Manhattan seen from the frozen landscape of the Ramble in Central Park, New York City.


Lumix LX3. ISO 400 @ 1/10 sec.

The Exit

Leaving the video installation by Joan Jonas; Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

Leaving the video installation by Joan Jonas; Museum of Modern Art, New York City.


Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8 @1/40 sec., Fuji Superia 400

Into the Bowels of Manhattan

Heading down at the 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue subway station, New York City.

Heading down at the 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue subway station, New York City.


Taking a break from my snow in Central Park shots until maybe the next storm, which might hit the city tonight. In the mean time I’m continuing to explore the possibilities of low-light photography with the Olympus Trip 35 set on manual at f2.8, which causes it to fire at 1/40 sec – perfect for low light using 400 ISO film.
This was shot while riding down the escalator at the 53rd S. & Lexington Avenue subway station in New York City.
Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm f2.8 @1/40 sec., Fuji Superia 400

Tracks and Dining

Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City

Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City


The Olympus Pen E-p1 combined with the 17mm f2.8 pancake lens does very nicely under low-light circumstances. This scene at the dining concourse of Grand Central Station in New York City was shot at ISO 1600 and was hand-held at 1/60 sec. and f2.8.

Hot dog on a cold night

Hotdog stand on West 53rd street in New York

Hotdog stand on West 53rd street in New York


Catching up with some film shots I took a while ago. Here is another example of low-light photography with the legendary Olympus Trip 35 with the Zuiko 40mm f2.8 lens shot on Fuji Superia 400. Taken on West 53rd street in front of the MoMA. The Trip with 400 ISO film never fails in low light. Just put it on manual f2.8 and snap.

The Sushi Master

A Sushi chef in the concourse of Rockefeller Center

A Sushi chef in the concourse of Rockefeller Center


Taken with the Olympus Pen E-P1 and the Zuiko 17mm pancake lens in the Rockefeller Center Concourse, New York City.

A night on the Town

Overlooking Seventh Avenue at Times Square, New York City.

Overlooking Seventh Avenue at Times Square, New York City.


More night photography with the Olympus Pen E-p1 and the Zuiko 17mm lens. This was shot at ISO 1000

A Grand Central diptych

North corridor and tracks at Grand Central Terminal in New York City

North corridor and tracks at Grand Central Terminal in New York City


The Olympus Pen E-p1 with the Zuiko 17mm Pancake lens in action under challenging low-light conditions. These two side of the image were lit very differently, but the Pen did a very nice balancing act. I adjusted the curves a bit in the RAW file. This was taken at ISO 1250.

Grand Central Station, New York City.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Orthodox Silhouette

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

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


Lines, perspective, curves and a human silhouette..my favorite elements combined in a split second at the Rockefeller Center concourse in new York City. Taken with the Olympus Pen E-p1 and the 17mm Zuiko pancake lens.

No Discipline

Ron Arad "No Discipline" exhibit at MoMA

Ron Arad “No Discipline” exhibit at MoMA


Another low-light example taken with the Olympus Pen E-p1. This time with the 17mm pancake lens. The environment I was in was fairly dark and the outside lobby was much brighter. I shot this in RAW and and adjusted the curves to extend the dynamic range. I don’t think film could have done any better here.

Taken at MOMA, New York City.

Quiet comtemplation

The Dutch Reformed church in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands.

The Dutch Reformed church in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands.


During my trip to the Netherlands this summer I only took my Lumix LX3 with me. It is one of my favorite travel cameras because of it’s size, weight and versatility. It performs beautifully in low light, as the example here shows, taken in a fairly dark Dutch Reformed church in Schoonhoven.

Night time Park Snack

Ferrara cafe in Central Park near Columbus Circle, New York City.

Ferrara cafe in Central Park near Columbus Circle, New York City.


Trying out the low-light capabilities of the Olympus Pen E-p1 with the 17mm pancake lens. The setting was 1600 ISO. This is from the RAW file, processed in Photoshop with only minor adjustments.

Union Station Dining

Union Station in Washington DC

Union Station in Washington DC

The Olympus Trip 35 film camera, which was produced from 1967 to 1984, works amazingly well for low-light photography using 400 ISO film. The automatic exposure will lock under low-light conditions, but in most cases you get a perfect exposure setting the camera to manual f2.8. The shutter will fire at 1/40 sec. giving you no problems hand-held. Here is an example taken in the food court at Union Railroad station in Washington DC.

Rockefeller Center Stairs

Rockefeller Center, New York City.

Rockefeller Center, New York City.


The Olympus Trip 35, a manual film camera from the 1970’s, and another one of my favorite instruments, does an excellent job at low-light photography. The trick is to set the camera on manual at f2.8 and the shutter will fire at 1/40 sec. With 400 ISO film most shots will come out beautifully. Here is an example of a stairway at Rockefeller Center in New York City., shot with the Trip on Fuji Superia 400 film.

Trump’s Gold

The Trump bar in Trump Tower, New York City

The Trump bar in Trump Tower, New York City

The Olympus Trip 35, a point-and-shoot camera from the 1970s, is very effective for shooting in low light. It works best when using 400 ISO negative film. When the camera indicates insufficient light, just put it on manual at f2.8. The camera will shoot at 1/40s an most of the time you will get a perfect picture. Here is an example taken at the Trump on Fifth Avenue in New York City

Speeding through DC

Washington DC Metro

Washington DC Metro

Shooting in the Washington Metro System was a joy. I love the structured arches and the way a train casts a shadow when passing through the station. The Lumix LX3 is a perfect low-light camera in these situations. Here is an example.