Friday, February 22, 2008

It's Snowing, It's Snowing!

I woke-up this morning to find a foot and a half of snow on the ground. No surprise really. My friend Rayna warned me of this in an e-mail last night saying, "Call me tomorrow. We should be stuck in the house, with snow coming." Not that I don't trust her, I do, but it was well after midnight when I went to bed and there wasn't so much as a single snowflake to be seen anywhere.

I saw a similar forecast for Wednesday evening and it didn't snow at all. Good thing, too, because I was planning on driving the 18 miles to Manhattan to attend the New York Photogroup Salon, something I used to do monthly but haven't in a long while. I was looking forward to it. Looking forward to reconnecting face-to-face as well as to introducing my friend David Verdini to the group.

The Salon was sure to be interesting (and it was!) with presentations by Rafael Fuchs and Howard Schatz (Howard is one of my all-time favorite photographers). I was also pleased to be able to make a small contribution by identifying the proper video-out adapter for Rafael's Macbook laptop and connecting it to the digital projector.

The Salon, as expected, was as creatively stimulating as I remembered it to be. Largely the effort of Rich Pomerantz as the curator, perhaps with the help of Bill Westheimer who used to tackle that task pretty-much singlehandedly, this is an evening very well spent. It's not often that one can see and discuss the latest work of some of the best contemporary photographers of our time, as well as meet them in-person and engage in a dialog with them about their work or the business or whatever, maybe make a new friend or two. A most valuable investment of an evening once a month.

(the following images were shot in damned-near total darkness at ISO 1600, hence the noise)

I sure am glad I didn't have to drive home in the snow. I was also glad to be home early enough to see the best part of the lunar eclipse with my son, Alex, but I digress.

Snow images: Canon EOS-5D, 70~200/2.8 Canon Zoom Lens EF L Ultrasonic, ISO 200
Salon images: Leica D-LUX 3, 28~112/2.8~4.9 Leitz DC Vario-Elmarit lens, ISO 1600


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