The stream across the road

This stream is almost directly across from my house. I’ve walked past it many times but have never really paid it much attention.

This time something caught my eye. This photograph is one of many where I know that I like it, but I have great difficulty explaining exactly why. Maybe it’s the lush greens of the foliage contrasting with the more delicate whites, purples and yellows of the numerous wildflowers. Maybe it’s the contrast between all the colors and the darkness of the stream? I just don’t know.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS.

New World Record price for a Camera

“The serial production of the Leitz Camera, or Leica for short, the world’s first 35mm camera, is considered a milestone of modern photography. Before the first cameras were available in the mid-1920s, Ernst Leitz produced around 23 models of the prototype 0 series in 1923 and 1924. One of these rare cameras – the 0-series no. 105 – has now been sold at the 40th Leitz Photographica Auction for a price of € 14.4 million (about $15 million) including buyers premium. The 105 has thus broken the world record for the most expensive camera of all times.

Number 105 belonged to Oskar Barnack, who had designed the “Liliput camera” shortly before the First World War. It was the prototype of the Leica and thus also the prototype of the 35 mm camera per se. Barnack captured numerous motifs from his family life with the 0 series No. 105. He used the experience he gained in the process in the further development of the camera and its subsequent models. Barnack’s name is engraved on the top of the viewfinder of no.105.

The historical significance of the camera and its direct connection to Barnack were reflected in its pre-determined estimate of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 euros. “To put these numbers into perspective: The most expensive camera in the world to date – also a 0-series, serial number 122 – was sold at the 32nd Leitz Photographica Auction in 2018 for 2.4 million euros including buyers premium,” said Alexander Sedlak, Managing Director of Leica Camera Classics, an Austrian subsidiary of Leica Camera AG. Leitz Photographica Auction operates under the umbrella of Leica Camera Classics.

“We are fully specialised in historical cameras and accessories. It was therefore a special pleasure for us to be able to auction Oskar Barnack’s personal camera, a prototype of the camera generation that laid the foundation for modern photography in the mid-1920s, as part of our anniversary auction,” said Sedlak. The intangible value – the historical significance – of 0 series no.105 goes far beyond the sum of € 14.4 million for which this camera was ultimately sold. Nevertheless, the world record sum proves the continuous trend of the last few years: “The prices are rising – the interest in vintage cameras is greater than ever before.” (Leica)

The picture above is not of the actual camera. Rather it’s a photograph of a replica introduced by Leica in the year 2,000. Out of production now for some time it can be found used for around a mere $2,000.

A spider

I came across this guy climbing up a sliding door in my bedroom. I don’t know what type of spider it is and despite fairly extensive searching for spiders of New York State I’ve not so far been able to find out. The closest resemblance I’ve found is to a Tan Jumping Spider. However, I thought that jumping spiders were smaller than this. I think if I could have seen it from the front I could have determined if it was indeed a jumping spider, but regrettably I couldn’t because it scampered off rather quickly.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Minolta 50mm f2.8 Macro lens

Lunch in Yonkers, NY – X2O, Xaviars on Hudson

And so we finally get to the place where we had lunch:X2O Xaviars on Hudson. Many of the river towns have pleasant restaurants on the Hudson, but this one is a bit special. It’s in the old ferry terminal and it projects out into the Hudson so you have impressive views of the river on three sides. The location is wonderful, the food is great and while certainly not inexpensive, is not that ridiculously expensive either. I like it so much that I went there again with some other friends for my birthday.

A view south taken from inside the restaurant

A view north taken from inside the restaurant. In the foreground is The Science Barge, a floating environmental education center on the Hudson River that has been in Yonkers since 2008. The Science Barge grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” The Science Barge is a public education destination and hosts school groups from the tri-state area during the week, and the general public on weekends.

This has to be the most impressive view from a rest room that I’ve ever seen.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II