Archive for July, 2008

July 31, 2008

We all fall down

I came across this video, and thought it needed a little more sound design at the end. So I made this video:

Hubris

Every once in a while I click on some spam I’ve received (just for fun) and I’m taken to some bogus site that automatically forces me to download an .exe file. And as a Mac user I just sit back and laugh as I put that .exe file in the trash and go about my business.

I love spitting in the face of danger. Hubris never tasted so good.

A pig’s eye!

Living in Chinatown has been fun so far. But having to watch the butcher deliver pig carcuses to the Chinese food place across the street? Not so fun.

July 29, 2008

This post socks

Ok, it’s time for another survey. Like all the surveys on this site, this one will be lots of fun. And mandatory.

So stop worrying about all the ways I can secretly track you down and punish you for not responding to this survey and take a look at your feet. What color socks are you wearing? I only care about your socks and don’t care to know a thing about your shoes, boots, flip-flops, clogs, moccasins, or anything else. If you’re not wearing socks, just say so. It’s all about the socks baby. What color are your socks?!?! To the comments!

Check Yourself

I guess this is why you’re supposed to draw a long horizontal line after the dollar amount, right?

July 24, 2008

“Breaking News” Style Spam

I’ve always gotten a lot of spam, but recently the “subject” fields have taken on a “breaking news” headline style. Has anyone else noticed this?

Schwarzenegger Admits Starting California Wildfires

Obama sex tape

Myanmar declares hate for Australians

Dead baby penguins found in Brazil

Larry King shot dead at home

If Barack Obama Is An Oreo, What Is John Mclaughlin

Cannibalism!……..In The Usa

Raw footage of snake swallowing horse

Horse kicks Ralph Lauren in stomach

Tissue Box Help Sign Savves Ellderly Women Trapped In Hot Car

Brinng your wife We’ll fucck her! That’s right we’ll fuckk your wife! :)

OK, that last one isn’t in the “breaking news” style, but I actually laughed out loud the first time I read it. It’s the smily face that does it for me.

DeLorean Dreaming

I spotted this DeLorean on my commute yesterday. Even though it’s a simple design, I still think the LeLorean is one of the coolest looking cars around. But I can’t decide if I’d like the DeLorean as much if it wasn’t featured in Back to the Future. Is the car that awesome looking, or is my opinion tainted?

Thinking about the DeLorean also reminds me of one of my first original (and semi intentionally-cheesy) songs I made on my Mac. It’s a throwback to the magic and wonder that is the 1980s. I called it “DeLorean Dreams” and you can listen to it here.

July 18, 2008

Beverage Poll

Another quick random poll – if you’re reading this you’re obliged to answer. You can be anonymous if you’d like.

Look around you right now. What’s the closest beverage to you? If there’s nothing in your immediate vicinity, just say so.

July 13, 2008

Williamsburg’s Mercury Dry Cleaners burns down

As if the hipsters in Williamsburg weren’t dirty enough, one of the area’s largest laundrymats just burned down this morning.

On my way to get a bagel I saw thick black smoke rising in the distance and heard sirens. So I did what anyone with a decent sense of self preservation would do – I ran back inside and grabbed my camera.

Most of the action had died down after I’d arrived, but at least I was earlier than most of the news crews. As I was leaving the scene to go home and eat my bagel I saw at least two phototogs scrambling past me in the opposite direction, multiple cameras and bags flopping around them like tentacles. Suckers.

Enjoy the rest of the photos on my Flickr account.

July 12, 2008

Shooting for the sky

The Cleverest reader and photographer Salvatore points out that my recent shots of the Brooklyn sky looked manipulated, and that he’d like to see an original for comparison’s sake. So I’m taking the time to do another quick Lightroom tutorial to show some of the work that goes into making the style of photography that I enjoy making, which for lack of a better word, I call “it” photography.

The original photo. Roll-over to see step one:

Step One

The sky in the original shot may look too bright, but since I was shooting RAW, it wasn’t blown out. Some with some of the darker areas of the street – they look a little dark on screen, but I know that since I made a well-exposed raw file, I’ll be able to lighten those parts and bring out some of the detail hiding behind those pixels.

After sliding the “Recovery” up and the “Contrast” down, I played with the “Temp” and the “Tint” to make the sky a little less flat, adding a nice blue hue. The human eye sees blue as a dark color, which also helps to darken the sky’s overall appearance.

So now the sky’s looking good but the street’s way too dark. Let’s move on the Part 3.

The sky’s looking good – now he hit the streets.

Step Two

Now we use that magical slider called “Fill Light.” What that does is brighten up all the areas of the photo that looked dark and flat and boring, and suddenly the photo starts to look more evenly exposed.

After the addition of slight color adjustments to make the color temperature a little chillier, I added a slight vignetting around the edges of the photo to subtly draw you in and add an increase of about 30% to the photo’s total perceived awesomeness.

So there you have it. If you found this interesting you might also want to read a similar tutorial about the homeless campaign I recently shot.