Posts Tagged as: photography

January 11, 2013

Sammy Sosa Flickr Tags

Recently on the web these’s been a flurry of news about Sammy Sosa’s Pinterest page. Most of the attention has been about the quirky photos and repetitive stiff caption adorning every single photo:

Sammy Sosa. Yes, I’m the real Sammy Sosa, and this is my Pinterest.

Fine, I get it. Sammy Sosa took a few awkward photos and his social media team isn’t too savvy. No big deal.

But what I find especially bizarre are the tags on some of the photos on his official Flickr page. Tags like these: “Sammy Sosa Before and After”, “Sammy Sosa Skin”, “Sammy Sosa Bleached”, “Sammy Sosa Bat”.

Here’s an example photo with those tags. I’m surprised because these tags reference recent Sammy Sosa scandals, such as speculations that he bleached his skin and he cheated using a corked bat. Why would these tags be on Sammy’s official Flickr page?

My guess is the photographer was trying to boost page views by including popular keywords. But why would a professional photographer risk alienating one of his clients just for a few extra page views? Not too savvy indeed.

December 25, 2012

Comparing Canon’s 1Dc 4K Pixel Resolution

It looks like the camera pixel wars are evolving into the video front. Canon’s new 1Dc is aimed at pro photographers who want the best of both worlds; the ability to shoot video large enough to pull still frames from.

This promotional video is pretty impressive in showing off the capabilities of the new Canon 1Dc, and I like how honest they are about the tradeoffs of pulling stills from compressed video, VS shooting raw:

We know we’re not shooting RAW. We may see RAW in the next generation of DSLRs, so it does mean you do need to have things pretty spot on like exposure, white balance in-camera.

As far as promotional videos go, it’s extremely well done. But I thought I’d do a simple visual comparison of how the resolution stacks up, compared with a selection of common devices that are known for their impressive resolution.

The takeaway is that 4K does seem like an alternative to shooting stills when you want to be sure you’re capturing everything. Sacrificing about half the pixel count of a 5D Mark II is a small price to pay for making sure you get the shot. Available for a paltry $11,999 at B&H.

Tip of the hat to Canon Rumors.

October 15, 2011

iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS Camera Comparison

As someone who’s stuck it out with an iPhone 3GS for the past two years, my upgrade to the iPhone 4S has me most excited about its improved camera.

Today I went around Long Island City and took some side-by-side shots with both the 4S and the 3GS, then shrunk both sets of images down to the same size. You can click each image to see the 3GS version because I am amazing at Javascript.

Overall the 4S photos are sharper, a little brighter, and seem to display more dynamic range across the board. There’s also better flare control, as you can see in the last photo. This is by no means a scientific or accurate comparison – just a little real-world example of what types of improvements we can expect with the 4S.

Click the photos to see the 3GS version. Seriously, why aren’t you clicking already?

June 3, 2011

One Week of WTC Construction Progress

Looks like they’re going for two floors every two weeks. Not too shabby.

May 27, 2011

World Trade Center Construction Update

Looks like more progress in the last two days…

May 25, 2011

1 World Trade Center Construction Progress

Since it’s official that Condé Nast is moving into 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower, formerly the site of, well, you know) I thought I’d document some of the building’s construction. With my iPhone pressed up against my trusty Nikon spotting scope (more on that here) I’m able to get a fairly decent view from my apartment in Long Island City.

Word is they’re building a floor a week, so let’s see how accurate that is. From the photo above it looks like they prop up a section of the floor with some type of scaffolding, then build around it. Let’s see what happens.

November 7, 2010

Leo enjoying his Sunday

View the whole set on Flickr.

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July 23, 2010

Pixel density comparison: iPhone 3 and iPhone 4

Clearly I’m not the first dude to weigh in here, but I wanted to get a real-world sense of the increased resolution on the iPhone 4′s “Retina Display.”

In these photos I’m holding an iPhone 3Gs in front of two computer displays running Apple’s iPhone Simulator. The Simulator is running a virtualized version of iOS 4.0.1 set to mimic the iPhone 4 device. The iPhone 4 simulator looks huge on the computer screens because today’s Macs have pixel densities in the 72-120 range, while the iPhone 4′s pixel density is 326.

Pre-dousing any flamey comments, I’m fully aware this is 100% unscientific so I offer this information purely for my own delight. That said, if you have something positive to share, surprise me. :-)

An iPhone 3Gs held roughly 30″ away from a 27″ iMac running a simulated iPhone 4 interface. Badass.

Same as above, but with a 1920×1080 display. I needed to hold the iPhone roughly 34″ away to get the sizes to match.

October 27, 2009

Veive Cliquot Yellowboam

Roughly $2K worth of wine bling:

October 17, 2009

Dubai in LIC

After seeing this post at kottke.org I made this quick and dirty mockup below. The takeaway: it’s a tall fucking building.

burj in lic