Posts Tagged as: photography

December 29, 2008

Moving Van

The inside of a rental van. I’d say it’s moved its fair share of things with sharp edges over the years…

December 21, 2008

Life on Mars

I saw a filming of “Life on Mars” the other day while on my way to work. I snapped a photo that didn’t seem too interesting at the time – an old-fashioned fire truck and police car, some extras dressed in 1950s garb, a big crew – the usual. But check out what I saw when I blew up the photo (below). Either there’s a scene that features the invisible man, or it’s a stunt man who’s going to be set on fire. My money’s with the fire one. Any viewers of Life on Mars want to let me know if I’m right in the coming weeks? Does anyone even watch that show?

Computer: Enhance! Enhance!

December 11, 2008

Lightroom in Overdrive

I’ve gotten pretty quick at blasting through a photoshoot in Lightroom to select my favorites, do some basic color correction, and spit out some jpgs. So I thought I’d share a sped-up video of the process from a recent blind tasting at the Snooth HQ. Enjoy!

November 22, 2008

Geeking out on Wine

Among the bevy of things I’ve learned while working Snooth, one that caught me off guard (even though it’s pretty much the entire point of the site) is that it IS possible to know a lot about wine and not be a dick about it. I guess for a number of historical reasons, being “into” wine is seen as a pretty snooty endeavor, but the more I think about it and the more I learn, you can geek out about wine as much as you can geek out about anything.

Gregory Dal Piaz – a fellow Snoother, a Master of the Domaine (wait, that’s actually pretty funny), and a genuine nice guy – first got me thinking about this when he referred to his peers as fellow “wine geeks” rather than what I was expecting him to say – “wine snobs.” (True, while a snob would probably never admit to being one, it takes a true geek to refer to him/herself as a geek – it’s a basic tenant of Geek Pride.) So when Greg dropped that g-bomb, everything just became a lot clearer for me.

As with any topic, hobby, sports team, or other endeavor that inspires geeking, wine offers all the back-story, trivia, subtle distinctions, and of course – enjoyment – that makes it hold up as a pretty enjoyable thing to geek out about. Plus it can get you shitfaced. (Let’s see you try THAT, stamp collecting.)

So anyway, all this is what’s swirling around in my head as I read Greg’s latest blog post on the Snooth Blog, covering a blind tasting of Pinot Noirs for Thanksgiving. There’s a lot of no-nonsense, entertaining, and enlightening discussion about these wines (as well as a few well-placed curse words), and it’s all especially entertaining because nobody knows what they’re actually drinking until after all the reviews are done. Hence, none of the snottiness and all of the geekiness. It’s a lot of fun to read. (The photos are pretty good too. I’m just sayin…)

November 9, 2008

Personal Fail

November 8, 2008

Snooth’s Wine Friday Photos

Here’s another cross-post with the Snooth blog. I promise I’ll be adding more to this site in the near future, or Snooth isn’t a made up word!

November 1, 2008

Mount Everest Tilt-Shift

When I saw this satellite photo of Mount Everest, I couldn’t not put a tilt-shift effect on it. The result is pretty cool:

October 16, 2008

I Showed Vincent DonOfrio My Balls

Any street photographer will tell you that one of the most difficult parts of photographing people is building up your balls.

That’s right. Your balls.

Because in most societies (including ours) it’s considered rude as hell to whip out a camera and start taking a stranger’s picture without permission. Sure, there are ways around this – such as shooting from the hip, using a telephoto lens to keep your distance, or a few other tricks up the discreet photographer’s sleeve. But in my opinion, if you don’t have the balls to walk up to someone and snap their picture, then you’re doing it wrong.

Cut to today, when I’m walking through SoHo enjoying some rare free time, and low and behold I see Vincent DonOfrio sitting on a street corner outside his trailer during a break in shooting Law & Order, Criminal Intent. I had my Canon G9 in my pocket so I figured it would be a good chance to grow my balls a little bit by snapping a picture of arguably one of the most intense actors of our time. (Sure, he’s been in some crap lately, but the guy was in Full Metal Jacket. I mean, come on.)

So I stop in the middle of the sidewalk, fish out my camera, and take aim. And get this – he looks at me. And his eyes are doing more than just looking into my eyes. His eyes are looking into my soul, telling me he’s going to murder my children. My children. So I took the picture and got both the hell out of there and the heeby jeebies at the same time.

So that’s about it. Enjoy the photo below. It’s going to cost me dearly.

September 23, 2008

Shred This

I decided to bust out the ‘ol Canon 5D and 100mm macro lens tonight to take a photo of my shredded mail. Looking at a 100% crop of the image got me thinking that even though there’s been so much hooplah about the 5D Mark II that was just announced, the original 5D is pretty darn amazing too.

September 8, 2008

InTouch Party Photos

On Sunday night I was granted the opportunity to attend a glitzy Hollywood party, thanks to my girlfriend Anna who works at InTouch magazine. All-in-all, it was an absolute blast. Being the photo junky I am, at first I wanted to bring my best photo gear to document the night. But on second thought I figured it would be best to go with my more discreet Canon G9.

Just how war photographers prefer the smaller size and general unobtrusiveness of Leicas and other rangefinders, I found myself feeling the same way with my G9. While the hired photographers were fumbling around with their Nikon D3s and Canon 1Ds Mark IIIs (which were bulked up even more with flash rigs), I was able to get right down into the trenches and pull off some decent candids where a larger camera would have been a distraction.

You’ll notice that I took a lot of pictures of Paris Hilton because, well, when you’re a photographer standing next to Paris Hilton there’s not much else you can think of doing.

Click the photos below to view them larger – enjoy!