Posts Tagged as: brooklyn

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.

June 17, 2008

The Sky is Falling

Came home from work today and the sky scared the crap out of me.

June 8, 2008

Wiimbledon 208

Today I cheered my brother on as he took 4th place at Wiimbledon. Click on the photo above to see more!

December 7, 2007

Brooklyn Time Lapse

Here’s another time-lapse video of Brooklyn from the webcam. It shows 24 hours – from 4AM to 4AM. Enjoy!

November 15, 2007

A Day in Brooklyn

Here’s a time-lapse video from the webcam today. One second from the video equals 15 minutes of real time.

October 21, 2007

Canon Powershot G9 and Canon 5D Comparison

Canon Powershot G9 and Canon 5D Comparison

Being somewhat of a photography nut, I recently set out to buy a second camera to carry around for those times when my Canon 5D and slew of lenses would be overkill. After doing a bit of research I settled on the Canon Powershot G9, and last week I finally picked one up. So far I’ve been very impressed with the camera, but I wanted to see how it would hold up against the 5D in an unscientific yet unbiased comparison. And the results were pretty surprising. Sample photos and descriptions for the über photo geeks are below…

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October 6, 2007

Brooklyn & Queens Photos from a Bike

Hopefully the knowledge that I almost died on multiple occasions taking the following photographs will make them that much more enjoyable.


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November 1, 2006

I Stole the Brooklyn Kitchen Shitter Flyer

Gawker may have gotten the scoop on Yesterday’s Kitchen Shitter story, but at least I got the original flyer. It was just outside the entrance to Spuyten Duyvil, right where they said it would be. Oh, and guess what? That’s right. Chicken butt.

October 31, 2006

The Brooklyn Kitchen Shitter

I found this glorious flyer affixed brazenly to a streetlamp in my neighborhood last night. My gut tells me this is a joke, however there’s a part of me that wishes it’s genuine.There’s also the chance that I’m falling into some crafty viral marketer’s hands by blogging about this (especially because as of this writing, the phrase “This man shit in my kitchen” turns up zero Google results), but there’s a significant part of me that hopes there’s an honest-to-god serial kitchen shitter on the loose in Williamsburg. Oh man that would be sweet.Anyone willing to help me get to the bottom of this (pun severely intended) may do so in the comments section.Text from the flyer:

This man shit in my kitchen. Ladies of Williamsburg, BEWARE!!!! This man shit on the floor of my kitchen on October 6th, 2006 and then peaced. He might strike again. Approach with caution.