Saturday, June 25, 2011

Five Photos (10): near the High Line

Last month I went out to the High Line and shot a short video. Most of the time I was focused on filming, but I grabbed some stills as well.

Doors
Doors

Couple in Color
Couple in Color

I edited a black and white of this as well, but wound up preferring the color version.

Four Women, Three Faces
Four Women, Three Faces

High Line
High Line

Figured I ought to include at least one shot of the High Line itself.

Sweeping
Sweeping

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More photos from this set posted on flickr

Friday, June 24, 2011

Be careful who you stand next to.

F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline

The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline...Mr. Ostroumow said that the F.B.I. was only interested in one of the company’s clients but had taken servers used by “tens of clients.”

- Verne G. Kopytoff, writing for NYT Bits Blog


They were apparently interested in the servers of just one company, but ended up seizing the servers of a whole bunch of companies whose servers were nearby. While I can only assume that Google or Facebook might be better equipped to push back at the government on something like this, at least in principle, all of our personal information online could be subject to similar seizures.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Five Photos (9): around Murray Hill and Kips Bay

One evening last month I had some time to kill and strolled around Murray Hill and Kips Bay.

Elephant
Elephant

I took this because I figured it'd be a nice bit with elephant-sharp, and background fuzzy. That part didn't quite work out, though when I started working on this in Aperture, I noticed the couple right underneath the elephant's tusk.

Tonic Crossing
Tonic Crossing

Relative to all the other buildings in the area, Tonic East looks like an evil villain's lair.

Creeping In
Creeping In

Empire State Building, poking its head out among the rooftops.

Long Line of Cars
Long Line of Cars

From the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Hail
Hail

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More photos posted up on flickr

Monday, June 13, 2011

3 Random Sidewalk Finds

This was apparently the weekend for finding lonely objects strewn along Astoria's sidewalks:

small flowers
small flowers
Stayed out late on Saturday night, and on the way home ran into these at 2:51 a.m. Sunday morning.

flowers by a tree
flowers by a tree
Sunday afternoon, more flowers on the sidewalk down by 34th avenue.

fire truck
fire truck
Then, further up that block, a lonely fire truck, left and forgotten against a tree.

Shot these on my iPhone 4, and edited using Noir, by Red Giant Software. My Canon S90 was out of battery when I took the first shot, but it's just as well, since Noir on the phone does a pretty nice job with black and white.