Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Night Time Time Lapse

With the night sky as the feature, this time lapse is entitled "Temporal Distortion."  It's one of the better time lapses I've seen in a while.

A behind the scenes of "Temporal Distortion".  It's almost a time lapse of the time lapse (and it's only 21 seconds long).

Thanks, Lorrie!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-28-12)

I've been able to borrow a computer, so I can access the photos I've been able to load on that computer.  This is a photo that was shot with a remote camera I had set up at the Butler/Valparaiso game last Friday.

Here's the link from the Butler athletics website to story about tonight's game.  The picture at the top of page is Sam's.  The photo further down is mine.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Oscars, NYC and Woody Allen

Even when he has movies nominated, Woody Allen doesn't usually go to the Oscars.  But ten years ago, at the Oscar show immediately following 9/11, he did attend the Oscars to present a special film tribute about New York City in the movies.

For some reason, I'm no longer allowed to post the video above.  Here's a link where you can find it and watch it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

London Markets - Part 3

As a follow-up to my 01-02-12 post on Borough Market, here's a link to an interesting post with photos from Borough Market.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Computer Crash

I had to fly to San Diego yesterday for a business meeting. While I was at O'Hare waiting for my flight, I dropped my computer and it crashed (literally). I was meeting Emily for dinner last night (she was kind enough to drive down from LA) and I was able to get a hold of her before I took off and she was able to schedule an appointment for me at the Apple store. Turns out the screen was shot. I could get it repaired, but it probably makes more sense to get a new computer.

Long story short, I won't have a computer for a few days. For better or worse, that means there won't be any posts with pictures for a few days.

Monday, February 20, 2012

NYC - The Nation's Capital

You may not know (or remember) this, but New York (along with Philadelphia and a couple of other cities) was once the capital of the United States.  What distinguishes New York from the other "capitals" is that the nation's first president, George Washington, was inaugurated there.  It's also where the first U.S Congress met.

Washington's inauguration took place on April 30, 1789 at the Federal Hall on Wall Street.  The original Federal Hall building was demolished in 1812.  In it's place stands the Federal Hall National Memorial.  In front of the memorial is a statue commemorating Washington's inauguration.

The New York Stock Exchange is just across the street from the Federal Hall National Memorial.

Kind of like "the early bird that catches the worm", you have to get up very early to get shots of attractions in NYC if you want photos that aren't crowded with tourists.  These two pictures were shot just after sunrise.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-18-12) - Part 2

Besides the basketball game, Saturday saw the introduction of Butler's "mascot in training", Blue III (also know as "Trip").  To celebrate the newest mascot, Butler fans saw the return of retired mascot Blue I (above).

Also in attendance was the current mascot, Blue II (above).  (I made squealing noises to get his attention and make him cock his head.)  I featured Blue II in my 01-06-12 post and this is the link to his page on the Butler University website.

And this is Blue III.  He's just a little guy, born in December.  Just like Blue II, he also has his own page on the Butler website.  Everything you want to know about Trip can be found there.

It was quite a scene in the media room before the introduction of the newest mascot.  I can't say that I've ever seen this much commotion for a player or a coach at Hinkle.  Even the university president, James Danko, got in on the action shooting pics of the new mascot with his cell phone.

Trip with breeder Frank King.

All three mascots (four including the one in costume) being introduced to the Butler faithful at Hinkle fieldhouse.  Here's another picture from this scene (but not taken by me) you should check out.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-18-12) - Part 1

Butler's bracketbuster game against Indiana State today was a sellout.  As i indicated in my 12-31-11 post, day games that are sellouts present the best time to shoot the inside of Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Per my post, Emily shot the interior shots for me during a sellout last year.  With Emily living in California now, Sam had to step in for her.  The picture immediately above is hers. I think she did a pretty good job!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Butler 's Braketbuster Game

Butler plays Indiana State in tomorrow's bracketbuster game.  The game will be at Butler.

I took the photo above at Tuesday night's game (02-14-12) against Loyola (which Butler won). Butler used the photo in it's story about Saturday's game.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

One Week Until Fat Tuesday

A continuation of my post from 01-31-12.  Random photos from around the Blaine Kern Studios.  I think the bald guy in the bottom photo is/was the mayor of New Orleans.

Monday, February 13, 2012


The popularity of cupcakes seemed to take off after Magnolia Bakery was featured in an episode of Sex and the City (see below).  My favorite cupcakes in NYC come from Baked by Melissa. The cupcakes from Baked by Melissa are mini cupcakes.  They're almost bite-sized; giving you the opportunity to try more than one (or two or three).

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bill and Me

Sticking with the Cleveland theme for one more day, this picture was taken a few years back when I was in Cleveland on business.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-11-12)

With photography, timing is everything.  Thought this was kind of a funny photo.  Shot it at today's game.  Butler pulled off a bit of an upset today beating Cleveland State by a score of 52-49. Here's a link to the story on the Butler website that includes a couple of my photos.

Speaking of timing, here's a photo I took that I could probably never duplicate in 1,000 tries.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cleveland Bound

I'm sitting at the airport (O'Hare) trying to get to Cleveland for Butler's game tomorrow.  Weather is holding things up.  Don't really care how late I get there, I just want to be able to get there tonight. The game is at noon tomorrow and I'm not sure if I can get a flight out in the morning.

Since I've got some time on my hands, I thought I would post some pictures I took when I was in Cleveland a few years ago.  The photo at the bottom is of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-09-12)

It's been a tough season for Butler's basketball coach, Brad Stevens.  Coach Stevens is in his fifth season as head coach of the Bulldogs.  In his first four years as coach, his teams averaged 29 wins and 6 losses per season.  The team's record as of today is 14-12.  The good news is that the Bulldogs defeated Youngstown State today by a score of 68-59. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Two Weeks Until Fat Tuesday

Artists doing detail work on the floats.  Since these photos were taken after last year's Mardi Gras, the work being done in these photos was for the floats in this year's parade.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Sunday

Butler University is in Indianapolis, IN.  As many of you are probably aware, the Super Bowl is being played in Indianapolis today.  With all of the Super Bowl-related activities going on yesterday, I was just about the only photographer at the Butler game.  Normally, there's at least one photographer from the Indianapolis Star and one from the Associated Press (AP).  Because of their absence, the Indianapolis Star was without any photos for the game.

As I indicated in my 01-15-12 post, I've collaborated on some projects with David Woods.  David is the Star's beat writer for Butler basketball.  After the game, David asked if I might have some shots available  for the newspaper.  He asked me for shots of the two or three Butler players who lead the team in scoring and rebounds.  I ended up giving him about 17 images to pick from and included shots I thought a picture editor might like (rather than just the photos of the scoring/rebounding leaders) and didn't really know if they would end up using my photos or not.

I went online this morning and saw that not only did they use my pictures in the online version of the newspaper (which also included a gallery of eight of my photos), but they used them in the paper version as well.  As you will note, the paper version featured the photo above.  What's ironic about this is I would not have gotten that photo from the side I normally shoot on; I would have only gotten the players' backs and that photo would not have been of any interest to the photo editor.  I guess I can't complain now about not getting any good dunk shots (see yesterday's post).

And the other picture used in the paper edition was of Ronald Nored being treated for his injury by Ryan Galloy.  Again ironic given my reluctance to normally shoot injury-related photos.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Butler Basketball Game Day (02-04-12)

As I indicated in my 01-21-12  and 01-26-12 posts, it's been a challenge to get shots of dunks where the player is facing the camera.  It seems like I've only been getting players' backs this season.

Most of Butler's players are right handed, so I usually sit on the baseline with the basket to my left so the player will be facing me if he drives in for a layup or a dunk.  Since it seemed like I was only getting the backs of players on dunks this season, I decided I would shoot with the basket to my right at today's game.  Of course, this was the only and only dunk shot I got today.

The photos I shoot for Butler are used primarily for PR and advertising purposes; not so much for their newsworthiness.  For that reason, I very rarely take pictures of players when they're injured. Almost seems like an invasion of privacy to me.  However, I took this picture of Ronald Nored today.  Just seemed like a simple split lip to me at the time.  Wasn't until I saw this video did I realize that his injury was much more than that.  Ouch!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Abstract New York Continues

This is a continuation of my abstract photos shot in NYC.  Here's a fire engine coming at you.