Farragut square after the snow.
Getting to play with a Nikon Df for a while from a generous friend at Nikon who is letting me borrow his. Enjoying it very much so far, and the files are gorgeous.
Farragut Square and Bloomingdale, DC in the snow today.
yanshee said: Hello, is it just me or there's a problem submitting pictures on the lensblr network ? When I try to access it, I get a 502 bad gateway error
Since I get questions about this a lot I will answer it publicly: am NOT affiliated in any way with lensblr.com. That site is all submission, this site is my personal tumblr and is only my work unless marked otherwise. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Happy 85th, Martin Luther King Jr.
My buddy Dave is a pretty killer artist, illustrator, designer. You should follow him.
This morning I bought a $20 microsd card the size of my fingernail that had three times the storage of the first computer my family bought that cost over $1k 20 years ago. I put it in a camera smaller than a pack of playing cards that has more processing power than that computer, records footage with maybe 5x times more detail than what we used to record home movies on—heck, in some cases more detail than what FEATURE FILMS used to be shot on— that cost about $300. Then—in FIVE MINUTES, thanks to new cable standards—I backed up 135 freaking GIGABYTES of data from that camera and others to a hard drive the size of a book that can hold enough data to store the text of all the books in my local library with room left over for more than a handful of HD movies.
It’s been said before, but none of this was possible when I was a kid. I wonder what technology will be like when I’m my parent’s age.
(I recommend watching in HD, fullscreen, with headphones, but hey, I’m not going to boss you around—it’s your life)
With so many end of year galleries going up, I figured I’d try my own. Now, as much as I love photography, finding time to edit my personal work has become increasingly difficult. I’ve tried a number of approaches to make it a bit easier when it comes to projects, but for an end of year gallery I thought I’d eschew editing altogether.
So if I didn’t edit why is this going up 48 hours after the new year? Well I wanted to make sure I included EVERY picture from 12:01am 1/1/13 to 11:59pm 12/31/13, then I had several technical hurdles to jump through….
What I did was take my entire 2013 Lightroom catalog and export every image as a jpg file at 72dpi with 1080 pixels on the longest edge. This took all new years day. Then I had to create an image sequence—essentially a stop motion/timelapse video file out of all of these pictures. Normally I’d assemble this in quicktime and then tweak the timing in Final Cut, but because of the varying aspect ratios of my photos—2:3, 4:5, 1:1, etc—quicktime skewed the dimensions of a ton of files and I had to start over in Adobe Premiere.
Once that was all sorted out I found some music over at the Free Music Archive, timed everything out, and exported what you see above.
All told, over 13,000 images are in the video, flashing by a lightning speed. As I was editing it was really cool to essentially see a timelapse of my past year—and since I included everything—my DSLR photos, iPhone photos, film I shot and scanned—I learned a few things as well. I learned that I shoot a ton on my iPhone—I already knew this, it’s a function of primarily using my DSLR for video and snapping stills on my phone, but still amazing to see all the square instagram and hipstamatic shots I had taken. I learned that I regret not photographing my family more. I learned that I actually take some OK vertical photos.
The most important thing I learned, or remembered, or took away though was this: I am incredibly lucky to live the life that I live, surrounded by the amazing people that I know, and getting to see and do exciting things. I can only hope 2014 brings more of the same.
Happy New Year!
I mainly post photos here on this tumblr, and (shamless plug!) on my other tumblr ”Cellular Mitosis,” ALL I post is photos (cellphone photos, specifically), but my actual day-to-day job is as a video journalist.
This year was a pretty big one for me, as I moved from shooting and producing for The Washington Post to the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
I’ve had the pleasure of creating several video stories I was really happy to see run this year, and, as this is the only year I’m lucky enough to have bylines in two of the nations major daily media outlets, I thought I’d share them here.
Early in the year I got to indulge my love of the outdoors and ridealong on a Snakehead Census where they catch, tag, and release the fish using an electro-fishing boat! Turns out the invasive species may not be as damaging to local ecology as once thought.
Long Exposures, 150 years in the making:
In July, I traveled to Gettysburg to do a story I’ve longed to do for a while—meet up with and document one of the few photographers that still practices wet plate photography—one of the first forms of photography and the process that was used during the Civil War.
Coping with Loss in Moore, OK:
I feel compelled to warn you that this is a tough one to watch for me, and I was there and had to rewatch it while editing in my hotel room. Lucas and Noah Patteson survived the tornado in Moore, OK under a mattress with their mother, but several of Lucas’s friend’s died in a school collapse, and their house was destroyed.
I wasn’t expecting the family to let me spend several days with them as they tried to rebuild (they are on their way to a new house, by the way), or that Lucas would volunteer to open up to me about his friends, but I am humbled that they felt comfortable sharing these intimate moments with me.
This was easily the toughest story I reported this year, but I was continually amazed by the people I met in Oklahoma—incredibly kind, polite, and open despite everything they were going through.
Where There’s a Will, There’s Wale:
I started listening to Wale back in college and actually got to see him and J.Cole perform at SU when I was a student there. It was pretty neat when I brought this up to them backstage and they started to reminisce about their early touring days. In this video, I tried to create a moody profile of the artist Wale is trying to be.
Shooting Back: One Man’s Crusade Against Gun Violence in DC:
This was another tough one to shoot and edit, and the last video I published at The Washington Post. Curtis Mozie, AKA “C-Webb” has been documenting gun violence in DC for decades with his handheld camcorders. He has a fulltime job at a rec center here, but devotes every other minute of his life (and I am not exaggerating when I say that), to his “tapes,” that document street life and it’s consequences. The years of doing this have clearly taken a toll on him mentally and emotionally, but he still pushes on. A truly amazing man.
A City in Limbo:
This was the first doc-style video I produced for the Times, and it was pretty cool that I got to work on such a major story so soon after starting (also cool: I got to lead the homepage!). This video looked at the various and far-reaching ways the federal shutdown affected DC, the nation’s federal city.
It’s always cool to see an outside the box pitch come to life. This video pairs shots before and after the federal government restarted to visualize the difference between a city effectively closed, and then reopened for business.
Washington Comes Out:
I learned a lot about the history of LGBTQ activism in DC while reporting this, and it was nice to be able to share a large part of the fabric of the city I’m calling home with people everywhere.
The World of Spycraft:
Another honor to be able to work on what is probably the largest story of the year: the fallout of Edwards Snowden’s leaks. This particular story was so absurd that it called for a special treatment in the video. What better way to talk about videogame espionage than in a videogame?
The Clinton Connection:
Working with Jonathan Martin on this recent story was a blast, and Arkansas is very intriguing state politically. With Hillary Clinton possibly eyeing a 2016 presidential run, it will be interesting to see how these 2014 state races pan out.
The Duck March:
And finally something lighthearted. I shot this video and Ben Laffin did an absolutely stellar job editing it. I also believe it’s the shortest video on the page so if you scrolled down and just want to see cute ducks that live in a hotel, give it a click.
Streets and other scenes, DC and Little Rock.
Black and white textures from DC, Little Rock, and Memphis
Black and white verticals from Little Rock and Memphis
Out and about, DC and NYC.
What can digital pandas teach you about national security?
Well, directly, not a whole ton. But reporters Mark Mazzetti (NYT) and Justin Elliott (ProPublica) did assume digital panda avatars in World of Warcraft to explain how the NSA is monitoring MMO games. Give it a watch, and read the story here.
Tumblr included me in their Year in Review! I’m one of the most reblogged art/photo tumblrs, apparently. I can’t find myself in there (of course I looked) but thats ok because there is a ton of other awesome tumblrs to see.
Most Reblogged in 2013: Art