Posted On:September 2008 | Greyscalegorilla


Help Perfect Artie Reach His Goal For Obama

September 23, 2008 - By 

My great friend Artie has been working at the Obama For America headquarters in Chicago and is raising funds for the campaign. He has been working tirelessly for change and will continue his hard work through the election (beyond too I’m sure). For us that would like to help, but have more cash than free time, please support Barack Obama and help Artie reach his goal.


Nikon Announces the New AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens

September 22, 2008 - By 

This long awaited 50mm f1.4 from nikon finally features a rounded aperture diaphragm. Unlike my older 50mm 1.4, this new diaphragm shape should have the ability to stop the lens down without ruining the beautiful background bokeh it has when it’s wide open.


More great photos from the “Big Picture”

September 20, 2008 - By 

This time… Observing Ramadan.


Jason Fried at Web 2.0 Expo

September 18, 2008 - By 

Great transcription of Jason Fried of 37Signals Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo. Also, an audio version of a similar talk at SXSW. Inspiring stuff as my “project” count gets higher and higher.

About adding too much detail…

Polish may be important later but don’t worry about it now. The longer it takes to develop something the less likely you’ll launch it.

About working too much…

Most of the week is wasted on shit that doesn’t really matter.


The Tie Incident

September 10, 2008 - By 

I finally got the film developed that has been in my Olympus XA all summer. The shot on the left reminded me of a funny story about the short-lived life of my new tie.

I bought a new tie to wear to the Webby Awards in NYC. I almost never buy new clothes, but I thought I should buy a new tie for the swanky parties. See, I worked on the Titles and the Category Openers and my work sent me to NYC to go the the show and see my work on the big screen. While I was at the after party, I felt obligated to go up on the balcony and try to get a shot of the beautifully lit church. Of course, because it was so dark, and I had 100 ISO film in the camera, I had to lean over and set the camera on the railing to get a steady place to take a long exposure shot. So, while trying to keep the shot centered, the shutter down and the camera steady, I was interrupted by a girl tapping me on the shoulder. Not wanting to screw up the shot, I tried to ignore her until the shutter clicked shut. She tapped again and I turned around mid shot (note the light trails) to see what the big deal was. “Your tie!” she said as she pointed toward my shirt. I looked down to see my NEW tie dipped in a HUGE candle of melted wax. The dot above the wax stain on the tie is actually a burn from the flame. I guess I was so busy getting the shot, that I was unaware of my dangling formal wear. I went quickly to the Adobe Digital Photo Booth to memorialize the moment.

This is what I get for buying new clothes.


36 to 1 Shooting Ratio or “Remove Your Bad Shots”

September 10, 2008 - By 

A nice post at 37signals about editing and culling your photography down to it’s essence. Who hasn’t looked through hundreds of photos of a friends vacation or party wishing that they should have at least deleted the blurry ones and the duplicates? Don’t be afraid to throw shots out when editing.


Dear Apple, Let Us Use Nikon D700 Raw Files With Aperture!

September 9, 2008 - By 

As many of you know, the D700 RAW files aren’t recognized by our favorite photo manager and editor, Aperture. I found this article on how to convert your D700 NEF files into an application agnostic DNG file using the Adobe DNG converter. You can then bring those files into Aperture and do your photo editing thing. It’s a simple work around, but come on, Apple! Can you update Aperture so we can all just use our D700 files directly with your product without having to go through Adobe?

With Lightroom being your obvious competitor, why would you let Adobe beat you to the RAW-recognizing gate by over a month? Why would you force us to use Adobe products to convert our files into usable images? Your market of customers buy new cameras and expect them to work immediately.

Please update soon.


New Flickr Set “Jackie and Mike Engagement Party”

September 1, 2008 - By 

I was honored to photograph a friend’s Engagement Party at a beautiful house in Wilmette, IL.