This was the scene around midnight at the 59th St Apple Store. I asked a handful of people why they were waiting in line and the most common answer was undefined and arbitrary loyalty to Apple.
One kid said “The new A7 chip and 64 bit..” so I asked: “What does that mean to you?” He paused for a moment, looked up and said “nothing”.
Photo by http://goodkrak.tumblr.com/
My friend David Trimble’s famed Redhook Crit cycling race was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Saturday night. I knew some riders so I went to spectate and take a few photos. It was a beautiful night and just about every able-bodied cyclist in the city showed up to race or watch.
Two of the favorites to win were brothers Evan and Kyle Murphy whom I’ve known for a while. They’re artists who live and work in NYC and are also fantastic cyclists. I like taking photos of friends at events. It’s tough for people to get photos of themselves at races/ceremonies and I love to facilitate that.
I knew it was a night race and I intentionally left my flash at home—I love shooting in the dark without a flash. I brought a wide lens and 50/1.4. There was considerable press coverage so I wasn’t too interested in filling my cards with action shots. I just wanted a few of my friends.
My goal was to capture the feel and setting of the race. It started a few years ago as a bunch of bike messengers doing unsanctioned alley cat races around town. It’s now one of the premier fixed-gear races in the world. The post-industrial backdrop of the course was breathtaking—rusty cranes, abandoned buildings and the NYC skyline across the river.
The only photo I really wanted was one with the field of riders racing past the skyline. This proved difficult because I forgot my tripod and there isn’t a great view of NY anywhere on the course. I found an OK spot in a parking lot. I climbed on a parked car and rested my camera on its roof. I tried a bunch of different exposures but couldn’t quite get the money-shot. I gave up and headed for the finish.
It wasn’t until I got home that I saw the photo. One of my exposures captured another photographer’s flash and gave me almost the perfect shot. (Had his flash fired at the end of my exposure, the motion blur would have been behind the riders.) I was very pleased with the result.
It was a fun night. It was a challenge shooting in the dark but I came out with photos I really like. I made a print for the Brothers Murphy and they were stoked to have some shots from the race.
I feel like I’m upside-down. Bonneville Salt Flats.
One more from the flight.
I took a flight around NYC with Mike Isler yesterday. Here are a couple photos I took hanging out the window.
A small fire started on the rooftop deck of an East Village apartment. It quickly spread and engulfed the entire apartment. The FDNY dispatched several companies and had the fire under control within minutes of arrival. One apartment was completely destroyed and another severely damaged. No casualties were reported.
I took a few photos at 4:20 on 4/20 in Washington Sq. The police had a noticeably heavy presence but were completely passive about enforcement. I overheard a few people ask a uniformed Lt. about smoking and he said ‘Just don’t do it near us’. There was a large group of 20-30 people who retreated to one corner of the park to share and smoke marijuana. They were in clear view of the police but weren’t bothered by them.
I just finished an 8 day shoot in the Caribbean. Here are a few stills from the trip. These were taken from a moving bus.