Happy Friday!

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I have been insanely busy the last few days. Which is cool. But I have not spent much time at a desk, which means I have done much photo editing or writing. I know that everyone has been very disappointed about this, hehe. Not to worry, I will have plenty of time on my hands this weekend to run through all of the stuff that I have shot this weeks, as well as recap some decent fun.

As promised a few weeks ago, I have been checking to see when the GQ article “The man who sailed his house” appeared online. When the November issue came in the mail yesterday, I figured that all of the October stuff was probably now online. I was right. Here is a link to one of my favorite magazine articles that I have read in years.

Have a great weekend!

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audio goodness– mark ronson

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On a Mark Ronson kick since I have been back from Chi-town. I had heard a few of his remixes, liked them, etc.. But I wasn’t  aware that he had released a full length album in in 2010. My friend Jeni fed me a sample while I was hanging out with them after the race. The track I heard, actually featured Q-tip. So I liked it right away. I wasn’t sure how much of the rest of the album I was going to like. Surprising, quite a few tracks are good. The name of the record is “Record Collection.” The track that I’m sharing features the vocals of  Rose Elinor Dougall and Theophilus London. The name of the track is “Hey Boy.” Have a listen.

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fruit fly saga continues

By Friday night, we had successfully trapped hundreds of fruit flies in mason jars. I came up with the idea below, and it seemed to work pretty well.

foursquare “wet plate project”

The snowboarding brand Foursquare has put together a pretty awesome project to coincide with the launch of their new website called the “Wet Plate Project.” Snowboarding + old school cameras? This definitely got my attention. Foursquare worked with photographer Ian Ruhter to shoot a series using an old wet plate camera. The wet plate is one of the oldest exposure/developing techniques in photography. The resulting images were pretty cool.

Here is vid that they published outlining the idea behind the project.

 

Check out Ruhter’s images from the first two of five installments, below. The shots feature riders Alek Oestreng and Andreas Wiig. Pretty incredible stuff, for an era where just any ol’ person can walk into B&H and pick up a 5D kit.

Thanks to my amigos at RC for turning me onto this.

Timelapse vid of southwestern US landscapes

I love these kind of vids. This one is especially cool to me, since I grew up camping/backpacking in some of the spots featured in the vid. The music is not exactly my flavor. But just turn down the audio on the player and listen to your own soundtrack.

audio goodness– quantic

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After listening to that J. Rocc mix about a thousand times last week, I decided that today I was going to do another Quantic track for audio goodness. This one is actually by the Quantic Soul Orchestra. It’s called “Left & Right.” The vocals are by Alice Russel. I love the flow of this whole track. But I especially love the bass lines, which don’t drop in until about 1:20. Check it out.

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Chicago Marathon

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I had a fantastic time in Chicago hanging out with my friends Carl and Becca, as well as reconnecting with my friends Mike and Jeni. The weather was fantastic. Ok, actually it was a bit on the warm side, in the context of distance running. Anyway, I scored a 3:32. Not my best time, but certainly not my worst. I paced with the 3:20 group until around 18 or so, when it really started to get warm. At the time I was was also starting to have a lot of knee pain. So I decided not to kill myself, and that I would settle for a time under 3:30, which didn’t happen. Hahahaha. I guess it has just been a mediocre year generally for me, when it comes to running. At least now the pressure is off for the New York Marathon.

Quantic remixed by J Rocc

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I know it isn’t Tuesday or anything, but I had to share this. If you were a LMC  reader, then you probably know how crazy I am about Quantic. J Rocc recently took a fairly good cross section of Quantic’s work and threw it all together into a 45 min mix. When I listen to this thing, it makes me want to throw a party, just so that I can put this mix on super loud in the background.
Best Of Quantic Mix by J.Rocc by Tru Thoughts

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KATSU and some other good stuff in SoHo

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The other morning I was on my way to shoot some stuff at the Jack Spade showroom on Greene. I couldn’t help by notice that KATSU had been busy in the neighborhood. These sidewalk stencils were everywhere, including at the top of the steps exiting the R train on Prince and B-way. Last I heard from the dude, he was going big at MOCA. Anyway, I’m liking the stencil campaign. It was early enough in the morning that the streets (and sidewalks) were still relatively empty, so I was able to get a few shots. I also noticed a few stickers of the variety below.

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and a detail–

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Along the way, I also saw this mickey mouse stencil on an express mail label. I dig it.

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good things appear to be happening

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I like it when good things happen. It puts me in a good mood and makes it easy to stay motivated. On a completely unrelated note, I was sitting at my desk last night, and I couldn’t help but appreciate the way that my desk lamp was reflected in a different color from each of the elements in the lens above. Kind of cool, no?

Running Monks

Apologies in advance if I get a little bit heavy on the running posts for the next several weeks. Both of my fall marathons are on my mind pretty much all of the time, right now. Anyway, I came across this video today. Although it is a promo for the 2011 Fall/Winter collection of UNDERCOVER’s collaboration with Nike and the GYAKUSOU range, I love the idea. I love the cinematography, and it really does make me feel happy to be a runner. Plus, monks and Japan are awesome. Check the vid, below.

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audio goodness- frank black

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The Pixies have always been one of my very favorite bands. “Doolittle” was one of the first CDs that I ever owned, when CDs first hit the market. Remember they came in those big long boxes to try to prevent theft? Anyway, I was just starting to learn bass guitar at the time, so the tracks on “Doolittle” were some of the first ones that I would play along with. Frank Black A/K/A Black Francis, as we all know, is the front man of The Pixies. I followed him pretty closely for his first few solo albums. Then, I started really getting into hip hop for a while, and kind of lost touch was was going on in the world of alt rock. Wellllaahhhh, I was at the Tony Hawk vert jam, a few weeks ago and the DJ put on “Los Angeles.” At first, I was totally thrown. I was like, “I know and love this song. Why haven’t I heard it for 15 years?” I went straight home that day and dug up all of my old Frank Black. It was just as good as I remembered. Enjoy “Los Angeles.”

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weekly running evaluation– week 17

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Well, next Sunday is the big race in Chi-town. I’m not sure how I will do. I wanted to score a 3:10 or better. But I can already tell you that isn’t going to happen. As usual, I totally crapped out on my training, right when I was starting to really speed up. I ran a half marathon yesterday in Central Park. I was hoping for a 1:30 or better. I ended up with a 1:35. So, I would have to double those efforts to get my time in Chicago. Seems like a pretty long shot. Part of me is excited to get Chicago out of the way. I have put a lot of pressure on myself to get a good time. Once it is over, I can just kind of coast and relax until the New York Marathon, which I am running purely for the fun factor. Here are some of the stats from yesterday’s half-mara.

Distance: 13.1 Miles, 21.1 Kilometers
Date/Time: October 1, 2011, 9:00 AM
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 60 degrees, 93% humidity, wind 3 mph, overcast.

Total Finishers: Men – 2551 Women – 2406 Total – 4957

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace/
Mile
Breinholt Jacob M34 140 NYRC NEW YORK NY USA 496 426 93 1:35:03 07:16

 

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JM turns 100 with photohunt– surface to air edition

Yes, Jake’s Mag is 100 posts old today. Thank you, thank you. Hold your applause, please. This is an image from the new Surface to Air store that opened in SoHo right before fashion week. I apologize in advance to expert photohunters, for how easy this one is. There are 5 differences. Go!

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Slater, gator

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One dope thing about shooting events like FW and action sports, is all of the people that you meet. I linked up with a really cool gent by the name of Tim Schenck the first day of shooting the NY Quikpro. After I had to leave off of the event to cover Fashion Week, Tim stuck around at Long Beach and grabbed this fantastic set of king Slater. Tim is actually the one who snapped this shot of me and Slater the first weekend of the pro.

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Check out more of Tim’s photos from the Quikpro on his blog.

Bell & Ross X Harley Davidson

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Finally, something made by Harley that I can get into. Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for the company. But when it comes to motorcycles, there are two camps– sport bikes and cruisers. I fall on the sport bike side of the fence. I love MotoGP, and anything with fairings. That’s not to say that I don’t like naked bikes. I’m totally into cafe racers and street fighters too. I actually owned a Ducati Monster for a while. Generally, I like bikes that go fast and get low in the corners. I have never been a Harley guy. At all. But check out this collaboration.

Harley-Davidson. UK dealer Shaw Harley-Davidson approached Bell & Ross regarding the bike design which was “inspired” by the watchmaker’s vision on “performance, precision and engineering.” Using the Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Nightrain base, they worked together in developing a housing for the Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Carbon watch. “The watch mounting positioned the timepiece in an ideal place for its primary function as a professional tool for the rider.”

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audio goodness- phantogram

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Ok, I know that I haven’t really done much variety lately. I think that after the streak I have been on, I’m going to have to throw in some gritty sounding rock next week. Until then: Phantogram. These guys are from upstate NY, which is kind of awesome in its own right. I like outfits that alternate between male and female vocals. Although I have to say that with Phantogram, I tend to enjoy the tracks featuring exclusively female vocals a bit more than the ones with the guy doing vocals. Anyway, this song is from the album “Eyelid Movies,” and is titled “As far as I can see.” Check it.

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