Thursday, October 08, 2015

What Makes 4 a.m. So Special

I've been in love with 4 a.m. for about 18 months now. Here's the first set of photos I posted from 4 a.m. last summer. It's an amazing time of day, but I never really thought about WHY I liked it so. I knew it had something to do with the solitude of the city, but I couldn't express what more I liked about it.

NPR recently had a 6 minute piece about 4 a.m. And it's title succinctly describes what I like about that hour:

"Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?"

That's it! I don't often feel too threatened out at 4 a.m. like I could feel at 2 a.m. The drunk college kids stumbling around have already found their way home. Any other "dangers" of the night seem to be put to bed. But yet the early risers (the old folks who like to walk their dogs early, the morning joggers, etc) are still in bed. It's too early AND too late at the same time.

Here's the 6 minute radio clip:

The clip mentions Rives and his talks about 4 a.m. Below are 2 videos of him on the TED stage. Here he is in 2007:

Here he is again last year where he responds to a people contacting him after his first TED Talk:

Here are a few interesting lines from the radio piece:

Poets talk about 4 a.m. as a "time of extraordinary stillness."

"You are awake at the worst possible hour!"

"I think 4 in the morning is the modern 'dark and stormy night'."

"I think it feels special because, for most people, it's a foreign land. It feels special the way that Paris feels special: we only go every once and a while."

Check out Rives website here: And CLICK HERE to see all my posts tagged with "4 a.m." (currently this post and 3 others with photos).

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A 20 Gigapixel File in Production

David Bergman just made a 20 GIGApixel photo at Yankee Stadium. Below is a behind-the-scenes video showing him shooting it and some of the prints in production. Here's what Bergman said about the project:

I shot 825 Canon 5DsR images (50 megapixels each) at Yankee Stadium a few months ago and stitched them together to create a 20,000 megapixel photo. It might be the largest resolution image ever made at a live event (as opposed to a static landscape shot). A 130-foot long, 20-foot high print was on display at the Canon Expo in NYC. You can even read the prices at the hot dog stand over 400 feet away.

I'd recommend hitting the FULL SCREEN button near the lower right of the video.

Direct link:

It took an hour to shoot, and the final file took 3 months of post-production. Here's Bergman (posing with "fake" baseball players) at the Canon Expo with his photo set up on the outskirts of a mini ballpark:

Click photo to enlarge.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Eastern Wahoo Leaves, Organized Neatly

It wouldn't be early autumn if I didn't post a pick like this:

Click photo to enlarge.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Nerdy First Week of Class

I posted this on Instagram yesterday. I love the first days of the semester in my photo class:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Adjunct Professors

I saw this in the Sunday paper this past weekend. Being I started classes this week, it seemed appropriate to share. Here's a little humor from Doonesbury that hits the nail on the head:

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Minnesota State Fair at 4 a.m.

Another photo from 4 a.m. from this morning (click to enlarge):

A ticket booth during a thunderstorm before the 7th day of the Minnesota State Fair.

See my first "4 a.m." photos HERE.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back To School

David Horsey has nailed the sentiments of many of my friends at the moment:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Worst Kinds of People on Instagram

WARNING: There's some foul language in this. But it's pretty funny/true.

"I've seen alphabet soup make more sense."

Friday, August 14, 2015

When Shooting Video with Your Cell

I can't stress this enough...

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