Setting Expectations


To be honest, I actually prefer some of the black and white versions of the images to their color counterparts – something that rarely happens with my travel or landscape imagery. I realized that this slight change of preference on my part might have had something to do with the fact that these black and white photos are simply different than the ones I’ve grown accustomed to seeing as I scroll through blogs or Instagram images of the same area.

The feeling first hit me as we were looking out over McWay Falls – a view I see on Instagram at least weekly – that what I was experiencing in person (with harsh mid-morning light overhead, mind you) was not nearly as perfect as the image I’d had in mind. It was beautiful, of course, but after years of seeing an impeccably lit McWay Falls on a screen, I almost felt let down. Michael, on the other hand, doesn’t follow as many of the same travel-centric accounts as me, and had an entirely different experience. His was one of awe. Mine was one of oh.

from Big Sur in Black & White @ Map & Menu

Also passing through my stream in the Reader around the same time…



“Brutalist” website fad?

Finally, all my old sites will be in style again.

The Washington Post reports that “The hottest trend in Web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult websites.” The article by Katherine Acrement, states: Look at Hacker News. Pinboard. The Drudge Report. Adult Swim. Bloomberg Businessweek features.

via The “Brutalist” website fad — Architecture Here and There

VR Video of Climbing the Spire of One World Trade Center

These pannable videos are pretty neat. I always feel like I’m missing something though.

In a 360° video for The New York Times Magazine, photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin climbed the spire of One World Trade to photograph a breathtaking view 1,776 feet above New York City. Chin’s photographs appeared in The New York Times Magazine’s recent “New York Issue.”

via A Photographer Climbs the Spire of One World Trade for a Breathtaking 360° View of New York City @ Laughing Squid

Ice Cream Turf Wars

Bad blood has run through the New York ice cream trade for decades. In 1969, a Mister Softee driver was kidnapped by rivals who blew up his truck. In 2004, a cone-selling couple in their 60s were ambushed by competitors who beat them into critical condition with a wrench. In a 2010 brawl caught on video, two drivers near Columbus Circle exchanged punches before one man pushed the other’s face into a planter.

Source: A Renegade Muscles In on Mister Softee’s Turf – The New York Times