Breakfast in the subway

 

 

They’re back! DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne, in a subway near you. No, not the store, the L train, Corridor from 6th ave to 7th, etc…. I get a kick seeing my image unexpectedly appear when scurrying from a subway car. Last sighting, Broad St. at the end of the J & Z. If you come across a poster, send a the location and a selfie for giggles. Bonus points if the poster hasn’t been defaced. There should be some billboards up in other markets, maybe stop the car if you’re going to selfie at them and especially if you’re the driver.

 

Max Mercury Neff (David Neff)

Max Mercury Neff (David Neff)

 

The original post:  Breakfast for lunch  just in case you are super curious and want to see more.

 

Cheers… send selfies to neff@davepix.com or hit me up on facebook or whatever…

 

Oh yeah, I’m a dad!

Perhaps there should have been an “It’s a Boy” post this past, ahem, May. Being aware that parenthood suddenly zaps all your free time away you may just give me a pass on that one. On the other hand, if you were following me on facebook you have seen a selection of the thousands of images of Max already online. Make him a marketing machine you say? Without further adieu, Max Mercury Neff, at 10 months. I’ll backfill a bit in a few posts then go forward again as I try and reclaim a bit of time and get things out there.

 

Max Mercury Neff (David Neff)

Fun, outgoing, athletic, stylish and handsome.  That’s my boy!  You should see him roll over!

Rewind ten months, back to May 21st. Sometime about 11pm Max had his debut breath of fresh air.  Here he is right after having his footprints done thus the inky feet.

Max Neff, 5 minutes new.  21 May 2013.  24 hrs of labor all forgotten in an instant.  Life has changed. (David Neff)

So, if you really want to follow progress, there’s a gallery in personal for Max where I’ll be updating his face regularly.

 

Cheers,

David

 

 

 

Stuffing your squirrel*, no cranberry please?

A happy coincidence, having missed a special seminar at the Secret Science club a few years back: a client from Chicago asked me to introduce his nephew to the Great Fredini thinking there could be some symbiosis.  Before passing on the info, I thought it best to check out his credentials.  To my delight, Wilder happened to be a rather colorful person well deserving of documentation.

Wilder Duncan photographed in his parlor Brooklyn NY 2013 (David Neff)

Wilder Duncan photographed in his parlor Brooklyn NY 2013 (David Neff)Wilder honed his craft at Wesleyan University.  A mashup of classical art education, the lifelong love for animals, art, history and diorama.  His reanimation of roadkill began in Newton, Massachusetts.  Self-taught as a taxidermist he went on to be the make it look alive again guy at the Evolution Store.  When he’s not making or protecting art, he teaches workshops in preparation of zoological displays.

When he was 12, Wilder’s aunt found a dead Oriole, that would be the first bird he stuffed.  When I asked him what got him started, he said, ” People love animals so much they decide to stretch their skins over something else so they can look at them forever; this phenomenon fascinates me.”  He had already professed his love of animals ten minutes earlier.  What would he hope to do with his work one day?  Show it as a whacked out, crazy natural history collection.  Hellooo Museum of Natural History, anyone want a resume’? Sideshow!  Take me with you!  You can pay me (David)  peanuts to brush the beetles out of the dioramas.

Coincidentally, a few days later I ran into The Great Fredini as I was passing through Union Square.  Introduction done.  Museum of Natural History, meet Coney Island, I see great hairy reanimated possibilities.  Did someone say sideshow?

See more of Wilder’s work here

* note: Wilder would like it to be known that all animals used by him are acquired legally as well as ethically.  Please practice responsible taxidermy.  Live animals are to be respected, expired animals are to be admired.

Wilder Duncan photographed in his parlor Brooklyn NY 2013 (David Neff)

Filed by Chelsea

Chelsea Miller, I met her at a loft party five years back. We spent many eves biking Brooklyn & hacking the human grid with the gang at Pedal Power NYC. Last summer she began selling a line of knives she creates using repurposed files stockpiled in a top secret Vermont location. A couple times a year she hauls a suitcases of mill bastards, rasps, woodchucks and tapers down to her Buswick Brooklyn workshop and works her magic on them, turning them into hand wrought one of a kind original knives.

Chelsea Miller Knives (David Neff)

Chelsea Miller Knives, Bushwick Brooklyn

A few weeks ago I dropped in on Chelsea to see her new shop and a few of the knives before they rushed out the door. She began selling her blades at the Brooklyn Flea last summer. One day we visited her tent to see the collection and shoot the breeze. Maybe the flea wasn’t the spot to sell a knife that costs more than the table in the booth one over but great for marketing, picking up a nice page in Saveur.  Go Brooklyn magazine people!  She’s making knives faster than the cuts on her hands can heal. All are hand wrought by Chelsea one of a kind knives with riveted hardwood handles.  Check out her knives, get one with a matching cutting board. Do it while you can still say you got a Chelsea Miller Knife back when she made them all herself!  You can sometimes find Chelsea at the Brooklyn Flea, if you don’t recognize her from the photo, look for the girl selling knives wearing bandaids not nailpolish.

 

Chelsea Miller Knives is also found on Shopify

3D printing with The Great Fredini

Fred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)

Fred Kahl – The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff – davepix.com)

I dropped in on Fred a few weekends ago, and talked shop a few hours before he pulled out the sequined tux for a few photographs.  If I had thought of it sooner we could have pulled the StanfordFred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com) bunny out of the hat but print time for a big one could easily be a day.  Having first encountered “The Great Fredini” as a performer at Coney Island’s Burlesque shows, his enthusiasm toward 3d printing seemed out of place.  Fred is the longtime Creative Director at an interactive/gaming company Funny Garbage, with a history of putting sharp objects in his head, Brooklyn resident, living just a little closer to an undeclared Superfund Site than I.  Maybe it makes a little more sense to me now.  I was introduced to Fred by a friend Keith who works for 3d Systems. He and Keith collaborated on the trophies for last summer’s Mermaid Parade.  It turns out, Fred, has become quite theFred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com) 3d printing enthusiast as you can see here, working on a scaled reproduction of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park.  On the Rostock to camera left is one of Fred’s scanned people.  Off to the right is his first machine, a Printrbot.  The recent launch of his new pet project, Coney Island Scan-A-Rama portrait studio is a really fun project using some stuff from the hardware store and a hacked Kinect Controller.  See his blFred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)og for more info, go get scanned!  Alice and I are scheduling our scan in the next week or two…. follow up to come.  Knowing Fred what I have seen people under his spell perform, we should be seeing some interesting works!

Wondering what that strange Rostock thing is?  quick explanation, it’s part of an open source project to build 3d printers at low cost out of common materials.  The Rostock is an original approach in the way it moves the print head on x,y and z axes.  I’d hate to see the math behind it but it’s truly entrancing to see one in operation much as most of the machines on the market.

 

Interested in more images of the Early Adopters of 3d Printing photo series… the project began here.

 

 

Lunch with Breakfast

 The Breakfast Club Power 105.1fm

The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, Charlamagne The God, DJ Envy

The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, Charlamagne The God, DJ Envy in NYC

The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, Charlamagne The God, DJ Envy Sometime last month, and kept under wraps until the client had a chance to release images, I had an assignment to photograph Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club.  If you follow my work, note, this is not a bunch of guys in suits.  The image to the left is an outtake, they were going for lighter smiley shots.  After four hours with the club, the image to the left I can relate to more.  Between wardrobe sets we took the club out in the lobby and picked up a few extras with backgrounds.  Bonus rounds!  Images are just filtering into the web… http://www.power1051fm.com/pages/onair/tbc-weekends.html  If anyone catches a billboard out there, send me a snapshot and a location, I’d love to see it.  So what did we feed The Breakfast Club?  Bubby’s!    I love Bubby’s, reminds me of Bubby.  Davepix.com, more than guys in suits!

The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne The God

Charlamagne The God

The Breakfast Club, DJ Envy

DJ Envy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Hosea for making the call,  Thanks to my crew Sophie, Sophia, Yasu, Maegan and Simon.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured again… Marni and my laundry… DesignTaxi

Give Us Your Best Caption: “The World Is Your Stage”.

Marni & my laundry

DesignTaxi posting of CreativeFinder page with my image of Marni with my Laundry

Marni & my laundry does it again, pulls in some traffic to the site.  Shot many years ago as part of a series on ballerinas it’s gotten a whole lot of mileage and been in and out of my portfolio for years.  This was shot in Charlotte NC using one of my first pro digital cameras.  Recently I reprocessed the file using Lightroom 4 and put it back in the portfolio.  Amazing how reprocessing has improved the image but you would have to see a high res print or screen detail to really tell.  Thanks again Marni for a fun shoot wherever you are.

Ride behind me… Say Cheese! Saturday Morning Die Hards…. POV with a new view!

Another NYCC ride, when it should be 15° out and snowing, here in NYC this January we got 44°F instead.  Left behind the tights, balaclava and winter gloves, instead went for leg warmers, beanie and lighter gloves, none of that you will see in the video, at least not me.  Thanks again to the Harry & Co. for getting me out of bed 7am to tie on 80 mi and cross the state line four times.

Once again, the POV camera tagged along for a new view.  This week I designed a mounting bracket to hang onto my seat bag so we get faces instead of backsides.  Don’t mind the debris and water coming off my tire.  I’d considered a fender but that would have meant taking off the seat bag… and a different bracket.  Next time, I’ll just put in for a sunny day in the 70′s?  More likely, next week will be more the same but I’ll go for the helmet mount.  Without further adieu, 2.5 hours of the ride in 3 minutes, starting from Rockland Lake.

 

20130112 SaturdayMorningDieHards from David Neff on Vimeo.

Saturday Morning Die Hards, the return: Rockland Lake back to Manhattan

 

I think I love photography as much for the gadgets as the art.  Playing with open source and free 3d design and manufacturing has enabled me to play engineer and make some simple problem solvers that in the past I might have used standard grip gear for.  Of course there is no substitute for a magic arm, mafer, superclamp or cardinelli when you’re hanging a seven thousand dollar camera on something but when your camera costs just over a hundred, why not hang it on your own prototypes.

Once again, the technical part.

  • Camera: Swann Freestyle on Full auto (no other choice)
  • Resolution: 8MP
  • Capture rate: 2sec
  • MP4 composed at 720p with Adobe Lightroom4
  • Homemade seat wedge bracket
Neff seatbag bracket for Swann Camera system

bracket for a swann freestyle camera to mount on the seatbag of a racing bike.

 

POV Camera trial#2 Saturday Morning Die Hards ride to Bauvelt 2013 Jan 5

Saturday Morning Die Hards ride to Bauvelt 2013 Jan 5 from David Neff on Vimeo.

My father introduced me to cycling, not just by taking off my training wheels, but by showing me his trophy and a newspaper clipping of his thanksgiving prize turkey won at a Philadelphia Criterium back in the early 50′s.  I did my first century ride with my dad when I was 13 but it wasn’t until my late 30′s that I would make them a regular weekend Saturday ride.  The last time I got dad on a bike was three years ago, and unless modern medicine gets a whole lot more scifi, it’s unlikely that we’ll have his bike out for another century.  About every Sunday, I speak with my parents and when I tell dad about my ride, I always wish I could share a bit more of it.  Round one, seems batteries only last for the first 35 or so miles, it’s a start.  This week, tested my first iteration of a handlebar mount fabbed at home on a 3d printer.  If you don’t mind staring at backsides in spandex, not so bad.  Helmet mount is a little better but not quite as comfortable.  Maybe next time.  Also in the works, maybe shooting a seat mount.  Ride behind me?  Say cheese!

 

Tech

  • Camera: Swann Freestyle on Full auto (no other choice)
  • Resolution: 8MP
  • Capture rate: 3sec
  • MP4 composed at 720p with Adobe Lightroom4
  • Handlebar mount… 
Version D Swann handlebar mount

Version D Swann handlebar mount

This is the first prototype for the mount, with 65 miles on it, I have a few mods in mind and will print out another maybe tomorrow.  The part I fabricated is the silver clamp on the bars, it integrates with the proprietary mount that comes with the Swann Freestyle camera system.

Please wait while we reprocess your files…

 

It’s been a long time, almost fourteen years since I shot my first RAW file.  And thanks to Lightroom 4, suddenly some of thouse images shot with obsolete cameras look a whole lot better.  I just may be putting a few “retired” images back in the book soon!  Looking at the images above and details below, you might just think a little adjustment in Photoshop is all the difference between them but it isn’t so.  The image on the left spent plenty of time in processing and was limited at the time by moire patterns and ugly color artifacts when you tried to zero it in.  In print (CMYK) it looked pretty good, but on the monitor, no comparison.

 

Better detail and color without loss of tonal accuracy

Notably improved color and detail without sacrificing tonal rendition in LR 4

A couple weeks ago during Photo Expo, I was sitting in a seminar on Adobe Lightroom, a product I know like the back of my… well,  maybe my head?  Really, I’m quite proficient with it but these days without a good solid manual to read over all the features, you’re just guessing that the latest release is better as you occasionally find a feature here or there.  Oh yeah, the point, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, the guy running the seminar, mentioned that lightroom 4 algorithms are so much better than the previous versions that you should go back and reprocess your portfolio.  Being that I am not the heaviest Photoshop manipulator and prefer to do not much more to an image than you might have done in the darkroom of yesteryear, it seemed like a good idea.  now, two weeks into the project, I’m saying, maybe I should be more selective with my edit!  Crap, hate to not have all the finest be as fine as they might be but really, this is taking forever.  Below is a selection of what I have worked on the past few weeks.  Even with uber powerful super duper Macintosh running LR4.0, its an ordeal searching a library of a quarter million images spread over a bunch of drives.  So, Josh, you’re looking even finer in those panties these days thanks to LR4.0.  What can I say, Victor’s Secret was one of my most hilarious series, hated to see the files become obsolete, and really had no desire to do that series over again… unless someone wants to jump up with a checkbook!