Pop-Up Pianos, 2011

Last year I reported enthusiastically on the public art & music project, then called “Play Me, I’m Yours.” This year, the project returned under a new name, “Pop Up Pianos,” and as you can imagine, I was thrilled to have them back.

Although I didn’t land any spots in documentaries on the subject as I did last year, I did manage to get a decent recording of myself playing on one of the pianos:

This one was right on the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

And if you liked what I played, then you’ll love this guy, who was jamming before and I after I stepped up to the plate:

Photos: Polo on Governors Island

In spite of what you might be thinking, this polo tournament was not entirely in the domain of the elite leisure class. Sure, some people spent a lot of money to sit in the VIP section and hang out with Wyclef (the money went to Haiti relief), but the rest of us got in for free. Which is great, because this was a truly unique experience. We were seated less than 10 yards from the edge of the playing field, close enough to feel the ground rumble as the horses ran past.

The photos should speak for themselves. If you ever have the opportunity to see something like this, by all means, go for it.

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The Highline, in HDR

I paid a visit to New York City’s Highline park and snapped (what I consider to be) a stunning picture of the Highline and some neighboring buildings:

Notice anything funky about it? How the colors seem extremely vibrant? That’s because it was taken using a special HDR (High Dynamic Range) app for the iPhone. Without getting too technical, the app takes two pictures at very different exposures to capture a range of colors that would otherwise be impossible with only one shot. The result is actually something closer to what the human eye perceives, but since it’s not what we’re used to seeing in photographs, the results paradoxically seem less natural.

But I like this picture a lot. Not just because of the colors, but also because of the way that beam of light seems to emanate from the reflection off the building.

The bike is back.

After a brutal winter, spring finally dares to show its face in New York. Here’s my bike in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, after the first bike ride of the year.

Many more to come over the next few months. Be sure to come back here often for more photos.