Sunday, June 28, 2009

This week two neat things happened.

First was as Neal and I entered a bride's house I couldn't help but feel I was at a filming location for a NJ Housewives series.  This home was huge and the entryway just screamed out for a fish-eye shot of the family - so here you have that classic family shot.

Then to prove how much the internet folks track what we are doing I saw the other item attached.

This week I shopped at Brooks Brothers for a new suit and clothes.  Later in the week I had to look up some details of a digital camera and low and behold the ads pushed to me were from Brooks Brothers!  Now of course they should have said thanks for your recent purchase - but instead were touting the sale I just went to....

Either way - they "knew" I was "looking" there and someone paid to have the ads served to me on the most unlikely website from UK - www.dpreview.com.  I thought it was a neat occurrence considering the combination of ads with the camera site.

Have a good week!

Friday, June 19, 2009

This week I had two surprises.

One was Thursday night when Todd called and asked if I wanted to shoot Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Garden.  I wasn't sure what I should do but decided to give it a whirl since I haven't shot a band in some years.  It turned out to be a great show and both groups have more hits than I can remember!  Attached are photos of Robert Lamm and Verdine White.  These two founding members have been playing with their respective groups for 40+ years!  The song list for each group, and the combined sets were amazing.  These two groups have combined sales of over 200,000,000 albums/cd's.

The second occurrence has to do with the "found camera" story.  What a lesson in the cost of bandwidth!  I had no idea how many people were passing along the story of the lost camera (thanks to all of course)!  My usual monthly charge is $19.95 for web hosting.  Last billing cycle due to increased traffic and over 200,000 hits (somehow registered) my bandwidth was exceeded by 18,950.63 megabytes times $0.02/per mb = $379.01 surcharge!!  So much for my pay it forward efforts - they may have bit me!  It's like the roaming charges of yesteryear with cell phones!  Ouch!

Have a good weekend - and for more concert pics check out  - www.brandonremler.com/chicago

Friday, June 12, 2009

This week I was out on the Hudson one night and while we passed the Statue I was able to get a pretty good shot of her lit against the dark sky.

Certainly I can only imagine what this must have felt like to arrive in NY harbor decades ago by boat and see this statue looming in the distance and know that you've just about made it to America.

The second shot I just had to share.  Yesterday while working on a digital lab sale with my 150 line excel quote - the owner wanted to check some of the math.  There are tons of formulas and discounts and cross references to different items.  I asked for a calculator to show her how the numbers all end up how they do.  She checked my math on an abacus.  I swear i didn't think she was going to be able to keep up - but she did no problem.  It was amazing to watch.

Friday, June 05, 2009

After about 2 years of construction - Washington Square Park is now open!  The return of the park to full service, and a great renovation, brought out everyone!  The new design is wonderful and is much more people friendly.  More lounge areas and a lot more lawn space.  Interestingly enough one of the main design changes was to align the fountain with the arc.  Now all is in harmony.