January 18, 2009

Interesting Inaugural bits from the NYT

  • The New York Times features an interactive photography portfolio called Obama’s People, offering portraits of key staffers. The audio commentary (via the link below the photos) is worth a listen, describing the subjects’ choices in what to bring to the shoot (e.g. a chocolate chip cookie for David Axelrod).  The separate making-of piece features Kathy Ryan talking about how shooting digitally has enhanced the collaborative aspects–and maybe the time pressures–of portraiture.  [Update: Ellis Vener points out a hilarious “Real Behind-the-Scenes” take on the shoot, followed by some good discussion in the comments.  “Blue Steel…”]


  • The paper (that term seems more than a little outmoded, doesn’t it?) also features an excellent overview of the Inauguration Day goings-on via a 3D-rendered map and timeline.



I’d love to be in DC in person, but that map triggers a memory of having gotten stuck on the Metro under the Potomac on a sweltering July 4 years ago.  With Tuesday temperatures due to hover around freezing, maybe I’m okay with TV after all.

Posted by John Nack at 9:55 AM on January 18, 2009


  • Steven De Booy — 8:18 AM on January 19, 2009

    Hey John,
    I have a question unconnected with this post but relevant to Adobe.
    My workplace has a legit copy of Photoshop CS2 that we tried to load & register last week but received an “invalid” reg. code error.
    We called Adobe Cust. Serv. and they told us to return it to the reseller for a new copy but we may not be able to b/c we’re not sure if the reseller is still online… (we are awaiting a reply from the email we have).
    Being that it is (as far as we can tell) a legit copy which I took the seal plastic off, can we return it to Adobe HQ for replacement if we can’t contact the the online reseller?
    Obviously, Adobe would need to verify the copy but I don’t imagine that would be hard….
    Let me know either way,

  • Ken — 3:53 PM on January 20, 2009

    Hello Jack,
    Nice photo shot here of the New President.
    How did they do this kind of shot?
    Ken in KY
    [Thanks, Ken; now blogged. You can make this kind of thing right from PS (CS3 or higher). –J.]

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