Chasing Ice and Snow In New York City

For a storm chaser, winter can be frustrating. This winter, I've been making the best of it and have been out chasing ice and snow in the outer boroughs whenever possible.  

Yesterday at sunset on Jamaica Bay in the Rockaways was a scene seemingly from the arctic:

Further east, you can see the bay frozen, with a channel cut for barge access to JFK airport:

And back at the head of the bay, it's frozen solid (JFK channel in the distance):

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge had ice flowing out under it yesterday with the tide:

Friday further up the East River, there was lots of pancake ice in the Brooklyn Bridge Park embayments:

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Further up under the Brooklyn Bridge:

Still further up the East River back on January 31, I caught the FDNY fireboat Fire Fighter II at work on the Williamsburg warehouse fire:

And back on January 26, I was out in Coney Island for the big snowstorm bust:

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And back on January 9th I caught a sunset in Coney Island after the snow:

And of course I covered the Idiotarod, full post here.

I posted most of these photos on my Instagram feed, be sure and follow me there, and for my full "best of" storm chasing photo gallery, see my portfolio site at www.johnhuntington.photography (prints available there).

Show Me Your Show Networks Book Backstage, Get A Free Photo Print!

Someone recently sent me a photo of my book backstage at a show, and that photo, coupled with my cabin fever-induced stupor in this endless winter, inspired me to run a little contest.

So, before March 1, the first 50 people who post a Twitter or Instagram picture of my book backstage (or in the shop, office, etc), tag me in the post AND sign up using the form below will receive a free 8" x 10" photo print of their choice from my photo portfolio site at johnhuntington.photography.  The person who puts up my favorite posting will get a special, 11" x 14" print.

Procedure:

  1. Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram (only).
  2. Tag me in your photo on twitter @jhuntington or Instagram @jhuntingtonnyc
  3. Fill out the form below and agree to the rules below.

Rules:

  • One photo posting per person.
  • One free print per photo posting (if multiple people are in the photo I can only send one print).
  • By posting your photo, you are granting me permission to re-Tweet/Instagram share, AND post the photo here on this blog with credit/link to you. 
  • By posting your photo, you are warranting that you have permission to show any thing or person in your photo.  Please name the location/people in your photo.
  • You retain copyright to your photo, of course.
  • The first 50 order is determined solely by the order of properly submitted forms (below), not by the Twitter/Instagram posting time.
  • Free USPS shipping on one 8" x 10" print to continental US addresses, others outside the continental US will get a free 8" x 10" print of their choice but will have to pay shipping costs via a Square invoice.
  • Not following these rules exactly voids your entry.
  • Promotion ends 11:59pm NYC time February 28, 2015.  Photo shipping should happen by the end of March (I have a show the first week of March so I'll be a bit busy).
  • Thanks!

Here's the form, you must fill this out completely to participate.  I won't share your email with anyone.

Name *
Name
USPS Shipping Address
USPS Shipping Address
This must be a full direct link to one photo, something like http://www.johnhuntington.photography/Storms/i-Lv7hvzW/A
Optional
I agree to the promotion rules posted above. *

Seven Year Blog Birthday Data Update

It's hard to believe this blog is seven years old today!  I started sort of by accident in 2008, and the blog has changed over the years. These days I use the blog mostly for my original purpose--promoting my self published book Show Networks and Control Systems, and writing about entertainment technology (and sometimes severe weather). I post less frequently than I did years ago, but I started before Facebook took hold, and I also post now on my Instagram feed and on my photo portfolio site.

Writing this blog is a bit strange, since I get almost no feedback from anyone (please, this is not an invitation to troll!).  But I know you're out there--I'm always amazed by the visitor count; according to Google Analytics I  got over 25,000 visitors in the past year!

Over 6000 of those visitors were interested in LED sheep (a post I wrote in about 15 minutes in 2009); more than 4500 others were interested in my blog post prognosticating about AVB and Dante.  The most popular page was the main website itself (why aren't you all using Feedly?); the next ten most popular of the last year, listed by pageviews are:

6305: LED Sheep

4556: AVB, Audinate Dante and Peeting Into My Crystal Ball

1944: Book videos

1906: AVB Update after Infocomm

1704: Book Info

1532: Visiting the AVB Testing Lab

1236: Does Star Quad cable sound better?

1084: Controlling an ETC Ion Console from Dataton Watchout

987: Classic live Mic Survey Results

735 Controlling QLab using pseudo OSC from Medialon Manager

It's been an interesting year, and I have no plans to quit any time soon, so please subscribe to my RSS feed (link below) to see new posts!

Really Cool Effect at the Center Bar at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

I've been in this business working on all kinds of weird projects since 1985, so it takes a lot to fool me.  But this effect in the ceiling of the Center Bar at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino had me wondering for a while:

Did you figure it out?  

Hint: It's an illusion that only works from this angle.  

See this page for the solution.  I'll definitely be checking this out on my next Vegas trip!