By Phil Hecken
Howdy, boys and girls — I’m baaaaaack.
Who’s that in the splash photo? None other than Caitlin Lukas and her owner, Paul — more on that in a minute.
I wish I could tell you guys my weekend hiatus was because I was on vacation or otherwise was having a grand old time pursuing projects or writing blogs or visiting exotic locales, but the fact is, I’ve been busting my hump these past three weeks with a grad school photojournalism class. It was intense, to say the least, with four, three-hour classes a week (Monday through Thursday), for which there were seven assignments, plus lots and lots of shoots, reading, studying, etc. etc. etc. Suffice it to say that I’m pretty exhausted, with most nights being up until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning (and rising at 7:00 for my *real* job). It was a great experience though, and I’m glad it’s over, but also very glad I elected to take this class (normally, this amount of work is spread over thirteen weeks, not two and a half).
Anyway, for my projects, we were to do photo shoots, complete with extensive captioning, of six different subjects: (1) a sports story; (2) a story about a particular place; (3) a religion story; (4) a business story; (5) an entertainment story; and (6) a photo essay that constitutes a portrait of one interesting individual. The professor, realizing that we were under some serious time constraints, was a bit flexible with the first five, but was adamant about the portrait. He showed us a series of “examples” from the gray lady, a set of projects called One in Eight Million, and intimated we might want to model our profile along similar lines.
Our seventh project was to do “audio slides,” which was, quite literally, to take one of our six projects, and to create a multi-media project using both our photos and an audio accompaniment.
Fortunately, having the greatest boss in the world (my Uni Watch boss, that is), I selected one Paul Lukas for my profile. So I hopped in my car and drove to beautiful Park Slope for an interview at Uni Watch HQ with the big guy. Paul was great, gave me more than two full hours of his time, and it was both a tremendous photo shoot…AND…he gave me almost an hour and forty-five minutes of audio (interview, just shooting the shit, explaining all of his ephemera, etc.). I ended up turning the profile project into my multi-media project as well. It was awesome.
So, how did it turn out? I’ll let you be the judge, but here’s the slideshow. Of course, that’s just the photos — for more detailed descriptions, here’s the flickr set, complete with detailed explanations of the accompanying photo (just click on any individual photo to read the write-up).
I’m pretty proud of the audio-slides I made from that photo shoot (the project is on YouTube, but Paul asked that I not link to that), and includes about 20 images not seen in the “A Visit with Paul Lukas” set.
Unless Hurricane Irene has other plans, I’ll be back with some actual uni watching tomorrow. Hope everyone on the eastern seaboard is safe. Thanks for indulging me today.
Stuff you may have missed…
Last night the Cleveland Indian fans saluted the return of their conquering hero, Jim Thome, who was traded to Cleveland the other day. And just how did the Indians welcome Thome back? By all going high-cuffed, of course. Amazing. It’s such a good damn look (thanks to Paul for the screen grab). It really is incredible that teams continue to permit the pajama pants. Maybe the players just think it makes them look tougher.
Also last night, the Cardinals had Willie McGee Bobblehead Night. In honor of the occasion, guess who got to throw out the first pitch. Also in honor of the occasion, the Cardinals wore throwbacks. Yeah, um, I don’t recall them ever quite looking like this. Gaddamit Majestic. Just give your “throwback” business to EFF or Bobcat or someone who actually gives a shit and please don’t give the players the uniforms three sizes too big…even if you have their measurements on file. THIS is how they wore that uni. *Sigh* — more photos, if you really must see, are here.
by Rick Pearson
Ah, that legendary quickness…
And here’s the full-size.
We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Chris DeGennaro, who has a new set for the New York Football Giants:
Hey, I know the New York Giants’ uniform are fine. I wanted to change the road, but atleast keep both of them the same. Just tweaking the sides and collar doesn’t make it as boring as the plain blue or have red on the road jersey.
Here’s an interesting one from John Tomac, who envisions a whole new National League (keep in mind these were sent to me some time ago, so the references aren’t so timely)…
Here’s a baseball uni tweak based on last week’s news that nine teams were in violation of MLB debt rules. At some point in the future, teams are probably going to sell advertising on their uniforms. It has been discussed before and there is potentially a lot of money to be made from this sort of sponsorship deal.
For this exercise, I envisioned teams swapping out their cap insignia for corporate logos. Since 14 of the 16 National League teams have either sold their stadium naming rights or have a corporate name attached because previous ownership saw an opportunity for free advertising, I figured it was a good place to start.
Two teams that are the exception to the rule, the Dodgers and Nationals have theoretical sponsors. In case of the Nats it’s the fairly logical National Rent-a-Car. For the Dodgers, it’s Law & Order, the other New York franchise stolen by Los Angeles. Surely NBC would want to promote the fact that this show was now in LA. (Although since the show has been cancelled it probably would remind people that there is now a massive police presence at Chavez Ravine.)
I’ve got a brief blog entry of my own on the subject here
(Of course, this is a nod to the great Otis Shepard)
Thanks for your time,
And our last tweak (set of tweaks, actually) comes from David Johnson, who envisions a kindler, gentler Pac 12:
Here are my concepts for the Pac 12 Conference. I simplified everyone!
That’s all for today. Good to be back in tweak show mode again, no? More tomorrow.
Oh yeah…there’s that Seahawks Redesign Contest thing…
In case you guys missed it while Paul was on vacation, and I was pinch-hitting during the weekdays, I’m running a Seattle Seahawks redesign contest along with my buddy, Tim E. O’Brien. Details are all in that post, but the deadline is Labor Day (September 5, 2011), after which we’ll likely have reader voting and I’ll award a prize (still not sure what that will be, but it should be pretty cool) to the winner. I’ve received a bunch of submissions already, most of which are using the “pro combat” template described in the prior post. If you are interested, and want to participate, try to use that template (it’s not 100% necessary, but it is preferred). If you have any questions about the contest, you can shoot me a line. That’s also the address to send your entries to — please indicated “Seahawks Redesign Contest” (or similar verbiage) in the “SUBJECT” line. OK? OK!
Looking forward to seeing what you guys have got!
OK, that’s it for today. As a side note, I “locked and loaded” this post early Friday just in case we begin to feel the first effects of Hurricane Irene earlier than expected, in anticipation of possible power loss — as of Friday evening, it was still calm and beautiful out on the east end of Long Island. In another life, I was a moderator on two hurricane boards, and so I’ve always been awed and fascinated by these monster storms.
As of this writing, it looks like the doomsday scenarios of yesterday are going to fall short of the mark (thankfully), but that doesn’t mean that a lot of areas won’t still be in big trouble. Irene is still a dangerous storm, and there is going to be a LOT of rain, wind and erosion, and undoubtedly some major power outages all up and down the eastern seaboard (here’s hoping my power and that at UW HQ stay on). I hope and pray that everyone is safe, and that our friends from the Carolinas through Maine make it through this thing OK — stay safe and if you happen to live in one of the areas that is told to evacuate — Get the hell off the beach! Back in 2005, one of the hardest things ever was learning that one of our most energetic posters, who happened to live in New Orleans, lost his life in Katrina when he thought he could ride out the storm.
For anyone who’s actually into the weather and want to follow this, this is a great site. I particularly like to track the storm using the water vapor loop, since this shows certain features which are particularly important to meteorologists. I won’t get into the details, but suffice it to say, following the WV loop gives a very good indication of track and strength, as well as future path. For radar views, I like this interactive map. Press the “play” icon to start the radar, and you can easily zoom in and out and pan up and down the coast. Works great wherever you live (at least in the US — not sure about elsewhere).
Hopefully, we’ll all come out of this fine and all there will be is some beach erosion, a few downed trees, and power outages. As the cliche goes, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I hope to *see* you all tomorrow.
“If Paul’s at a corporate event, he’ll almost certainly be wearing pants.” — AnthonyTX