PHOTO: Winter Sailing

Dead of Winter In an Open Boat? Sure.

I can’t imagine how cold these people were with the wind and water hitting them that morning. Winter sailing is getting to be more popular each year. This was shot from Long Island’s north shore looking across to the buildings of New Rochelle in Westchester. The leader standing in the middle would give instructions and everyone else followed in close formation. Pretty talented group there. The wind was very strong. Would you do this? Or would you prefer to be inside with a hot chocolate?


Time Travel With Google Maps

My Photo of Lincoln Street, Paris From 2008

Take a virtual time-travel trip with Google Maps. Have you ever dropped a pin on a random street in a foreign city and wondered around in Street View? Get any photo of a place you’ve been to years ago. Find the same location today in Google Maps street view and check out what has changed. I made this snapshot seven years ago on Rue Lincoln in Paris near the Lincoln Cinema. It’s easy to find just off the Champs-Elysees. Look below to the same location in Google Maps and compare the two. The Lincoln Cinema is still there, so is SFR. But there have been a lot of subtle changes in the seven years.

My photo of Lincoln Street in Paris 2008 © jim cutler all rights reserved

My photo of Lincoln Street in Paris 2008 © jim cutler all rights reserved


Google’s Street View of Lincoln Street, Paris From 2015


We’re heading to Iceland at some point so I jumped into a random street view in Google Maps. I found myself right in front of IKEA!

Urban Portrait – Sarah’s Photo

First World Problem

My iTunes has accumulated so much junk and so many obscure album cuts that the good stuff is obscured in the muck. I know, I know,  having too much is a “First-World” problem and I have no right to complain. But if I had to do it again I would have been much more selective. Yes I could make playlists but it still means weeding through thousands of songs. That time I just don’t have. And how much of all of that did I pay for?

Sarah’s Urban Portrait Session

Two lights, good background wall, simple expression. Simple is what I like. Profoto D1 strobe aimed sideways at the wall behind her with a grid. Profoto beauty dish with grid about 3 feet up to the front and right. A white reflector to the left for an extremely tiny bit of fill. Cold. Night. No city permits were needed for the location, no extra muscle needed to protect the set this late at night. Album cover. Simple.

urban portrait Sarah

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MetLife Stadium Right at Sunrise

It’s the first minute of sunrise and the side of MetLife Stadium is lit up orange while the ground is still in darkness. It only looks this only looks this way for a minute or so, right as the sun appears above the horizon. Looks like the stadium is up for a concert with that huge white stage. Photo taken from a plane. This was a luck accident where looking out the window of the plane pays off. I find cool stuff all the time be looking outside. Yet there’s always a bit of social pressure these days to keep the shade down. You miss it all when you’re not open to looking.