Remembering Ricky Jay

I published a note on the magician Ricky Jay ten years ago and I’m sorry to say that he died two days ago.

Ricky Jay, Gifted Magician, Actor and Author, Is Dead at 70

Few would take issue with the fact that Ricky Jay was the greatest sleight of hand magician of all time. He was not only a great magician but he was a great historian and story-teller and his magic was usually accompanied by stories of the great magicians of yesteryear who invented the tricks he was doing.

Here’s the full David Mamet piece: Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants:

You can find out takes of this performance on YouTube with individual tricks in it as well.

I’ve been a fan of Ricky Jay’s for a long time and I’m going to miss him.

The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam

VILSHULT is an IKEA ready-to-hang photo of Amsterdam that has been sold over 427,000 times. After many of my friends asked me why I bought such a “mediocre” photo for my living room, I decided to find out how this photo was made and how it ended up on IKEA’s shelves and in almost half a million households. What I learned was fascinating.

I made the 14-minute documentary short film above about my quest to learn the story behind this popular IKEA photo of my hometown.

More of the backstory at Petapixel: The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam.

Great story, very well done.

Footprints on dunes


My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this spectacular picture of dunes with footprints and water marks on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon cost. This was taken with the new iPhone XS and the Noir Filter, part of Apple’s built-in Photos app.

This image is akin to something one night get from a Ricoh GR camera and one has to wonder why carry the Ricoh GR when an iPhone will give you this?

Nikon Photomicrography Competition

Nikon Photomicrography Competition

I’m not fond of photography competitions (quite subjective) but this is an incredible collection of images from this year (2018) all the way back to 1975 when the competition started. Have fun pouring through images the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before.

Photomicrography is quite different from macro photography in that a microscope is used where in macro a 1:1 lens is used. This is small stuff.

[via The Loop]