Macworld iPhone 4 Cover Photo shot with iPhone 4

Macworld iPhone 4 Cover

I’ve always thought it would be cool to photograph the cover of Macworld magazine using an iPhone as my camera. When the new iPhone 4 was released with the 5MP camera, the editors at Macworld were excited to see if it could be done. What better way to showcase the phone’s new camera than to have an iPhone take the photo of the iPhone on the cover?

Look at the fantastic jig he’s got for the shoot. Great documentation.

Widmer Hefeweizen

Widmer Hefeweizen

Our Macworld group went to lunch and hey, people started ordering beer and the restaurant had one I like: Widmer Hefeweizen, a Portland, Oregon micro-brew that we can’t get on tap back here in Connecticut, so what the heck.

I can see it now: Carlos will be world famous for shooting Vincent in shopping carts (continuing until Vincent is 24), Gary for shooting his dish rack daily for years, Mamen for the 1000 moods and faces of Aisha, and I’ll be infamous as the guy who shot beer, drank it, and then dropped his camera into the bay. I’ll receive a “less than Darwin Award” and maybe they’ll write a play (Lawnchair Larry).

Dim Sum with Tsingtao

Dim Sum with Tsingtao

Our Macworld group went out for lunch at the best dim sum restaurant I’ve ever been at, Yank Sing and I had a Tsingtao a bit earlier in the day than I generally drink beer.

All of the food and the people in our group were so photogenic and I was sitting at the head of the table so one would think… but, after emptying this bottle, the only thing I could think of to shoot was… the bottle.

Yerba Buena Fountain, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Fountain, San Francisco

Our Macworld group spent quite a bit of time photographing and hanging out in this park and near this wonderful fountain. I think all of us took at least one if not many shots here. It’s a great spot to hang out with amazing photographic possibilities.

I swapped lenses with Carlos for this one: he took my 85 and I took his 14. This fisheye is a heck of a lot of fun although takes some getting used to. Most of the pictures I took of people with it looked like Photobooth (fun-house mirror shots).

Yerba Buena Fountain, San Francisco

Close up of the fountain which seems to be, dare I say, peeing.

I love fountains that involve flat, reflective surfaces. I’m sure this is designed by someone else but the work of Isamu Noguchi comes to mind when I see things like this. Or, some of the simpler fountains in temples in Japan.

Moving water has a calming effect, visually, aurally, and of course, it puts off lots of negative ions that I’m told help out in some way, lining up one’s chakras or neurons or the hairs on one’s neck or something good. Needing this kind of help as I do, I should live near a fountain or at the very least, buy one of those Sharper Image table-top jobs.


switcher_aboutI was a very early Mac user, having gotten my first one (an early production 128K model) from Steve Jobs and Mike Murray at the West Coast Computer Faire in late 1984. Once I had it I did what most people do who get something new, I looked for other early adopters. At the time I was living in Eugene, Oregon and the place for Apple users to hang out was The Computer Store. So, even though I’d not gotten my Mac from them I went down there and hung out.

Over the next few months as more people in Eugene started getting Macs I thought it might be a good idea to start a Macintosh users group as I’d had great luck with the PC users group I was a member of. So, I got a list of names from The Computer Store and called them all up and we came up with a time to meet at the store. The group grew and we moved from the store into a more public meeting room and in time it evolved into a full-fledged Macintosh users group.

A group of the most die hard of us (including me, of course) decided to attend the first Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Macworld and the companies that exhibited at it was a lot smaller and more personal in those days and as we were walking around the show floor we spotted various members of the original Mac team who had rock star status.

We spotted Andy Hertzfeld walking around the show floor with his worn out backpack on. I walked over, tapped him on the shoulder and said “hi Andy” and he said, “hi, are you guys serious Mac users? If so, I have something I want to show you.”

I said that we were and he walked over to the nearest booth which happened to be the MacBottom booth (early HD that sat under the Mac) and asked if he could use one of their machines. The guy in the booth hesitated but we all simultaneously told him that Andy was a member of the core Mac team and he calmed down.

Andy was talking a mile a minute while loading the contents of a single disk into the Mac. Then he was messing around with stuff we’d not seen before (setting up a switcher set) and then he said, “check this out.”

He hit the little arrow and the screen shifted from MacPaint to MacWrite and he hit it again and it came back to MacPaint.

He said “So, what do you think?”

We were speechless.

Unlike the others in my group, I had used Memory Shift on a PC and had a sense of what he was doing but still, the animation made it so much better.

After we told him we loved it he reached into his pack and gave each of us a disk with Switcher on it. It wasn’t shipping yet and he asked for our feedback.

I still have that disk and will always remember how wonderful it was to experience Andy’s generosity and enthusiasm for something he enjoyed making and sharing.

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