For years, I’ve been using an online photography service called PictureLife. It collects all of my photos shuttered across the web (Flickr, Facebook, G+ …) and stores them in one location at PictureLife. It organizes them by date, and tries to recognize duplicates and hide them. Therefore, you enjoy access to all of your photos in one location with a beautiful interface. I do not use this service professionally, but for managing my family photos, PictureLife is priceless.
One of my favorite features of PictureLife is weekly email. The email always has the same title “Memories of …” as well as the day when the email was sent. PictureLife finds photos in your library which were taken on that particular day in various years and it sends them to you. You cannot imagine how many forgotten memories I have recovered through this weekly email.
Yesterday, I received the regular email with the title, “Memories of October 30” and this was the photo found inside dated October 30, 2004. Exactly 10 years ago.
This is when I remembered that this was the very photo that triggered my interest in photography, and particularly, in travel photography.
I was in New York on a business trip. That was the time when I worked as a broadcast designer. The company I worked for at the time provided design and technical services to major TV networks for the upcoming 2004 US presidential elections. Half of our company’s employees spent 2 weeks in New York prior to the elections in various locations throughout New York.
That evening, I was driving with my colleague from Long Island to Manhattan and, somewhere in Queens, we saw this beautiful Manhattan skyline in the sunset light. I took this picture on the freeway from the moving car with my point-and-shoot Fuji camera. After spending hours in Photoshop trying to make it more presentable, I decided for myself that this is exactly what I want to do.
It took me more than a year to buy my first DSLR (Rebel) but that day and this photo served as main triggers.
I re-processed this photo using modern tools. The main issue was awful digital noise but even now it looks pretty bad.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Fuji FinePix S602
Focal Length: 9.7mm
Exposure time: 1/150 sec