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Crabtree Creek Timelapse

Posted in environment, North Carolina, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , on April 4, 2011 by killahfunkadelic

I recently discovered this beautiful time lapse video compiled by Raleigh photographer Forrest MacCormack. An entire video compiled of stills shot at 1 second intervals– Forrest captures some gorgeous scenes that offer a fresh take around Raleigh’s Crabtree Creek, Lassiter Mills falls, and the Neuse River. Check it out.

UPDATE: Here are Forrest’s notes on shooting and editing the video— check out Forrest’s blog here.

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Forbes Ranks Raleigh Third ‘Most Innovative’ City

Posted in culture, North Carolina, photography, raleigh, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh Ranked #3 Innovative City in USAnother day, and another top ten ranking for the City of Raleigh. A couple days ago portfolio.com declared Raleigh North Carolina as the #1 quality of life among top metro areas. The next day Forbes top 10 list of the America’s Most Innovative Cities, and Raleigh places a respectable third.

The ranking is based on the top 100 US metro areas, taking into account factors including ratios of high tech, scientific and creative jobs, patents per capita, and venture capital. San Jose was given the top honor in this list.

And once again Forbes sourced of one of KCG Art Director David Kilian’s Raleigh skyline photos for their article. Thanks, Forbes!

Raleigh NC named Forbes ‘Most Wired’ City

Posted in culture, photography, raleigh, tech with tags , , , on March 23, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh NC named Forbes 'Most Wired' CitySurprising many last week was the naming by Forbes magazine of Raleigh North Carolina as the #1 ‘Most Wired’ American city, just beating out Atlanta and Seattle. Several factors determined the 2010 rankings, including the penetration of broadband access into the area population, Wi-Fi hotspots, and marketplace options for broadband.

“The city’s high concentration of IT companies, research universities and state capital resources” were cited as deciding factors according to the article. No doubt the recent adoption of free Wi-Fi in downtown Raleigh played in. See the full city rankings here.

Also of note, when we saw the article it made us smile– Forbes used of one of KCG Art Director David Kilian’s Raleigh skyline stock photos.

Photo Op: Raleigh Wide Open

Posted in art, culture, music, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

rwo1rwo2rwo3rwo4rwo5rwo6rwo7Thousands came out to celebrate art, music and food and a newly revitalized Fayetteville Street Mall at Saturday’s Raleigh Wide Open. Although the North Carolina State Fair was going on simultaneously on the other end of town, and rain drowned out events for a couple hours, for the most part it did not dampen— er, damper— the events which also coincided with the music of Cherry Bounce Festival.

If that wasn’t enough, Krispy Kreme also debuted its new downtown location and Wheel of Fortune drew a large crowd with local tryouts for the show. The day culminated in a fireworks display over the newly opened plaza (with some fantastic new art installations) that provides a newly opened clear view between the State Capitol and the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center on opposite ends. See more on Raleigh Wide Open by the News and Observer.

9 Months in 1.5 minutes

Posted in art, culture, life, photography with tags , , on September 9, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Over the course of my wife’s pregnancy last fall and this spring, we decided to document the inevitable expansion of the bump into a full blown belly, and then an actual living, breathing, screaming infant. Every week we took about 5 shots standing in front of a glass door, with Sonya wearing the same outfit for the sake of continuity. 132+ shots, nine months and one delivery later, we had a stack of images that chronicled the life-changing event, seemingly so slowly at the time.

However, take those 132 shots and compile them into a timeline, add a soundtrack and you’ve got something quite compelling: the pregnancy time-lapse video. Our purpose was mostly to chronicle it for our son to someday see what his mom went through before he arrived, and to share the progress with friends and family. It was also pretty cool to watch the seasons outside change from summer to fall, then winter and finally green up again in spring. Post production was a bit more involved than I had originally intended, as the camera location drifted slightly from week to week and the shots needed to be aligned or adjusted and cropped very carefully. Should have just marked a spot on the floor after all and left a tripod up.

So this video has been sitting on YouTube (a very handy way to post and share video + bandwidth for friends and family mind you) for several months now, almost drifted out of consciousness when out of the blue I got an inquiry from a Canadian newspaper that had found the video and others like it and wanted an interview. Sure, no sweat, happy to oblige. We are mentioned briefly in the article, which is nice, and for the most part all is good.

And then the comments. Granted, some people are born to be negative all the time but some went so far as to call the videos vulgar and gross. Vulgar? REALLY? C’mon, it’s a belly. If you can’t take a bare belly or the site of a pregnant woman, then you have more serious issues at play. Seriously. Don’t ever turn on your television, NEVER leave your house and don’t even THINK about opening another magazine. Ever. But whatever you do, do NOT surf YouTube and play any video that says ‘pregnancy time-lapse’.

Clayton Visual Arts Exhibit Sept 1-30

Posted in art, culture, photography with tags , , on September 4, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
"Rusty Chains" by David Kilian

Rusty Chains by David Kilian

Clayton Visual Arts’ annual Art Faire is currently exhibiting its annual juried art competition at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, North Carolina. The show features works across all mediums from a wide variety of area artists, and the pieces are quite impressive.

This author was honored to have been selected for an Honorable Mention with the above photograph, Rusty Chains, shot last September on a road trip up the California Coast following the scenic California State Route 1 from San Diego to San Francisco.

The exhibit runs From Sept 1 through the 30th. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Obama Visits Raleigh’s Broughton High

Posted in culture, photography, politics, raleigh with tags , on July 29, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
Obama's Presidential motorcade on Peace Street in Raleigh

Obama's Presidential motorcade on Peace Street in Raleigh

If you work in the vicinity of Glenwood South or Peace Street you may have noticed the helicopters, hordes of police and State Troopers camped out on major intersections, and the occasional well-dressed gentlemen looking around with earpieces and dark sunglasses and nowhere to go.

Such was the scene as President Obama’s motorcade made its way past our office this morning on the way to Broughton High school where he delivered a speech to over 2000 spectators, reiterating his current mantra of health care reform.

After the appearance, traffic once again got locked down as the long motorcade of troopers, armored limousines and SUVS, white vans and heavily armed security made their way back out as gathered crowds on Raleigh’s Peace Street edged in closer for a better look. And in the same flash the spectacle came in, it was gone, as the din of traffic and background city noise once again filled in where it had left off.