Thursday, August 28, 2008

HDR at the ESP

A second trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary. A first attempt at High Dynamic Range imaging.

Thursday, August 7, 2008



I don't usually do this here, or anywhere for that matter, but I am just a little bothered by the standard work ethic out there. Please comment and tell me if I am out of line or crazy...
I went into Starbucks tonight to get a cold snack for Chaya and Jonah, after they helped me out at a shoot. It was almost 9:30...yes, a little late, but they are open till 10. They saw that the kids were looking at frozen drinks, and said matter of factly.."We aren't making Frappucino's any more tonight"....oh.... how about smoothies? "No, we are cleaning the machine out for the night."....oh, are you about to close? "we close at 10, we just want to get out of here." For some reason this just pissed me off. I don't know why it bothered me so much...maybe it was partially the runaround my wife had with a customer service person earlier in the day, dealing with a problem with IKEA(they double charged us, and said they could do nothing about it). Any way, I asked for the manager, because I was wondering if this is regular practice. The manager happened to be right there the whole time, and said that she could not help me or talk to me because she was busy cleaning out the machine so they could get out of there. A guy finally came up to me with a sigh, and said he would make my drinks for me if I really wanted them...but at that point I would not think about it.
So, am I just being crazy. I kind of felt like that crazy irrationally complaining customer....
I would think if I am going to spend $3 on a cup of coffee, or like $5 on an iced drink, that they would actually make them until they close. I would never ever go to work, and stop almost an hour before the evening was over and say "No, I can't take any pictures for you now, I am packing up because I want to get out of here as soon as the party is over". I work my butt off, and will go so far out of my way to do the best job possible, no matter what I am getting paid. I guess that is why seeing such a different attitude just makes my blood boil.
Any comments?