Photography Fest

After buying my Nikon D70 last summer and taking it on our Alaskan cruise — snapping over 700 pictures — I was lamenting to a friend that I was bummed only a dozen or so pictures were ones I was proud of taking.

Eric spent some time easing my mind by describing the experiences he’d had (after years of photography and an analytical mind that understands the nuances of the camera) and that this low number was not atypical. In fact, photographers often take hundreds of photographs to get a single one.

Next, I gained understanding of the 2 or 3 “golden hours” of light best for landscape or outdoor photography (right after dawn and before sunset). Otherwise, the temperature of the light was too high and the dynamic range of the photo was minimized (i.e., they look like crap and marginally interesting). Shadows and the warmth of the golden hour light were best.

So tonight I’m headed up north to Eric’s lake home. He, his friend and I are going to have a photography fest over the weekend. Taking pictures, geeking out over our respective cameras, having fun and understanding how to improve as a photographer are the goals.

Minimal postings this weekend…

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  1. Christpher Darrow on October 16, 2005 at 9:53 pm

    Just a note to say that your podcasts are very important to me. It’s the first potcast where I’ve had the sensation of a “click.” I had a part in bringing internet radio to the masses—I was a bridge between designers, programmers, and end users. I was completed the circuit. After a career change (to add sales and account management skills to my tool set) I’m now looking to change back to product development.

    I’ve been scribbling down seemingly unrelated concepts from mapping motor neuron functions to nanotech to radio ID packaging to the global/local application of the internet to…well, you name it, all with an eye on how to get back into bridging emerging technologies with down to earth application—finding intuitive ways to combine functions. I call it, “The Next Thing…” which is really about convergence, so most everything fits in somewhere.

    I have found your podcasts (which I only discovered last week) to be an extremely refreshing and expanding validation of my path, and for that, I am truly thankful!!! I wish I could give you constructive criticism because I know that is the most helpful type of feedback you can get, but in truth I think you’re doing a great job in your presentation… your material is well chosen and interesting, your pacing is great, sound levels are fine, etc. I would say the only thing is 1) that you don’t need to apologize for noise traffic in the background—it’s understood and it sets the scene when you are in the feild, and 2) don’t switch to 1 topic shows just because people request it… let the content dictate and be sure to draw the connections between topics when possible rather than just transitioning. Or, let the topics be different except for a single thread. Hope that helps.

    You also asked for things we want to hear about, so… 1) Nano-technology—just about anything I would find fascinating but especially in terms of likely first real-world applications 2) Support Industries for Emerging Technologies In General, like fiber optic is to the era and things like real-time non-invasive video imagery might be to nano-technology, for example. 3) Combination – Example after example of how familiar things in our lives may soon come to provide unexpected functions, like a bathroom mirror that displays the weather and headlines in your reflection, like the cell phone that tells you a profile match is in the same room, like the car mirror that analyzes the body language of your eyes and adjusts the car stereo’s “random” algorithm to play higher tempo tracks when you’re tired or slower tracks when your anxious, etc., etc., etc. [Note: I reserve the right to put all of these I find into a science fiction story!] 4) Ways in which technology might shift art from a consumer product to something average people do again. [This is a tough one because the masses don’t realize they want it yet… I guess an example would be media that behaves like “choose your own adventure” books did. DVD menus on steroids. What technologies might facilitate such application? 5) Advances In Direct Mind Control User Interface Technologies – such as implanting a chip or brainwave analysis. That’s all for now.

    Thank you again for… connecting the dots.

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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.