Monthly Archives: August 2008

Enjoying Photo Overload

Since starting at the big daddy of photography, I’ve certainly been surrounded by imagery. Given that photography was a hobby of mine before then, I was a little worried that the interest would wane after being around photos all day long. Thankfully not.

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Some of the photo stuff I’m enjoying:

  • Linked before, The Big Picture blog puts together some great galleries on current world events.
  • Go install the Cooliris (formerly Piclens) plugin now! Exploring their selections, or browsing Flickr photostreams is so very cool-looking, and more practical than clicking “Next” page after page. (When the plugin doesn’t mess up, of course)
  • Browse the Getty Images Olympics coverage (also Piclens/Cooliris enabled!) for some great stuff.
  • My new lens, and my first Canon “L series” lens. Expensive, but totally worth it. I still need to shoot a side by side comparison with my first kit lens (similar wide angle) to show the quality difference.
  • I’m still posting some to my other Flickr photostream, but that’s getting to be a bit much with the iPhone and pocket camera (plus video mode) all contributing to the photo backlog.
  • Weird Olympics photos from the Guardian.
  • I keep hearing great things about the new version of Adobe Lightroom and will have to check it out, but I’m loving my Aperture workflow. Good organization tools, auto-tagging with the FlickrExport plugin, and all the adjustments I ever used from Photoshop.

Last September, I wrote this summary of three years with Flickr, and reaching the 1,000 photo-upload mark. Less than a year later, I’ve broken the mark of 2,000 photos on Flickr (somewhere in the midst of my bulk dodgeball photo upload). And in last year’s post, I claimed 32,000 views of my photos, but I think that was actually the view count for my photostream. Total views of my photos has now just topped the 150,000 mark, which I think is pretty crazy. Who are these people?

I guess I’ll keep taking photos as long as there’s stuff to be seen, and people keep looking.

Living in a Blog Cabin

Yup, I’ve only posted here a handful of times all summer. But apparently my http://delicious.com/lopolisdel.icio.us links started auto-posting to my blog again. They had stopped for a while and then maybe around the time of the del.icio.us redesign it came back to life. Note that del.icio.us now redirects to delicious.com. Late for a change, but finally a URL that’s easy to tell someone.

What else?

  • I’ve been catching up on lots of old and new photosover at Flickr.
  • I finally have an iPhone and I love it.
  • Go download Jamd Mobile for free.
  • The CBC Olympics coverage is so good, and I keep catching all the sports I’m actually interested in. They played almost the entire triathlon live (small breaks for news) and the finish was awesome. The commentators also know something about the sports and are able to describe the unfolding events in dramatic ways.
  • Flipping back to NBC, the women’s vollyball announcer says something like, “Misty May is a scoring locomotive,” before cutting to a 15 minute human interest story on a gymnast.
  • Dark Knight was great even though it was a little long like everyone says.
  • Braid is a uniquely styled puzzle game that quickly presents a challenge without losing it’s charm.
  • I re-read Watchmen around the time the trailer came online. Now I can’t stop re-watching the trailer. The visual power of 300, plus the great writing of the original story. Fingers crossed.