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More New Pictures February 23, 2006

Posted by Lee A Haynes in Creativity, Personal, Photography.
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There may be a rash of these while I play with my new camera. Here are some shots I took last night in Union Square. It was fun. Night photography is a real challenge. But I feel less self-conscious holding a camera in the dark. I’m going to want to invest in a tripod I think if I’m going to keep that up. I could see myself going around the city at night with my tripod and camera taking lots of night pictures. One thing I’m going to have to learn to do is figure out which version I like the best. As usual I need to be a better editor. Each shot should be unique I know. I always have trouble making up my mind.

My Flickr is Updated February 21, 2006

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Well I upgraded my Flickr account and began uploading the pictures I took this weekend. 58 in all. Some came out better than others. I was playing around with the camera settings. It’s nice that all of the settings are stored with the pictures. You can even look it up on Flickr. I also played around with iPhoto. Some shots I made into black and white others I played with the color settings. They are not great but they are defiantly a start. I learned a great deal in just a couple of days and I’m actually pretty happy with some of the results. My two favorites are the ones I called “Looking up Market Street” and “Checking the Routes“.

I do need to keep a notebook with me though. If I am going to be taking pictures of buildings I need to get the addresses right. I’m not sure on a couple of buildings and that’s actually a little embarrassing since some of them are important San Francisco buildings. I’m going to enjoy walking around the City with a little more purpose.

And I’m going to be better about taking pictures of City events. So far this year I’ve missed the Pillow Fight on Valentine’s Day, the Chinese New Year’s Parade, the kick off to the Tour of America and that Rally that I tried to take pictures of but they all came out terrible. I will make a real effort to chronicle the City. I’m afraid that may be all you get on my Flickr but you will get more of it.

Stealing Souls February 21, 2006

Posted by Lee A Haynes in Creativity, Personal, Photography.
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So I bought a new camera on Sunday. It’s a Kodak, a Z7590. I went down to CompUsa to look for a power supply for the PC I’m going to sell (if I ever get off my ass about it). This is the second time the power supply wont turn on after moving the computer so I figured I’d better change it out before selling it. Since CompUsa was about double the price of NewEgg I decided to skip that purchase. I had been thinking about a new camera ever since I took my old one out to a protest rally on Union Square and didn’t get a single usable image. Too dark, not enough settings to compensate.

I figure what the heck, I’m here, let’s check out the cameras in person. I hadn’t actually heard of this camera but was drawn to the $130 off sticker. With 6 megapixels common and 8 on their way I was hoping to get one of last year’s 5 megapixel camera’s cheep. At $230 this was way below what I was thinking about paying. I went upstairs to the Mac’s they keep connected to the internet. I checked out the camera. It is feature rich. It has a multitude of manual and automatic settings. The only thing I wanted that it didn’t have was image stabilization. Still with so many manual controls I figured I could compensate. The 10x optical zoom did it for me. I went back downstairs and parted with a little bit of my tax refund.

I’ve always liked the idea of taking pictures. I’ve tried and had very limited success. Part of the problem is that I am most interested in taking pictures of people. This would not be a problem if I didn’t subscribe to primitive the notion that taking a picture of somebody steals a little bit of their soul. There is a scene in a movie from last year called “Heights” that illustrated this perfectly. The main character is a photographer in New York. One night she is lining up a shot of a woman holding a child. The woman turns to her and asks why she doesn’t have a life of her own that she has to steal theirs. This is exactly how I’ve felt about taking pictures. This has led me to taking many pictures of the tops of buildings, coastlines and for a short unhappy time birds. These are not things I have an eye for. I have an eye for faces. I’ve just felt so intrusive taking pictures of people I don’t know. Whenever I take pictures of people I know they are so self conscious that it doesn’t seem to count.

Well a commitment to try to stretch myself and a 10x zoom lens is going to change some of that. Here is a preview. There are more coming (including the tops of buildings). I just need to figure out how I want to upload these larger images than I’m used to (5 megapixels remember) to flicker. I will update my flicker account tonight when I get home from work. For now I will leave you with these two souls I stole while they were trying to make sense of a muni map where California ends at Market Street.

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360 Degree picture of Paris January 27, 2006

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Beautiful High resolution 360 Degree picture of Paris. Probably been around the net forever but I just found it. Nice to see there are some pretty things out there to look at.

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The City as Avatar Itself January 27, 2006

Posted by Lee A Haynes in Creativity, Movies, Photography.
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This guys photos are amazing, he creates an effect of an extremely accurate and super detailed models but they are real photos with an effect on them.

I’m reminded of a line in one of my favorite silly movies, “Joe Versus the Volcano“.

Upon seeing LA for the first time Joe is asked what he thinks.

“It looks fake. I like it”
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