Last night I sauntered to San Francisco for the Valleyschwag party. While there, Thomas Hawk, talented photographer, made several photos. His work is amazing considering there was very little light. These make it look like we were in a studio, rather than munching on chicken skewers in an office.
What’s his trick? Well, he has a Canon 5D. $3,000 camera body. Then he only uses prime lenses. No zooms. Why does that matter? Well, they are fast, so he can shoot in low light without a flash. And they are usually sharper than zooms too.
Downside? When you switch lenses dust gets in and settles on the imaging sensor. He told me he has to clean his sensor at least once a week. Anyway, enjoy the photos.
Here I am with the 18-year-old software developer behind Zoomr, Kris Tate. You know he’s hot when even his competitors are singing his praises:
Here I am with Nivi, who is one smart dude. And Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, my favorite “next Web” news site. I sucked up to him again last night.
In this one Tantek Celik and Kelly Goto talk with me about the downsides of traveling around the world on the conference circuit (and some deep personal stuff, along the lines of my mom’s death). Tantek is the main engineer at Technorati (he also wrote IE on the Mac) and Kelly is one of the most talented designers in the world.
Oh, and no SF geek party would be complete without Gabe Rivera, the guy who developed TechMeme. Yes, he’s wearing an “echo chamber” Hugh Macleod original shirt — I had to point to the Echo Chamber. Heheh. Irina wears the best shirts, though.
More over on Thomas Hawk’s Flickr account and Thomas’ blog.