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Great day today at the train museum in Sacramento. Looks like first people to post are using “trainmuseum” or “sacramento” as the tag over on Flickr. Here’s the ones from the tag “trainmuseum.”

I found some more with the tag “photowalking.” Oh, and even more with “flickrphotowalk.”

Shel Israel, my coauthor, was there too and made a few nice images. UPDATE: he just added a very nice report on his blog. He says “what Scoble and Hawk did was simple and brilliant.”

Actually, Shel had a brilliant idea of his own: start your own photowalks. I’d love to link to those from my site if anyone tries it out.

More than 20 people showed up today, and we got some really great video.

A guy from Apple showed up (works on the Aperature team) and Ryan Montoya, of the John Edwards campaign showed up (do they miss a beat?)

My favorite, though, was Phil Glatz who showed me his rig for taking 3D pictures. He gave me a set of 3D glasses and showed me some of his images taken with a handmade rig and a pair of low-cost 3D cameras. Very cool. He even shows you how on his blog.

Anyway, there are tons of photos coming. If you took some, please leave a link to where they are in my comments here.

And with that, I’m off for a while. Got a heck of a lot of email. I think I’m over 700 now. 739 are in my inbox now. Sigh.

UPDATE: Martin McKay learned not to use 1600 ISO, cause it makes the images look “grainy.” That’s really chip noise, when you push them like that it really brings out the noise. One reason that Thomas Hawk can take lots of images in low light is because his chip in his $3,000 Canon 5D has very low noise characteristics. Not to mention he was sporting a new $1,600 50 F1.2 lens (lowest F-stop lens on the market, that sucker is like a black hole).

Funny aside. The museum wouldn’t let me bring in my tripod. Grrr.

On the way home we were treated to this stunning sunset. Look at that photo on Flickr: it was just posted a few hours ago and see how many comments are there and how many people have already marked it as a “favorite?” And how many “pool” groups there are? Now you are seeing the power of Flickr’s community.

UPDATE 2: if it works out we’re going to do our next Photowalking at Mavericks, where the waves get to be 30 to 60 feet tall. The problem is we’ll only have three days warning that the waves are that tall and the surf contest is on (interestingly enough the contest is sponsored by Then we’ll need to rent Thomas a 600mm lens.

Oh, and thanks to Seagate for giving us $1,200 worth of 8GB Compact Flash cards to hand out as prizes and for sponsoring Photowalking and making that possible to bring you.

Thanks too to photosharing site Zooomr, who not only lends us Thomas Hawk (he’s CEO) but founder Kristopher Tate came today too. I’ll link to their shots when they get them up.

UPDATE 3: I think Kamilyun got the funnest photo of the day.

UPDATE 4: Thomas Hawk has a great writeup and some even better images. Oh, and SmugMug, according to TechCrunch, has a bunch of new features on its photosharing service.

UPDATE 5: Here’s Thomas Hawk’s images. It’s very interesting to compare Thomas’ images with everyone else who was there. He sees things I just didn’t see.

UPDATE 6: Here’s Phil’s 3D images. You’ll need red/blue 3D glasses to view these, but they rock.

If Campaigns are conversations?

One thing I just saw over at TechMeme is that USA Presidential campaigns now are conversations?

Really? So far only one Democratic candidate has met with bloggers who aren’t avowed supporters of his (and has had live chats on DailyKos), that I can see. Only one candidate has invited a blogger behind the press lines.

Yet I find it interesting that some people are giving credit for “best viral media use” to Obama. And others are giving credit to Clinton for being conversational on her Web site.

I thought conversations needed to require two-way discussions. I thought being viral isn’t a good thing unto itself? Anyone can point a video camera at their face and post that to YouTube or Blip.TV or other video services.

Personally, can we save the credit for candidates who actually have two-way conversations and who are actually doing more with technology than Howard Dean did?

And with that, I’m outta here.

Off to go Photowalking…

You’re invited to meet us in Sacramento today at 1 p.m. Bring your camera and your tripod.

To all the people who’ve sent me email in January who I haven’t gotten back to, sorry. 667 are waiting. Whew. Everytime I answer an email two new ones come in. I need an assistant.

Anyway, I’m going to take this week off to try to get a handle on my email. So, no link blog, no blog. ScobleShow will still publish, though, got some really great stuff coming this week including an interview with the guy who named “WiFi.”

In the meantime, why don’t you check out TechMeme, if you don’t read that lately?

Meeting people at Inc. 500

Yesterday was a great day. I met two people I look up to — a lot: Robert X. Cringley and Tom Peters.

Tom Peters wrote the foreword of my book, but I had never met him until yesterday, more on that in a second.

Robert Cringley was the 12th employee at Apple and has turned that into a whole bunch of things, including an interview show on PBS. Think of my show without the annoying laugh, done with two high-end cameras (his cost $9,000 each, mine are around $4,500), with professional microphones, makeup, and lighting.

I was more apprehensive about meeting Cringley than meeting Peters. Why? Cause Cringley is more of a direct competitor to what I’m trying to do and because he regularly kicks my ass.

Meeting him I immediately realized he’s smarter than me, better looking than me, and has more industry experience than me. *&^%$%! But, not only that, but he’s good on stage and nice too.

Guys like him are not only fun to have a lunchtime conversation with, but they also make you pick up your game and be better than you are. I imagine if I were a football player and met Jerry Rice I’d think the same thing.

One thing? He’s now a blog evangelist. He said he changed his column to a blog format a few months ago and watched his traffic go from 300,000 a week to 500,000 nearly overnight. He told the audience at the Inc. 500 conference yesterday that that blew him away — it took him many years to get to 300,000 and only two months more to get to 500,000.

As to Tom Peters, when I first saw him, he recognized me and treated me like his long-lost college friend. I knew then I was in the hands of a masterful people person. He was talking with someone else, and I gingerly stayed a couple of feet back and observed.

One thing I noticed was he was very quiet spoken. Now, I’ve seen him on TV and I only knew him from his public performances. This was another side of the guy that you don’t get to see.

He wore a red sweater, and had bushy eyebrows (he’s turning 65 this year). He seemed a lot more like my dad than some famous speaker and book author. Oh, and he admitted he was really nervous (he’s spoken about 2,500 times, including lots of times to crowds much bigger than the one that was in San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel to see him yesterday, so I was taken aback by that).

All that would end in a few minutes when he took the stage.

He exploded with energy, passion, and visceral words like “hate” and “love.”

This was not the Tom Peters that was talking with us just a few minutes before.

He was pacing around the room. I think he circled my front-row table at least 20 times, walking directly into the audience talking only one or two feet from many audience members.

Talking is actually a huge understatement. This 65-year-old was pissed. Pissed that American business is leaving major money on the table by not catering to women and “geezers,” as he put it.

His arms were waving wildly. It was a performance I’d never seen.

It was the first speech since laughing my ass off at Dave Barry’s speech that I went home tired.

Emotionally exhausted is more what it felt like. He passed his passion onto his audience. No wonder he gets paid large sums of money to do this all over the world. Not to mention he got a standing ovation at the end.

And he’s not happy. Told us he’s still looking forward to doing a good speech.

Afterward I asked him “where does that come from?” After all, now that I’d gotten to see the quieter side of Tom I wanted to know how he changed himself when he walked on stage. He said “I want to connect with each and every member of the audience.”

Boy, did he. I’m in awe 17 hours later.

Thanks guys for inspiring me.