Photo “training”

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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 ScobleShow.com 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 Ask.com). 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.

94 thoughts on “Photo “training”

  1. Hi Robert… Look like that you guys had a great time.
    I am a Photographer here in South Florida (www.paulopics.com)
    can you give me some tips so I can start a Photowalk here in my area?
    Thanks
    Paulo Jordao

  2. Hi Robert… Look like that you guys had a great time.
    I am a Photographer here in South Florida (www.paulopics.com)
    can you give me some tips so I can start a Photowalk here in my area?
    Thanks
    Paulo Jordao

  3. Robert:
    Great post, I am an avid flickrite, novice zooomrite, and I love photography! I know what you mean about Thomas Hawk “just seeing things” you didn’t, that is how I often feel, like there are many things I could see if I had the talent. I am working on it though, getting a little better. Wish I was closer to Sacremento, but I am in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. If you EVER come out this way, shoot me an email, we can get a nice little photowalk here, either down at the strip or a few great museams or natural areas like Red Rock Nat’l Conservation area.

  4. Robert:
    Great post, I am an avid flickrite, novice zooomrite, and I love photography! I know what you mean about Thomas Hawk “just seeing things” you didn’t, that is how I often feel, like there are many things I could see if I had the talent. I am working on it though, getting a little better. Wish I was closer to Sacremento, but I am in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. If you EVER come out this way, shoot me an email, we can get a nice little photowalk here, either down at the strip or a few great museams or natural areas like Red Rock Nat’l Conservation area.

  5. I wish I could have been there. Let me know when you do a photowalk in my neck of the woods. Maybe a Notre Dame or Chicago photo walk this summer perhaps.

  6. I wish I could have been there. Let me know when you do a photowalk in my neck of the woods. Maybe a Notre Dame or Chicago photo walk this summer perhaps.

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  8. David: I’m still deciding. Sometimes it bugs me, other times I like it.

    WordPress.com added it, by the way. For me I like it more than it bugs me, which is why I haven’t removed it yet. But, I’m still deciding.

  9. David: I’m still deciding. Sometimes it bugs me, other times I like it.

    WordPress.com added it, by the way. For me I like it more than it bugs me, which is why I haven’t removed it yet. But, I’m still deciding.

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  11. Hi Robert. What do you think of the SNAP preview thing that’s suddendly shown up on your site? Did you or WordPress turn it on?

    It doesn’t add much value to the browsing experience IMHO.

  12. Hi Robert. What do you think of the SNAP preview thing that’s suddendly shown up on your site? Did you or WordPress turn it on?

    It doesn’t add much value to the browsing experience IMHO.

  13. That Sunset photograph is almost mesmerizing – it is sad that there are no larger versions on flickr

    BTW: :-D

    Brilliant idea to use SNAP Previews on the Links

    High quality large thumbnails appear when the cusor hovers over that links :-D

    Perhaps you should consider joining the MyBlogLog and coComments communities

  14. That Sunset photograph is almost mesmerizing – it is sad that there are no larger versions on flickr

    BTW: :-D

    Brilliant idea to use SNAP Previews on the Links

    High quality large thumbnails appear when the cusor hovers over that links :-D

    Perhaps you should consider joining the MyBlogLog and coComments communities

  15. Robert,

    The family and I had a blast yesterday. I don’t think we’ll be able to make the surfing event, but I’ll keep an eye open for the next photowalking event you have. If you want some ideas for the North Bay, let me know. There’s one or two places around here that might be fun to visit, like maybe the Charles Schultz Museum.

    Martin McKeay (not McKay)

  16. Robert,

    The family and I had a blast yesterday. I don’t think we’ll be able to make the surfing event, but I’ll keep an eye open for the next photowalking event you have. If you want some ideas for the North Bay, let me know. There’s one or two places around here that might be fun to visit, like maybe the Charles Schultz Museum.

    Martin McKeay (not McKay)

  17. Thanks, Robert.

    Oh, and feel free to edit out my silly question about Thomas’ new lens. I didn’t realize until last night, when I was thinking over the events of the day, that I had asked him if his new 50mm had any vignetting issues. A 50mm with vignetting? On a full frame sensor?

    I guess I had wide angle lenses on the brain. (I’ve been wishing for a wider lens lately, and I certainly could have used a faster one at the time.)

  18. Thanks, Robert.

    Oh, and feel free to edit out my silly question about Thomas’ new lens. I didn’t realize until last night, when I was thinking over the events of the day, that I had asked him if his new 50mm had any vignetting issues. A 50mm with vignetting? On a full frame sensor?

    I guess I had wide angle lenses on the brain. (I’ve been wishing for a wider lens lately, and I certainly could have used a faster one at the time.)

  19. Robert,

    I think it’s fantastic what you do, and I am one of very many fans of Thomas Hawk. But whan it comes to photowalking your old hometown of Seattle is ahead of you.

    If you look at http://www.flickr.com/groups/seattlemeetups/ you have a meetup group that has been doing monthly photowalks for over a year. Just thought you might want to check it out.

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