Matt Roe cracks me up (Photowalk of USS Hornet now up)

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A few weeks back we toured the USS Hornet, a famous aircraft carrier that’s docked over in Alameda near San Francisco. Rocky put together a neat little video of the photowalk. But even if you don’t get much out of our photowalks you should check out the first minute or two. Matt Roe has the best answer to my usual “who are you?” question that I’ve heard so far.

Next Photowalking? With Trevor Carpenter on October 9th at the Marin Headlands (above the Golden Gate Bridge on the North side).

Now that I have basically the same equipment that Thomas Hawk has I’m even more in awe of his abilities to see things. Check out his photos on Zooomr (he just uploaded a bunch from yesterday’s Stanford photowalk — see how much better his images are than mine? Damn!) He just plain comes away with not only better images but MORE of them in a certain period of time.

That said, I’m really happy a lot more people are coming along on our Photowalks lately because you get to see the different approaches that people take to the same subject and you get to see images you missed that would be good to go back for later.

One thing that’s cool about the Photowalks is you get to see something you might not be able to visit and you also get to learn a little bit about history (the Hornet picked up the Apollo crew and was the site of the first steps that they took after visiting the moon). Thomas also shows us a few tricks including how to make a “poor man’s macro” and talks about his new Drobo drive system.

Enjoy!

Oh, and Matt Roe? He cut school to go on one of our Photowalks. After seeing his images on Flickr (his newer ones are on Zooomr) I can understand why. That kid has a lot of talent.

UPDATED: Thomas Hawk posted more about this Photowalk on his blog this morning.

Comments

  1. I have not attended a photowalk yet, so it was very cool to see the process. Thanks for including those of us unable to go.

    Robert, how do you balance filming and taking photographs? It seems that you shot a lot of video, when did you have time to take pictures or was this just a video shoot for you?

    I agree it is amazing to watch Thomas Hawk work, it is interesting to see what catches his eye on video, and then check his photos to see how the picture turns out.

  2. I have not attended a photowalk yet, so it was very cool to see the process. Thanks for including those of us unable to go.

    Robert, how do you balance filming and taking photographs? It seems that you shot a lot of video, when did you have time to take pictures or was this just a video shoot for you?

    I agree it is amazing to watch Thomas Hawk work, it is interesting to see what catches his eye on video, and then check his photos to see how the picture turns out.

  3. Excellent video! How long did that take to edit?

    For folks who want to visit the Hornet, I strongly recommend the flashlight tour. It is docent led, and you get to visit non-public areas like the CIC, the radio room, and the Captain’s quarters (apparently rarely used since the Captain tended to sleep and eat in his sea cabin on the bridge). We also were able to see one of the diesel machine rooms, a catapult room, the brig, an engine room and the laundry. More details and very amateur photos here.

  4. Excellent video! How long did that take to edit?

    For folks who want to visit the Hornet, I strongly recommend the flashlight tour. It is docent led, and you get to visit non-public areas like the CIC, the radio room, and the Captain’s quarters (apparently rarely used since the Captain tended to sleep and eat in his sea cabin on the bridge). We also were able to see one of the diesel machine rooms, a catapult room, the brig, an engine room and the laundry. More details and very amateur photos here.

  5. Paul: Rocky was working on the edits for quite a while. I’ll let him tell you how many hours he spent.

    Yeah, we got a tour of the engine room which was pretty fun. Actually I think Rocky might have a separate video coming about that tour. Gotta check with him on that.

  6. Paul: Rocky was working on the edits for quite a while. I’ll let him tell you how many hours he spent.

    Yeah, we got a tour of the engine room which was pretty fun. Actually I think Rocky might have a separate video coming about that tour. Gotta check with him on that.

  7. Another great site is the Nike missile base in the Marin headlands. The first Sunday of every month, veterans who worked at Bay Area Nike installations are on hand to tell amazinng stories. (the Park Service site) Combine this with a trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse (1/2 mile away) and on a clear day you have some of the best views in the area. The best part – you can hit Bi-Rite on the way home.

  8. Another great site is the Nike missile base in the Marin headlands. The first Sunday of every month, veterans who worked at Bay Area Nike installations are on hand to tell amazinng stories. (the Park Service site) Combine this with a trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse (1/2 mile away) and on a clear day you have some of the best views in the area. The best part – you can hit Bi-Rite on the way home.