An ode to great photographers

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to capture the main event.

If I believed in God, this is why I would

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to look for the details.

Sentry on the sunset

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to look down.

Social graph

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to look for juxtapositions.

Moon and light=moonlight

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to look for love.

Lovers

Thank you to the photographers who taught me to get down on my belly and get into the mud.

The last photons this grass will see today

Thank you to Flickr for making such a killer community of people who help inspire other photographers. Thank you to Canon for making a tool that is amazing.

Hope you are having a glorious evening, just like this one. All these shots were made tonight with a Canon 5D on my evening walk.

Don’t miss our next photowalking with the National Geographic at Stanford University where you’ll learn some of these lessons yourself. You’re invited! Tom Seligman (Director of the Cantor Art Museum) has confirmed his participation in the photowalk.
Marc Levoy will be there, too. He is a CS/EE professor who has been doing some amazing work in the areas of photography and imaging.

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. I’ll start with Paul Sakuma. He works for the Associated Press. He gave me his Nikon F2, which I still treasure to this day.

    But this really is due to all my teachers, most importantly, Mr. Browning, who was my photo teacher at Prospect High School back in 1982 and 83. Ahh, I still remember that smell of Dektol.

  2. I’ll start with Paul Sakuma. He works for the Associated Press. He gave me his Nikon F2, which I still treasure to this day.

    But this really is due to all my teachers, most importantly, Mr. Browning, who was my photo teacher at Prospect High School back in 1982 and 83. Ahh, I still remember that smell of Dektol.

  3. You’ve learned some valuable things, and it shows in your photos. Congratulations!

    I’ve created an eBook of the things photography’s taught me, about taking pictures and life itself, and put it in my public folder on SkyDrive. If you’re in the mood sometime, you can take a look. I’m not Thomas Hawk, but some folks have told me it’s worthwhile reading and they enjoy it though they didn’t expect to.

    Here it is if you’re interested:

    http://cid-98e9b6e7c46e3fbd.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Public/Things%20I%7C4ve%20Learned%20From%20Photography.pdf

  4. You’ve learned some valuable things, and it shows in your photos. Congratulations!

    I’ve created an eBook of the things photography’s taught me, about taking pictures and life itself, and put it in my public folder on SkyDrive. If you’re in the mood sometime, you can take a look. I’m not Thomas Hawk, but some folks have told me it’s worthwhile reading and they enjoy it though they didn’t expect to.

    Here it is if you’re interested:

    http://cid-98e9b6e7c46e3fbd.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Public/Things%20I%7C4ve%20Learned%20From%20Photography.pdf

  5. That’s the thing about great photographers – they “see” things in a different way – different than one normally looks at things and by doing so they extend your own vision.

  6. That’s the thing about great photographers – they “see” things in a different way – different than one normally looks at things and by doing so they extend your own vision.

  7. Hey Scoble … I relate to all your feelings! and I think this is one of the best post I have read from you in sometime! coming from the heart ;P

  8. Hey Scoble … I relate to all your feelings! and I think this is one of the best post I have read from you in sometime! coming from the heart ;P

  9. I think these are awesome! I love my 5D and flickr too. You’ve inspired me to try and remember to take more environmental shots. Thanks for sharing yours!

  10. I think these are awesome! I love my 5D and flickr too. You’ve inspired me to try and remember to take more environmental shots. Thanks for sharing yours!

  11. What a great post and what fantastic pictures.
    My son, Adam has recently finished college where he studied Photography and Website Design, he is 21 and has just started as a professional photographer, he uses a Nikon D80 and features on Flickr, he has also designed and created quite a few websites, including his own website, the city’s theatre website and of course my website.
    I will email this post to him, he will be thrilled.
    Again, thank you for the great post and thank you for helping me to find a way of motivating my son.

  12. What a great post and what fantastic pictures.
    My son, Adam has recently finished college where he studied Photography and Website Design, he is 21 and has just started as a professional photographer, he uses a Nikon D80 and features on Flickr, he has also designed and created quite a few websites, including his own website, the city’s theatre website and of course my website.
    I will email this post to him, he will be thrilled.
    Again, thank you for the great post and thank you for helping me to find a way of motivating my son.