Walking at Work Week 8
This is my second week using the Lens Baby Composer (old version). It’s different than my typical lens in that it requires manual focus and, of course, has the ability to bend in ways that result in some interesting visual effects.
I spent the first two days at the VSTE conference so I’ll throw a few of those in here as well. My summary of the conference ranges from a conversation with Andrew Carle about all sorts of things from Markov and Beautiful Soup to the other end where I watched 50 or so people sit in a room to watch a woman Google Hang Out in (this needs a better verb) to show them how to click around a website. People came. Lots of people. No one walked out. I really don’t understand. VSTE conference attendance is about $350. I also did a few presentations at VSTE. One on OER stuff where I continue to try to convince people that content is the lowest bar and that the open tools, people, and communities are the things that make that content valuable. I’ve talked about that enough here before not to launch into it again. I did another presentation called something odd like “Rethinking Professional Development.”Interestingly, I didn’t submit any sessions but someone must have put my name down. As they didn’t have any description, I did most odd things I felt like. In this case I attempted to really provoke some conversation from the crowd by putting up some hyperbolic slides and then provoking additional chaos. My initial plan was […]
A number of attempts at street photography . . . I liked the mix of colors and lines and the mix of people who noticed the camera and those who were oblivious. I am making more of an effort to frame the shot despite the fact that it tends to alert people a bit more than I’d like. There is something interesting in the moment people notice the camera and the eye contact but I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I’m not sure about pictures like these. I like the hat in combination with the sun glasses but I’m not sure the actual photograph is any good. There’s some interesting echoes of shape and color. The light is a bit harsh but I liked the contrast. I had two shots like this. The other had the lady in the wheelchair in focus. The light was nice. The background is distracting but I like her face enough to keep it. This was from across the street at 35mm which was a bit far. I like the no hands casualness and the circles vs rectangles enough to keep it. This is one of the examples of a person noticing the camera and it improving the picture. This was part of the crowd watching the two […]
10:00 -10:50 am | Tom Woodward will be your guide on this photo safari as we look at the world through different lenses. This shift in both perspective and attention has the potential to change how you think about many things. After a brief exploration of a few different types of photography, we’ll take our new considerations into the world we walk through every day. On our return we’ll share what we’ve captured and look at opportunities to extend these conversations beyond today’s excursion. I’ve been wanting to take a group of faculty out to take pictures since hearing about Abilene Christian doing it. Seems like it’s a good idea in a few ways. We look at our regular location in a new way. People get a chance to see how many interesting possibilities are right in front of us every day. In general the process opens up the chance to talk about lots of things that apply outside of photography – like the ability to tighten up action/feedback loops to make progress, framing things conceptually and then doing, trying to imitate styles, etc. etc. I made a quick website that morning to hold photos we took so we could have discussions around the photos after the fact. Participants could submit via the Jetpack post by email option or through […]