Category: Picture of the Week
This week the sun finally came out and the colors of the amazing star flooded the land with life. And it started melting the snow to boot! But since I can’t really take a picture of the sun and still have a working camera at the end of the process, I’ve taken a picture of this representative model.
I know I’m late to post this week, but things happen right? Anyway. This week I chose this shot because it was the first one that I could use the tilt shift on in a very subtle manner. Last week you can see where the effect stops and starts, this one, not so much. This one looks like it was shot with a large aperture macro more so than a phone.
I’m trying very hard not to double any of my shots, but it seems that either I’ve got a very boring life or that my minutia isn’t photogenic. So far I’ve been lucky. I make a point of planning shots around when I’ll be out and because it is quick and easy to do, I can get away with it. So as this 365 project moves along, I hope that I won’t get caught “double exposing”, but I might if there is a different story to tell.
There are a couple of things that the new version of Instagram allows. The first is a couple of new filters, and the second is a tilt shift generator. While I haven’t really found much use for it in many shots, this one was planned for using the filter however. Using the mixed media was fun as well, stamping with my daughter while doing my own thing… multi tasking with multi media.
There were a few interesting shots this week, but I think this one really hit on something with the mix of organic and mechanical, light and dark. I’ve been noticing on some of the popular Instagram photos, they don’t really use the filters for an effect that helps the image. Often they just seem thrown on. It seems that all they are doing is using the app for the square ratio and the social aspect. Fair enough, but to me that seems to be a waste of what the available filters can do. But then again, I’m just one voice and I seem to have developed my own preferences. I don’t like using filters that don’t have some manner of border for some reason. In my SLR photos, I abhor borders, but in square, lomo photos, I seem to really like them. I can’t explain it.
Well, it happens now and again… the office/home network goes down and you can’t do anything but twiddle your thumbs, stare out the window, or… read a book. Yeah, you remember… those things made of dead trees… That happen this week at the office and ironically, instead of being an interruption, it was actually something that wound up helping the flow of things. I took this shot when, I noticed the potential irony of reading about interruption while being interrupted.
This is inside an Alberta Government office and from what I gather, even though they do hold weddings and other functions in this atrium, they don’t allow just anyone to take pictures inside. Seems odd to me, but when I saw it and got thinking about my daily shot, it struck me that an old school building with old school styling would looks somewhat funky in the Instagram world. This prime lens lomo based project is really interesting so far. I’m looking for patterns and textures that I don’t think I would have if I was shooting the big guns all the time.
Well, I’ve had my first partial week in the world of private enterprise, and I must say, it’s like drinking from the fire hose. I must also say that the gap between the academy and the working world is so insanely huge that it’s not even funny. At the core of this gap? The language. We are teaching kids to write long essays and craft details in school, when they are going to have to write tight, general pieces in the work world. Forget computers, forget anything else, we aren’t teaching our kids to write properly! I’m so thankful for a couple of profs in University who insisted on short papers (500 words) and for things like Twitter that have helped me get a handle on my new environment.
As a side note. This is the first time, after 10 years of working I have an office, shared as it may be, with a proper window, four (actually 5 I think) walls, a door and a place to hang my jacket. I really think I’m going to like this new world.
This year is all about change, so I’m going to try to post from SmugMug as well as Flickr. This week (this is a backdated post), I find myself at Thompson Rivers University. It is really striking to see how this school has managed to retain the small institution feel, while preparing to grow much larger. This art installation was one of the examples that I saw. Found in their international student building, it seems oddly appropriate, a vessel out in the void, guided by stars…